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Entegra Crossfire Pro turns modular tablet dream into reality

While Google is taking its sweet time on Project Ara, someone else might have beaten it to the punch when it comes to a modular tablet. Enter Crossfire Pro, Entegra Technologies’ own version of a tablet with somewhat replaceable parts.

The Crossfire Pro doesn’t seem to be as smooth or as modular compared to Project Ara, but that’s mostly because the tablet is designed for a different market. The tablet has a more rugged look and feel to it, as it has industrial and commercial uses in mind when it was created. The size and weight, for one, might be a bit daunting, at 11 in x 8.5 in 0.85 in and weighing just over 1 kg. The screen, however reaches only 9.7 inches in the diagonal and only has a 1024×768 pixel resolution. It does claim to be daylight-readable, though, and can work with you finger, gloves, or a stylus. Continuing our journey outside, we see a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.

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It is inside, however, where things get interesting. Unlike most tablets, the Crossfire Pro runs on an Intel M Series N2930, a Computer on Module or COM, not unlike a System on Chip (SoC) but a bit close to become a full-blown computer. This COM has four cores that can run at a max of of 2.16 GHz. It also comes with a Gen7 Intel graphics chip similar to that found on an Intel HD 4000 GPU. The tablet also has 4 GB of RAM and a 64 GB mSATA drive. While it seems that it comes with Windows 8 out of the box, Entegra wants users to know that they can dual boot with Linux or Android as well. For wireless connectivity, you have WiFi (MiMo), Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE. For wired connections, you do have USB 2.0 and 3.0, a mini HDMI port, and an SD card slot.

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Of course, the biggest, perhaps the only, selling point of this tablet is that those internal parts, including the battery, are, in theory, swappable with other components. Whether it be the COM, RAM, hard drive, or the various input/output ports, those can be upgraded with nary a worry. Unfortunately, it seems that the camera and the screen do not enjoy the same modularity as the other parts of the system. But Entegra is taking “modular” beyond the definition popularized by Phonebloks and Project Ara. It is also making room for modules, practically expansion peripherals, that add some functionality or utility to the tablet, like a carrying handle, a Point of Sale dock, a clamshell keyboard,and a desk dock.

Before you get all excited for the Crossfire Pro, be aware that, for now, it isn’t being marketed towards consumers. Entegra is, however, hopeful that there will be an expansion into that market soon, within 9 months to be exact. There also isn’t much modules yet available for it, so the company plans to keep the hardware and software open and invite universities to take part in building those modules for the tablet.

SOURCE: Entegra
VIA: HotHardware

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Specs for LG’s G Pad 7 tablet revealed in benchmark test

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LG’s new G Pad line of three tablets (7, 8 and 10.1 inches respectively) have officially been outed, but individual specs have not yet been released — until now, at least for the G Pad 7, that is.

According to a recent AnTuTu benchmark for the device, it’ll come with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU at 1.2GHz, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, a 1.3 MP front shooter and a 3.2 MP main camera. The screen, of course, measures at 7-inches and display resolution is 1280 x 800.

So we’re essentially looking at your basic, entry-level tablet, but it’ll surely run buttery smooth. A fine device for sure, but that will really all depend on what LG will be selling it for. Stay tuned for more.

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Source: AnTuTu

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[Deal Alert] 80% Off ZooGue Padded Zipper Tablet Travel Bag with Handles


Getting your tablet from point A to point B safely can be a trick sometimes. Cases and folios can help, but a bag is often a safer bet and they offer you a bit more storage for cables and other things you need. Lets face it, a tablet now a days is just as precious and needed as our laptops.  If you have been looking for a bag for your tablet you might want to take advantage of a deal that Zoogue is offering right now on their padded zipper travel bag.


ZooGue Tablet Zipper Bag for TabletsThe bag measures in at 11 1/4″ x 9″ x 3/4″ and will fit any tablet that is 7 – 10 inches (cool leather case not included). The deal is only available to U.S. shipping addresses though. To take advantage of the deal you will need to head over to the bags page on Zoogue, add it to your cart and checkout. When you get to step 5 enter the code BAGDEAL. That will bring the price down to $3.99 from $24.99, but you will still need to pay the $2.99 standard shipping. Still, a cool little bag for your tablet for $6.98 + tax is pretty good.



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E FUN 8-inch Nextbook Android Tablet Now Available For $100

E Fun, a company based in California, has just announced the availability of its 8-inch Nextbook Android tablet in the market. This is the first Nextbook tablet of the company to use a quad core processor. It comes with a 7.85-inch high-definition touch screen, uses Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and already has access to the Google Play Store.

