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Deal: Brand New Nexus 10 32GB for $329 With Free Shipping From eBay

The Nexus 10, probably the tablet I have used the most over the last couple of years out of any Android tablet, can be picked up today through one of eBay’s Daily Deals for $329.99. This is the 32GB version that originally retailed for $499 at launch over a year ago and has been out of stock on Google Play for months. Other retailers are selling this model for $399 now, so at $329.99, you are still seeing a significant discount, though it’s not exactly the $170 off that the deal would lead you to believe. 

Either way, with its 10-inch high-res display (2560 x 1600), 2GB RAM, soft-touch finish, front-facing speakers, and newest version of Android (Kit Kat), it’s a great tablet, especially at that price.

Oh, this is also a brand new unit, not refurbished or recertified or re-something’d. Free shipping is included as well.

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Hands-on: Huawei MediaPad X1 [VIDEO]

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If you were not convinced by the MediaPad M1, you might want to check out the Huawei MediaPad X1. This is the manufacturer’s new higher-end tablet. It is still not a beast, but we were actually quite impressed by it when we checked it out at Mobile World Congress!

Huawei MediaPad X1 specs

  • Android 4.2.2
  • 7-inch 1920x1200p IPS display
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 13 MP / 5 MP cameras
  • 5000 mAh battery

The tablet is pretty well-built, made mostly of aluminum. It feels much more solid than any other Huawei device I have ever felt. It also performs better than the MediaPad M1 for some reason, even though it seems to have the same processor.

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What’s interesting is that this is not just a tablet. It actually doubles as a smartphone… one big smartphone! This is why it’s the first device to be compatible with the Huawei TalkBand B1. The fitness watch doubles as a bluetooth headset, allowing users to leave the tablet in the pocket or bag. No need to put that big tablet up to your face!

Check out our hands on video and let us know what you think of this tablet! I actually kinda like it!

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Hands-on: Huawei MediaPad M1 [VIDEO]

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MWC was full of unique smartphones and tablets, but the Huawei MediaPad M1 looked very familiar to us. This tablet impressed us, and we are not sure if it’s for good reasons. It looks just like a bigger HTC One!

This makes it a good-looking tablet from the get-go, but the specs and quality still don’t match HTC’s. After all, this does happen to be a mid range tablet that will come with a good price.

Huawei MediaPad M1 specs

  • Android 4.2.2
  • 8-inch 1280x800p IPS display
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • 5 MP / 1 MP cameras
  • 4800 mAh battery

The device does feel good. The back seems like aluminum and there are no loose or jiggly parts. The device is not too fast, though. Animations and performance were a bit sluggish. The screen does look good in terms of colors and brightness, but the 1280×800 resolution makes things a bit fuzzy.

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Huawei MediaPad M1 price and availability

Given its specs and performance, you probably know the Huawei MediaPad M1 will not be an expensive tablet. It is set to be released at 299 Euros when it’s released before the Spring.

That’s not expensive at all, but there happen to be great options for tablets at that price range. The Nexus 7 is the obvious example of a tablet that would cost less and give you more bang for your buck.

Those who like the look of it might enjoy it, though.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ hands-on

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Same design with improved internals and display mark a significant improvement on the original

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Lenovo announced a new and improved Yoga Tablet at Mobile World Congress and we got chance to take a very quick first look at it. At first glance the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is the same tablet as the original. It has the same design, the same fold out kickstand, camera placement, front facing speakers, everything. But, arguably this is the tablet the original should have been.

The 1920×1200 resolution display is far better than the originals 1280×800 panel, which for a tablet we recommend for heavy media consumers improves the experience greatly. The internals have been bumped too, with a Snapdragon 400 inside now instead of the MediaTek CPU in the original and USB OTG support has also been added. We’ve got Android 4.3 on board, and an 8MP camera round back that sadly is still in the same awkward location as its predecessor.

    



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Survey shows 87% of us shop via a tablet or smartphone

When shopping online, it seems most of us are doing so via our tablet or smartphone. New research shows that 87% of mobile device owners use theirs for shopping, up nearly 10% from the previous year. In addition to just browsing or getting product info, we’re also pretty vocal about our purchases.

 This comes to us via a Nielsen survey, which finds that finding a store is the most common task — 76% of smartphone owners do that. Reading reviews of potential or newly purchased good is also popular, with 55% of tablet users doing so. After purchase, about 1/4 of tablet owners will write a review from their device, while 26% smartphone users take to social media to voice their opinions.

