Microsoft’s Surface event didn’t turn out to be so small, after all. HTC also has a new device and Xiaomi is running out of them. All while China is banning Windows 8!
Microsoft’s “small gathering” was thought to be a Surface Mini announcement. The event’s label didn’t live up to expectations, but the company did introduce a new screen size. The Surface Pro 3 took the spotlight with a mighty 12-inch screen!
This is the tablet that can replace your laptop. The screen falls in between your conventional tablet and small laptops, making it the perfect in-between tablet PC. And it won’t make many sacrifices. The tablet is thinner, lighter and will sport an Intel Core i7 processor. Not bad!
Price and availability were not announced, but we should know more about it soon enough.
Opinion: Boy, does that tablet look good! We can’t expect it to be very cheap, though. This is a much better tablet than its predecessors. I would be willing to bet this tablet will cross the $1000 mark.
HTC may already have awesome devices out, like the HTC One M8 and the HTC Desire 816, but the manufacturer seems to be releasing devices more aggressively this year. The Taiwanese manufacturer has just tweeted a very neat teaser. It doesn’t tell us much, but hints at a curved device.
“In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.” -Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
More “beautiful curves” are said to come soon. What could HTC be talking about? Well, you might want to check out the latest HTC M8 Ace leak. It looks like a plastic-built HTC One M8.
Opinion: We have already seen curves in the HTC One M8, as well as the HTC One Mini 2. This is nothing new, so why would HTC focus on this? This must be about a device in which curves are much more significant than just a curved back. Just my 2 cents.
More beautiful curves coming soon. pic.twitter.com/sEhw3xqX79
— HTC (@htc) May 20, 2014
Xiaomi has just released its Mi3 in Malaysia, and you won’t guess how successful this launch was. The website’s stock ran out in just 17 minutes! The company managed to sell 4,000 devices in this time, which is an amazing start for the Chinese manufacturer. Obviously, they were received much better than they expected.
And why wouldn’t it be a success? This is one hell of a device for $280! It sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, 16 GB of internal storage, 13MP/2MP cameras and a 3050 mAh battery.
Opinion: The device is said to expand to India, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Mexico and the Philippines soon. You can be sure I will be crossing the border into Mexico to check it out! Who else is looking to get one of these?
China is very careful with tech security, this is why the country is banning Windows 8 in any new government computers. A notice was issued last week, stating security updates as the main concern.
They worry their computers will be left without security updates in the future. This concern was brought up by Microsoft ending security updates for Windows XP in July. Windows XP is said to be widely used in China, accounting for about 70% market share. This will help us understand why they are so worried.
Opinion: Government computers are a serious deal. They must be completely secure, functional and without a single risk. It only makes sense that the Chinese government would try to opt for something other than Microsoft, a foreign company that can end support whenever they choose to.