Warnschuss von Acer: Cebit 2010 “könnte die letzte Chance sein, eine Weltmesse der IT zu bleiben”


Die Cebit ist krank, vielleicht sogar todkrank. Wichtige Hersteller kommen nicht mehr, wichtige Neuerungen werden anderswo vorgestellt (CES, MWC, IFA), ein Sammelsurium an Themenveranstaltungen soll den Business-Charakter unterstreichen, zugleich werden in diesem Jahr hunderte bis sogar tausende Freikarten verjubelt.

Nun hat Acer einige Statements des deutschen Geschäftsführers Stefan Engel versendet. Dazu gehört zu erwartendes Lob, dass die Cebit “wichtige Plattform für Beziehungsmanagement” sei und der in der Tat erfolgreiche Planet Reseller der “ideale Ausstellungsbereich” für Acers Fachhandelskontakte sei. Doch Engel lässt auch einen deutlichen Warnschuss los:

„Mit der Planung einer konzeptionellen Weiterentwicklung will die CeBIT einen neuen Weg einschlagen. Wir sind auf die Veränderungen sehr gespannt. Es könnte die letzte Chance sein, eine Weltmesse der IT zu bleiben.“

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Toshiba: No update nor successor for Portégé M750 Convertible Tablet PC [U]


U Did Toshiba lie to me or did my interview partner have no clue? Am checking. Engadget has spotted a successor M780 with Core i3 processor: http://bit.ly/bSgrIL /U

In January, Intel unveiled the new, more powerful and power saving Core i5/i7 CPUs and corresponding chipsets, this month Asus unveiled the first notebooks with built-in USB 3.0, and Nvidia’s Optimus technology enables smooth switching between chipset and discrete graphics card, also, multi-touch is standard for many new Tablet PCs while shock-resistant SSD hard drives have become an (expensive) option – but in the foreseeable future, Toshiba will not offer these features to its Tablet customers.

Earlier, Toshiba had a more attractive product policy, e.g. the Portégé M400 was the first dual core Tablet PC and the Japanese are quick to bring to market new consumer and business notebooks with new Intel CPUs. But that’s history regarding the Tablet market. Only one model is available in Germany, US customers have more options including a customized M750 model. So we did a phone interview with Ulrich Jäger, Product and Business Development Manager of Toshiba EMEA give an indication of what Toshiba is planning at present – the result is simply disappointing: Toshiba has no plans to upgrade the Portégé M750 Tablet, and currently has no successor in store.

Say, companies like HP need not to fear competition in the consumer market (the new TouchSmart tm2 has just arrived in US and Europe, as we have reported) nor in the business sector. All Toshiba has to offer is the M750, a fully featured convertible model, which has the computing power and features to act as a notebook replacement. The robust two kilo device features a 12-inch dual touch-screen (input with digitizer pen or alternatively a single finger) and has all communication options (including an internal UMTS modem, default in Germany, an option in the US market). Find the list of specifications of the tablets at the end of this posting.

Toshiba means Business Tablets only

The "hype" around the Apple iPad has resulted in a growing interest into tablets in general, but, as Jäger states, not into a "concrete demand in the business sector". Jäger adds that Toshiba has no plans to offer own slate tablet similar to those devices from Motion Computing, PaceBlade or Fujitsu.

Toshiba will focus on the business segment, unlike HP with its TouchSmart series (here he specifically refers to mobile devices, not the All-in-One category). Instead, Toshiba will continue to focus on "niche within a niche" with a full-fledged laptop replacement, as the Portégé M750 is one. The display size will change. The 14-inch Tablet (Tecra M4) had been well received several years ago, with great hello from customers, but in the long run it was "not so well accepted."

Surf tablets for the consumer

For consumer on the sofa at home, Toshiba offers a surfpad called JournE touch which was unveiled during last year’s IFA in Berlin. You can find some demo videos on YouTube. These surfpads will not be a box office hit given that they offer only two hours of video playback or surfing via WiFi. Also, other devices from Archos and the HP slate prototype will run Windows 7, while Toshiba’s JournE comes with the outdated Windows CE including Internet Explorer 6 .

Price usury is over

A very annoying deficiency is over now: A few years ago we saw significant price differences between U.S. and European prices, and even between Switzerland and Germany. Back then in 2006 a similarly-equipped M400 Tablet was 50% higher priced than in Switzerland, as the author in 2006 found out during testing of the device (here is the detailed report, Google translation). Current online prices are more or less the same.

