Harnessing the iPad as Mac graphics tablet
Professional creation apps often feature built-in support for drawing tablets, though many users never get the chance to take advantage of this, due to the high cost of these input accessories. Astro-HQ, a new company formed by two former Apple engineers, is looking to solve this issue with the release of Astropad, a new tool that turns nearly any iPad into a sketch board for any OS X app. Consisting of a free iOS app and a $50 desktop companion, Astropad looks to be a great option for a graphics artist on a tight budget.
Second-gen phone improves enterprise integration
Privacy company Silent Circle has revealed the second-generation Blackphone and announced plans for a security-focused Blackphone Plus tablet. The Blackphone 2 features a range of hardware upgrades, but many business buyers will also welcome expanded support for enterprise mobile-device management systems, such as Citrix.
The new 10.1-inch tablet makes its debut alongside the M4 phone
Sony has unveiled its new Z4 tablet at Mobile World Congress, claiming the title of world's thinnest and lightest tablet in the 10-inch class. It is also said to integrate the brightest display in the segment, with a battery that promises to last through 17 straight hours of video playback.
The tablet supports 300Mbps LTE
Huawei has introduced the seven-inch MediaPad X2 tablet at Mobile World Congress. The company promotes the MediaPad X1's successor as suitable for use as a phone, with dual SIM slots and a thin-bezel housing that measures just 7.3mm thick. The second generation promises to deliver improved call quality, enhanced software, and better camera and video features.
Lenovo Tab 2 A10, A8 joined by Ideapad Miix 300
Lenovo has launched three tablets at Mobile World Congress. The Tab 2 A10-70 and Tab 2 A8 are Android tablets with 10.1-inch and 8-inch screens respectively, with both boasting Dolby Atmos surround sound audio processing, while the Ideapad Miix 300 is an 8-inch slate that will ship with Windows 8.1 and a one-year subscription to Office 365.
Smartphones joined by trio of Kazam Windows tablets
British smartphone producer Kazam has introduced a number of new devices ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress. The Trooper range of Android smartphones has been bolstered with six new models, with the company also preparing to show off three Windows tablets and two Windows Phone devices at the Barcelona-based tradeshow.
Pre-Mobile World Congress leak confirms 2K display for Sony tablet
Sony has accidentally revealed one of its Mobile World Congress Xperia launches a week before it was supposed to. The company's official Xperia Lounge app briefly showed an image of the Xperia Z4 Tablet, before being pulled from view, and though few details have been revealed in the leak, it appears the tablet may end up being a high-specification device.
Extra funding requested in exchange for more storage, other Jolla Tablet upgrades
Jolla has returned to crowdfunding for its tablet, offering an extra option to backers. The second appearance on IndieGoGo for the Jolla Tablet lists a new higher-capacity device with 64GB of storage, double the original's 32GB capacity, and while new backers can buy the larger-capacity tablet for $249, existing backers can pay $25 to upgrade their 32GB model to the new version.
HP Pro Slate 12, 8 include ultrasound-based Duet Pen stylus input
HP added a large number of tablets to its arsenal, running on Android and Windows. The main launches from the collection are two Android tablets, with the Pro Slate 12 and the Pro Slate 8 both equipped with the Duet Pen, an accessory using Qualcomm's ultrasound technology that lets the user write anywhere nearby and have the text appearing on the tablet automatically.
Former Google engineers borrow heavily from the Microsoft aesthetic
Last year, three ex-Google engineers from the Search and Maps divisions got together and formed Jide Technology. Now, Jeremy Zhou, David Ko, and Ben Luk have debuted the Remix, a combination tablet and laptop, or what the company calls an "ultra-tablet." While it runs on a modified version of Android, the look and feel is very reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface -- giving the new product's title an ironic extra layer of meaning.
Polaroid-branded tablets to have 7, 10.1-inch displays, quad-core processors
Two new tablets produced by Southern Telecom bearing Polaroid branding will be shipping to the United States in the near future, the company revealed during CES. The Polaroid L7 and L10 are budget Android devices with displays measuring 7 inches and 10.1 inches respectively, though it appears that the tablets will be fairly generic units.
Wacom digitizer with 2,048 pressure levels included in Encore 2 Write tablet
Toshiba has unveiled an update to last years' Encore 2 Windows tablet, adding stylus input to the device. Not to be outdone by its premium stablemate, the cheaper Encore 2 Write has a similar 2,048-levels of pressure sensitivity via a Wacom digitizer for both the 10.1-inch and 8-inch versions of the tablet, and ships with extra productivity apps designed to get the most from the stylus.
