Price cut in Surface 2 suggests stock clearance for another Microsoft tablet launch
Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface 2 Windows RT tablets by $100. The drop in price across the entire range, putting the 32GB, 64GB, and 64GB LTE versions at $349, $449, and $579 respectively, could be a sign that Microsoft is preparing to launch an updated version of the tablet to go alongside its already-released Surface Pro 3.
Device named Flounder according to Wi-Fi Alliance certification, comes in three models
More information has come to the surface regarding HTC's rumored T1 tablet. On top of South Korean regulators passing a device with the 0P82100 model number, the Wi-Fi Alliance has also approved a device under the same identifier. The Wi-Fi Alliance shows that the tablet is named Flounder according to the firmware version on the device.
Nvidia delivers genuine differentiation with its Shield gaming tablet
Although it might look like just another Android tablet, the Nvidia Shield Android gaming tablet is one of the more interesting devices to come out in a segment that swamped with endless options, but little genuine differentiation. It tries to stand out from the crowd not with a heavily customized user interface, or even bold design, but rather tries to specialize in one particular area - Android gaming. It is also one of the first devices on the market running Nvidia's latest chip, the Tegra K1. While it still sports a 32-bit ARM Cortex A15 4+1 architecture clocked at 2.2GHz, its graphics capabilities are the real highlight. It sports 192 Kepler GPU cores, which is the very same architecture that powers Nvidia's vaunted discrete desktop and notebook GPUs.
Co-branded Samsung tablet adds Nook software features
Samsung and Barnes & Noble has released its first co-branded tablet, as the retailer migrates away from hardware production and into partnering with other manufacturers. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a rebranded version of Samsung's existing Tab 4 tablet, though while the hardware is the same as the original device, the software has been customized with some Nook-specific changes, including access to the Nook store.
Accessory manual reveals name of upcoming Sony Xperia tablet
Sony may have confirmed the existence of a new Xperia tablet in support documentation. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is refereed to by name in a user guide for the BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad, suggesting the company will be going for a smaller tablet as a follow-up to the Xperia Z2 Tablet, launched earlier this year.
LG updates earlier Wi-Fi G Pad 8.0 with LTE connectivity
A few months after launching its G Pad range, LG has started to ship one of the tablets with LTE connectivity built in. The LG G Pad 8.0 LTE is identical to the earlier Wi-Fi variant in terms of specification and functionality, except for the inclusion of LTE radios, and comes shortly after AT&T announced it would be selling the LTE-equipped 7-inch model.
Seen as pushback against Microsoft's Surface ads, yet features Microsoft apps
Following on the heels of two new "Your Verse" iPad ads, Apple has begun emailing prospective buyers touting the iPad's "office" apps, including both its own "iWork" apps as well as Microsoft Office for iPad -- even though the campaign is seen as a pushback to Microsoft's recent ads for its failed Surface tablet in which it points out that the Surface's accompanying keypad cover and laptop-like OS as productivity selling points.
Leaks suggest 64-bit Tegra processor in rumored HTC-produced Nexus tablet
Multiple leaks suggest HTC's rumored tablet is still on the way, and could be announced soon. Codenamed T1, but previously named as Volantis and Flounder, the device is believed to be a new Nexus tablet, possibly the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9, with the device apparently spotted on South Korean communications regulator RRA's website passing certification.
Surface Pro 3 heading to 25 new markets at end of August
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet will soon be available to purchase in 25 more countries later this month. The software giant has confirmed the street date for the latest in its tablet range will be August 28th in the new markets, with the original Core i5 and the newly-added Core i3 and Core i7 variants all shipping at the same time.
FCC listing provides specifications for unannounced Asus tablet
An unannounced Asus tablet powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom processor is on the way, according to a filing at the FCC. The listing for the tablet, under the model number K007, also unusually provides a partial list of components used in the device, with the filing indicating the Intel Moorefield chip will be a quad-core version clocked at 1.8GHz.
LTE edition of LG G Pad 7.0 goes on sale in US from August 8 on AT&T
AT&T will become the first carrier to sell the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE in the United States, it has announced. Part of the same product family as the G Pad 8.0 and G Pad 10.1, the LTE-equipped G Pad 7.0 will be available to purchase through the carrier from August 8, with AT&T not only offering it as a standalone item, but also heavily discounting it when bought alongside a select number of LG smartphones.
Application for 'foldable pouch mobile cradle' uses art from Apple's Smart Cover
A new patent application from Samsung has surfaced, in which the company is seeking to claim a patent on a new type of sleeve for tablets. While that would not be cause for concern in most cases, some of the art in the application makes a direct call to a familiar cover for Apple's iPads. In the filing, Samsung - which has been repeatedly accused by Apple and others of "slavishly copying" the iPhone maker -- introduces prior art in the form of Apple's Smart Cover.