When it comes to searching for info, tablet shoppers will do so about 65% of the time via their mobile device. Smartphone users are ready to buy, as 66% report looking for prices online while out and about. That Amazon Price Checker app comes in handy in those situations.

We also seem to like a bargain, with half of us saying we have used online coupons. We also resist abandoning the creature comforts of home, with 40% of tablet users saying they shop from their house. Disorganized when you inally do go out? You’re not the only one; 49% of smartphone users have shopping lists on their device.

With mobile devices becoming the go-to for search and other casual needs, these numbers don’t necessarily surprise us. The 8% increase over last year was a much larger jump than we anticipated, but with lower priced tablets and smartphones fast becoming the new normal, it should be expected.

Via: Cellular News

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Hands-on: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ [VIDEO]

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Lenovo has been taking an interesting approach to mobile computing. Its new Lenovo Yoga line of devices have taken traditional form factors and evolved them into computers that can take on multiple form-factors and functionalities.

The new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is not an exception. Of course, it doesn’t have a keyboard, so nothing folds back. Instead, this device has a metal flap that swivels out and can be used as a kickstand. If you have seen the Lenovo Yoga 8, you will be very familiar to the design.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ specs

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 10.1-inch 1920x1200p IPS LCD display
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage (with microSD slot)
  • 9,000 mAh battery

Where the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 shines and lacks

Right off the bat you can tell this Android tablet is not your top-of-the-line gadget. It sports a very modest Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which automatically makes it a mid-end device.

It does come with a very neat 1920x1200p display, though. Watching images, video and web browsing is a very pleasant experience. And the device isn’t necessarily slow either.

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All specs aside, though, where the tablet shines is in its form-factor. The kickstand is very neat! Especially for a 10.1 inch tablet, which more often needs to be used in a dock. I was also very surprised by the build quality in this bad boy.

The tablet feels very light, but solid. It is thin and well-built, mostly made of aluminum. This bad boy feels strong!

Actually, Chris Chavez accidentally scratched the table with it and the plastic from the table peeled off a bit. The tablet stayed flawless. No scratches or dents.

I also happen to like the wedge design Lenovo has adopted in these Yoga tablets. The side of the tablet allows you to easily grip the tablet without fear of dropping it. Feeling safe about holding your device is important. Especially for aluminum devices, which tend to be rather slippery.

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Price and availability

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ will cost $340 US dollars. Its release date is not yet announced, but we should see this bad boy hitting store shelves soon enough.

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[MWC 2014] Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Hands-On: A Crazy-Thin High End Tablet With A Few Compromises

z2tabthumbSony announced its new Xperia Z2 Tablet here at Mobile World Congress, so we swung by their booth on the show floor to get a hands-on with the next tablet flagship. This is the successor to the Tablet Z, now more fully aligned with the leading Sony phone in both name and hardware.

The first thing you notice when you pick up the Z2 Tablet is that it is thin. Crazy thin – 6.4mm, in fact, thinner than the previous tablet, thinner than any phone you’re likely to get your hands on in the United States, thinner than the iPad Air by more than a millimeter, and lighter as well at only 425 grams.

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Sony Xperia Z2 tablet: hands-on with the ultra slim 10-inch powerhouse

With the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet, a lot was promised. In a lot of ways, it’s a blown up version of the Xperia Z2 smartphone. In others, it’s a fantastic tablet in its own right. It’s also a Sony, so you know it’s going to have a stellar build and outstanding feature-set. To find out just what makes it so special, we go hands-on with the Xperia Z2 tablet at MWC.


To start, the Xperia Z2 table is exceedingly light — and 6.4mm thin. Sony has done an outstanding job of packing a lot into such a slim case, and it almost seems to be nothing more than a screen. At 8.4mm thin, the Xperia Z2 tablet is like nothing we’ve seen in a tablet so large. It also has a wealth of accessories available at launch, like a speaker dock, magnetic charging dock, and keyboard case.

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The big, bold TRULIMINOUS display is a treat, and specs are the same as the Xperia Z2 smartphone, save for the camera. A Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330, and 3GB RAM keep you rolling all day. Sony’s also talking up their Stamina Mode for battery life, which alongside Qualcomm’s battery saving techniques in their Snapdragon SoC could get you more battery life than you bargained for.

The video below highlights some of the greatness you’ll find with the Xperia Z2 tablet. Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box will make purists happy, and the styling should have just about everyone interested. We’ll be on the ground at MWC all week, so stay tuned and check back often!