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According to Jason Liszewski, managing director and VP of sales for E FUN, “E FUN is one of the top selling tablet brands in the U.S. because of the great value our products provide to customers. The Nextbook 8 meets the sweet spot of design, performance and content partners, providing a great out of box experience for customers. E FUN continues to lead the way in quality, value-priced consumer electronics with our latest tablet introduction.”

Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean)
  • 8″ touchscreen, 1024 x 768 resolution
  • 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A9 quad-core processor
  • 1GB DDR3 of system memory
  • 8GB internal memory, expandable via microSD card to 64GB
  • Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Dual webcams with microphone: 2-megapixel back-facing and 0.3-megapixel front-facing
  • Micro HDMI port to send 1080p HD video to an HDTV or computer
  • USB 2.0 High speed slot and microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 64GB
  • Built-in G sensor
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
  • Built-in b/g/n 802.11 Wi-Fi connection
  • Weighs 0.86 lbs; 7.79″ x 0.37″ x 5.37″ dimensions

E Fun is a company known for releasing affordable tablets. Its previous products were not that popular among consumers despite being affordable since it didn’t come with Google services. The company has since added Google services in its new products to solve this issue.

On paper the 8-inch Nextbook Android tablet is a decent device considering that it costs only $100 over at Walmart. You will already be a tablet that uses a quad core processor combined with 1GB of RAM. This should be sufficient enough to provide a smooth user experience. At a resolution of 1024 x 768 its display is not one of the best that you can find however it’s not that bad either. If you use it to update your social networks, read emails, or watch streaming videos then its resolution will be fine. There’s a rear and front camera which you can use to take quick photos or use to do video calls with your friends.

This device comes with several apps pre-loaded in it so that it can be used immediately straight out of the box.  It comes with Google Play as well as other Google apps such as Google Play Gmail, Chrome, Google Talk, Google+, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Drive. It also comes with the Barnes and Noble NOOK for Android app that allows users to easily buy and read books.

The E FUN 8-inch Nextbook Android tablet is perfect for consumers looking for an inexpensive mobile device which they can use for simple everyday tasks.

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Asus FonePad 7 (FE170CG) Budget Tablet Detailed In Company Website

Last month Asus announced that it would soon be releasing a redesigned FonePad 7 (FE170CG) tablet that would be using the new ASUS ZenUI interface. This new tablet comes with a 7-inch display and can be used like a phone to make and send calls or text messages. This model is now being detailed further by the company’s website and has been on sale in Thailand for the past few days now.

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The Asus FonePad 7 (FE170CG) is marketed as a budget device thus it’s no wonder that it comes with a weaker processor and a lower screen resolution when compared to last year’s FonePad 7 model.

Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with ZenUI
  • Network: 3G (WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100), 2G (EDGE/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900)
  • 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) display with Anti-Fingerprint Coating
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Dual SIM with dual standby
  • 2MP rear camera, 720p video recording
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 10.7 mm thick and weighs 290 grams
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB / 8GB internal memory, expandable memory via microSD
  • 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 3950 mAh battery

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This model uses a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2520 Clover Trail+ processor which was launched by Intel last year. This chip is designed to provide great performance while consuming little power. It comes with two cores that each uses Hyper-Threading technology which allows for faster web browsing and smoother HD video playbacks.

The 7-inch display of this device now comes with a lower resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels compared to the 800 x 1280 pixels that last year’s model was using.

One of the features that weren’t mentioned by the company previously is that this model will also be coming with a dual SIM variant. This allows consumers to insert two SIM cards on the device allowing them to connect to two mobile networks at the same time. This makes it easier to separate business and personal contacts or can be used simply to take advantage of the promos of two carriers at the same time. The single SIM variant of this device will only be available in white color while the dual SIM variant comes in black, white, red, and blue.

In terms of specifications there’s really nothing to be excited about this tablet. One thing that it excels at is its battery life which can reportedly last up to 10 hours on a single charge. This makes it a perfect travel companion as it doesn’t need to be charged constantly.

Consumers looking for a tablet that’s priced affordable and can make calls and send text messages should consider getting the Asus FonePad 7 (FE170CG). There’s still no information as to when the global rollout of this device will start however over at Thailand it is already available for 4190 Thai Baht or roughly US$130.

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Samsung’s 13.3-inch LCD tablet plans leaked

It seems that Samsung isn’t content with its gigantic 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro. This latest leak divulges three of Samsung’s upcoming tablets, including one with an even more gigantic 13.3-inch screen.

