LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is the best LG tablet yet
LG has taken some time to gain traction in the mobile devices segment, watching on as its arch-rival Samsung has taken the spotlight with its Android-powered Galaxy S smartphones, Galaxy Tab tablets and Galaxy Note devices. Consumer acceptance of its devices, however, has started to grow as a result of its strategic partnership with Google on the popular Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones. The rumor mill also points to Google tapping LG to develop the successor to the Samsung made Nexus 10 tablet, or possibly an 8-inch variant of the LG G Pad 8.3 being reviewed here. Although not a Nexus device, the LG G Pad 8.3 is a special Google Play Edition version of LG's tablet that runs a stock version of Google's Android. Read on in our full review of the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition to see how it stacks up against the competition.
Budget HP Android tablet ships without typical launch
Following the launch of its Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab phablets, HP has quietly shipped a budget Android tablet, to little fanfare. The HP 8 1401 Tablet offers a 7.85-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024x768, and while it is slightly larger than the average cheap tablet on the market, it still uses a relatively similar list of specifications as its cut-price rivals.
Jury snubs Samsung, Microsoft, others; iPhone 5s passed over for best smartphone
Despite not having a presence at the massive Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, Apple nonetheless scored a win in the Global Mobile Awards, awarded by the governing body of the MWC convention, the GMS (Groupe Speciale Mobile) Association. The iPad Air won for "best mobile tablet," ignoring its various competitors and latest entries from Microsoft, Samsung, LG and others. The HTC One was awarded "best smartphone."
Mid-range Xperia M2 takes style from Xperia Z2, lowers specification
The Xperia M2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet both launched at the same time as the Xperia Z2 earlier today. One attempts to be a value-priced alternative to the Xperia Z2 in appearance and functionality, while the other takes after the name and offers a far larger surface to use. Electronista stayed at the Sony exhibit to look over the two other devices, and work out if they are worth a second glance when compared to the new flagship smartphone.
LTE, 3G connectivity added to Nvidia-produced tablet
Nvidia has refreshed its Tegra Note 7 Android tablet, with new versions supporting the company's i500 LTE modem, and the availability being expanded to more areas of Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine in the coming months. The tablet, sold through regional partners rather than from Nvidia directly, will include two versions of LTE support for the US and Europe, with 3G connectivity still provided for variants in regions currently without LTE cellular networks.
LTE-enabled 8-inch tablet, octa-core smartphone in Archos additions
Archos has listed devices it will be showing at Mobile World Congress next week, with one tablet and three smartphones making the trip to Barcelona. The list is headed up by the 80 Helium 4G, a tablet with an 8-inch 1024x768 IPS display and LTE connectivity, and the 50c Oxygen, a smartphone with a 5-inch 1280x720-resolution display backed by an octa-core Mediatek Cortex A7-based 1.7GHz processor.
Details of upcoming Sony Xperia smartphone, tablet leak
The rumored Sony Xperia D6503 "Sirius" smartphone has allegedly leaked in a new video walkthrough, showing a number of features of the device. Specifications for another Sony device has also surfaced ahead of Mobile World Congress, with the Xperia Z2 tablet, codenamed "Castor," claimed to have a 10.1-inch Triluminos display with a resolution of 1920x1200.
Cut in price of smart watch by AT&T, Best Buy
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has received some cuts in price in the United States, with both Best Buy and AT&T discounting the smart watch. At the same time, more reports are claiming to confirm a successor to the wrist-based device will be revealed at Mobile World Congress later this month, alongside the Galaxy S5, and the Galaxy Tab 4.
tablets, monitors and more
OfficeDepot.com this week has reduced the price on the Asus Transformer Book convertible laptop computer from $350 down to $330, a savings of $20. That makes this about $80 less than the lowest price we could find anywhere else. This convertible computer features a 1.8GHz processor, 32GB of storage, a 10.1-inch multi-touch LED-backlit screen, 1.2MP camera, micro-USB port, Bluetooth and Windows 8.1 pre-installed. It is backed by a one-year warranty from Asus.