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[MWC 2014] Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet; Slimmest and Lightest Waterproof Tablet

Mobile World Congress has been in full swing with the various manufacturers pumping out new device news since yesterday. Along with the announced Sony Xperia Z2, Sony has also announced the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2“The Xperia Z2 Tablet represents the pinnacle of tablet innovation and is a true flagship in our premium line. We have evolved our cutting-edge design to create the slimmest lightweight tablet matched with Sony’s latest technologies to deliver a unique user experience.” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “And with our new range of dedicated accessories, you can further now enhance your tablet experience whether for work or play, at home or on the go.”

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is being boasted as the world thinnest and lightest waterproof tablet available. Coming in at 6.4mm thin and weighing only 426g for the Wi-Fi version and just 439g for the LTE/3G model.

Spec Overview:

  • 10.1 – inch full HD TRILUMINOS Display (1920 x 1200)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 801 processor at 2.3 GHz
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge Tech to charge 75% quicker
  • 3GB RAM
  • Up TO 16GB internal storage w/ memory card slot for 64GB
  • 6,000 mAh battery powers for 10 hours of multimedia playback
  • 8.1 MP rear camera with 16X digital zoom
  • 2.2 MP front facing camera
  • Android 4.4 KitKat on Board

Xperia Z2 TabletXperia Z2 TabletA pretty amazing sounding tablet if you ask me. Along with the tablet announcement they also announced a keyboard dock/cover that was designed specifically for it, the BKC50. Gives you a bit more of a notebook feel for productivity and protection. The funny thing, they didn’t make the caver and keyboard waterproof. Seems a bit silly. If you plan to do some blogging from the tub, you will probably want to stick to the virtual keyboard.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Bluetooth Keyboard Tablet Cover Xperia Z2 Tablet Bluetooth Keyboard Tablet Cover If you are itching to learn more and explore the new Xperia Z2 Tablet, then you will want to head over to SonyMobile.com. I didn’t see any pricing listed in the press release or on their pages, but it is said to be going on sale in the UK and wider in Europe in March. Don;t expect to see it under $700 USD though.

Via Press Release

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet first look

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A year on from its last tablet effort, Sony presents another compelling large form factor slate

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Sony has so far resisted the move to smaller, cheaper tablets, instead focusing its efforts on 10.1-inch slates like the Xperia Tablet Z, and before that the Tablet S. Sony’s offering tablet for 2013 was a solid 10.1-inch Android slate — a thin, light, waterproof device packing plenty of performance — but it never really saw mainstream success. This year the company presents a similar looking large form factor Android tablet, in the form of the Xperia Z2 Tablet. Same screen size, same resolution, only with upgraded internals, a refreshed design and an even slimmer chassis. It’s an insanely thin Android 4.4 KitKat tablet with a multimedia focus and a boatload of bundled Sony content.

Check out our first look video and photos after the break.

    



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Sony announces their Xperia Z2 tablet: a lot like the smartphone, only bigger

If you liked the Sony Xperia Z2 and thought “I wish I had a tablet like that”, your minute-long wait is over. In addition to the Xperia Z2 smartphone, Sony is announcing a Z2 tablet as well. The 10.1-inch device keeps a lot of what makes the Xperia Z2 smartphone great, and packs it into an amazingly slim design.


The Xperia Z2 tablet is an incredible 6.4mm thin, and 426g for the WiFi version. The tablet also comes in an LTE version, which bumps it up to 439g. The tablet, like its predecessor and smartphone brethren, is waterproof. It will also be available in both black and white variants.

Much like its smartphone comapnion, it will have the Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor at 2.3GHz, Adreno 330 GPU, and 3GB RAM. Digital noise canceling also remains on board, but the camera ensemble has changed a bit. Now we’ll get an 8.1MP shooter not he back, and a 2MP front-facing selfie machine. Sony says their battery stamina mode will help give you 10 hours of media playback.

Like they’re smartphone, there is just a lot to like about the Xperia Z2 tablet. It hits all the right notes, and even comes preloaded with OfficeSuite Pro 7 for the business minded folks. Sony is also saying their security architecture is good enough o safeguard all your info. For a 10.1-inch tablet, Sony’s Xperia Z2 is one of the best we’ve seen. Be sure to check back for all your MWC 2014 info, as we’ll be on the ground all week.

