NotePRO and TabPRO available in the US later this month

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NotePRO_1In January, we saw the NotePRO and TabPRO tablets from Samsung go up for pre-order in the UK. Today, the US joins the ranks as Samsung announced this morning that the US variants are available for pre-order. As we found out the other day, like their UK cousins, these tablets would come with a hefty price tag.

Prices range from $399.99 for the TabPRO 8.4 all the way up to $849.99 for the 64GB NotePRO 12.2. Of course there are a few perks that come with those price tags. When you buy the tablet, you will receive $25 worth of Google Play credit, a one-year Bloomberg Businessweek+ subscription, six months worth of Cisco’s WebEx Premium 8 package, and 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years. Later on, owners of these tablets will receive free GoGo inflight internet access, up to 36 flights.

There isn’t a cellular variant of any of the tablets just yet, but Verizon is said to be offering the NotePRO 12.2 on its network later this quarter. If you’re wanting the WiFi variant you’ll find it at Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry’s, Newegg, and Samsung.com. They will be available for pre-order starting today, and available to consumers on February 13. Those who want the NotePRO 12.2 will have to wait until March to get their hands on the premium tablet.

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Archos announces 3 low-end tablets

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The 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon tablets have been announced by Archos and boy do they look awful on paper. The 90 Neon sports a 9-inch 800×480 screen, the 97 Neon will have a 9.7-inch screen with a 1024×768 resolution, and finally the 101 Neon will have a 10.1-inch screen with an odd resolution of 1024×600. Thankfully the internals do get better, although it still won’t make you want one. Each device dons a quad-core Cortex-A9 ARM chip of unidentified make clocked at 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM.

These devices should be cheap and affordable, release dates are still to be determined.

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Samsung device appears in Bangalore for testing, could be Galaxy Tab 4

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Zauba, an Indian website listing imports and exports, listed a device titled “SM-T330″ as having arrived in Bangalore for testing. Sporting an eight-inch display, the same device recently underwent Bluetooth certification. The model number suggests that the device could be the Galaxy Tab 3′s successor, the Galaxy Tab 4, but we’ll know for sure soon enough.

Source: SamMobile

 

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 for schools, preloaded with KitKat

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Samsung has announced a new variant of their Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 specifically designed for schools. The hardware is identical to the regular Tab 3 10.1 except that this edition has NFC on board for easy setup in the classroom, but there are some differences on the software side.

The main difference is that this device has Android 4.4 KitKat installed out of the box. Samsung will likely update their normal Tab 3 line to KitKat, but it’s nice to see a newer tablet come with newer software anyway. The tablet also has integration with Google Play for Education, which is Google’s own curated selection of apps and services for K – 12 classrooms.

This tablet won’t be available for purchase by general consumers, as it will be sold through Samsung’s specialized channels where you’ll have to order in bulk. It’ll be available in April, so we may start seeing them in classrooms by the end of the year. For Samsung’s full press release, check below. » Read the rest

Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 pre-orders starting in the UK, ships on February 4

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If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the new Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 your wait is almost over, at least if you live in the UK. The device that was announced at CES earlier this month, the tablet will come with a hefty price tag. For those of you looking to shell out top dollar for the device it will cost you £649 ($1074.10). That’s just for a WiFi version too.

On top of that you’ll get 32 or 64GB of storage, an Octa-core (1.9GHz quad-core and 1.3GHz quad-core) processor, S-Pen functionality, and a 12.2 inch, 1600×2560 display. But that’s not all you’ll get. For a limited time Samsung is throwing in its new Gamepad accessory valued at £59 ($97.64). The tablet and Gamepad will start shipping February 4.

There isn’t word on pricing or availability in other markets yet, but it’s safe to say that it will be priced similarly. We’ll let you know when it’s announced for other markets but until then, you can check out our hands on with the tablet.

source: Samsung UK

AMOLED tablet displays from Samsung slated for February production

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According to reports from Korean web site ET News, Samsung is ready to ramp up production of AMOLED displays in the 8- to 10-inch size for use in tablet devices. The technology, used primarily by Samsung and LG, has found its way into small devices like smartphones and large devices like televisions. However, the cost to produce the screens apparently made it prohibitive to produce them for tablet devices. With the tablet market growing by leaps and bounds and projected to continue and Samsung focusing on tablets during the coming year, it makes sense that the company is finally ready to crank up production of AMOLED displays for their tablets. ET News also notes that TV sales have been sagging a bit, so the addition of tablet production will help Samsung optimize utilization of the production lines in what may be some fortuitous timing.

source: ET News
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FCC filings for Sony Xperia Z2 and new tablet show up

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As we inch closer to MWC 2014, one of the devices surrounded by some buzz has been the Sony Xperia Z1 successor. Dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2, the device has been going by the name Xperia Sirius with a model number D6503. We have already seen some leaked images of the device, so it should be no surprise to see it starting to show up in certifying organization databases. This is true for the FCC where the Sony PM-0740-BV, thought to be the same device, showed up with a wide range of wireless capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the presence of several LTE bands that would make the device compatible with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile depending on which exact band is enabled.

In addition to the smartphone device, a new tablet device from Sony also shows up in the FCC database with the model number TM-0043-BV. The FCC filing shows the same connectivity options as the smartphone. Previous reports had suggested the tablet was going by the codename Castor and would be released in the second quarter in Japan. With an FCC filing in place, it looks like it may make it to U.S. shores as well.

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Corning announces antimicrobial Gorilla Glass

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Smartphone, tablet and other touch device users are in a constant battle to keep their screens clean. This usually involves wiping off the buildup of fingerprints and oils from our fingers, along with assorted liquids that may have splashed on the screen. Corning has been working on some technology to help keep screens clean at a more basic level with the introduction of antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.  » Read the rest

Sprint launches ZTE Optik 2 tablet at just $29.99 with contract

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zte_optik_2If you want a tablet and you’re low on cash, you’re not going to find a better option than this. Sprint recently announced the ZTE Optik 2, which is just $29.99 with an eligible upgrade or a new line of service with a data plan. It obviously doesn’t have the highest specs on the market, but it’s still a full functioning, 7-inch tablet on Android 4.1.2.

Inside the ZTE Optik 2 is a 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which can be upgraded through the micro-SD slot, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. Sprint’s competitive tablet data plans start from as low as $5 and extend up to $79.99 for 12GB of data. Sprint is also offering a special 2GB data plan for just $15. These are 3G speeds, so don’t expect LTE, but the ZTE Optik 2 is certainly worth a look.

Source: Sprint