The launch of an Apple iPhone 5 is widely tipped to take place later this year and the research firm Gartner expects to see that introduction provide the global smartphone market with a significant boost.
Sales of the Apple iPad 2 and the third iPad media tablet that followed it on to worldwide markets saw a significant sales surge in the second quarter of 2012. According to the latest data on the subject from IHS iSuppli, Apple was able to reassert its dominance of the tablet sector during the period after having seen its market share eroded throughout much of the previous year.
Sony has launched a new version of its primary e-reading device in the shape of the Reader PRS-T2 on both sides of the Atlantic. Key features of the newly updated device include its touch-screen control system and its integration with the Evernote cloud-syncing platform.
Samsung has announced its intention to introduce a new tablet computer in the shape of the Galaxy Note 10.1 this month as it looks to make further inroads into the sector. The company said it intends to release the 10.1-inch Note in the UK and on a global basis in August.
Samsung has seen impressively strong sales of its latest Galaxy S smartphone offering since its launch in late May and Android smartphones in general are continuing to sell extremely well worldwide.
The Series 5 ultrabooks and Series 9 laptops from Samsung have been upgraded with Windows 7 Professional operating systems with a view to making them more appealing to professional users.
The Chinese consumer tech giant Lenovo has unveiled its first device designed specifically to run on the latest Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 has a 10.1-inch display, measures just 9.8 millimeters in width and weighs only 600 grams.
Its dimensions will put the ThinkPad Tablet 2 in competition with an array of devices, not least the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the latest iPad from Apple. Lenovo will of course be hoping to build on the relative popularity of its earlier offerings in the category and the strength of Microsoft’s keenly anticipated new operating system. The plan is for the Tablet 2 to be made officially available worldwide at the same time as Windows 8, which means we can expect to see it launched in October of this year.