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Huawei’s new MediaPad M1 tablet looks strikingly similar to an HTC device

huawei_mediapad_m1_announcementThe MediaPad M1 is the mysterious Huawei device that leaked last night. And as I noted yesterday, it looks like an even bigger HTC One Max. One thing Huawei did not do, though, is give this tablet excellent specifications like its MediaPad X1. The 8-inch display has a 1280×800 resolution. The rear camera is 5MP and the front camera is 1MP. And there is a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Huawei did keep thickness in mind. The MediaPad M1 is just 7.9mm thick and there is a 4800mAh battery inside. The tablet will be available in select regions later this quarter.

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Huawei MediaPad X1 is the lightest and narrowest 7-inch tablet, plus it’s also a phone (video)

Does the world need bigger smartphones? Huawei answers this question at MWC with the launch of its MediaPad X1, a 7-inch Android tablet that lets you make phone calls. As ridiculous as it sounds, this device is designed in a way that makes it more usable than other colossal phones. At just 239g heavy and 103.9mm wide, the X1 is the lightest and narrowest tablet in its class, beating the likes of the ASUS Fonepad 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the latest Nexus 7. Don’t be deceived by the lightness, though; Huawei has managed to stuff a generous 5,000mAh battery — again beating the other 7-inch tablets — and a high-res 1,920 x 1,200 LTPS display inside this 7.18mm-thick aluminum body.

Let’s get the remaining specs out of the way. First and foremost, you get a pair of cameras: 13-megapixel f/2.4 on the back, and 5-megapixel f/2.2 on the front. There’s 16GB of internal storage, and you can add up to 32GB of external space via microSD. The SoC here is Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 910 (as seen on the Ascend P6S), which features a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, along with 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU. There’s support for both TD-LTE and FD-LTE, meaning you can enjoy 4G speeds in both China and a large part of the world. Likewise, the same phone also works on both WCDMA and China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G networks. Sadly, the WiFi radio only goes up to 802.11n instead of the more powerful 802.11ac, but the 150Mbps LTE Cat 4 radio should somewhat make up for this — if your carrier supports it, that is. Read on for our hands-on video and thoughts. %Gallery-slideshow181198%

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Tegra Note 7 now comes with LTE for $299

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The Tegra Note 7 now has a new member of the family. Nvidia announced that it will be adding its i500 modem to the 7-inch tablet. The tablet will come in both LTE and HSPA+ bands, and will be available on a few popular carriers. the i500 is said to be 40% more efficient while being smaller than conventional LTE modems. It will also allow for Nvidia to push new features through software rather than having to create a new chipset. 

On top of the new tablet, the company is expanding availability to other countries. It will be available in Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine over the coming months. The tablet will cost a $100 more than its WiFi only cousin at the tune of $299.

source: Nvidia

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 tipped for MWC [update: now with image]

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Rumored specs include Snapdragon 800, 10.1-inch 1920×1200 display, waterproof design

A full year after the last one, we could soon see the launch of a new Android-powered Sony tablet. Serial leaker @evleaks says the device will pack a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 “Triluminos” display. Other notables are said to include 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD, 8MP and 2MP cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Tablet Z, the new slate will apparently be super-thin, measuring just 6.6mm (down from the original’s 6.9mm) and boast waterproof credentials; on the software side Android 4.4 KitKat is reported.

That’s mostly standard high-end Android tablet fare, but the decision to remain at 1920×1200 resolution may raise eyebrows when rivals like Samsung are pushing to the dizzying heights of 2560×1600.

Though it’s not explicitly mentioned, it’s likely the Xperia Tablet Z2 could debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. MWC was the venue for last year’s Tablet Z unveiling, and this year we’re also expecting to find out what’s next from Sony in the smartphone space.

Update: @evleaks has now shared what is claimed to be a promotional render of the new tablet showing the KitKat UI and a something reminiscent of the original Tablet Z. You’ll find it after the break.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and Phone Reportedly Leak Ahead of MWC

Curious about the successors to Sony’s beautifully designed Xperia Z tablet and Z1 phone? @evleaks and a couple of YouTubers are happy to indulge.

Yesterday, @evleaks tweeted the alleged specs of the Xperia Z2 tablet, and it’s turning out to be quite the powerhouse. The Xperia Z2 tablet will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC and 3GB of RAM, and will feature a 10.1-inch,  WUXGA (1920×1200) Triluminos display, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter, a 6000 mAh battery, and 16GB of storage plus a microSD expansion slot. Oh, and it’ll be waterproof, ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, and maintain a thinness of 6.4mm. How’s that for overachieving? 