32GB version of VivoTab Note 8 hits retail, 64GB version missing
The Asus VivoTab Note 8 has gone on sale in the United States, with Microsoft's online store being the first retailer to offer the Windows 8.1 tablet. Originally confirmed by Asus itself via a leaked user manual before its launch at CES in January, the VivoTab Note 8 has an 8-inch IPS 800x1280 display using a Wacom digitizer, offering over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Note Pro, smaller Tab Pro device pre-orders open today
Samsung is bringing the range of Pro tablets with 2560x1600 displays it launched at CES last month to the United States, with shipments to begin from February 13. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, as well as the 8.4-inch and 10.1-inch models in the Galaxy Tab Pro collection, are all available to pre-order through various retailers from today, as well as through Samsung itself, though it appears all the releases will only offer Wi-Fi and not a carrier connection.
TellTale release second episode of The Wolf Among Us across devices this week
TellTale Games' The Wolf Among Us is releasing its second instalment, an episodic adventure game for iOS, PC, Mac, PS3 and Xbox 360. Based on the comic book series Fables, players take on the role of Bigby Wolf and affect the storyline of the game by their choices throughout the adventure. PC and Mac versions of The Wolf Among Us, Episode 2 will be released Tuesday, with the PS3 and Xbox versions available Wednesday (in the UK) and the iOS version is set for debut on Friday.
ZTE Optik 2 3G tablet available online through Sprint
Sprint has revealed the 3G tablet ZTE Optik 2, now available online for purchase. The tablet has a 7-inch touchscreen display, and runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Featuring a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage, the Optik 2 possesses a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, video recording and flash, and a front-facing camera that enables video chat.
$30 off Kindle Fire HDX
For a limited time at Amazon, save $30 on the 16GB Kindle Fire HDX seven-inch tablet. It is regularly priced at $229, but is dropped to $199 when coupon code "GameOn30" is used at checkout. That makes this the lowest price available on this tablet. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, or Washington. This tablet features a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space, along with Wi-Fi and 1920x1200 resolution. A one-year limited warranty on parts and labor is included from Amazon.
Rumor points to continued Asus partnership
Google may be refocusing its Nexus tablet efforts on the eight-inch market and considering a possible switch to Intel's Bay Trail platform, according to rumors posted on DigiTimes. Unnamed sources in the supply chain suggest Google is experiencing weaker demand in the seven-inch Android segment, as several viable competitors have entered the field with price tags below $175.
Thinner, lighter tablet sacrifices battery, camera resolution
Samsung has launched it a version of its Galaxy Tab range that is claimed to be slimmer and more lightweight than the original version. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite still manages to offer a 7-inch 1024x600 display within its smaller footprint, though at the same time, Samsung has decided to make a few minor reductions to some of the device's specifications.
Kindle Fire HD for $109 and more
Right now at Amazon, save $30 on the Kindle Fire HD Tablet with coupon code 'MAYDAY30' which lowers the price from $139 down to $109 with free US shipping. This tablet features 8GB of storage space, 1280x800 resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, built-in Wi-Fi, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 10 hours on single charge. This tablet is backed by a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor from Amazon.
5.2-inch Xperia smartphone could be joined by new Sony tablet
Sony could be preparing to unveil a new flagship smartphone in the next month, according to a rumor. The codename "Sirius" device is tipped to be launched at Mobile World Congress in February, though it is possible that another device, a high-end tablet codenamed the Sony "Castor" could also make an appearance at the Barcelona-based trade show.
Galaxy Note Pro shows nice design, slow performance
During yesterday's keynote presentation, Samsung official unveiled its new line of Pro tablets. Featuring four Android 4.4 devices, including the 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch Galaxy TabPro, as well as the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, the new tablets have been designed to meet the needs of not only the average consumer, but also business-minded users. We here at Electronista took some time to brave the hectic Samsung booth and spend some time with the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro.