Nvidia Shield Tablet retains game-streaming functionality of original device
Nvidia has finally launched a new gaming tablet in the Shield product line, following a number of leaks. The successor to the Shield controller and the Tegra Note 7, the Shield Tablet effectively separates the display and controller elements of the original Shield, with an accompanying wireless controller allowing it to be used in a similar manner as a portable console.
Rumored Shield Tablet has similar appearance to predecessor, metallic speaker grilles
An image of what is believed to be Nvidia's next attempt at a gaming tablet has leaked. Thought to be called the Shield Tablet, tying into an earlier certification leak, the device appears to have a similar appearance to the company's previous Tegra Note 7 tablet, though apparently it will have a slightly different placement of front-facing camera and metallic sections covering the speaker grilles.
Panasonic updates Toughpad FZ-G1 10-inch rugged Windows tablet
Panasonic has announced the release of an upgrade to its Toughpad FZ-G1, a rugged 10-inch tablet. Featuring a faster fourth-generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, an advanced Windows 8.1 Pro update, and a new battery life of up to 10 hours, the Toughpad FZ-G1 is intended for mobile professionals such as military personnel and first responders.
Shield Tablet spotted as name for Nvidia gaming handheld follow-up
Nvidia is preparing to launch another device in its Shield product line, with the device likely to take a different form from the original. New listings for a device have appeared at the Global Certification Forum directly mentioning a Shield Tablet, suggesting that, not only will it have LTE connectivity, but it could also change shape from a controller with a clamshell screen to a more conventional tablet.
Financial results show Nook continues to make a loss for Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble is splitting its business in two, separating its book retail business from Nook Media, the company has announced. Two separate public companies will be created, with one set to contain the Nook tablet and e-reader side of the business, and Barnes & Noble hopes to complete all the necessary steps for separation by the end of the first quarter of next year.
Nexus tablet from HTC claimed to have 8.9-inch display, Tegra K1 processor
The rumored next Google Nexus tablet from HTC has allegedly surfaced, under the guise of the HTC Volantis. Believed to be called the Nexus 9, the Volantis is said to have an 8.9-inch 2048x1440-resolution display, giving it a pixel density of 281ppi, with the body also claimed to use a zero-gap aluminum construction, a departure from the earlier Nexus tablet designs.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S displays cover 90 percent of Adobe RGB color range
Just as rumored last month, Samsung has launched its first tablets using Super AMOLED displays - screens the manufacturer typically reserves for its smartphones. The Galaxy Tab S range, initially consisting of models with 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch displays, lights its pixels differently to how the LED versions work, allowing the screens to display 90 percent of the Adobe RGB range rather than 70 percent, as well as turning off pixels for darker black shades. In addition, the Super AMOLED screens are 40 percent less reflective, making them more useful for outdoor use.
Specifications for LG G Pad range show all share same processor, resolution
LG has started shipping three G Pad tablets the company launched last month, as well as providing more detailed specifications for each of the mobile devices. The G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0, and G Pad 10.1 will all use the same quad-core 1.2GHz processor and have a resolution of 1280x800, regardless of the physical size of the IPS display, though some of the other internal details do differ.
NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 tablet OTA update includes streaming of Netflix in up to 1080p
Nvidia's Tegra Note 7 tablet has received an OTA update, allowing for streaming of Netflix HD content up to 1080p on the device. The Tegra Note 7 tablet features a seven-inch HD display, with enough battery capacity for up to 10 hours of video streaming. The tablet is one of the first Android devices available that can stream Netflix in high-definition. Available with a 16GB storage capacity, the Tegra Note 7 is priced at $200.
4K-resolution display on 12-inch Samsung tablet unlikely to go on sale in near future
Samsung is exploring the use of 4K-resolution displays in mobile devices, according to a report. A tablet using the high-resolution screen was spotted and photographed during an LTE broadcasting demonstration at the French Open tennis tournament, and while it is unlikely for the device to head to market anytime soon, it suggests the manufacturer is at least testing the waters for a possible future release.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook starts shipping in August
Barnes & Noble is partnering with Samsung to create a range of co-branded tablets. The product line, named the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, combines Samsung's existing hardware range with customized Nook software, with the first seven-inch device set to go on sale in the United States in early August through Barnes & Noble bookstores.
Pro x2 612 gives business computing flexibility in desktop replacement, single tablet options
Computer manufacturer HP has unleashed a new tablet PC that is poised to fit in with the growth of computer options in the enterprise sector. The HP Pro x2 612 gives buyers a new level of flexibility, says the company, the first of its kind at the business level. With the PC, business customers "will have a computer that they can use at their desk, or something they can carry with them without having to change machines," according to a press release. The core of the machine is a 12.5-inch touchscreen Windows 8.1 tablet that can be placed into a keyboard dock to give enterprise users a desktop replacement.