Also included in this insider information are two AMOLED tablets. Since December, Samsung has already been rumored to be returning to AMOLED for its tablets. Just last week, one such tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, was named. This tablet is believed to sport the new Exynos 5 octa-core CPU and a WQHD 2560×1600 screen, albeit in a strange 10.5-inch size. A little smaller but equally strange is an 8.4-inch model, with the codename “klimt”. This one also has the same WQHD resolution on a smaller space, giving it a rather high pixel density of 359 ppi.

Perhaps unexpected is the revelation of an upcoming gargantuan tablet. The 13.3-inch “Warhol”. While it has the same WQHD resolution, given its size, it also has the lowest ppi at 227. The T in its model name, T911 and T910 for the 3G and WiFi-only models respectively, imply that it will be part of the Tab series rather than an S-Pen enabled Note. Unlike the other two, it will not be lucky enough to have an AMOLED screen but will instead go with the usual LCD technology. Other than that, not much else is known about this tablet, even in rumors.

The biggest, pardon the pun, question is whether there is any market for this strange and awkward size. 13.3 inches is large enough for a notebook, but Android laptops have had less success than Chromebooks. Considering that the Galaxy Note Pro and the large Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 are believed to not be selling well, this is a rather risky investment for Samsung. Then again, the Korean manufacturer hasn’t exactly been known for being cautious when saturating the mobile market with every hardware configuration known to man.

VIA: GSMArena

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ASUS MeMo Pad 7 leaked with an Intel chipset

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ASUS seems to be working on a refresh to its MeMo Pad 7 tablet according to a new leak. And interestingly, this new version of the company’s popular 7 inch tablet is said to be running on an Intel Bay Trail processor.

We knew that Intel is vying to get into the Android segment again after its plans for the smartphone market didn’t quite come to fruition. Rumors have even indicated that Google might use an Intel made SoC for the upcoming Nexus tablet.

The tablet is said to be featuring a 7 inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1GB of RAM and 8/16GB of internal storage. We’re guessing it will run Android 4.4 out of the box although there’s no confirmation of that at the moment.

The processor running on the new MeMo Pad 7 is the 1.3 GHz quad core Atom Z3745 with a 1.8 GHz turbo boost, akin to Intel’s desktop and notebook CPUs. It is said that the manufacturer will offer the tablet in bright colors including the standard white and black options. Going by the hardware specs sheet, we don’t expect the pricing to be steep.

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Source: MobileGeeks.de

Via: Talk Android

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Details leak on new 13.3-inch tablet from Samsung

Boasting a screen size of 12.2 inches, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are gargantuan tablets, but it looks like Samsung is setting its sights higher. According to GSMArena, the manufacturer is working on a tablet with a 13.3-inch display. The tablet, which is codenamed “Warhol”, will apparently be available in both 3G and Wi-Fi only variants (T911 and T910).



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Five tablets Mom will love this Mother’s Day

Moms love to game, they love to read, and they love to browse the web. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be doing that just like we do, via a tablet or smartphone. If the Mother in your life sounds like one who could use a tablet, we’ve got a few suggestions. No matter what kind of Mom yours is, there’s a tablet out there for her.

For the busy Mom

Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs are, hands down, the most robust offering in the Android universe. They pack a ton of utility into a slim frame, and have one of the best screens you’ll find. Samsung brings the heat with top-end specs and expandable memory, too, so Mom will never go wanting. With a variety of screen sizes, she’ll be able to get exactly what she wants.

Hardware is great, but Samsung software is where things really get interesting. Their new UI is wonderful for a Mom who wants a tablet for work and play, as the Magazine interface puts everything at the tip of her finger, right form the home screen. An endless array of apps via Google’s Play Store means your Mom will be able to find just about anything she wants or needs.

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Mom’s who are on the go

The Mom in your life may not have time to roll out a big 10-inch tablet, but she wants a device that doesn’t leave her squinting at her phone for watching movies and such. When Mom is out and about, there is no tablet better than a Nexus 7. The slim form factor lets her slip it into just about any bag she may be carrying, and the sleek black shell looks good anywhere.

The Nexus 7 is powerful enough to handle just about anything Mom can toss at it, too. A Snapdragon 600 powers the Android flagship tablet, and a new Google Now launcher is great for a Mom who needs info fed to her quickly and easily. A camera lets her snap pics, but try to remind her that’s just not alright, will ya?

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The mobile shutterbug Mom

Mom isn’t listening about your complaints regarding mobile photography with a tablet? Fine, meet her halfway. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra isn’t technically a tablet, but sure is passable as one (we’re still not calling a device this big a phone, sorry). If Mom wants the large view-finding experience a tablet offers, but doesn’t want to tote around a 10-inch-plus screen, the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra is a great choice.

