Eight Hot New Tablets Hitting the Market

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Mircrosoft recently released details on the new Surface Pro 3. Per comments from Rob Enderle, the "Surface Pro 3 looks like a much better thought-through product, possibly making this third-generation product the one folks may love, at least for work." Microsoft is positioning the device as a lightweight tablet that packs the power and performance you expect from a laptop.

The Surface Pro 3 features a 12-inch HD display with 2160x1440 resolution, a 4th generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, and a battery that provides up to nine hours of Web browsing. The tablet also includes an integrated kickstand that features multiple positions suitable for any task or viewing location, whether on a plane, at your desk or watching television. The Surface Pro 3 also includes a Surface Pen that lets you mark up documents, take notes or gather electronic signatures.

Running Windows 8.1 OS, the tablet is also capable of running your favorite desktop software, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud and iTunes. And while it's packed with business power, it's also fully capable of running your favorite entertainment apps.

According to Gartner, while traditional PC shipments are forecast to continue to decline in 2014, the worldwide tablet market is forecast to grow 47 percent. Tablets have without a doubt invaded every aspect of our lives. Whether it is tablets for kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District or growth in Malaysia and Latin America, tablets are rapidly superseding PCs, smartphones and other forms of electronic communications. And while Apple's iPad remains a perennial favorite, the many flavors of Android-based and now Windows 8.1 tablets have taken a big bite out of the market.

While many tablets are still oriented toward consumer use, such as reading, movies, gaming and social networking, many vendors have made a concerted effort to make their devices attractive to the business audience. With amped-up processors, multi-app capability, larger storage capacity, and integrated cloud access, the latest generation of tablets is beginning to meet the challenges and demands of today's business user.

In this slideshow, we've pulled together some of the newest tablet offerings hitting the market from companies such as Samsung, Lenovo, Microsoft, Toshiba, LG, Acer and even Amazon.


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