The Chinese government is building an operating system based on the open source OS Ubuntu. The software department of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, announced that Ubuntu would be a new reference architecture for an OS targeted at the Chinese market. Working with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the authorities plan to release the Ubuntu 13.04-based Kylin desktop OS next month, with plans to extend the Kylin OS to other platforms at a later date. The first release of the Ubuntu Kylin OS will include features and applications that cater for the Chinese market. Features include Chinese input methods and Chinese calendars, a new weather indicator and Chinese music search. Future releases will include integration with Baidu maps and shopping service Taobao, payment processing for Chinese banks, and real-time train and flight information ..
Asus first showed us its Transformer AiO — an 18.4-inch Full HD all-in-one/tablet combo that runs both Windows 8 and Android — back at last year Computex, then it showed up again at this year CES, the Tanwanese PC maker has finally given us a release date and a price for its giant tablet. Transformer AiO is a powerful desktop PC, running Windows 8, Intel Core CPU, a bunch of memory and hardisk storage. As a tablet, you can keep running Windows 8 in remote desktop mode or you can run Android Jelly Bean on the device with ARM processor. The Transformer AiO is expected to be available early second quarter at US$1,299 for the basic model. You will get a Windows 8 machine running on a Core i3, 4 GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive storage, and it also comes with a DVD-RW optical drive which properly nobody is going to use it. Popping it from the dock you will get a super-size tablet with its own internal specs: a quad-core Tegra 3, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. We will see how the market respond to this crazy all-in-one concept.
Haier, the Chinese consumer electronics and home appliances company, has released an interesting PC product. The ‘Lequ’ Q9 is the world’s first all-in-one desktop piano PC specially target for young kids. The new ‘Smart-Piano’ which comes with a MIDI professional music arranger keyboard, has combine a desktop computer that runs Windows 8 operating system. It equipped with a 27-inch full HD multi-touch screen, and powered by Intel Core i7 processor (IvyBridge) with NVIDIA GT640M 128bit graphics card. The system supports THX audio, and special piano learning software has installed to minimize the difficulty of learning piano. Haier official words said that you can know how to play a piano within 5 minutes. We have found a big Intel logo sticking on the piano system. Yes, Intel Labs has involve in the R&D of this musical product. So what is the price ? It costs 19,999 yuan (USD$3,212) for 2TB hardisk and 8GB RAM, it should be consider cheaper than a professional piano …
Chinese PC maker Lenovo has just unveiled a 27-inch all-in-one desktop at CES called the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. Yes, it is a “Table” PC, not tablet PC. Horizon Table PC can lie flat on any surface, lets two or more people use the screen at the same time, supports interactive physical gaming accessories and is designed for touchscreen gameplay among several players. The Horizon is a Windows 8-based PC and it is running on a third-generation Core i7 processor with Nvidia GeForce graphics. It has a full HD, multi-touch touchscreen display with a 16 by 9 aspect ratio. There’s a 720p front-facing camera for Web video chats and built-in battery. It’s also adjustable, so it can be propped up and viewed in different modes …
What would you pay for a iMac knockoff without a quad core processor, Thunderbolt ports, wireless keyboard and a Magic Mouse? How about one that’s rocking a dual-core, 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525 processor, NVIDIA ION graphics, and an 500GB hard drive? Some Chinese manufacturer is hoping your answer is somewhere around $300, because that’s roughly what its new, 2,000 yuan ($318) iMac knockoff will cost along with 18.4-inch LED-backlit widescreen TFT display (1920 X 1080), 4GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, six USB 2.0 ports, and an aluminum enclosure. More photos after the break.
China overtook the US in both PC sales and shipments in the second quarter of 2011. According to research firm IDC, China’s PC sales reached US$11.9 billion, while for US, PC sales fell behind to $11.7 billion. As for shipments, China gained a 14.3 percent increase to 18.5 million units year-over-year. But in the US, PC shipments dropped by 4.9 percent to 17.7 million units. This is the first time China has overtaken the US in shipments and sales …
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