Sony always packs a punch with their cameras, and the Z Ultra is no different. While it may not have the 20MP shooter little brother Xperia Z2 has, it gets the job done with an 8MP camera. Sony’s editing software is also top-notch, as are their photo skins. Mom will have a great time taking pics with this one, and we won’t be embarrassed when she does. She can even upload on the go!

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Mom’s a reader!

Is that special mom in your life a bookworm? There amy be nothing better than a Kindle tablet this Mother’s Day. Amazon has a wide lineup of tablets, coming in a variety of screen sizes and specs. Centerred around Amazon’s media offerings, a Kindle is a great choice for the reader in your life.

Newer Kindle tablets also come with MayDay, Amazon’s take on customer service. If Mom is the low-tech type, a Kindle is a great choice for that reason as well. She won’t have to bug yo to “fix” her tablet anymore!

Of course, Amazon has a fairly limited ecosystem, so if Mom needs more than a really good eReader and media consumption device, feel free to pass. The Kindle app is available on any platform, so she can read to her heart’s desire while enjoying great apps from the Play Store. A Kindle tablet also works best with a Prime membership, so taking full advantage is not a one-time cost.

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For the untethered Mom

Is Mom always on the go, never near an outlet? You could get her a battery pack, but that doesn’t really solve the issue — you just have to charge multiple things. Your best bet? A Lenovo Yoga tablet. The somewhat strange bulbous bottom (or side) end actually hides a massive battery that lasts quite a bit longer than other devices.

The little end piece also makes holding the Yoga tablet a dream, especially for extended periods. While Lenovo may not be on your radar for tablets, we’re big fans of the Yoga. The already great screen was recently updated, giving a stronger resolution. No matter which Yoga tablet you choose, though, you won’t go wrong.

Yoga also has a unique stand feature, rendering aftermarket cases that are little more than stands useless. With a Yoga, you get a nice all-in-one that lasts quite a while. It may not be as slim as other tablets, but we find the longer battery life and ease of use a much better tradeoff for the tired monolith design.

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Conclusion

Mom’s are special, and even though they may not let you know it — they love gadgets, too. Tablets are a great choice for Mom, and we think these five (or, four with one massive smartphone, really) are ones she’d love carrying around or leaving at home.

We know, you’re looking for our pick, here. While all are great offerings, we’d have to go with Lenovo. Th battery life is outstanding, and the screen is marvelous. Lenovo also doesn’t trip over Android’s toes with a heavy UI. The form factor is a bit different on first inspection, but with use you really start to realize why it’s so uniquely pleasant.

If the Mother in your life isn’t as tech-centric as you are, a tablet can also be a good way to introduce her to all the great things mobile tech can do. This Mother’s Day, give tablets a look for Mom. You can get most of these devices at many major retailers, so a quick trip to the store may make you a hero this Sunday.

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Deal: New Nexus 10 16GB for $269 With Free Shipping

Deal:  New Nexus 10 16GB for $269 With Free Shipping

Ready for the deal of the week? eBay is currently selling brand new Nexus 10 16GB models for $269 with free shipping. That is a hell of a discount when you consider the fact that Google originally sold this tablet for $399.

The Nexus 10 has been sold out on Google Play for months, so we aren’t exactly sure how new units are showing up now on eBay, and at this insanely low price. You won’t see us complaining, though. This is my personal go-to 10-inch tablet – has been for almost a year. 

If you are in the market for a 10-inch tablet, get your wallet out.

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16GB Nexus 10 now available for $269.99 via eBay

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The Nexus 10 tablet is nearly two years old, but is still pretty much existent. A new eBay Daily Deals promo is now offering the 16GB version of the tablet for just $269.99. As you would imagine, the deal will only last until the end of the day, so make up your mind quickly if you’re interested in getting Google’s only large sized Nexus tablet. Considering that it costs barely more than the 2013 Nexus 7, we think the price is well worth it.

Bear in mind, this isn’t a refurbished model but a brand new unit fresh out of the assembly line. We specify this because eBay Daily Deals promotions like these usually sell the refurbished variants of popular devices for throwaway prices.

The Nexus 10 is a pretty solid tablet even for a 2012 device. It packs a 10.1 inch 2560 x 1600 resolution display, a high power 1.7 GHz dual core Exynos 5250 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a 9,000 mAh battery. Any takers?

Source: eBay

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According to the IDC, tablet sales are heavily declining

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), tablet sales have showed a significant decrease upon this years Q1 sales as compared to 2013′s Q1 sales. We’ll use Apple and Samsung as examples considering they are by far the two largest tablet distributors in the world. During Q1 of this year Apple had a 16.4 million units shipped and Samsung had 11.2 million, which is both a far cry from last years Q1 as Apple had a whopping 40.2 million shipped and Samsung had 17.5 million.

