Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets offer some seriously nice displays, but it turns out the quality comes at a price.
According to Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru, the tablets’ processors heat up after heavy usage — which is not rare, however this heating up is causing a minor deformation of the rear cover. The above photo features a Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with a damaged back.
We know an NVIDIA Shield tablet is on the way, and it looks like it’ll be announced sooner rather than later. A set of leaked images and information points towards the gaming tablet being announced on July 22nd in time for a late summer/early fall rollout to consumers.
According to the images, the Shield Tablet will indeed be a powerful tablet paired with a wireless controller instead of the all-in-one package we got with the original Shield device. The tablet sports an NVIDIA K1 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 1920 x 1200 8-inch screen, and a 5 megapixel front-facing cam. The 16 GB model with WiFi only will run $299, and the 32 GB, LTE-enabled version will cost $399. Either option should be more than capable of handling even the most demanding games available on Android.
A legitimate gaming tablet could be on the way later this year. The image above is allegedly an upcoming tablet from NVIDIA. It is currently being called the Shield Tablet. What we are looking at today is a tablet that has a built-in gaming hub. This gaming hub list sections covering a store, news, Android games, and PC games. The most interesting part of all of this is that games like Half-Life 2 and Portal are present in a subsection of the store when looking for compatible games with a controller. This essentially confirms what we heard previously that NVIDIA’s Shield successor could be a pairing of a tablet with a controller.
Earlier this month, LG made the G Pad 7.0 and 10.1 official in the US, opening more consumers up to their flagship tablets. Now, the LG G Pad 7.0 is headed to AT&T with LTE connectivity.
Expansys has fired up a promotion on Google Play Edition devices as part of an apparent effort to clear out some stock. If you don’t mind a device that may be a generation behind the current flagships and have been looking for the experience of a GPE device, this is something you will certainly want to check out.
The next member to join the tablet lineup for AT&T is the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. Its launch date? Today. While today is only for the carrier’s website, AT&T stores will start carrying the tablet on July 25. With a new two-year contract, this Samsung tablet will cost $269.99; however, customers can take advantage of Next and pay $18.50 per month without paying anything upfront. But for the people signing that two-year contract, AT&T will reward you by taking $50 off of the tablet when bundling it with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
You know what Verizon Edge is all about: pay for a device over time instead of signing a two-year contract that holds restricts your options. Until now, Verizon has only made smartphones available through the Edge program. Today, you can do so with tablets. The price of the the tablet, whichever you choose, is sliced into twenty payments of an equal price. Once thirty days have gone by and 60% of the device has been paid off, you can upgrade!
Hit the break for the list of tablets and their Edge payments.
LG has been following a steady progression with the latest tablets for their portfolio as they get them to market. Announced in May ahead of their big LG G3 reveal, LG expanded their tablet options for customers to include new 7-inch and 10.1-inch versions. In June the new tablets, along with the G Pad 8.0, were released to European retailers. Now, about one month later, LG is making the devices available in the U.S. market.
The LG G Pad 7 will carry a suggested retail price of $149.99 and the G Pad 10.1 will go for $249.99. Both versions are Wi-Fi only. Initially, the devices will be available at major retailers like Best Buy and Newegg.
If you are in the market for a new tablet, do you think you will take a look at the new LG G Pad devices?
source: LG Press Release
Samsung has announced a partnership with International Talent Support to create the Samsung Galaxy Award, a competition for creative designers to come up with an accessory for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. The winner will receive €10,000 ($13,600 USD) for producing a design for an accessory that is “both effective and unique.” Samsung indicates the accessory can be a cover, a case, a bag, or whatever else the designer can come up with. The one requirement though is that is has to be made from Diesel denim material, part of an effort by Samsung to merge technology with fashion.
Samsung will accept drawings for prototypes from participants in the ITS program. The designers will prepare their sketches using a Samsung Note tablet and an S Pen. Ten finalists prototype drawings will be exhibited on July 11th and 12th, although Samsung does not indicate when a final winner will be selected. It seems to be implied that Samsung will eventually put the winning selection into production, so be on the lookout for a denim based accessory to appear sometime in the next few months.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Since the start of 2014, we heard about a Sony tablet making its way to Verizon. But for months, even after the Xperia Z2 Tablet launched, nothing ever became official and people continued to wonder whether or not it was actually going to happen. Today, Sony announced that the Xperia Z2 Tablet will join Big Red’s network on July 17 with pre-ordering opening July 10. The price is $599 without a contract and $499 with a new two-year contract.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet is no slouch. It ships with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but has Sony’s own software layered over the stock experience. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. A 6000mAh battery is keeping this beast going and it includes a Stamina Mode when necessary. The Xperia Z2 Tablet also features dust and water resistant certifications, ensuring some durability. It may have a hefty price, but it is definitely worth it.
Hit the break for the full press release.