Separately, two YouTube videos released over the past week report to demo prototype the Xperia Z2 phone, codenamed Sirius. It’s tempting to question their veracity, but both are quite extensive and show many elements of Sony’s UI skin. No word on the smartphone’s specifications, but it’s not unlikely the internals and display won’t wildly differ from its tablet counterpart.

We’ll have to wait until Mobile World Congress to get an official look at the Xperia Z2 tablet and phone, but at least the leaks should help tide us all over… right?

Via: @evleaks | YouTube [2]

 

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Sony Xperia Z2 tablet specs leak ahead of MWC

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A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a new Sony tablet that showed up at the FCC. Now the specs leaked for what could be the same tablet, the Xperia Z2. According to @evleaks, it will have a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) Triluminos display, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor (most likely a Snapdragon), 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 6,000mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s also supposed to be only 6.4mm thick and waterproof.

Now the tablet we saw at the FCC has a different model number, TM-0043-BV vs SD800 for this leak. Sony might have different model numbers for different regions so they still could very well be the same tablet. I doubt Sony is readying a second tablet.

source: @evleaks

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 tipped for MWC

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Rumored specs include Snapdragon 800, 10.1-inch 1920×1200 display, waterproof design

A full year after the last one, we could soon see the launch of a new Android-powered Sony tablet. Serial leaker @evleaks says the device will pack a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 “Triluminos” display. Other notables are said to include 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD, 8MP and 2MP cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Tablet Z, the new slate will apparently be super-thin, measuring just 6.6mm (down from the original’s 6.9mm) and boast waterproof credentials; on the software side Android 4.4 KitKat is reported.

That’s mostly standard high-end Android tablet fare, but the decision to remain at 1920×1200 resolution may raise eyebrows when rivals like Samsung are pushing to the dizzying heights of 2560×1600.

Though it’s not explicitly mentioned, it’s likely the Xperia Tablet Z2 could debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. MWC was the venue for last year’s Tablet Z unveiling, and this year we’re also expecting to find out what’s next from Sony in the smartphone space.

Source: @evleaks

    



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Evleaks Reveals Specs of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony LogoAs we get closer to Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week (it starts on February 24th), more devices are getting leaked. Today, the Xperia Z2 Tablet has been leaked by Evleaks. There is no photo, but we have the specs.

Sony XPERIA Z2 tablet: SD800 (2.3GHz x4), 10.1" 1920×1200 Triluminos, 3GB/16GB/microSD, 8MP/2MP, 6000mAh, 6.4mm, KK 4.4, waterproof.

— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 17, 2014

Like with many devices lately, the Z2 tablet will have a Snapdragon 800 CPU. Specifically, it will be a quad-core chip at 2.3GHz. Supporting that chip will be 3 GB of RAM. The tablet will come in a 16 GB version, but will be expandable with a microSD card.

The display is 10.1″ and is triluminos at a resolution of 1920 x 1200. That will be a nice screen for the tablet. The front camera is 2 MP, while the rear camera is 8 MP. Since it’s a tablet, the camera is not groundbreaking, but these devices aren’t designed for taking photos anyway, so that’s fine.

Finally, the Z2 tablet will be waterproof, like with other Xperia devices. It will be 6.4 mm thin, which is crazy thin. Onboard, underneath the inevitable Sony skin, will be Android 4.4 KitKat. Right out of the box. That’s really good that it’s launching with KitKat, as it’ll mean less headaches later.

All arounds, this looks like a really good tablet. You can bet that Sony will show it off at MWC during their press conference. So would you buy this tablet, based off the leaked specs?

Source: Evleaks

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Evleaks Reveals Specs of Sony Experia Z2 Tablet

Sony LogoAs we get closer to Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week (it starts on February 24th), more devices are getting leaked. Today, the Experia Z2 Tablet has been leaked by Evleaks. There is no photo, but we have the specs.

Sony XPERIA Z2 tablet: SD800 (2.3GHz x4), 10.1" 1920×1200 Triluminos, 3GB/16GB/microSD, 8MP/2MP, 6000mAh, 6.4mm, KK 4.4, waterproof.

— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 17, 2014

Like with many devices lately, the Z2 tablet will have a Snapdragon 800 CPU. Specifically, it will be a quad-core chip at 2.3GHz. Supporting that chip will be 3 GB of RAM. The tablet will come in a 16 GB version, but will be expandable with a microSD card.