Since it will remain for some time we list the specifications of the M750 here.

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Specifications Portégé M750-112 and M750-136 (they only differ by 133 MHz processor speed)

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2x 2.4GHz) or P8700 (2x 2.53GHz) – 25W CPUs with 3 MB L3 cache, support for x64 and VT-x virtualization, available since Q3/Q4 2008

Memory 1 to 4 GB RAM DDR 2 800 (the chipset GM45 Express support up to 1066 MHz)

Windows Windows 7 (recovery from hard disk) and downgrade DVD for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Vista Business (which probably nobody wants)

Anti-glare Screen WXGA LED backlit indoor/outdoor "High Brightness" screen, stylus and optional touch function
Resolution: 1,280 x 800 pixels

Graphics Intel GMA 4500 MHD

Hard Drive various 250 GB (5,400 or 7,200 rpm) SATA or SSD

Multimedia dual layer DVD drive, 1.3 megapixel web camera, 5-in-1 Bridge Media slot (SDCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card)

Battery "up to 5 hours duration"

Connectivity Intel 5100 (WLAN 802.11 a/g/draft-N), Bluetooth 2.1, 3G option(HSDPA/HSUPA with 7.2/2 Mbps), Gigabit LAN, analog modem

Ports 2xUSB, 1eSATA/USB, VGA, Headphone, IEEE1394 (Firewire)

Weight approx 2 kg

Special features splash-proof keyboard, casing and shock, spare stylus included, USB/eSATA port loads connected devices while tablet is turned off, fingerprint reader

Advantages of the M750

full-featured notebook replacement, built-in 3G option, fast, robust

Disadvantages

outdated processor architecture, no USB 3.0, no multi-touch, weight at the limit for Tablets

 

Product homepage Portégé M750 DE U.S.

Datasheet DE (PDF)

Drivers via Toshiba DE U.S.

List of Toshiba laptops with support of Windows 7 U.S.

Toshiba on Twitter Toshiba Multimedia, Toshiba Laptops U.S., Toshiba Japan (No tweets)

18 Meter Touchwand auf der IFA – 18 meter touch wall


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Sometimes it’s not the big articles that hide great stuff. On Heise newsticker Ulrike Kuhlmann wrote a short notice about „technology to touch“, saying that T-Mobile shows a big, big touchscreen wall screen in Berlin at the IFA fair (consumer electronics show). Great toy for public places, fairs, company halls etc.

After the blogger panel with Robert Scoble I walked to the T-Mobile hall and had the opportunity to talk to Hans-Joachim Stolzmann, the head behind the touch wall screen from the „Mediafaktur“ q-bus. They use publicly available software, setup infrared cameras behind the nine 2 meter wide and 1.5 meter high glasses, several beamer and a Mac Pro for computing.

Watch the small video (wmv file) here. Note that we talk in German. Sorry for the lousy sound, shot with Canon Ixus 80, no background noise cancellation configured.

Send an e-mail to sn(at)tablet-profi.com to get in touch with the Hans-Joachim.

DEUTSCH

Manchmal sind es die kleinen Nachrichten, hinter denen sich Großes verbirgt, Ulrike Kuhlmann, Monitor-Expertin der c’t, hat am Freitag in einer Ein-Absatz-Meldung auf dem Heise-Newsticker auf eine 15 Meter breite Touchscreen-Wand hingewiesen. Da ich am Samstag ja zum Blogger-Plenum mit Robert Scoble, Robert Basic und Thomas Knüwer wollte, passte das hervorragend in meinen Besuchsplan.

Zum Glück war gerade Hans-Joachim Stolzmann von der „Mediafaktur“ q-bus vor Ort, der mir ein wenig zu der Technologie und dem Aufbau erzählen konnte. Ich habe das Video hier zusammengefasst (wmv-Datei).

In Kürze: Mehrere Infrarotkameras hinter den neun 2 Meter breiten und eineinhalb Meter hohen Glasscheiben, Tracking-Software, Rendering, Beamer und ein Mac Pro.

Wer mit Hans-Joachim in Kontakt treten möchte, schickt mir einfach eine E-Mail an sn(at)tablet-profi.com

18 Meter Touchscreen Wall

18 Meter Touchscreen Wall