Toshiba Portege Z20t has 1080p 12.5-inch display, additional keyboard dock
Toshiba is taking on the Surface Pro 3 with a high-powered tablet with Wacom-powered stylus input, offering ten-point multitouch and 2,048 stylus sensitivity levels. The business-focused Portege Z20t is powered by an Intel Core M processor, has a Full HD 12.5-inch IPS screen, with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB and 256GB SSD storage options.
New budget Archos mobile devices include 4G connectivity
Archos is adding more phones and tablets to its Android device range, the company has revealed ahead of next week's CES. Alongside new versions of the 45b, 50b, 50c, 70 and 101 Helium mobile devices, the manufacturer has outlined some details for its 50 Diamond 4G smartphone, as well as its upcoming 4G-equipped 80b Helium budget tablet.
New 10.1-inch tablet will be introduced at CES 2015
Arbor Solution will be introducing its new ruggedized Gladius 10 Android-based tablet for applications such as warehousing, transportation, medical, and mobile point of sale (mPOS) at CES this week. The ruggedized device will be available in the US and Canada beginning in May, with base models starting at $1,030. The unit meets MIL-STD-810G and IP-65 certifications, and offers four-foot drop resistance, a raised bezel for LCD impact protection, and hinged rubber covers over the I/O ports.
Leaked screenshot suggests LG G2 to gain Android Lollipop soon
The Android Lollipop upgrade may reach the LG G2, if a leaked screenshot is to be believed. According to TuttoAndroid, the screenshot is said to show the G2 as running Android 5.0.1, with part of the screenshot showing a new, flatter user interface in line with Material Design principles. No date for the update has been provided -- but if the image is genuine, it could start reaching phones as early as January next year.
LTE-equipped Nexus 9 priced $120 more than Wi-Fi equivalent
A variant of the Google Nexus 9 tablet with cellular connectivity is now on sale in the United States, two months after it was first unveiled. The Nexus 9 LTE, being sold first through T-Mobile before other carriers and Google Play, is identical to the already-available 32GB Wi-Fi model, but includes the requisite cellular radios to connect to T-Mobile's network.
Android tablet deals from zero dollars
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Briefly: AnyAngle iPad case, Red Giant Universe 1.3
Logitech has announced the introduction of a new protective case in its suite of tablet products, the Logitech AnyAngle for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. Featuring an integrated, hidden hinge, the case holds an iPad at any angle within a 50-degree range, keeping that angle in place without tipping or sliding. The stand folds behind the iPad as to create a minimalist appearance, and magnets also secure the stand and assist in holding an angled position. The has a rubberized frame that protects the tablet from accidental bumps and drops, and its hidden magnets keep the case securely closed as to prevent scratches and cracks. Available in a variety of colors, the AnyAngle case will be available this month for $60.
Multitasking Jolla Tablet achieves funding goal within hours
Jolla, a Finnish startup formed by ex-Nokia employees, has moved from creating a smartphone into tablets. The company is aiming to produce the Jolla Tablet, a device running its Sailfish OS, though in a process similar to the ill-fated Ubuntu Edge smartphone, Jolla is trying to cover the cost of production via crowdfunding efforts, with seemingly more success.
Two screen sizes, SSD storage options offered with HP Envy x2 tablets
HP has launched an updated model in its Envy line, one which takes a number of cues from the Microsoft Surface. The HP Envy x2 consists of a tablet running Windows 8.1, and though it does not have the same stylus input as the Surface, it still borrows the large multi-angle kickstand and detachable fabric keyboard cover, allowing it to switch between being a tablet and a notebook.
Android-based Nokia N1 tablet has 7.9-inch display, Z Launcher
Nokia's first hardware release since its break-up with Microsoft is an Android tablet, though rather than producing the device itself, Nokia is applying its branding and design skills with a third-party manufacturer. The N1 possesses a 7.9-inch 4:3 aspect ratio IPS display with a high 2048x1536 resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and using the same fully-laminated zero air-gap process as its smartphones, packed into a 6.9mm-thick aluminum unibody casing highly reminiscent of the iPad mini.
Depth-sensing Project Tango listed as unavailable to purchase
Google's Project Tango has appeared on the Google Play Store, strongly suggesting the search company is making it available to purchase shortly. The development kit is shown with a complete specifications list and a collection of promotional images, including one which displays the multi-sensor back cover for depth sensing and motion tracking.
