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Clover Trail tablets pitched as workplace-friendly

James Niccolai | Sept. 28, 2012
Some of the tablet makers at a launch event for Intel's "Clover Trail" processor emphasized the business smarts of their products as a way to distinguish them from Apple's market-leading iPad.

The X2 uses magnets to make snapping the screen back into the dock a one-handed operation.

Bret Berg of Samsung's mobility group said he expects users to have its Series 5 tablet docked during the day when they're creating content, then undocked at home when they're watching video or listening to music.

All the vendors played up the consumer appeal of their tablets as well, but there was an underlying theme that x86 and Windows are a better fit for the workplace than iOS.

"It's about having a product that can transition seamlessly between the consumer and the enterprise," Reid said.

Industry analyst Rob Enderle said it's true that IT departments would rather deal with Windows than iOS tablets. But it's not IT departments that are driving the tablet market forward, he said, it's consumers who buy them for themselves or request them at work.

For that reason, Enderle said, PC makers still need to win over consumers in order to challenge Apple.

 

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