Obviously there’s a lot that factors into this, with the craze of tablets finally a couple years in, are people now just tired of them? Or perhaps there’s no reason to buy another now that most have gotten one already either from this past Christmas or the previous. Then again, the same argument can’t be made when it comes to smartphones as they sell just as great each and every year. My guess is the tablet craze has died down a bit and perhaps it’ll take something revolutionary and innovative for it to go back up again.

What do you guys think? Do most people not care about tablets anymore, or was it just a mere fad during its heightened popularity? Let us know!

source: IDC

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Acer announces Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7 tablets

Acer today announced a new budget Android tablet: the Acer Iconia One 7. The tablet is expected in the United States and Canada this May for the low low price of $130. The Iconia One 7 isn’t the only Android tablet that Acer’s announced today — there’s also an Iconia Tab 7 which brings a cellular radio and the ability to place calls to the tablet. Because if there’s one thing we want from our 7-inch tablets, it’s to hold them up to our faces.



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Acer Iconia B1-730 HD expected to mix the old and the new

Acer has put its Iconia B1 tablet through a number of iterations already and looks like it isn’t done yet. A recent leak reveals that the next version of the tablet will sport some familiar specs as well as new ones, like a better processor and, as the name implies, an HD display.

The very first Acer Iconia B1 was officially unveiled early 2013 and sported some rather mid-tier specs, even for devices of that period. Time again, Acer has tried to bring in something new to the brand, with new colors and, early this year, some upgraded specs. Now the company is rumored to be giving the tablet yet another go, improving on some areas but once again leaving others untouched.

Perhaps most notable is that this incarnation of the Iconia B1 finally moves into the HD age, with a 7-inch display capable of supporting a resolution of 1280×800. The processor has also seen a substantial change, moving from a 1.3 dual-core processor, which we presumed was a MediaTek, to a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560. In all other aspects, the tablet is pretty much the same, including the 1 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, and the microSD card slot for more space.

The body of the Iconia B1-730 HD does seem to have changed slightly, particularly the rear cover. Although the previous Iconia B1 also had a textured surface, this new one seems to have gone with a particular design that’s reminiscent of NVIDIA’s tablet designs. The Acer Iconia B1-730 HD still has no definite availability details, but if previous models are any indication, this tablet will similarly be sold at a price that will not make your wallet weep.

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Xiaomi’s upcoming tablet to sport a high resolution display and a NVIDIA or Intel SoC

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According to rumors coming out of Taiwan, Xiaomi’s upcoming tablet could sport a high resolution 7.9 inch 2048 x 1536 resolution display, thus rivaling the display of the Apple iPad. It is also said that the Chinese manufacturer is in talks with Intel as well as NVIDIA to supply the chipset for this new high-end tablet. It was initially reported that the company will announce its first tablet on the 23rd of April, but that didn’t materialize.

This rumored tablet could cost as low as $160 according to Taiwanese sources, which could be more than competitive considering the hardware expected to be on offer. This tablet has sparked off interest among global users as well since the manufacturer is expected to expand into international markets soon. The company formally started its global expansion with the launch of the mi.com website where several devices will be on offer.

It will be interesting to see how the manufacturer will handle this global launch, especially in markets like the U.S. which is dominated by Apple and Samsung at the moment.

Source: Focus Taiwan

Via: Phone Arena

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This week’s sidebar poll: Tablets – who’s using one?

We talk a lot about tablets here at Mobile Nations. The big four (Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows) all have a tablet or tablets available, and while some may have been tossed aside others are all the rage. At least on the Internet, they are. Sales numbers and analysts aside tell us all manner of things, but as usual, I know the best way to find out what you guys and gals think or do is to just ask.

So that’s what I’m doing this week. Are you part of the so-called post-PC generation, or do tablets just not offer anything you need? It’s an interesting topic, as you can pick up a Chromebook for as little as $200 and some phones can do just about anything you can do on a tablet now. So tell us!

There’s a poll on the front page, in the right-hand sidebar. You’ll also find it below. Take a minute and share with us all.


Do you use a tablet?



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Japan Display ships first samples of 4K, 10.1-inch tablet LCDs

While smartphone screen sizes appear to be closing the gap between the mobile phone and tablet, larger handheld devices are further advancing screen technology and Japan Display is looking to add 4K to the mix. The company has announced a new 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a “4K2K” resolution (3840 x 2160). This would provide a super high-definition experience for tablet owners with a pixel density of 438ppi, comparable to premium smartphones.



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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet goes up for pre-order starting at $499 for 16GB

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In the market for a new tablet? Listen up. Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet has finally been made available for pre-order through the company’s online store. The price tag reads $499 for 16GB of storage or $599 when opting for 32GB.