Lenovo maintains competition with Surface
Among the first of Lenovo's CES announcements, the new ThinkPad 8 represents the company's latest midsize tablet powered by Windows 8. Powered by Intel's Bay Trail hardware, it aims to compete with Microsoft's own Surface lineup and other players in the segment. We met with Lenovo in Las Vegas for a quick hands-on preview ahead of the ThinkPad's public debut.
Miix 2 10, Miix 2 11 joins existing 8-inch Lenovo tablet
Lenovo is adding two more to the Miix 2 convertible Windows 8.1 tablet line, joining the existing 8-inch version the computer producer launched in October last year. The Miix 2 10 and Miix 2 11 offer 10.1-inch and 11.6-inch 1080p displays respectively, with an accompanying keyboard dock attaching to the side of the tablet using magnets and turning it into a notebook.
X1 made of carbon fiber, Thinkpad 8 full Windows 8 tablet
PC manufacturer Lenovo today at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show announced additions to its product portfolio -- the third-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the company's lightest 14-inch ultrabook, and the ThinkPad 8, a premium eight-inch tablet offering what the company calls "a full PC experience on the move." To complement its laptop line, Lenovo has also introduced the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock Pro, an enhanced docking solution through a single cable connector.
Microsoft Surface Tablet for $330 and more
Currently on sale at BestBuy.com is the Microsoft Surface tablet with 64GB of storage, which has been reduced from $380 down to $330, making it the best price we've seen by $50. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This tablet features 64GB of storage space, Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility, built-in Wi-Fi, an integrated kick stand, and has Windows 8 pre-installed. Included is a one-year warranty and 90 days tech support from Microsoft.
Iconia W4 ships with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013
Acer has allegedly started shipping its Iconia W4 tablet in the United States, months after its initial expected shipping time in October last year. Though the computer producer states the eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet will be available later this month in both the US and Europe, it has apparently been listed by a number of online retailers as available to purchase.
Kid-friendly tablet offers art lessons, custom animations, stylus
Film production company DreamWorks is working with Fuhu, creators of the Nabi tablet line, to produce a new tablet range for children. The DreamTab will be an 8-inch Android-based tablet that will feature regular and automatic content updates from DreamWorks itself, including educational apps animations of DreamWorks characters teaching the viewer about the tablet.
Three models with quad-core processors, Kit Kat to ship in spring
Polaroid is announcing the newest addition to their tablet offerings, the Polaroid Q Series at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new revisions are comprised of the Q7 seven-inch model, Q8 eight-inch tablet, and Q10 10.1-inch model. All three sizes are Wi-Fi enabled, and feature quad-core processors, and run the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
Patent awarded at end of 2013 shows single screen spanning two tablet halves
Samsung is still working on a folding tablet with a single seamless screen, according to a newly-granted design patent. The USPTO filing shows a tablet that appears to consist of two halves of a tablet that closes like a book, but still retains a single screen without a central seam or hinge in the middle of the display, something that the company has been working on for some time.
Name of Asus Windows 8.1 tablet confirmed in website error
Asus has accidentally confirmed the existence of the rumored VivoTab Note 8 tablet, by publishing its instruction manual. The PDF on the company's website, still accessible at the time of writing, confirms the tablet's name and Windows 8.1 as its operating system, as well as giving a general view of the front and back of the tablet, and basic operating instructions.
Apps to keep you beholden to no tech master
(This is the fifth in a series that showcases apps the staff at MacNN and Electronista use and recommend. The first installment, discussing media streaming and playback apps, is here. The second covered photo-editing apps, the third looked at music apps, and the fourth focused on board game conversions.)
One of the biggest perks of being a technology writer is getting to play with a bunch of the latest toys from lots of companies, sometimes before they come out. At any given moment, my house holds maybe four tablets, three to five smartphones, and two or three notebooks and desktops, including my own personally-owned tech, of course. In order to work across these multiple devices, I've had to develop a healthy agnosticism when it comes to platforms. This article on My Five Apps, then, will be an attempt to convert you to that view: The One True Tech Faith of No True Tech Faiths.