Cross-device copying and pasting, tablet settings now accessible though the cloud
Graphics tablet and stylus manufacturer Wacom announced the launch of its cloud-based services today, Dropzone and Control Room. The new pieces of cloud software expand on the ability of Wacom owners to access settings and photos from any location with an Internet connection, across OS X, Windows and iOS operating systems.
Android Lollipop update dated for Nvidia Shield Tablet among other updates
Nvidia is finally going to offer its Grid cloud-based gaming service to customers later this month. Nvidia Grid will allow gamers to stream a selection of PC games from its servers over the Internet, similar to PlayStation Now and OnLive, though the GPU producer will only allow owners of the Shield Tablet access initially, before a wider launch of the service to other devices.
New model boosts battery life, reduces thickness and weight
Dell has renewed the Venue 11 Pro, bringing the new Intel Core M processor to the line. As a result of the shift, Dell's laptop replacement tablet has a longer battery life, comes standard with 4GB of RAM, is slightly larger at 10.8mm thick, and now weighs 1.62 pounds. The Venue 11 Pro 7000 series is now available with i3 or i5 processors starting at 2.0GHz, and the addition of the Core M has boosted battery life to a reported 10 hours.
Second Nook-branded Samsung tablet goes on sale in time for holiday shopping
Samsung is continuing to produce devices under its Nook agreement with Barnes & Noble, by launching its second co-branded tablet in time for the holidays. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 follows the same pattern as laid out by the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, in using effectively the same hardware as the standard Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, but combined with Nook software.
Nexus 9 uses 8.9-inch 2048x1536 display, HTC BoomSound front speakers
At the same time as launching the Nexus 6, Google revealed its new larger-sized tablet. The 8mm-thick Nexus 9, produced by HTC, is equipped with an 8.9-inch IPS LCD screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2048x1536, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection, housed in a casing with a soft-grip backing and a brushed-metal trim.
Sony Digital Paper e-ink tablet lowered in price by $100 to under $1,000
Sony has lowered the price of its Digital Paper e-ink tablet aimed at legal professionals and educators, though not by much. The tablet, complete with a 13.3-inch 1,200x1,600 e-ink display equipped with stylus input, a three-week battery life, and Wi-Fi connectivity, is said by The eBook Reader to have dropped from $1,100 to $999.
Standard Yoga 2 tablets offered in two sizes, Pro models jump up to 13-inch screen
Lenovo announced a new slate of Yoga tablets and ultrabooks today, beginning with two Yoga 2 tablet models and a Yoga 3 Pro convertible PC. Each of the new machines fit different consumer needs, from the Yoga 3 Pro "ultra slim" PC with attached keyboard or the Yoga 2 tablets that are powered by either Windows 8 or Android.
High-priced Vaio prototype could go on sale in Japan from May
The second attempt at a Vaio-branded notebook following the sale of Sony's PC business could give the Microsoft Surface some competition. A prototype consisting of a stylus-enabled tablet combined with a wireless keyboard has been shown off at Adobe Max 2014, with the company aiming to appease customers involved in design and illustration fields.
Rumored HTC-produced Nexus 9 may be squarer than earlier devices
Rumors about a HTC-produced Nexus tablet are not continuing to snowball, with two new sources suggesting such a device is on the way. An image on Twitter allegedly shows the back of the fabled tablet, while a separate report stemming from an FCC filing suggests the display could have a slightly different aspect ratio compared to earlier Nexus devices.
Upgraded Android tablet from Tesco ships in range of 64 colors
British retailer Tesco has launched its expected follow-up to the Hudl Android tablet. The Hudl 2 increases the size of the screen from the original's 7-inch 1440x900 to a 1080p 8.3-inch version, powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.83GHz with 2GB of RAM, with a fair number of other areas receiving similar small upgrades.
Nvidia Shield LTE gaming tablet ships in United States
The LTE-equipped version of the Nvidia Shield gaming tablet has gone on sale in the United States. The tablet, which is able to stream gameplay from a gaming PC over a network as well as being able to locally play Android titles, is available at $399 as an unlocked device, though it can also be acquired via AT&T on-contract for $299.
Kids' mini remote-controlled drone debuts
Swann's has introduced a new toy to its remote-controlled Xtreem product range, the Mini Stealth RC Drone. The six-inch gadget is designed for kids of all ages, with a rotor diameter of three inches and a weight of under one ounce. Its 2.4GHz frequency allows the Mini Stealth Drone to fly with a strong signal indoors or outdoors of up to 330 feet, and its dual-blade rotors simplify flying for novice "pilots." The rechargeable Li-poly battery inside the helicopter provides up to seven minutes of continuous flight time, and the remote control is powered by six AA batteries. The Mini Stealth RC Drone is priced at $50.
