Asus shows off 4:3 aspect ratio in leaked ZenPad press renders

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Asus is expected to unveil its new ZenPad series tablets at Computex next week, which will feature 4:3 aspect ratio screens and Intel chips.

While the bezels are a bit big, the tablet above does have front-facing speakers, which should do some good as far as sound quality goes.

Also expect a power button below the right-side volume rocker, a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top, and perhaps a microSD slot on the right side as well.

7-inch and 8-inch models are expected to be released, both with Intel processors and two different storage sizes. The 8-incher will have a 2048 x 1536 screen, and the 7-incher will have a 1024 x 600 screen. Expect more information on the devices next week at Computex.

Source: Ausdroid

 

NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting Android 5.1 update

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As a long holiday weekend got underway in the U.S., NVIDIA took the opportunity to start rolling out Android 5.1 to their NVIDIA Shield Tablet devices. As is typically the case with operating system updates, NVIDIA says this one brings improved performance and responsiveness to the devices. Users will also enjoy improved security and support for Android for Work along with typical Android 5.1 improvements like a better quick-settings menu, better profile management and other items. Read more

[Deal] Dell’s Venue 8 7000 tablet gets a price cut to $349

dell venue 8 dealBest Buy’s eBay shop has put up a fantastic deal on Dell’s well-equipped Venue 8 7000 tablet, shaving $50 off the list price. You can pick up the very capable 8.4-inch tablet for just $349.

The tablet is in new condition, sports 16 GB of internal storage, a 2560 x 1600 screen, and a speedy Intel Atom processor. It’s running Android Lollipop and offers one of the more compelling 8-inch Android tablet options, especially if you’re not a fan of Samsung’s TouchWizzed Tab S line. Read more

HTC’s rumoured 7-inch H7 tablet gets spotted with Quad-core CPU and Dual-SIM support

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If you discount manufacturing the Nexus 9 tablet for Google, HTC has been out of the tablet market for quite a while, with its last offerings being the JetStream and Flyer devices. Thanks to a recent tumour and today’s spotting of the HTC H7 tablet on India’s import-export database, Zauba, it seems that HTC are gearing up to re-enter the tablet market before the end of the second quarter.

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Spotify gains control of music at Starbucks thanks to multi-year partnership

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It used to be that when you went to Starbucks, you could pick up a card that gave you a free iTunes download, but it seems that will be coming to and end soon, which is no bad thing if you are an Android user. This is because Starbucks and Spotify have just entered into a multi-year agreement that will see the music subscription service become an integral part of the Starbucks experience. This partnership will see the 7,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. linked with the approximate 60 million (global) Spotify subscribers, creating a ‘first of its kind ecosystem’.

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