While it may seem expensive, the Xperia Z2 Tablet does pack some punch. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM sits inside and the display, which is 10-1 inches, features Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology. Also, it is water and dust resistant and ships with Android 4.4 right out of the box. Not bad when you are getting all of that.

Do you plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 tablet? If not, what tablet do you have your eyes on?

Source: Sony

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Xaomi tablet spec rumors and leaked back cover photos surface anew

Xiaomi has scheduled an April 23 press release, right on the same day OnePlus will have theirs, and naturally Xiaomi won’t be outdone. If these rumored specs for Xiaomi tablet expected to appear that day are anywhere near reality, then Xiaomi probably doesn’t have much to worry about.

The Chinese company, whose affordable but capable smartphones are notorious for selling thousands in just minutes, has long been expected to out a tablet as its next big product. This expectation was lately reinforced by the company releasing its MIUI custom Android interface for the Nexus 7, and then with the teasing of a new device slated for unveiling in two days. Adding even more fodder, we are being given a glimpse of what seems to be the back covers for rumored tablets. They aren’t exactly remarkable and actually bear some resemblance to Apple’s tablet design.

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There are specs going around the Internet as well, and it sounds like a wishlist more than anything else. The display is said to be an 8-inch retina screen manufactured by Sharp and boasting of a resolution of 2048×1536. The rumored processor on this tablet is no less ambitious, being the rather recent NVIDIA Tegra K1 that itself boasts of a 192-core Kepler GPU. It isn’t mentioned whether the processor will be the 32-bit CPU officially unveiled by NVIDIA, or the 64-bit variant spotted in AnTuTu.

These specs do look tasty, but Xiaomi is not exactly known for pulling out all the stops when it comes to hardware, preferring to focus instead on the balance between performance and price. However, considering it would be the manufacturer’s first tablet, it is also possible that it would try to put out the very best, perhaps with a price tag to match.

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Xiaomi teases new tablet for an April 23 launch

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Xiaomi has long been expected to launch a new tablet. And according to a new teaser posted by the company, this tablet could be finally unveiled on the 23rd of April. The teaser only reveals the side of the tablet which looks uncannily familiar to the Apple Wireless Keyboard and one of the Lenovo Yoga tablets, which could raise an eyebrow or two at the time of launch.

April 23 is also when the OnePlus One is expected to be announced, so it seems like we might be in for a very busy Wednesday. Xiaomi has been building significant interest outside China as the company is expected to expand its presence into other territories of the world as well.

But whether this tablet will ever make its way outside China is a question for Xiaomi to answer on the 23rd of April, but it’s clear that it will be launched in China first.

As far as the hardware of the tablet is concerned, it will most likely come with a kickstand much like the Lenovo Yoga tablet. Internal hardware of the device should be very interesting and we hope Xiaomi won’t disappoint.

Source: GizChina

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Xiaomi teases their first tablet

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Today Xiaomi started teasing a new device to be released on April 23rd. The device hints at the company’s first tablet, which looks set to have a similar design as the Lenovo Yoga Tablet.

Xiaomi is a relatively new company, but has been climbing the ladder pretty quickly. In fact, just last year they appointed former Google Android project VP Hugo Barra.

There’s no info regarding the specs of the device just yet, but that should be released in the next few days.

Source: Weibo
Via: Pocket Droid

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T-Mobile 4G LTE Tablets Drop to Wi-Fi Prices with 1GB of Free Monthly Data

It is day 2 of 3 for T-Mobile’s trifecta of un-carrier announcements. Yesterday they announced the Simple Starter plan that gives you unlimited talk, text and 500GB of data for $40 a month.

Today they announce a new way of doing business in the tablet arena. Taking the silly cost increase of a 4G LTE tablet model and giving it the same price tag as the Wi-Fi only variant. That essentially knocks $112 of the Galaxy Tab 3 and $130 off the 16GB iPAD Air.

T-Mobile Operation Tablet FreedomOperation Tablet Freedom begins on April 12th and kicks off with something a bit more than a price reduction on 4G LTE enabled tablets. If you bring a tablet, buy a tablet or trade a tablet for a tablet, you can pick up 1GB of 4G LTE per month for free for the rest of the year. Pair that with the 200MBs of free data they are offering regardless, and you get your hands on 1.2GB of data for nothing.

There are a few rules and details of course, like it has to be added to your voice account and is free after a $10 monthly credit. Still, free data is free data. Makes me consider a tablet a little more seriously now.

Any takers out there?

