The Techday Weekender - Sep 3rd 2011

03 Sep 11

The New Zealand tablet market looks set for a shake-up heading into Spring, with two NZ companies announcing they will be bringing their parent companies’ new gadgets here before the end of the year.

First up was Sony, with the announcement of two new tablets, the Tablet S and the cool, folding Tablet P. Commentators have criticised Sony for being late to enter the market created by Apple with the launch of the iPad in April last year, but chief executive Howard Stringer told the audience as he unveiled the tablets at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, ‘it’s not who makes it first that counts, but who makes it better’. Kiwi consumers will be able to make their own minds up when the wi-fi Tablet S arrives in November, followed by the 3G Tablet S and the Tablet P in early 2012.

They may also want to take a look at the new Samsung entry, the Series 7 Tablet, which was launched at the same event and which Samsung NZ is bringing here next month. Like Sony, Samsung has obviously been looking at how it can offer something different in the market; the Series 7 Tablet differentiates itself by offering notebook-level performance via an Intel i5 Core processor, along with a docking station, a Bluetooth keyboard and a stylus as standard. With an RRP in the neighbourhood of $2400, it’s not cheap, but Samsung is betting on consumers and businesses valuing the versatility, as well as the familiarity of the Windows operating system.

In other news, a question that the industry has been asking for some time was answered this week, with the announcement that Telecom CEO Paul Reynolds will depart the company upon completing the demerger from network branch, Chorus. Reynolds made the announcement the day after the government approved the demerger, leaving only a shareholder vote remaining before the split goes ahead. Speculation now turns to who might replace Reynolds in the role, with the company not ruling out seeking an external candidate.

The controversial Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill became law this week, following much vociferous online protesting and a rather more meek rally in Auckland’s Aotea Square. For all the build-up, the bill’s passing into law proved a very subdued event, with the most noteworthy story coming from the Labour party, who promised to remove the termination clauses from the Act and undertake a comprehensive review if elected.

Finally, it seems half the country has already read the story but if you haven’t, this week we revealed an exclusive tip from a source within Apple on the NZ release date of the iPhone 5.

Enjoy your weekend!

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