The display is 10.1″ and is triluminos at a resolution of 1920 x 1200. That will be a nice screen for the tablet. The front camera is 2 MP, while the rear camera is 8 MP. Since it’s a tablet, the camera is not groundbreaking, but these devices aren’t designed for taking photos anyway, so that’s fine.

Finally, the Z2 tablet will be waterproof, like with other Experia devices. It will be 6.4 mm thin, which is crazy thin. Onboard, underneath the inevitable Sony skin, will be Android 4.4 KitKat. Right out of the box. That’s really good that it’s launching with KitKat, as it’ll mean less headaches later.

All arounds, this looks like a really good tablet. You can bet that Sony will show it off at MWC during their press conference. So would you buy this tablet, based off the leaked specs?

Source: Evleaks

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LG G Pad 8.3 with Verizon branding leaked out in press shots

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The LG G Pad 8.3 is a decent tablet, but not quite popular in the U.S. due to the steep pricing. Although yesterday’s deal from Newegg tried to change that, it is still what many would consider an expensive tablet. The tablet has now been confirmed to be making its way to Verizon’s shelves with the leak of press shots courtesy of Evleaks on Twitter.

The tablet carries Verizon’s 4G LTE bands as is evident from the pictures and could be one of the hottest budget range tablets to look forward to. Given Verizon’s hold on the American telecom industry, we expect the tablet to make some noise when it breaks cover. The carrier recently unveiled the 2013 Nexus 7 after a very long delay, so the arrival of the G Pad 8.3 will provide excellent choices for potential customers.

The carrier also sells its self-branded Ellipsis 7 tablet, which is priced under $150 with a contract or $250 without one. We should expect the LG G Pad 8.3 to be announced by the carrier in the coming weeks.

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Source: @evleaks – Twitter

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Roocase Dual-View Folio Review for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0: a folio with more to it than meets the Eye

Roocase Dual-View Folio ReviewThe folio market is one that is brimming full of so many options these days, and it seems everyone and their dog has made a folio case for at least one device. Furthermore, most of these folios are very similar design, though they typically vary in the way that they fold into their respective viewing positions. This is an area that I think has a lot to be desired as many cases really struggle to hold tilted viewing positions and fewer still are able to do this effectively in both landscape and portrait positions. Which brings us the Dual-View Folio, a case from device protection specialist roocase (who ironically is not an Australian company). Today, we’ll be taking a look at a Dual-View Folio specifically for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, but note that roocase also makes this particular Dual View Folio for these other cases too:

  • ASUS MeMOPad HD 7
  • Google Nexus 7 FHD (2013)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Roocase Dual-View Folio ReviewThe Dual-View Folio (DVF) is a relatively simple affair; right out of the box, you’ll just the folio itself, no bells and whistles. What you do get a PU leather (or bicast leather) case which is able to hold one tablet inside as well as the accompanying stylus; more on that later. The case itself looks to be quite well made and comes in a host of groovy colours including black, pink, navy, red and the purple which we have here.

Roocase Dual-View Folio ReviewRoocase has opted for a slightly unorthodox method for securing your tablet inside the folio, using a simple velcro to hold your Tab 3 in the case and relying on the leather frame around it to hold the tablet from moving. For the most part it’s very effective, but I would say that the process of putting the velcro in behind the tablet to secure it is a bit fiddly. I found the leather strips holding the tablet in place to be a little flimsy, and while they do the job, they look like they might be slightly weak. Assuming that they hold, the DVF is actually a relatively protective case with ample spaces on all sides to avoid the tablet itself making contact with hard surfaces.

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Once inside the case, it provides ample gaps and areas for you to access all the buttons and slots that you require from your tablet. Probably one of the neat things with using this leather enclosure rather than a plastic shell case to hold the tablet in place is that there can be so much space left open to manipulate the various buttons, which you can see in the gallery of images above.

Roocase Dual-View Folio ReviewAnd of course there’s also the stylus that we mentioned earlier; the stylus pictured above comes standard with each DVF and although you might not be able to see from this angle, also doubles as a pen, much like the moshi Stanza Duo we check out the other week (read the full review for the Stanza Duo here). Unlike the Stanza Duo, however, this stylus has a very simple pen and a very simple rubber capacitive tip. While it might not be made of the same premium materials, the included stylus in the DVF does the job. If I have one criticism of the stylus it is that the metal clip that holds it in the pen holder is a little too stiff which can make it a little fiddly to get back into the pen holder.

