As rumored in previous weeks, HTC will be stepping back into the tablet (and Nexus) game with the Nexus 9, the company’s first tablet since 2011 and first Nexus device since the Nexus One in 2010. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tablet is the product of endless collaboration between Google and HTC, with the latter’s engineers flying back and forth between headquarters constantly.
The upcoming HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet will most likely be released in October, but if you’re looking for a precise date, October 16th just might be it. Paul O’Brien, founder of MoDaCo, tweeted this info earlier today. The only problem is that this leak comes from an anonymous tipster.
Like I said, in all likelihood, we will see the Nexus 9 in October, so anyone can throw out dates. This anonymous tipster could be right on, but we really don’t know for sure until Google announces it. Last year, Google didn’t host a special event for the Nexus 5, and we are expecting the same this year. The Nexus 6, or whatever they are going to call it, will probably be announced alongside the Nexus 9 in a simple press release. Stay tuned.
Amazon has announced another tablet today to target the younger techies out there. The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition offers two models—one at 6 inches, and another at 7—with prices at $150 and $190, respectively.
When Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire tablet a few years ago, they redefined the price. It looks like they have done it again. They just unveiled the Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7 with super cheap pricing.
They each have 1280 x 800 displays in either the 6-inch or 7-inch variety. They also sport a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor along with front and rear facing cameras, and all day battery life.
Amazon just introduced the all new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. It looks a lot like last year’s model, but they have included a few new features. The biggest change is it’s now powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805. It also gets a new Dolby Atmos sound engine, which should be noticeable when wearing headphones.
As far as the display, there really isn’t anything to upgrade. It sports the same 2560 x 1600 resolution that Amazon claims has 30% more pixels than the iPad Air. However, they have added Dynamic Light Control, which will automatically adjust the brightness and white balance of the display when reading books through the Kindle app. It should more closely represent an actual printed page. Unfortunately this feature won’t be available out of the box, but a software update later this year will enable it.
The Galaxy Tab S, regardless of which size, is a visually stunning tablet. Now, you can get the same tablet with a 4G LTE connection. AT&T is now taking pre-orders for the Samsung tablet in both 8.4- and 10.5-inch sizes.
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will be available in Charcoal Gray for $429 with a two-year contract or $529 without. With AT&T Next, customers can pay $26.50 per month for twenty months. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 in the same color will cost $31.50 per month for twenty months; however, the two-year contract price is $529 or $629 outright.
The carrier will also offer a dedicated keyboard with a 50% discount when purchasing it with the tablet. AT&T will ship orders on September 23 and the tablets will be available online and at retail stores on September 26.
Hit the break for the full press release.
The SHIELD Tablet is a pretty good device as is. It has a well-sized display, front speakers, a stylus, and the power of an NVIDIA processor. The two things that the SHIELD Tablet has lacked — a 4G LTE connection and additional internal storage — is arriving soon. The SHIELD Tablet with 4G LTE and 32GB of storage is now up for pre-order. It costs an additional $100 over the standard 16GB model, priced at $399.
The SHIELD Tablet with 4G LTE and 32GB of storage is certified to work on AT&T’s network. For activating the SHIELD Tablet at AT&T, the carrier will credit $100 to a customer’s bill. So there is a bit of an incentive to use the tablet with AT&T. Of course, it will also work with T-Mobile’s network as well.
After last week’s Galaxy Note 4 commercials mocking the iPhone 6, Samsung is turning their attention to the Galaxy Tab S. This one features both Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard, and it shows you just how much they love their Samsung tabs. In other words……they just can’t live without them. Check it out after the break, and you can also read our review here.
We had a chance to see drawings of a keyboard folio case for the upcoming Nexus 9, but now we have real images courtesy of the NCC. The NCC is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S.
You can easily see that there are two different keyboard layouts being tested, so we aren’t sure which one will be the final product. It could even be something completely different from what we all know, but the design will probably be pretty close.
If you have the time, you can always find something interesting combing through legal documents. The Bright Side of News did just that and found something interesting in documents pertaining to NVIDIA’s lawsuit with Qualcomm and Samsung regarding its GPU technology patents.
The document states, “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” Yes, we knew all of this, but it’s always nice to get further confirmation.