Sony had a big day at IFA 2014 when they announced several new devices in just about every mobile device market segment. There was the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, their new flagship device, as well as its variant, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. For more budget-oriented consumers, they released the Sony Xperia E3 smartphone. Tablet shoppers now have a new 8-inch tablet they may want to consider in the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. For wearable fans, they introduced their new Sony SmartWatch 3 and the Sony SmartBand Talk activity tracker. Sony even got in on the software development end of things with their Lifelog application.
Sony’s two latest smartphones, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, and its latest tablet, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, will support Remote Play from the PlayStation 4. If you have both a PS4 and one of these devices, you can play you PS4 games on the Z3 screen while using the Game Control Mount GCM10. For Android gamers, this feature is a must. Now you can play your PS4 games remotely without needing a PlayStation Vita. This addition has greatly increased the quality of games available for mobile, and all that is necessary is a mount to go on your controller.
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At IFA 2014 today, Sony introduced what they claim is the world’s slimmest and lightest tablet, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Not only is it a lightweight tablet, it comes with an IP65/68 rating for water and dust resistance. Sony has loaded up the Z3 Tablet Compact with a Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, and a full HD TRILUMINOS screen for bright colors.
During their time on the stage at IFA 2014 today, Acer took the opportunity to unveil a couple new Android powered tablets. The Acer Iconia Tab 10 is a 10.1-inch display device that incorporates Zero Air Gap technology and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor. Acer says the device has an anti-fingerprint coating applied to help keep it smudge free. The Iconia Tab 10 will come with Android 4.4 KitKat in either black or white.
Asus is no stranger to stylish tablets, and the upcoming MeMO Pad 7 is no exception. Borrowing inspiration from clutch bags, the MeMO Pad 7 features a sleek, premium construction consisting of 50% duralumin and 34% fiberglass, which results in a weight of only 269g and a body that is only 8.3mm thick. The front of the device flaunts a 7-inch, 1080p IPS display. Hit the break for a video of the device being shown off from many angles.
At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.
It is only a matter of time before HTC announces its upcoming T1 tablet that will have beastly specifications. Being that all signs point the T1 as the Nexus 8, an October launch seems likely as Android L is expected to arrive then. From Google itself, accessories for Nexus devices have remained scarce. With this tablet, however, Google and HTC are making sure they offer plenty of accessories. Leaked information reveals that a Magic Cover will be available in either leather or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The leather material will come in Natural or Black choices. The TPU Magic Cover will be offered in Coral Amethyst, Mint Indigo, Lime Stone, Indigo Black. In addition to this, a folio keyboard will be made specifically for the tablet.
We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.
The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.
Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.
An update is currently rolling out to the Shield Tablet, sized at 84.1MB, and it gives the device improvements, fixes, and new features. Unlike other hardware manufacturers, NVIDIA rolls out its software updates in one giant wave rather than making some device owners wait around a bit. The most notable piece of the update is the NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle. It adjusts the display based upon the content a user is viewing.
Here is what the update includes:
- Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
- Improved camera performance
- NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
- Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
- ShadowPlay performance optimizations
- Localization improvements
- Audio optimizations
- Misc. stability improvements
Next week Sony will likely announce the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet. We have a good idea about each device, but to hype things up, Sony released a teaser video with some clues. You will notice a “3″ theme towards the beginning, which probably indicates that three devices will be announced. Towards the end, 7 mm, Cu, and H20 flash across the screen, along with the date of September 3rd. 7 mm is the obvious thickness of at least one of the devices, possibly all three. H2O is an obvious reference that all devices will be waterproof or water resistant. As to Cu, that signifies copper, but we aren’t sure what they are trying to tell us. As to the date, I think that’s self explanatory.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for what Sony will unveil? Hit the break for the short teaser video.