A few days ago some images leaked, courtesy @evleaks, of a new tablet device that HP appears to be getting ready for market. Now a press render of the device in white has been discovered. The press render appears to confirm the device will come with both front and rear facing cameras and a lone speaker on the back of the device. HP marketing is also readily apparent.
Earlier this week we reported on the codename “Flounder” surfacing in a Chromium issue tracker entry. The rumor was that this pointed to the release of an HTC produced Nexus tablet from Google. The recent release of a detailed changelog for Android 4.4.3 to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) seems to confirm the connection between HTC and the “Flounder” device as seen in the changelog entry.
We already gave you the juicy details of the upcoming Galaxy Tab S, which will be Samsung’s first AMOLED tablet since the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from a few years ago. Now it’s time to get a good look at the device. These images are from the 10.5-inch version, and unfortunately there really isn’t anything major here. Samsung’s devices always look the same and the Tab S is no exception. However, you will notice an updated back that resembles the Galaxy S 5 band-aid look, I mean dimpled look. This is the first time we are seeing it on a tablet. You will also see that “wonderful” Magazine UX that is on the Galaxy TabPRO series and Galaxy NotePRO.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S will be a beast. It will sport a 2560 x 1600 AMOLED display, and octa-core Exynos 5420 CPU which consists of four 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 cores, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, IR blaster, and Android 4.4. One more pic revealing the back of the device after the break.
Although it appears Google has shutdown access to a Chromium issue tracker report that should not have been publicly available, they did not get to it before a screen shot was grabbed. The information that was discovered seems to indicate Google is getting closer to releasing a new Nexus tablet and it may come with a new version of the Android operating system, possibly Android 4.5.
The issue tracker entry shows a device codenamed “Flounder” which is consistent with previous Nexus family devices that were named after fish for internal purposes. Previous reports suggest Google may be working with HTC on an 8- or 9-inch tablet to succeed last year’s Nexus 7. The entry also shows the device running a development build of the Android operating system that was made on May 6, 2014. A version of the operating system that was built so recently could just indicate Google is working on another update to the 4.4 line.
Samsung is continuing its trend of flooding the market with tablets and smartphones. There’s a rumor that Samsung will becoming out with a Galaxy S tablet line known as the Galaxy Tab S. The Tab S will come in an 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch variety. Unlike the company’s other tablets, the Tab S will feature a WQXGA (2560×1600) AMOLED display.
This isn’t Samsung’s first tablet with an AMOLED screen, however. The company first unveiled an AMOLED screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in 2011 but the primary focus was in testing the technology itself. For those that don’t know, AMOLED displays are known for their low power consumptions and their high contrast levels. Samsung has been using these displays in most of their smartphones and cameras, most notably in the Galaxy S series.
In the market for a new tablet? You may want to wait and see what Hewlett-Packard has up its sleeve. Some unnamed tablets, courtesy of @evleaks, from HP leaked on Twitter.
On his official site, @evleaks shared a slew of images. It has the tablets in silver, red, and gold. The front, especially for the silver model, looks eerily similar to HTC’s design language. The tablets look rather nice, so perhaps HP will load them will some impressive hardware specifications.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), tablet sales have showed a significant decrease for this years Q1 sales as compared to 2013′s Q1 sales. We’ll use Apple and Samsung as examples considering they are by far the two largest tablet distributors in the world. During Q1 of this year Apple shipped 16.4 million units and Samsung had 11.2 million, which is a bit down for Apple compared last years Q1 as Apple had 19.5 million shipped and Samsung actually gained at 8.5 million.
Verizon’s tablet lineup could be getting a lot bigger. According to @evleaks, Big Red is going to be adding two tablets from Samsung and an additional two tablets will come from Amazon. From Samsung, the brand new Galaxy Tab 4 line will be featured on Verizon with the 8.0 and 10.1 models. On Amazon’s end, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9 models will make their way to Verizon.
No word on pricing or a release date just yet as Verizon has not made anything official.
Just when you thought phones weren’t big enough, Acer comes to the rescue. They just unveiled a behemoth of a phone in the Iconia Tab 7. It’s basically a tablet with phone functionality. They are saying it’s “super portable,” but how can that be if it doesn’t fit in my pocket?
The Iconia Tab 7 features a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution and a quad-core MediaTek processor. The phone functionality is over 3G, so no LTE. They didn’t divulge any other specs, but as you can see, this device is for emerging markets. It will sport KitKat however.
The KitKat parade that started last week is rolling over to this week. This time it is the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition receiving the bump to the latest version of Android. The update version is KOT49H.P605VVRUCNC2.
Hit the break for the changelog Verizon posted.