Smaller tablet rumor follows similar Galaxy Note Pro report
Samsung is working on another tablet in the Pro line of Galaxy tablets, if rumors stemming from an FCC filing are to be believed. The SM-T320 in the filing is thought to be called the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, and though it will be in the same family as the rumored 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, the Tab aspect suggests it will not have the same stylus-based input of its Note counterparts.
Tegra 4 tablet adds support for left-handed stylus use
Nvidia has released an update for the Tegra Note 7, introducing a number of improvements to the Tegra 4 tablet. The firmware update for all branded versions incorporates Android 4.3, the ability to transfer apps and data files from internal memory to a microSD card, and a number of other security and bug fixes, stylus, and camera changes.
Video teases possible Windows, Android tablet spotted in early December
A dual-booting tablet may be making an appearance at CES, according to a new teaser video from Asus. The hardware producer has released a clip of a computer-generated Statue of Liberty, showing the peace hand gesture and holding a color-changing tablet in the air, with the alternating green and blue hinting at a device that runs both Android and Windows.
8-inch Windows tablet from Asus appears in presentation
Asus may be preparing to release another Windows tablet in the VivoTab range, according to a new leak from a presentation. A low-resolution image for what is described as the VivoTab Note 8 has surfaced, apparently showing it will have some form of stylus support, as well as a list of specifications suggesting it will have a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom "Bay Trail" SoC for processing.
Datawind tablet aims to bridge 'digital divide' with lowest cost tablet
A provider of wireless web access products, Datawind, has announced the release of three new affordable Android tablets and 'phablets' -- the UbiSlate 7Ci, UbiSlate 7C+, and UbiSlate 3G7 -- starting at $38. The UbiSlate devices are powered by a Cortex A8 1GHz processor, theoretically of the same calibre as the original iPad from 2010. Containing 512MB of RAM (twice that of the original iPad), its 4GB flash storage can be supplemented up to 32GB through its microSD card slot.
Initial launch of Adam II in India, other regions expected in future
Notion Ink has finally launched its follow-up to the Adam tablet, one which offers an unusual secondary display. Accompanying the 10.1-inch, 1280x800 IPS LCD screen on the Adam II is a 100x5-resolution ticker-style display mounted on the side, offering up notifications and contextual data in a way that resembles the spine of a book or magazine.
Commercial version of educational tablet touts included data connections
The creator of the Aakash 2 tablet, an educational Android slate sold in India, has launched a commercial version in the United Kingdom. Though the range of 7-inch UbiSlate tablets do not match the entry-level specifications found in retailer-branded budget tablets like the Tesco Hudl, it does appear to be competing on sheer pricing of the hardware to consumers alone.
Asus working with major US operator on second-quarter release
Asus has launched its rumored PadFone Mini in Taiwan, as well as revealing that part of the PadFone range will be making its way to the United States in the future. The smartphone and tablet-dock system seen in earlier, larger iterations is now available as a 4.3-inch 960x540-resolution smartphone that combines with a tablet with a 7-inch 1,280x800 display.
Smaller Nokia tablet retains 1080p IPS display of Lumia 2520
More details for Nokia's rumored 8.3-inch tablet have surfaced, suggesting that the Lumia 2020 will ship with a 1080p-resolution IPS display. The device, a smaller form of the Lumia 2520 tablet, was spotted alongside its larger stablemate on import entries to India, which if true would see both tablets aiming to be released in the country in the future.
No Glasses 3D tablet can convert 2D images to 3D
A tablet promising glasses-free 3D has been launched by accessory maker Hammacher Schlemmer. The No Glasses 3D tablet sports an 8-inch LCD display that can display a different image to each eye when seen from straight ahead, in a similar way to how one of the screens on the Nintendo 3DS operates, with the company claiming to do it without "uncomfortable, color-distorting lenses."
Smaller device combination uses 4.3-inch smartphone, 7-inch tablet
Asus is launching a smaller version of its combinable smartphone and tablet-dock device range in the very near future. Invitations have been sent out to the media for a launch event in Taiwan on Wednesday, 11th of December, with the invitation naming the Padfone Mini outright as the device being shown off by the company.
