Last month HP announced a couple new devices, the Slate 6 VoiceTab and Slate 7 VoiceTab, that were intended for the Indian market. The devices, running Android, qualify as either small tablets with voice call capability or large smartphones. HP has announced the devices have undergone some re-design work and are now destined for some European markets and the Middle East, in addition to India, this May.
Lenovo has announced their newest Android tablet, a 10.1 inch YOGA tab with some pretty high-end specs. The YOGA Tablet 10 HD+ sports a 1080p screen, a powerful Snapdragon CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a pretty large 9,000 mAh battery, and like the other YOGA tabs you get the handy little kickstand that lets you stand the device up in a variety of ways for reading or watching movies. It comes out of the box with Android 4.3, but Lenovo is planning an update to 4.4 later on. You’ll also get an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.6 megapixel front camera, up to 32 GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot. It’s not going to compete at the extreme high end of the market, but at the right price, this tablet could do very well in the midrange market.
The MediaPad M1 is the mysterious Huawei device that leaked last night. And as I noted yesterday, it looks like an even bigger HTC One Max. One thing Huawei did not do, though, is give this tablet excellent specifications like its MediaPad X1. The 8-inch display has a 1280×800 resolution. The rear camera is 5MP and the front camera is 1MP. And there is a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Huawei did keep thickness in mind. The MediaPad M1 is just 7.9mm thick and there is a 4800mAh battery inside. The tablet will be available in select regions later this quarter.
ASUS showed off their Transformer Book Duet TD300, a convertible tablet with a long name that ran both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2, at CES just last month. The tablet looked pretty cool, giving you the best of both Android and a more traditional Windows operating system, and it could switch between the two on the fly. Unfortunately, it’s looking like the TD300 won’t ever make it past the design phase.
According to a Chinese publication, ASUS has cancelled the TD300, citing resistance from Google. It was originally slated to be released in the second quarter of this year to US markets, but apparently there was something about it that Google really, really didn’t like. ASUS didn’t comment on exactly what that reasoning was.
The Mobile World Congress rumors are flying, and we won’t see them start to slow down before the event begins next week.
Sony has released a short video teaser for their MWC event, which says that we’ll see “something extraordinary” on Feb. 24. We should expect to see either the Xperia Z2 smartphone or the Z2 tablet— if we see both, then we wouldn’t be surprised either.
Stay tuned for live updates on every bit of information coming out of MWC in Barcelona next week. Hit the break for Sony’s video below.
It’s always fun when we get to see a leaked image of a highly anticipated device before its release. Chinese certification agency TENAA, the equivalent of our FCC, has recently certified the Oppo Find 7. The documentation includes live photos of the device, one of which you can see above. The photos confirm the phablet’s design that had already been leaked.
As a reminder, the Oppo Find 7 will come in two versions – one with a 5.5″ 1080p display and another with a 5.5″ QHD (2560 x 1600) screen. According to leaked benchmark scores, both will be powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset (four 2.3GHz Krait 400 cores, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM), pack 16GB storage and offer a 13MP rear and a 5MP front camera. It is still unclear whether they will come with Jelly Bean or KitKat to begin with.
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The Tegra Note 7 now has a new member of the family. Nvidia announced that it will be adding its i500 modem to the 7-inch tablet. The tablet will come in both LTE and HSPA+ bands, and will be available on a few popular carriers. the i500 is said to be 40% more efficient while being smaller than conventional LTE modems. It will also allow for Nvidia to push new features through software rather than having to create a new chipset.
On top of the new tablet, the company is expanding availability to other countries. It will be available in Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine over the coming months. The tablet will cost a $100 more than its WiFi only cousin at the tune of $299.
The Mobile World Conference doesn’t begin until later this month, but Archos has already begun revealing some products that they will be introducing at the event. There’s the the 80 Helium 4G, an 8-inch, £230 tablet that has a Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, 4G/LTE and Android 4.3. Also, Archos is going to have a 5-inch, dual-SIM smartphone called the 50c Oxygen, which features a 720p IPS display, MediaTek octa-core CPU, Jelly Bean, and a 6.77-mm thick body.
The devices won’t launch until later this year, but the company will show them off in Barcelona.
Samsung will very likely show off a bendable tablet design at MWC this year, but don’t expect to see it out in the open. The Korean media says Samsung has a prototype ready to show off this year, but only to a select group of people behind closed doors. The tablet will reportedly be able to bend at a 90 degree angle to function similarly to a laptop, as seen in the figure above.
There’s a lot we don’t know about this device, especially since there haven’t really been any leaks from Samsung about it. We do know that Samsung is in a race with LG to put flexible screens on any and every device, though, so a bendable tablet makes perfect sense. Hopefully after MWC blows over we’ll hear a bit about this device.
A couple days ago we reported on some images of Huawei’s MediaPad X1 7-inch tablet as it made its way through the Chinese regulatory process. Huawei appears to be targeting the Nexus 7 tablet with this new device, although it is still not clear which markets will have access to the device. Ahead of MWC 2014, some more images have surfaced of the device giving us a better look.