Source: T-Mobile

 

 


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Verizon giving 1GB of free data along with new tablet activations

Turns out T-Mobile isn’t the only carrier with some tablet data incentives this week, as Verizon has just posted its own promotion for some “free” data. While it doesn’t approach T-Mobile’s offering of a completely free 200MB for the lifetime of your device, Verizon is giving customers who activate a tablet on one of its “More Everything” plans an additional 1GB of data.



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T-Mobile Unveils Operation Tablet Freedom, 1.2GB of Tablet Data Per Month for Free

T-Mobile Unveils Operation Tablet Freedom, 1.2GB of Tablet Data Per Month for Free

Can T-Mobile become any more of an “un-carrier” than it already is? Apparently so. The wireless carrier today launched Operation Tablet Freedom, a program that discounts cellular-enabled tablets and allows customers with postpaid voice plans to add a tablet for free. 

Beginning April 12, customers who switch to T-Mobile and sign up for a 1GB or more data plan can pick up 4G LTE-enabled tablets for the same price as the Wi-Fi only models. That amounts to a discount of $130 on the 16GB LTE iPad Air, for example, or a $112 reduction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

New and existing postpaid customers can take advantage of T-Mobile’s $10 off 1GB data plan through 2014, which effectively makes it free for a year. The carrier says that data, combined with T-Mobile’s 200MB “Free Data For Life” deal (for those who already own a 4G LTE tablet), amounts to 1.2GB of free wireless internet every month.

For customers on contract with other carriers, T-Mobile will, of course, pay the ETF.

John Legere had this to say about Operation Tablet Freedom:

“With this announcement, T-Mobile’s launching a full-on assault against the restrictions and pain points that keep tablet owners from experiencing life beyond the Wi-Fi zone. The Un-carrier is all about solving pain points, and today we’re eliminating every reason to be stuck on an unconnected Wi-Fi-only tablet. There’s no longer any need to limit the use of your tablet because you’re intimidated by Big Blue, Bad Red or Bumbling Yellow.”

Operation Tablet Freedom is the second of T-Mobile’s promised three UnCarrier initiatives. The first, T-Mobile’s Simple Starter Plan, was announced yesterday.

Via: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile announces Tablet Freedom to make it easier and cheaper to add tablets to your lines

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T-Mobile is continuing to count down the days until they implement their latest uncarrier moves. Yesterday, they revealed a new entry-level plan for $40 that gives folks unlimited talk and text with 500MB of data for $40 per month. Announcement 2 of 3 deals with tablets, and how sucky other carriers make it to add connected devices to their account.

They’re calling their latest moves “Tablet Freedom,” and here’s what it’ll bring:

  •  A T-Mobile 4G LTE + Wi-Fi tablet for zero down and pay no more than you’d pay for the cheaper Wi-Fi-only model of the same tablet.
  • 1GB of free 4G LTE data each month combined with the 200MB of free data you already automatically get every month with T-Mobile’s previously announced “Free Data for Life” offer
  • Access to T-Mobile’s JUMP! program and Contract Freedom program, where T-Mobile will pay every penny of your ETFs from another carrier when you trade-in your existing tablet at T-Mobile, including Wi-Fi only tablets, and upgrade to your latest-generation tablet of choice at the new lower same-as-Wi-Fi prices.

No convoluted process to get a tablet line added to an account primarily meant for phones. No extra charges simply because it’s a bigger device. No more justifying a $300 premium over the price of the WiFi model simply because it has 4G radios. That’s the kind of stuff that all adds up to make T-Mobile one of the most compelling options in the game (even if their coverage isn’t up to snuff yet).

Like the Simple Starter plan, these changes will be available starting April 12th, and it wouldn’t be a bad guess to suggest whatever tomorrow’s announcement ends up being will be available that day, as well. Circle back for more news on that front as the week winds down.

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Specs leaked for Samsung’s SM-T800 tablet with 10.5-inch AMOLED display

Rumors have been circulating for some time that Samsung was working on large AMOLED displays for their tablets, and now we might know a bit more about a tablet so-equipped: the SM-T800. No doubt it’ll have a more user-friendly Galaxy Something-or-other name if and when it launches, but according to SamMobile, The SM-T800 will come with a 10.5-inch Super ALOMED display packing 2560×1600 pixels in that space.



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Hardware of Samsung’s 10.5 inch AMOLED tablet leaked out

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A new leak has shed light on the hardware specifications of Samsung’s 10.5 inch AMOLED tablet known as the SM-T800. This could be Samsung’s first AMOLED tablet of the year with many more expected to follow subsequently.

This leak claims that apart from the 2560 x 1600 resolution display, the T800 will also feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of storage with a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel camera on the back with a 2-megapixel front camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat with all the latest TouchWiz features.

