Tech giants join forces on low-cost tablet

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Calum Chisholm, Intel Philippine country manager Calum Chisholm, Intel Philippine country manager[/caption] Intel, CloudFone, and Globe Telecom have launched what is touted to be the most affordable smartphone-tablet-keyboard bundle. The companies said the CloudFone Epic 7.0 Intel-powered tablet is the first local tablet brand powered by Intel to be launched with a postpaid plan from Globe. The companies unveiled the CloudFone Epic 7.0 tablet, available exclusively for free at Globe mySuperplan 499 complete with a CloudFone Excite 400dx handset and Bluetooth keyboard. According to IDC, worldwide tablet shipments are expected to reach more than 350 million by the end of 2017. The strong demand for tablets and smartphones in the Philippines will prevail in 2014 with a 40-percent growth for tablet shipments to the Philippines expected in 2014 as both international and local players continue to grow the market. Filipinos patronize local brands more compared to neighboring countries in Asia, yet the Philippines still has a lot of room for growth in the tablet space. The growth will be largely be driven by smaller and lower-priced tablets, with one in every two tablets shipped in the first quarter of 2013 being below 8 inches in screen size. Shipments of smaller tablets will continue to increase as consumers realize that these small devices are often more ideal for their daily consumption habits. ?Intel has been seeing a growing demand in the local market for Intel-powered tablets and mobile devices that are equipped not only with stunning display features, long battery life and great performance but also attractively priced,? said Intel Philippine country manager Calum Chisholm. ?This collaboration enables us to provide the best computing experience on a tablet coupled with great connectivity.? ]]>

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