Unexpected high sales of entry-level Android tablet causes stock shortages
Sales of the Tesco Hudl entry-level Android tablet have been sufficient enough for the British supermarket chain to plan for a sequel. After selling more than 35,000 just days after launch, the retailer has revealed that it has managed to shift more than 300,000 units of the tablet from its shelves, far more than the company originally planned for the run-up to Christmas.
Asus tablet variants in filing will run Windows, Android, or both
A tablet from Asus capable of running two operating systems has appeared in an FCC filing. The tablet, going under the model names M82T, L82T, and R82T, is able to run on both Android KitKat and Windows 8, though a further six variants are listed as Windows-specific and Android-specific models, suggesting there will be a total of nine available using the same base hardware.
Android tablets from Gigaset launching initially in Germany
German electronics producer Gigaset is stepping into the world of Android tablets, by launching two new devices. The 10-inch QV1030 and the eight-inch QV830 are aluminum-clad slates running Android 4.2.2, and while the larger version targets the high-end market, the smaller model attempts to tempt those looking for a more generic, mid-range device.
Initial impressions of Nokia's first Lumia tablet
Even as its mobile division gets swallowed by Microsoft, Finnish manufacturer Nokia has released a new tablet, the Lumia 2520. The new device makes Nokia one of the few manufacturers still supporting Microsoft's struggling tablet platform, with the other being Microsoft itself. We've gotten our hands on Nokia's new tablet, and have formed a few initial impressions on the Lumia 2520.
Smaller Nokia Windows RT tablet rumored for release early next year
Nokia could be planning to release a smaller Windows RT tablet in the coming months, one that would in theory compliment its current 10.1-inch Lumia 2520, according to a new rumor. The Lumia 2020, thought to be the eight-inch "Illusionist" tablet that surfaced earlier this month, could be heading to market in the first quarter of 2014.
SnowLizard SLPower 7 portable battery charger
Owning a smart phone or a tablet is great, but having the battery die while on the go is not so great. There are various ways to avoid having this happen -- one of them being a portable battery charger. SnowLizard's SLPower 7 charger provides 7000mAH of power that can be used to simultaneously charge two tablets or smartphones. Electronista has one of these to give away to our readers.
Twitter account of Nintendo engineer hints at possible tablet
Nintendo could be working on its own Android tablet, according to a report. The game console producer is said to be in the process of making a tablet specifically for educational games, something which will be a marked departure from Nintendo's existing hand-held devices, such as the Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS, and the gamepad used on the Wii U console.
Android vendors other than Samsung see single-digit share
A report from Chinese business data pollsters Analysys combined with shipment reports compiled by DigiTimes indicates that in the fledgling Chinese tablet market, Apple is the surprise winner - dominating sales by a long way over rival Samsung, the only other vendor to achieve double-digit sales. According to the figures, Apple has 51.7 percent of the market, followed by Samsung at 13 percent, with Lenovo at 9.1 percent.
Tegra 4 tablet shipping November 19th with EVGA branding
Nvidia has opened up pre-orders for its Tegra Note 7 tablet through NewEgg, ahead of its release on November 19th. The tablet uses the company's own Tegra 4 System-on-Chip, consisting of a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with a 72-core GPU, with the device being distributed and co-branded by EVGA in the United States.
SwitchEasy CANVAS case can prop tablet at any angle
SwitchEasy has announced the immediate availability of its updated iPad case, Canvas for iPad Air. Encasing the Air's front and back, its outer layer is soft to hold while its inner shell is composed of a protective polycarbonate. The patterned, microfiber inner lining of the case does not damage the screen and also provides a slide-proof canvas for propping the tablet at any angle. Strong magnets lock the screen cover in place, engaging the iPad Air's sleep function. The Canvas unit is accompanied with a screen guard, microfiber cloth, screen squeegee, two headphone jack protectors, and to lightning connector protectors. Available in four colors, the SwitchEasy Canvas for iPad Air is available for $50.