We had a chance to see drawings of a keyboard folio case for the upcoming Nexus 9, but now we have real images courtesy of the NCC. The NCC is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S.
You can easily see that there are two different keyboard layouts being tested, so we aren’t sure which one will be the final product. It could even be something completely different from what we all know, but the design will probably be pretty close.
If you have the time, you can always find something interesting combing through legal documents. The Bright Side of News did just that and found something interesting in documents pertaining to NVIDIA’s lawsuit with Qualcomm and Samsung regarding its GPU technology patents.
The document states, “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” Yes, we knew all of this, but it’s always nice to get further confirmation.
According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.
The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.
Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:
Google just sent an unannounced 7-in tablet through the FCC, meaning we should be seeing another small tablet hit being released shortly. The model name for the aforementioned device is NX74751, the NX being the primary reason to suspect it being the next Nexus 7. There has also been speculation that this tablet is the LG G Pad 7.0 GPE, due to the battery being manufactured by LG.
Sprint announced today that it will be carrying Samsung’s latest tablet starting next Friday. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will feature Sprint’s Spark capabilities, meaning it will be able to move at 60-100 Mbps on the network. The tablet itself features a beautiful 2K 10.5 in screen and is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor. The 10.5 also comes with 16 GB of storage with the option of expandable storage, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, and a whopping 7,900 mAh battery. While 10.5 inches sounds big, the tablet weighs barely a pound and is just over a quarter inch thick. All this will be available for $650, or 24 payments of $27.09.
Source: Sprint Newsroom
Although Samsung’s announcements during their big Unpacked 2014 event at IFA 2014 have been the focus of many, the company is taking the opportunity presented by the tech show to release some other devices. One of those is a ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active that Samsung developed to target business users who need tablets in challenging environments. The 8-inch tablet comes with an anti-shock covering that provides protection against drops of up to 1.2 meters. Not surprising, Samsung obtained IP67 certification for water and dust resistance for the tablet. Some of the other changes to the standard tablet may be more helpful than the protective qualities added.
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.
Source: Droid Gamers
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.