The tablet is also expected to sport a 7,900 mAh battery and USB 2.0 support. There’s no information on pricing or availability as of yet, but the device is expected to launch in global markets with the standard Exynos 5 Octa chipset while LTE markets will probably get the Snapdragon 801 model.

The company hasn’t had an AMOLED tablet for over 2 years now, but it’s good to know that we might soon get to see this tablet in the markets. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 was the first AMOLED tablet launched by the company, but it didn’t manage to do well in the markets thanks to the dominance of the Apple iPads and the mediocrity of Google’s Honeycomb OS. But things are vastly different now, so expect these new gen AMOLED tablets to make plenty of noise in the markets.

Via: Sam Mobile

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Verizon now offering 1GB of extra data for tablet customers on More Everything

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After yesterday’s move to match AT&T’s 10GB family plan, Verizon has one more trick up its sleeve. Customers who activate a tablet on the “More Everything” plan will get an additional 1GB of data. The 1GB of data is shareable across all your devices and the monthly fee of $10 per tablet will remain the same. This doesn’t appear to be a short term offer since no end date is listed.

“We’re always looking at the market and our customers and creating compelling offers we think they will appreciate,” Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis told FierceWireless. “In this case, more and more people are using tablets (of all shapes and sizes) and adding 1 GB of shareable data to the plan helps them get even more value and enjoyment from that device (and others…).”

source: Fierce Wireless

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Intrinsyc Mobile Development Platform Tablet Uses Snapdragon 805 SoC, Costs $799

Can’t wait to get your hands on an Android tablet that uses a Snapdragon 805 SoC? This upcoming Qualcomm chip has a 40 percent boost in graphical performance, supports 4K video playback, and has a faster CPU architecture compared to the Snapdragon 800. Devices sporting this latest chip are expected to arrive this summer however you can get a tablet using it right now.

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Intrinsyc’s Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T) is a 10-inch tablet that runs on Android KitKat and uses a Snapdragon 805 SoC. It’s also a reference device aimed at developers and costs $799. This high-performance device gives application developers a platform to develop, test, and optimize their next generation aps and games. However, if you are a regular consumer who just wants to be one of the first to own a device using this chip for bragging rights and have the money to spend then you can get it too.

Technical Specifications

  • Quad-core Krait 450 processor running at 2.7 GHz per core
  • Adreno 420 graphics with support for geometry shaders and hardware tessellation
  • 10-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel IPS display, 10-finger multitouch screen
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 64GB eMMC 5.0 storage
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 3D accelerometers
  • 3-axis gyro
  • 3-axis magnetometer (compass)
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Temperature and pressure sensors
  • Ambient humidity sensor
  • 13MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera
  • Dual 3D gesture camera with an IR LED for motion controls
  • 7.1 channel audio playback and 5.1 channel audio recording
  • 7 mics for Fluence Pro ultrasound pen input
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3400mAh battery

Intrinsyc is a company that develops hardware and software that helps other companies develop their next generation products. The MDP/T is the company’s latest offering that provides anyone with early access to the Snapdragon 805. This tablet comes pre-installed with tools that make it easy to diagnose performance bottlenecks allowing for the easy tweaking of apps.

Some of the key benefits of the MDP/T include

  • Provides early access to the Snapdragon 805 before it is available in commercial devices
  • Pre-installed with exclusive power and performance profiling software
  • Embedded power measurement circuitry for per-rail power display
  • Hardware-based HEVC (H.265) video decoding
  • Support for Hollywood-quality video post processing
  • Dual front-facing 3D cameras can recognize gestures
  • 13MP camera capable of 4K Ultra HD video recording
  • Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac Wi-Fi support (two stream, dual band)
  • Ultrasound pen and gesture support

via intrinsyc

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Deal: Woot has the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Starting at $344

Daily deal aficionado, Woot, is currently hosting what it believes is the ultimate Samsung Galaxy tablet blowout. I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with their mindset, since the tablet lineup includes the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), which was Samsung’s flagship tablet from September of last year up until the NotePRO lineup was introduced at CES. We’re talking S Pen, an Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a gorgeous 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. This is a top-of-the-line tablet, my friends.

Woot has both 16GB and 32GB versions available, also in white or black. The 16GB model can be grabbed for $344.99, while the 32GB version will run you $384.99. If you need something to compare to, we can look to Amazon, which is selling the 16GB and 32GB models at $499 and $549, respectively. 

Keep in mind that these tablets through Woot are “factory recertified,” so they aren’t exactly brand new. With that said, some believe that recertified or refurbished models are often better than originals since bugs and hardware defects have been worked out.

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Cheers Paul and Brandon!

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