January brings avalanche of tablets
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January brings avalanche of tablets

The mobile market is an appealing landscape for employers of all kinds and sizes, as companies find value in allowing workers to use devices they already own to accomplish tasks on the go. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) popularity is skyrocketing among many business fields, and accommodating this interest, manufacturers are launching a variety of tablets at the start of 2013 to get corporate and consumer clients interested in acquiring these tools.

A newcomer to the technology market, E Fun announced it will release its first line of Google Play-dedicated tablets, according to Technology Tell. The devices will fit a unique niche of low-price devices in the 7-inch size sector and pricing at just under $150. In this segment, the Nextbook 7GP will have plenty of competition, but carrying cross-platform applications like Nook and both HDMi and WiFi support for connecting to bigger screens or computers, these could be an ideal addition to energy IT firms looking to reduce their overhead while gaining new technology capabilities.

At the same time, Acer has announced it will launch a new version of its flagship Iconia tablet at a lower price point, matching E Fun's sales figure exactly. As a 7-inch tablet, Mail and Guardian wrote that both the Iconia and Nextbook are competing for the same customers, both running on Android technology and operating with similar hardware profiles. What sets them apart, the source wrote, is that Acer will offer the Iconia B to emerging markets at an even more reduced rate, grabbing market share before any other firm can enter these regions.

Finding alternate niche markets
On the other end of the spectrum, Panasonic has championed Microsoft news with the announcement that its enterprise-aimed 20-inch tablet will run on Windows 8. The device, which NBC News wrote is not yet named, will be marketed specifically toward corporate outfits looking to collaborate on individual devices, rather than connecting to bigger screens or sharing across a variety of networks. The massive screen is backed up by an HD camera and 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, and at just over 5 pounds, it's not as heavy as some consumers might expect. Both the new tablet and Panasonic's new TV line will have 4K technology, improving speed and performance for its entire range of products.

There are other tablets recently announced that, while powerful enough for corporate users, are also good for private owners. This can make adoption easier for businesses that are trying to introduce BYOD into the workplace or encourage staff members to pick up these devices for themselves.

ZDNet reported that younger consumers will likely be more intrigued by Razer's newest offering, a 10-inch tablet with gaming in mind. The Razer Edge has an Atom CPU and Intel i5 processor, as well as 64GB of dedicated solid state memory and an advanced NVidia graphics card. On top of that, the source reported that Razer is offering a Pro Pack deal that includes twice as much RAM and more solid state capacity. On top of that, a game controller mount is available for giving the device even more arcade enjoyment – controls on either side of the screen offer a joystick and D-pad of buttons that makes the experience more like a portable console or gaming device than a computer.

Yet ZDNet wrote this offering still comes with business capabilities, and with such impressive hardware specs, making use of this tool as both a consumer and employee device is much easier.