Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 arrives on Verizon for $749 with contract

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The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 has arrived on Verizon. It’s priced at an enormous $849 outright, or $749 for a two-year contract. Considering its big price tag, it might just make sense to buy the device outright without a contract. Still, Verizon has made the LTE-capable device an option.

The NotePRO 12.2 is powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, and packs a 12.2-inch display with a 2560×1600 resolution. Other specs include 32GB storage, microSD, S-Pen support, a 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera and a 9500 mAh battery. The device is available straight from Verizon’s website, via the source link below.

Source: Verizon

Asus TF103 and Asus TF303 leaked

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A couple of new Asus Transformer Pads have been leaked, the TF 303 and TF103. Both will look identical to each other except the 103 will be the lower-spec’d version of the 303. The 303 is expected to don Intel’s new Bay Trail processor paired with Android 4.4 KitKat. Both devices will also have a 10.1″ screen with speakers on the front. Not much else is known about these two devices, but you can expect more to come out as time goes by!

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Xiaomi tablet specifications leak, includes a 9.2-inch display and a Snapdragon 400 processor

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According to Webtrek, Xiaomi’s upcoming tablet may be a formidable budget tablet with a large screen. Also, you can see a shot of the device’s backside above. This 9.2-inch tablet is slated to have 1280×720 resolution and run Android 4.3 out of the box; however, Xiaomi’s own overlay will likely take precedent of the software. Running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. This processor will be clocked at 1.6GHz. And internally is 8GB of storage. The rear camera has seven megapixels and the front has one and a half megapixels.

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Verizon will release the LG G Pad 8.3 on March 6 for $99 with a two-year contract, $299 without

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After experiencing some leaks, LG’s G Pad 8.3 is finally heading to Verizon on March 6. From that date through March 10, the tablet will be available for $99 with a new two-year contract. It will then cost $199. And if you are not interested in signing away two years of your life, Verizon will have the LG G Pad 8.3 available for $299 without a new two-year contract. In case you forgot, the G Pad 8.3 has gorgeous full HD IPS display and a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Android claims 62% of tablet market during 2013 as Apple’s share slides

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Echoing earlier research, Gartner announced today that worldwide sales of tablets in 2013 totaled 195.4 million units with Android laying claim to 62% of the market. The big beneficiary of Android’s growth, driven by users snapping up smaller, lower-end devices, was Samsung who sold just over 37 million units. Meanwhile, Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, saw their market share slide from almost 53% to only 36% despite selling 9 million more units compared to the prior year. The silver lining for Apple was that they continue to retain the title of largest tablet manufacturer. Although Samsung is closing the gap quickly, Apple still sold about twice as many tablets as Samsung.

Meanwhile, Asus, Amazon and Lenovo rounded out the top five manufacturers. Of those three, Lenovo saw unit sales increase by 198% to 6.5 million units. Microsoft managed to increase their tablet shipments from 1.2 million to 4 million units during 2013, continuing to hold 2.1% of the market.

source: Computerworld

[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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