Samsung officially announces the budget-friendly Galaxy Tab3 Lite

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Samsung has made a commitment to selling more tablets in 2014, and to succeed with that, they not only have to cater to the higher-end of the market, but also the lower-end. That is exactly where the Galaxy Tab3 Lite  comes into play.

The Tab3 Lite sports a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display (169 ppi), a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 2MP rear camera, a 3.600mAh battery for up to 8 hours of video playback, and Android 4.2 along with TouchWiz.

They will offer both a Wi-Fi-only version (SM-T110) and a 3G/Wi-Fi version (SM-T111), but they didn’t offer any pricing or availability just yet. I would expect this one to be priced around $150.  Hit the break for the full presser.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite confirmed thanks to released user manual

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Samsung still hasn’t officially announced the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, but thanks to their Polish website releasing the user manual for the device a little early, we’re pretty sure it’s real. The Tab 3 Lite (model number SM-T110) is also up for preorder from a Polish retailer, who was also kind enough to confirm the specs of the budget tablet.

For roughly $165, you’ll get a dual-core Marvell CPU, a 7-inch 600 x 1024 screen (ouch), 1 GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It’s a far cry from the Pro tablets Samsung just unveiled, but that’s obviously not the market Samsung is going for with this Lite tablet.

Are you planning on picking one of these up to replace an older Galaxy Tab, or are you waiting to see what else Samsung has in store for a 2014 7 inch tablet?

source: Phone Arena

Image of Verizon’s Nexus 7 leaks, there really is no branding (finally)

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Yesterday, @evleaks let the world know that the Nexus 7 “is about to be added to the Verizon lineup” very soon. He also said that it would not have any Verizon branding. Well, it is true. He tweeted the image above and there really is no branding from Big Red. It doesn’t even look like Verizon’s 4G LTE icon is present. A great sign for their customers. Now, if only we knew what Google and Verizon are working on for this year… » Read the rest

Latest leak says Nexus 7 finally ready to debut on Verizon

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While the Nexus 7 has been a big hit, customers hoping to use the device on Verizon’s wireless network have been left out in the cold. It all started last fall when it was discovered Verizon would not allow activations of the device on their network followed by a hasty explanation involving their certification process. That process was then delayed when “issues” were identified and a decision was made to wait until Android 4.4 KitKat could be installed on Verizon units. According to a tweet from @evleaks, the Nexus 7 is finally ready to join the Verizon portfolio.

Keep in mind @evleaks tweeted essentially the same message back at the beginning of November. Similar to that tweet, this latest tip includes no indication of timing unless you consider “about to be” such a qualifier. The latest rumor does add that the devices will have no Verizon branding, which would be an odd move.

Are you a Verizon customer interested in a Nexus 7 capable of running on their network?

source: @evleaks

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 now available from T-Mobile

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Starting today, you can purchase Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 from T-Mobile. In usual T-Mobile fashion, you do not have to pay the full retail price. Instead, T-Mobile is spreading the payments across twenty-four months at $13 with $0 down. If you would rather pay for the whole thing up front, the full retail price is $312. With the Galaxy Tab 3, you get a 7-inch display, dual-core processor, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Did I mention you will get to be with the nation’s fastest growing carrier?

Source: T-Mobile

Android-powered Asus Transformer Pad (TF502T) launching soon

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Asus is expected to launch its Transformer Pad TF502T soon— the tablet will be extremely similar to the company’s VivoTab RT TF600T in design and specs, but will run Android rather than Windows 8.

It is expected to be 8.3mm-thin, will feature a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 pixels, a keyboard dock, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, NFC capabilities, an 8MP shooter,2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 32GB of Asus WebStorage for three years, and will ship with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

The Windows counterpart of the device is currently going for $299.99 on Amazon, so the Android-powered version, considering its similar specs, should go for around the same price. Release/announcement date is still unannounced.

Source: Phone Arena

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.

Source: FCC
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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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