Over 130 tablets launching this year to use Intel processors
Intel has unveiled its vision for tablet-based computing, by unveiling its latest mobile PC reference design. Part of a wider keynote event at Computex focused on mobile computing, the tablet is a 2-in-1 device using a 14nm Broadwell processor, a chip dubbed the Intel Core M processor purpose-built for use in similar multi-usage tablets and notebooks.
MeMO Pad 8 claimed to be lightest 8-inch tablet with LTE
At the same time as launching 4K notebooks and monitors, as well as more additions to its Transformer device range, Asus revealed a new collection of Fonepad and MeMO Pad tablets. The new Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7, and MeMO Pad 8 all use quad-core Intel Atom 64-bit mobile processors, with the former two tablets clocked at 1.8GHz, and the MeMO Pad at 2.3GHz.
Galaxy Tab S believed to use AMOLED display, borrow Galaxy S5 features
Samsung could be preparing to show at least two devices at its Galaxy Premiere 2014 event on June 12th, according to reports. Support pages and feature details for what is believed to be the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 have surfaced, while a device with a seven-inch display has been certified by the FCC, one which could be called the Galaxy W in South Korea and form part of the Galaxy Mega range elsewhere.
Flounder mentions possibly alludes to rumored Nexus 8 tablet
Google is still planning to introduce an 8-inch tablet to the Nexus range, according to a report. The search company has apparently started to remove all trace of the term "flounder" from view in the Android source code, a codename believed to be related to the Nexus 8, and could possibly lead to an unveiling of the rumored device at the Google I/O developer conference next month.
Toshiba Encore 2 includes 8-inch, 10-inch models, Windows 8.1 installed
Toshiba has introduced a trio of tablets, with one running Android and the others on Windows 8.1. The Excite Go continues Toshiba's Excite range of Android devices, while the Encore 2 tablets follow on from the original, offering 8-inch and 10-inch displays with a resolution of 1280x800 packed into a 0.4-inch device that's considerably thinner than their predecessor.
Basic-specification HP 7 Plus has 7-inch 1024x600 display, 1GHz quad-core processor
HP has released a new Android tablet running Jelly Bean aimed at the budget market, though to little fanfare. The HP 7 Plus is an entry-level tablet that uses a 7-inch, 1024x600-resolution display and has a relatively sedate list of specifications that is similar to other generic, basic tablets, though HP has opted to sell the 7 Plus for $100.
First Xiaomi tablet equals screen size, resolution of Retina iPad Mini
Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi has launched its rumored first tablet. The Mi Pad shares more than a passing resemblance to the iPad mini with Retina display, with Xiaomi using a 7.9-inch display with a 2048x1536 resolution matching Apple's tablet, though the aluminum finish of the iPad mini has been replaced by brightly-colored shades of plastic similar to that of the iPhone 5C.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 accessory range includes keyboard covers, dock
Lenovo is targeting business users with its latest Windows tablet in the ThinkPad range, succeeding the ThinkPad Tablet 2. Offering a 10.1-inch 1920x1200-resolution display with multitouch and a digitizer for stylus support, the ThinkPad 10 can be used with a collection of accessories that can expand the usefulness of the device from its basic tablet form.
Ruggedized Toughpad tablet is water, dust resistant, downgradable to Windows 7
Panasonic has launched another model for its Toughpad ruggedized Windows tablet range. The Toughpad FZ-G1 has a 10.1-inch 1920x1080-resolution glove-compatible multi-touch display with digitizer and stylus with the entire unit protected against water and dust to IP65 certification level, and shock resistant against drops from a height of up to 180cm (5 feet 9 inches).
New tablet range expands from existing LG G Pad 8.3
LG has unveiled a trio of Android tablets in varying sizes, a tactic used by long-time rival Samsung. Arriving shortly after the G Pad 8.3 release, the new G Pad range consists of the G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0, and G Pad 10.1, and though the three vary in size compared to the earlier launch and each other, measuring 7, 8, and 10.1 inches respectively, they appear to have a similar design aesthetic and could have similar specifications to the 8.3.
Tech company expands device offerings with seven inch tablet following phablet release
A new tablet referred to as the "MiPad" is soon to be released from Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi. The launch of a tablet follows on from Xiaomi's release of the Redmi Note, a 5.5-inch phablet that allegedly sold 1,000,000 units in 34 minutes upon its release in March.
Apple tablet accounts for 92 percent of business tablet activations and rising
The latest quarterly study by business-oriented mobile services company Good Technology continues its general conclusions over the past four years -- that iPhone and iPad dominate the enterprise and business mobile tech arena. In the latest report, the iPhone is down slightly but still holds a majority share, while the iPad continues to grow as Android tablets continue to fade from businesses. More importantly, custom app development continues to center around iOS devices.
