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Roughly a month after its Windows RT sibling made it to the market, Microsoft announced pricing and availability of its Surface Pro slate. The tablet will be available in January, priced at $899 for a model with 64GB of memory, and $999 for a version with 128GB built-in.

The Microsoft Surface Pro will not come bundled with a Touch or Type cover. You will have to spend some extra cash to have one of the handy covers at your service. The tablet will however, come with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology in the box.

Despite looking exactly like the Surface RT, the Pro version will offer significantly beefier hardware than its ARM relative. The upcoming slate will feature Intel’s latest generation Core i5 CPU, Mini DisplayPort, full-size USB 3.0, as well as a copy of Windows 8 Pro, which is able to run desktop software.

The display of the Surface Pro is much sweeter too. It keeps the 10.6″ diagonal and 16:9 ratio, but boasts full HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution. If 1080p doesn’t cut it for you, the Mini DisplayPort supports external unit with a resolution up to 2560×1440 pixels.

Overall, despite being far from cheap, the Microsoft Surface Pro seems to offer a decent amount of hardware for the money. What do you think?

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The new iPad and iPad mini, announced in Q3 of this year, haven’t even launched in China but Apple is still dominating the tablet market there. According to the statistics every 3 out of 4 tablets sold there as being made by Apple.

This bodes well for Apple in China – particularly for its tablet division – where year-on-year sales of tablets have increased by more than 60%.

This is coupled with the fact that since Q2, the quarterly growth of the tablet market has gone up by 11%.

Second place is occupied by China’s own Lenovo at just over 10%, with no other manufacturer grabbing more than 4% of the pie.

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The Apple iPad share in the tablet market in Q3 has remained flat at 55%. That’s more than half of the entire segment, which is a pretty great achievement.

However Android now covers 44% of the tablet shipments in Q3, which means the open-source OS is gaining speed faster than previously projected.

Some analysts, like Gartner, expect the iPad to hold a 47% market share in 2015, meaning it will likely be overtaken by Android in 2016. But others, like Sameer Singh – analyst with Finvista Advisors, thinks the iPad could lose its dominance as early as next year.

The fast increase is helped by devices like the Nexus 7, which alone has been selling about a million units a month, amounting to an expectation of about 5 million until the end of the year. The Kindle Fire HD is also a huge success with its super attractive pricing.

But perhaps the iPad mini could retain precious market share for Apple’s team at least next for year. Time will tell, we guess.

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Amazon has slashed the prices of its updated Kindle Fire tablets both in the UK and now in the US to celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While Black Friday is mostly an American thing, UK customers got to buy the revamped 7″ tablet for just £99 (with ads), which led to a record number of units sold.

US customers shouldn’t feel left out – they can get the Fire tablet at just $129 ($30 off, again with ads).Make sure to enter the FIREDEAL promotional code at checkout (only one discount per customer). This deal is valid for today only.

The UK deal expires today too, but Amazon has already hit a record – “Customers purchased more than three times as many Kindle devices on Black Friday than on any other day in its history on Amazon.co.uk, and our previous record was impressive,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Kindle EU.

The UK deal works without a promotional code and is available for the version without ads too – it costs £109 at the moment.

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