[Deal] Pick up an LG G Pad 8.3 on Newegg for $224.99

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If you’ve been eyeing LG’s 8.3-inch G Pad tablet, Newegg has a deal that you don’t want to pass up. They’re offering the quad-core powerhouse of a tablet for $249.99 with a promo code, plus free shipping.

The G Pad is powered by a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and has a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen. At just over 200 bucks, this tablet offers a great bang for your buck, especially compared to similar tablets like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line or even the Nexus 7. » Read the rest

2014 GSMA Global Mobile Awards are in, phone of the year goes to…..

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Every year at Mobile World Congress, the GSMA holds the Global Mobile Awards, and this year was no exception. They have a slew of categories for devices, services, and apps.

For best phone, it went to the HTC One unsurprisingly. Unfortunately winning in this category doesn’t always translate into sales or profits. Did an Android tablet get best tablet? Unfortunately not, as the Apple iPad Air grabbed that one. Again, unsurprisingly.

What about innovation? The most innovative device manufacturer went to LG. AT&T also took best consumer mobile service.

If you want to see all the awards, hit the break for the full presser.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, 610, and 615 get announced, one shipping already

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snapdragon_lineupMobile World Congress wouldn’t be the same without a new round of processor’s being announced and showcased. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, 610, and 615 have gotten the spotlight this time around. The Snapdragon 801 is very similar to the 800, receiving only a performance boost. The clock speed of the CPU has been boosted from 2.26GHz to 2.45GHz and the GPU from 450MHz to 578MHz. This processor has already been selected by Sony for the Xperia Z2.

The Snapdragon 610 and 615 are joining Qualcomm’s 64-bit family. While the 610 utilizes four 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 cores, the 615 goes to eight of those same cores. Both have the Adreno 405 GPU. These two processors are slated for devices coming late in 2014.

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Xperia Tablet Z2 officially announced

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As MWC 2014 kicks into full gear, we’re going to see a whole slew of announcements. This announcement is coming out of Sony’s camp as it announces the next generation Xperia Z2 tablet. As you would expect, the tablet features updated specs. They are as follows.

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
  • 10.1-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) TRILUMINOS display, with X-Reality and Live Color LED technology
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 8.1MP Exmor RS rear camera, 2.2MP from camera
  • Sony Front Surround™ audio technology
  • IP55/IP58 rating – waterproof and dustproof
  • 6.4mm thick, 426g for Wi-Fi model and 439g for for LTE/3G model
  • Digital noise-cancelling technology for an immersive audio experience
  • 6000 mAh battery  (up to 10 hours of multimedia use estimated)
  • Quick charge 2.0 technology (75% faster than devices without fast charging abilities)
  • Optional 4G LTE support

On top of the newer specs, the tablet will come with OfficeSuite Pro 7 on board, so you can edit and manipulate Microsoft Office files right out of the gate. There is a robust security architecture that offers protection for both your corporate and personal data. Camera enthusiasts will find Xperia’s camera suite of apps as well.

The tablet will feature the same sleek and slim design the original tablet had. As far as availability is concerned, we’re looking at March of this year. No word on pricing but we can bet it will be in line with the previous model. We have the presser for you after the break.

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HP VoiceTab devices surface at MWC 2014 as market expands

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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. » Read the rest

Lenovo announces 1080p YOGA Tablet 10 HD+, starting at $349

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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. » Read the rest

Huawei’s new MediaPad M1 tablet looks strikingly similar to an HTC device

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huawei_mediapad_m1_announcementThe 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 Transformer Book Duet TD300 gets cancelled due to pressure from Google

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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. » Read the rest

Sony teases new Xperia device ahead of Mobile World Congress

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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.

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