CEO Nadella expected to attend small gathering for Surface
Microsoft is inviting members of the media to a Surface event on May 20th in New York City, which could see the software giant unveiling the rumored Surface Mini. While not directly mentioning it, the Surface logo and the hinting "Join us for a small gathering" text at the top of the invitation are subtle hints that a smaller version of Microsoft's tablet is on the way.
Market analyst calls 2014 a 'challenging' year for tablets
Industry analysts IDC have produced its latest quarterly summary for the tablet market covering the the first fourth of 2014, and found that tablet shipment growth overall is rather anemic, with just a 3.9 percent increase from the year-ago quarter. The drop was led by a fall in shipments for the iPad, down 16.1 percent to just 16.4 million units, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has explained the sell-in drop as a shift inventory balance, meaning actual sales were down only slightly.
Aspire Switch 10 features detachable keyboard for maximum flexibility
Acer today unveiled its new consumer product portfolio at a global launch event in New York. Themed "A Touch More Connected," the event showcased Acer's latest two-in-one device, the Aspire Switch 10, as well as the Acer Iconia One 7 tablet, and emerging market-targeted Iconia Tab 7 devices.
Lenovo starts sales of Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ in United States
Lenovo has put the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ on sale in the United States. Unveiled in February and joining the current Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+'s 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display can be set into three different positions, and is backed by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a rear 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 9,000mAh battery. Running on Android 4.3 with 4.4 due soon, Lenovo is selling the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ for $369, with shipping set to begin within three weeks.
Xperia Z2 Tablet with 10.1-inch display initially shipping without LTE
Sony has opened up pre-orders for its Xperia Z2 Tablet in the United States, via its website and through some Sony Stores. Launched at Mobile World Congress in February, the waterproof follow-up to the Xperia Z1 Tablet will be shipping on May 4th, with the 16GB model being sold for $500 and the larger-capacity 32GB version selling for $600.
Report claims Google considering switch from Asus to HTC for next Nexus tablet
HTC may be working with Google to produce the Nexus 8 tablet for a third-quarter release, according to a report. Marking a departure from its previous work with Asus for the Nexus 7 tablet, the move to partnering with HTC apparently stems from previous production discussions before Asus became involved, though there is also talk of it possibly being the last iteration of Nexus tablet.
Tesco will make successor to Hudl tablet, sold 500,000 units
Tesco has confirmed it is working on a follow-up to the Hudl tablet for release sometime this year, after revealing the British retailer sold over 500,000 units of the Android device, reports Hexus. The current model, priced at £120 ($200), has a 7-inch 1440x900 display, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of storage, and a stock installation of Android with apps for Tesco services pre-loaded. Specifications for the updated model remain unknown.
Lumia 2520 travel charger sold in United States also a risk
Nokia has stopped sales of the Lumia 2520 in Europe, over a faulty charger supplied with the tablet. The manufacturer has also issued a product advisory warning over the AC-300 charger, with owners in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom "strongly advised to suspend use of the charger until further notice."
Rumored Samsung tablet uses 2560x1600 resolution, Android KitKat
Details for two Samsung mobile devices have surfaced in two separate rumors. One device appears to be an Android tablet with a 10.5-inch AMOLED display with the model number SM-T800, while the second leak suggests there could be another Windows Phone device coming from the manufacturer after the recent ATIV SE launch.
New Lenovo tablet range offers Dolby audio, low price point
Lenovo has announced a quartet of budget Android tablets it will be releasing later this quarter, with all said to provide high-quality Dolby-powered audio. A pair of seven-inch tablets, the A7-30 and A7-50, will be joined by the eight-inch A8 and the 10.1-inch A10, with all appearing to be focused on offering a basic set of features and specifications at a low cost.
New tablet comes in three sizes, all with LTE optional
As expected, Samsung has launched a trio of Galaxy Tab 4 tablets for the entry-level market. The new line consists of the seven-inch Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, eight-inch Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 devices, all with thinner bezels and less weight than the previous similar models from the Korean manufacturer.
Sony Digital Paper can open, annotate PDF documents using touch, stylus
Sony has unveiled a new tablet that uses an e-ink display for note taking and reading, one it trialled last year. Digital Paper is a 12.6-ounce device with a 1,200x1,600-resolution 13.3-inch display, capable of displaying 16 levels of grayscale, though it differs from e-book readers by offering both touch controls and using an accompanying stylus for handwriting, drawing, or for a finer level of control.
Galaxy Tab 4 could have 2560x1600 resolution, AMOLED screens
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 range has allegedly surfaced, with the 7.0-inch upgrade to the Galaxy Tab 3 appearing leaked marketing image. The rumored tablet collection is thought to have a high-end specification and an AMOLED display, with an uncovered User Agent Profile on Samsung's own servers suggesting that the larger models will ship with a resolution of 2,560x1,600, the same resolution as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
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