Roocase Dual-View Folio ReviewAs for the inside of the folio case cover, you get two grooves for two different viewing angles when using the folio in stand mode, as well as two slots for what look like SD cards. When the case is closed, it is held closed by a magnet, but only on the top edge of the case; this makes the case cover a little looser than what you might be hoping for.

Roocase Dual-View Folio ReviewAs the grooves suggest, the DVF is able to act as a stand as well with the grooves providing two viewing angles. The Tab 3.0 is a relatively light tablet so it didn’t appear to have too many issues staying in the grooves. The inside of the folio is made from a material that is almost like felt, which makes it quite good for stopping any sliding when in these viewing positions.

Roocase Dual-View Folio ReviewWhat is probably the best party trick of the DVF is the fact that the enclosure part of the folio which encases the tablet is actually only attached to the outside of the folio by velcro, as you can see in the photo above. What this means is that the tablet can be rotated to be used in portrait mode for viewing purposes, or if the front cover of the case is annoying you, you can just handle just the tablet without removing it from the enclosure. This makes for a much more versatile case as you can use just the bits that you need when you need it.

Roocase Dual-View Folio ReviewRating: 4/5

The roocase Dual-View Folio is a prime example of what a folio case should be: multifunctional. The Dual-View Folio would perform admirably in the home or office setting with its set of features. What the folio gains in functionality though, I feel it loses in polish; parts of the case aren’t that well designed and the stylus isn’t the best either. That said, for a MSRP of $39.95, there are plenty of worse cases around and none that offer the kind of versatility that the Dual-View Folio offers.

What makes that even sweeter is that Amazon is currently having a sale on the Dual-View Folio, halving the price to just $19.95. If you’re in the market to get a case for your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, or any other device that roocase makes a case for, you can’t go wrong with a Dual-View Folio; Amazon links can be found below.

If you want to find out more about the Dual-View Folio, you can visit its product page here, or if you want to take a look at some of roocase’s other products, you can visit their website here.

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Grab an LG G Pad 8.3 for Just $249.99 Through Newegg

For a limited time through Newegg, you can grab a brand new LG G Pad 8.3 for just $249.99. Regularly priced at $349.99, this is one deal you probably shouldn’t pass up if an Android tablet was on your shopping list. Thanks to an instant savings of $70 when added to your cart, and then with the help of another coupon code that takes another $30 off, you are saving $100 off of the full retail. Boom, baby. 

The G Pad 8.3 is a good tablet, featuring a Full HD IPS display, Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 5MP rear-facing camera. We currently have a Google Play Edition of this device in the house, and it’s one of the better tablets we use on a frequent basis. You can check out our hands-on with the device below.

For this price, it easily competes with any other slate on the market, so go check it out.

Promo Code: FWPD213B

Buy ($249.99)

Via: SlickDeals

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Newegg selling the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet for $250 after a $100 discount

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The LG G Pad 8.3 tablet is now being offered with a cool $100 discount via American retailer Newegg. The tablet which originally costs $350 can now be purchased for $250, bringing the pricing close to the 2013 Nexus 7. Newegg appears to be selling just the Wi-Fi only version of the tablet.

The tablet can be bought for the discounted price using a coupon code from the site which is to be applied during checkout. The listing shows a price tag of $279.99 for the white variant, but using the discount coupon FWPD213B, the pricing is effectively reduced by $30.

Hit the source link below if you’re in the market for a budget ranged tablet like the G Pad 8.3. Bear in mind that this features LG’s skinned version of Android 4.2.2 and not Android 4.4 KitKat like the GPE variant of the tablet. Barring this little annoyance, the G Pad 8.3 from LG is a very capable device with an 8.3 inch 1080p display, a quad core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable), a 5MP camera on the back and a 4,600 mAh battery.

There’s no word on how long this promo will last, so make sure you avail the benefits while you still can.

Source: Newegg

Via: Android Police

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AT&T selling the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for free with a two year contract

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is very popular in developing markets, thanks largely to its low pricing. The tablet was also made available through carriers in the U.S., in an effort to attract more audience. The AT&T variant of the tablet has now received a considerable price cut, with the tablet being sold for free, if you’re willing to sign a two year agreement with the carrier. This offer is valid until the 31st of March, so if you’re in the market for a new low cost tablet, make sure you give this a look.

This is a budget tablet of course, so you cannot expect top end hardware to be present. Regardless, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 through AT&T is a great value, any way you look at it. Head over to your nearest AT&T store or the carrier’s online store from the link below for more on this promotion.

