Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 powered by Verizon’s LTE service hits the FCC

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Samsung made a pretty big deal of its upcoming Galaxy TabPROs and NotePRO tablets at CES this week, but that’s no reason to ignore the LTE-powered Galaxy Note 10.1 which should be released in just a few months.

The tablet passed through the halls of the FCC this week and all signs are pointing to a release on Verizon in the US.

The LTE edition of Samsung’s hit tablet has LTE bands 4 and 13 (which are used by Verizon). The Wi-Fi version is currently being sold by Samsung for $599.99— expect the LTE variant to come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Source: FCC

Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra appears on AnTuTu and FCC, coming soon?

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xperia_z_ultraA Wi-Fi-only model of Sony’s first phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, is on its way, according to recent appearances in the AnTuTu benchmark, as well as FCC certification databases. Perhaps Sony is ready to join the small tablets market with the 6.4-inch Z Ultra, without it’s baseband modem, and with it’s thin 6.5 mm frame?

The device is also waterproof, and can be written on with a regular pencil. Pricing and availability are obviously uncertain at this point, but we’re hoping it’ll be cheaper than the LTE version. More info should be coming soon, and we’ll keep you updated.

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Hands on with the Intel-powered Fuhu DreamTab at CES 2014

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Fuhu is definitely the leader when it comes to kids tablets. From toddlers to tweens, there is a Nabi tablet for everyone. If that isn’t enough, now Fuhu is readying the launch of the DreamTab which is a collaboration with DreamWorks. I had a chance to play with it at CES 2014, and I was quite impressed to say the least.

Lets talk specs. The DreamTab might be for kids, but it’s no “kids toy” if you know what I mean. You will have your choice of either 8-inches, 12-inches, 19-inches, or a whopping 24-inches. All will be IPS and at 1080p resolution. Under the hood, it’s powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor (Bay Trail), 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, front-facing stereo speakers, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Plus, it’s Google certified, so you will have access to all the apps available in the Google Play Store, at least the ones you allow your kids to use.

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A look at new Qi wireless charging applications for the automobile from the Wireless Power Consortium at CES 2014

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Qi_Wireless_Charging_From_Wireless_Power_ConsortiumWireless charging is something consumers want, but the manufacturers continue to take their time agreeing with a standard. We have the Alliance 4 Wireless Power and the Wireless Power Consortium. Both include partners such as Qualcomm and Samsung that are members with both organizations. A little messed up to say the least.

Last year at CES, I met with the Alliance 4 Wireless Power, and this year, I met with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), WPC is committed to Qi technology, which seems to be the most logical since that is pretty much all we see in the wild. Now if manufacturers would stop fooling around and implement it in their devices, we might start seeing the benefits of wireless charging.

Charging pads at home is just one aspect, but charging pads in the car and commercial establishments is where the future is. WPC showed me a couple of new products for the automobile, so hit the break for a quick hands on video.

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Hands on with the kid-friendly Vivitar XO 7 and XO 10 tablets

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Vivitar has announced a new line of tablets for kids, called the XO tablet, which includes a 7 inch and 1o inch version. Both versions of the tablet will feature a quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage, as well as the standard WiFi and Bluetooth radios and rear and front facing cameras. Both the 7 and and 10 inch tablets will have 1024 x 600 resolution screens, but the 10 inch version will have a slightly bigger battery as well as more content on board.

The XO tablet software contains different “dreams,” such as an artist or musician dream, which contains content pertaining to that particular dream. The artist dream has applications that are based around being artistic as well as links to famous artists. The bigger tablet will have more of this content preloaded, but both tablets run the same version of the software. The XO 7 will carry a $149 price tag and the XO 10 will go for $199.

To see the dreams in action you can check out our hands on videos below. Be sure to follow the rest of our CES coverage here. » Read the rest

Hands on with the Hisense X1 smartphone at CES 2014

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We know exactly what you’re thinking… “Damn, that’s a big phone!”. And rightfully so. Though it’s being considered for the “Phablet” market, this thing is seriously teetering on the brink of a full blown out tablet. Being just .2-inches shy of the Nexus 7 and other popular small tablets, we’re definitely thinking it’s a flat out tab. The Hisense X1 is “large and in charge” as stated by Editor in Chief Rob Nazarian as he tries to tame this bad boy one-handed. The X1 comes in at a whopping 6.8-inches sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 series CPU, making for a snappy experience when navigating. In addition, the handset comes with a 5-megapixel camera in the front and a 13-megapixel shooter in the rear. Battery life should be optimal to run the true definition IPS display (1920 x 1080) with a whopping 3900 mAh’s.   » Read the rest

Hands on with touchless gestures from Elliptic Labs at CES 2014

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Touchless gesturing is nothing new with smartphones and tablets, but we have only seen it utilizing the front facing camera. It works okay, but it’s too limited. Elliptic Labs has developed a much better version utilizing 4 speakers on either the front or sides of the device. Using ultrasound, gesturing is so much easier and effortless.

This is something that has been in development for a couple of years, but it will finally come to fruition this year. They released the SDK so any manufacturer can implement it on their smartphones or tablets.

The folks at Elliptic said to expect the first device sometime this year. What manufacturer(s)? They wouldn’t tell me, but they were using a Samsung phone in the demo. Coincidence?

Anyways, check out the hands on (no pun intended) video after the break.

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Hands On With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Digital Pen

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As if your life wasn’t digital enough with tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, digital credit cards, pedometers, car starters etc, Qualcomm wants to corner another small market in the industry, which of late, appears to be Samsung’s turf. At CES 2014 the company has put  on display their new Snapdragon Digital Pen for those not wanting to give up their pad and paper. We first saw this a few days ago however, our own Editor in Chief Rob Nazarian was on site to get a hands-on demo personally from Qualcomm. It’s easy writing on paper but what’s difficult is organizing those notes and then finding them later once you’re done.

Now you can have your cake and eat it. The pen uses high frequency ultrasound waves using at least five built in speakers as part of the new Snapdragon 805 CPU. With it, you can write on any flat surface such as a pad or notebook and all will be instantly transcribed on the tablet for safe keeping. In addition, Qualcomm also hinted at the fact they’re working on a second prototype that’s a little smaller and could be integrated with future devices. As of now, the device will be sold separately. Check out the hands on video below and don’t forget to head here for the rest of our CES 2014 coverage.    » Read the rest

Hands on with the ARCHOS 101 XS 2 tablet at CES 2014

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The other day we saw Archos debut a new tablet. The 101 XS 2 as its known is an Android 4.2.2 tablet rocking a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and comes at at price of £249.99 ($401.13). On top of that it has front facing speakers, a la HTC One style. It also comes with a keyboard cover that protects the screen and is set to launch in the UK next month.

For those of you wanting a hands on with the device just to see how it works, we have it for you after the break.

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Hands on with Archos ChildPad 2 at CES

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Archos has unveiled their ChildPad tablet successor, the 10 inch ChildPad 2. This tablet features an IPS 10 inch screen and a dual-core processor, along with some child-friendly features. The ChildPad 2 features a front-facing camera for video calls, many kid friendly apps and features, and the Google Play Store. It also comes with a small plastic teddy bear USB drive that contains music, movies, or other files when connected to the tablet. Overall, it’s a pretty good choice if you’re looking for a tablet for children. You can find a full hands on video below, and you can find the rest of our CES coverage here. » Read the rest