Google IO 2016 Coverage

Huawei’s 7-inch MediaPad X2 Tablet/Phablet has Ultra HD display, runs Lollipop and makes calls


The Mobile World Congress has started in Barcelona, and the pace is beginning to pick the closer we get to the HTC (watch it live here)and Samsung announcements. We’ve just seen Huawei unveil its very stylish Watch, its B2 and N1 TalkBands and now we have Huawei’s stylish 7-inch MediaPad X2 making an appearance. In its press release, Huawei called the MediaPad X2 the First Ultra Octa-core 4G LTE-enabled Dual-SIM Phablet. Join us after the break for the specifications and full press release. Read more

HP Announces HP Slate 7 at MWC for $169


Today at MWC, HP announced its entry into the 7-inch tablet market with the HP Slate 7. The Slate 7 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has a 1024 x 600 display, features a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage with a micro-SD card slot for expandable storage. The Slate 7 also features a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front along with Beats Audio. To top it all off, the device weighs 13 oz all together.

What do you guys think of HP’s entry into the 7-inch tablet market? Check out the press release below and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out our complete MWC coverage here.

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Start ’em young: Polaroid releases a tablet for tots

Everyone is trying to get in on the tablet phenomenon. The craze has everyone and their mom salivating after a slate of glass and plastic, so manufacturers are capitalizing on the demand. Today, Polaroid even released a tablet for your kids. The durable, 7-inch tablet seems to be nameless at this time, but boasts some decent specs: a 1gHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 gigabytes of internal storage, an SD card slot for additional space, and of course wifi, so your kids can browse the web and download new content. Amazingly the device is running Android 4.0 but does not have access to the Google Play store, so that your kids can’t get their hands on the wrong content. In place of the Google Play store, Polaroid has created a kid-safe app store, and has even loaded the tablet up with some kid-friendly apps and books to get you started. All of this comes at a fairly low $150 price tag, so if you messed up with the Christmas gifts, you might be able to make it up to your kids with one of these. You can pick one up at the source link below.

Source: Polaroid Store

Rugged and waterproof 7-inch Asus tablet headed to Japan

It’s time to add another Android tablet to the ever growing list as Asus reveals its TOUGH-ETBW11AA tablet for those who desire a more abuse friendly device. Heading to the Japanese carrier KDDI, the new Asus tablet will be water proof, dust resistant, and can survive a 76cm drop onto typically unforgiving concrete. With all of these rugged specs comes the extra bulk needed to keep all of its guts protected by its beefy rubberized skin.

The TOUGH-ETBW11A will come equipped with a 7″ 1280 x 800 display, a NVIDIA dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chip, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and WiMAX connectivity. There will be 16 GB of on board storage, a microSD slot, a 5MP rear-facing camera, GPS, WiFi b/g/n, and Bluetooth. Although a 7,400mAh battery is included, battery life has yet to be confirmed.

KDDI is planning to drop the tablet (pun intended) in Q4 (around late November). The tablet has yet to be priced.

Hit the break for a few more screen shots of the device.

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BeBook to release 7-inch Froyo tablet in June

BeBook, an e-reader manufacturer, has announced that they will release the BeBook live in June. It is a 7-inch (800 x 600) tablet with Android Froyo. It is a little disappointing to see a new tablet being released without Honeycomb, but the price will be $279. That is not bad for someone looking for an entry level tablet.

Other key specs include:

  • 1 Ghz Samsung Cortex A8 CPU
  • 512MB of SDRAM
  • 4GB of internal flash storage
  • MicroSD up to 32GB in size
  • mini HDMI port
  • front-facing 2MP camera for video chat.

Check out the video after the break

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