Gartner has posted its estimated PC shipment results for 2012 and things aren’t bright for the good ol’ personal computer.
The company estimates that PC vendors have shipped more than 90 million PCs in Q4, 2012 which is 4.9% lower than what they managed in the same period in 2011. According to Gartner, the tablets are to blame.
The reason is simple – a large portion of the tech-oriented gift-givers have turned their attention to slates, rather than full-fledges PCs this Christmas season. And whp could blame them considering the likes of the piggy-bank hugging Nexus 7.
On top of that, Gartner reckons a single PC is enough for the needs of a family and its members, who gladly share it for quick work-related tasks and then focus on their tablets or laptops for media consuming.
Out of all major PC vendors only Lenovo and Asus managed to better their last year’s PC sales by 8.2% and 6.4%, respectively.
According to Interbrand’s 13th annual Best Global Brands report, Samsung, for the first time in its history, finds its place in the Top 10 of the prestigious ranking. In fact, it’s now considered the 9th most valuable brand on the planet and is estimated to be worth $32.8 billion.
The investment Samsung makes in the marketing of its two latest Android flagships, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II has paid off not only in massive sales, but also in boosting the brand’s worth, shooting it among the top 10 most valuable in the world. Samsung’s value has increased by 40% since the company became the world’s largest smartphone and mobile phone manufacturer. Moreover, the aggressive marketing campaign and the buzz the Koreans have generated around the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II has also helped them boost their value.
At the other end of the list is Apple cozily taking second place right below Coca-Cola. Valued at $76.5 billion, the Apple brand has made an incredible 129% jump in value compared to last year. While Android’s maker, Google stays in 4’th place with an increased value by 26% valued at $69.7 billion, Microsoft has lost 2% compared to last year with a value of $57.8 Billion, the Amazon brand has made a big 46% jump in value compared to last year valued at $18.6 billion, probably due to the growth of it’s Kindle Fire.
Via : Interbrand (PDF)
HP has showcased their All-in-One desktop PC running Windows 8 the brand new SpectreONE. HP claims that the SpectreONE is the thinnest AiO PC in their portfolio, with a 11.5mm .
HP has settled this achievement of thickness by removing several key features, most notably a touchscreen display and an optical drive. The SpectreONE instead comes with a standard 23.6-inch 1080p display and a multi-touch trackpad, which looks pretty much identical to the Magic Trackpad that Apple provides with the iMac.
Under the hood of the SpectreONE, we have the “latest” Intel processor, an NVIDIA GPU with 1GB VRAM, optional ExpressCache, optional SSD, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-in and Beats Audio. The SpectreONE will also has a built-in NFC which can be used to instantly transfer content from your smartphone by tapping it to the base of the SpectreONE.
Finally the HP SpectreONE is expected to be released in the US in November 14’th for a price of 1,299 $.
Source : Engadget