Hudl 2 believed to be enhanced version of original Tesco Android tablet
British supermarket chain Tesco could be preparing to launch the follow up to its popular Hudl tablet at the start of next month. The retailer has started to send invitations to members of the media for an event set to take place on October 3rd, with the "Let's Hudl" tag line strongly suggesting the tablet will be the main focus of the meeting.
New product lineup adds Dolby Atmos to HDX Fire, new Fire OS
Amazon has completely refreshed its Fire tablet line, and added two new Kindles as well. Leading the pack is a refreshed Fire HD 8.9, with HDX display with a more powerful processor, exclusive Dolby Atmos and the latest Dolby Audio, and all-new Fire OS 4 "Sangria" features and services. Also added are the Fire HD for less than $100, and the Fire HD Kids Edition with a two-year replacement guarantee.
LTE Shield tablet certified for AT&T LTE network
Pre-orders for a version of the Shield gaming tablet with LTE have opened in the United States and Europe. Coming after the Wi-Fi model's release and set to ship on September 30th for both continents, the LTE version adds cellular connectivity, with the mobile device claimed to be certified for AT&T's LTE network, though the unlocked version will also work with a number of other carriers.
Legal filing on Nvidia website pulled following HTC tablet name leak
Nvidia may have inadvertently confirmed the existence of a HTC-produced Nexus tablet. A legal filing by the chip producer names the tablet as the "HTC Nexus 9", something which matches earlier leaks pointing towards a tablet codenamed Flounder and the T1, with the document also suggesting it will be introduced in the next few months.
Dell Cast takes on Chromecast by turning Android tablet into computer
[Updated with new information, photos of Venue 8 7000, tease on Venue 10]
Dell has unveiled two new devices at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), in the guise of a new tablet and accessory. The Venue 8 7000 is an Android tablet claimed to be the world's thinnest at 6mm (0.24 inches), while the Dell Cast is the company's attempt to take on Google's Chromecast, with a version focused on productivity rather than content consumption.
Atom-powered 64-bit VivoTab 8 has 2MP front, rear cameras,
Asus has launched another tablet in its VivoTab range, just a week after its similar IFA launches. The VivoTab 8 is visibly similar Windows 8.1 tablet to the VivoTab Note 8 from February, and though it loses the Wacom digitizer and has the same 8-inch 1280x800 display, Asus has made a number of changes to the tablet's internal specifications.
Field recording through Lightning devices, stand gives tablet users positioning options
Two new products are coming from IK Multimedia, as the company announced the iRig Mic Field and iKlip Xpand Stand. The iRig Mic Field offers high-quality stereo recording through Lightning-compatible devices for projects that need a separate audio recording, like live bands or films. The new iKlip Xpand Stand offers tablet users a way to mount their tablets, giving them the flexibility to use them in a freestanding manner without bulky hardware or permanently attached fixtures.
IFA Alcatel OneTouch launches powered by octa-core processors
Alcatel OneTouch has increased its Hero device range by two at IFA, with a smartphone and a tablet joining the roster. The Hero 2 Android smartphone is powered by an octa-core 2GHz processor behind a 6-inch 1080p display, while the Hero 8 is a tablet with an eight-inch 1920x1200 screen, also backed by a MediaTek octa-core processor.
Toshiba Encore Mini includes Office 365 Personal, entry-level specifications
Toshiba has introduced two devices running Windows 8.1 at IFA, adding to its existing Radius and Encore ranges. The Satellite Radius 11 is a convertible notebook able to switch between tablet and notebook modes, while the Encore Mini is a 7-inch tablet offering full Windows 8.1 with Bing and Microsoft Office 365 Personal preinstalled.
Intel Atom processor used in Lenovo Tab S8 with Burst Performance Technology
Lenovo kicked off its IFA device launches, by revealing its first Intel-powered Android tablet. The Lenovo Tab S8 uses a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 with 2GB of RAM, with the processor's Burst Performance Technology said to help provide more processing power when it is required, in turn saving on battery life when performing lower-impact tasks.
Two smartphones, one smaller Xperia tablet expected for Sony IFA event
Sony is starting to tease devices it is planning to show at IFA next week, with a video trailer hinting that there will be three items revealed. The video, heavily referring to the number three throughout, could be pointing to the launch of the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, and a tablet which could end up being the Z3 Tablet Compact.
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.