The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features a 1024 x 600 resolution display, a 3.15MP camera on the back, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with an update to KitKat in the future and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Sources: AT&T, @ATTDeals – Twitter

Via: Talk Android

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Huawei reportedly jumping into the smartwatch arena at Mobile World Congress

Wearable expected alongside new phone and pair of tablets

Mobile World Congress

In case you weren’t convinced the smartwatch was the current ‘in thing,’ Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will reportedly see yet another contender in the space emerge. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Chinese manufacturer will be taking its own wearable creation to Spain.

Little else is known, besides the accompanying information that Huawei will also be unveiling a new flagship smartphone and a pair of tablets. Neither are particularly surprising, since it has been some 6 months since the Ascend P6 and Huawei isn’t shy about firing out tablet after tablet after tablet. Whatever Huawei may or may not be taking to Barcelona in a couple of weeks, you can bet we’ll be there to get our hot little hands all over it.

Source: Wall Street Journal

    



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Google to launch a Nexus 8 in April?

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A report claims Google is gearing up to launch a new Nexus Tablet, rounding out a line that currently includes the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Slated for a potential April release, the Nexus 8 will, as its name suggests, feature an 8-inch display. Sources say the decision to develop an 8-inch tablet comes as the result of increased competition in the 7-inch space coupled with second-generation Nexus 7 sales falling short of expectations.

The tablet is said to be under development in cooperation with ASUS, the same company responsible for producing the past two generations of Nexus 7 slates. Google seems to be chasing a value proposition, hoping to offer a bigger tablet experience at a price closer to that of the 7-inch offerings of competitors.

Details are scant on the sort of specs we can expect if Google does indeed launch an 8-inch tablet, and there isn’t much other evidence to support the claims of Digitimes, the origin of the report and hit-or-miss tech speculator. We mused on the idea of a Nexus 8 last fall when an image surfaced on Google’s site showcasing an unknown tablet. While it is unlikely that this was indeed the Nexus 8, it seems like the idea was far from farfetched.

[via Digitimes]

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Nexus 8 could arrive in April due to disappointing Nexus 7 2013 sales

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The rumored Nexus 8 could arrive sooner than expected. Rumors have the 8 inch tablet pegged as arriving mid 2014, but as Nexus 7 numbers continue to disappoint, that time frame has been moved up. The lack of sales appears to stem from a combination of bigger phone displays and other similar sized tablets. With phablets blurring the lines between bigger smartphones and smaller tablets, the need for smaller sized tablets has been decreasing.

According to DigiTimes, the Asus made tablet is expected to ship two million units starting out and should arrive at the end of April. Even though it’s rumored that HTC has won the bid for a new Nexus tablet it looks like Asus will be making this one.

source: DigiTimes

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Kobo Arc 10 HD review

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A decent 10-inch tablet that, sadly, few will purchase

When Kobo launched its first dedicated Android tablet back in late 2012, I have to admit to being taken by surprise. The e-reading specialists first foray beyond dedicated readers was the Vox, and it ran Android. But as a tablet it was a distinctly sub-par experience. Even Google Play access couldn't save the Vox. But, when it came back with the Arc, Kobo had something much, much different. It had all the reading stuff, but was a perfectly capable Android tablet as well.

Fast forward 12 months, and Kobo again caught us off guard a little by announcing a step up to a 10-inch Android tablet. Sitting atop the lineup, the Arc 10 HD is still positioned as a premium reading device, but it still brings more than enough to the table to make us take notice of it. So, will it impress as much as its smaller predecessor did? 

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HTC could be working on a Nexus tablet for later this year

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The mobile industry isn’t too positive about HTC’s future in the business. But the company is clearly trying its hardest to make a comeback. With the M8 flagship set for an unveiling next month and a smartwatch reportedly in tow, it seems like the company has done plenty of planning for the year. But a new report from Taiwan claims that the company has gone further and possibly even struck a deal with Google to launch a Nexus tablet later this year.

This could be the much needed boost for the company if the rumors turn out to be true. As with any speculative report, there’s no confirmation as of now, so we advise you to take the report with a grain of salt. However, a Nexus tablet from one of the best hardware manufacturers in the industry certainly sounds interesting.

But will HTC actually manage to launch such a tablet, given its relative inexperience in the field? That’s a question which only time can answer. However, the company can certainly make some inroads in the tablet segment with Google’s aid. These speculations also indicate that Google could use HTC as the manufacturer for the 2014 Nexus 7 tablet.

Source: Focus Taiwan

Via: Android Community

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