Google giving away cases for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11 at 25% off

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Google already cut the costs of cases for their Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 back in January, but for those who missed out, the cases are now being offered at 25% off.

Unfortunately some of the cases aren’t available for sale at this time, but Google is adding the HP Chromebook 11 to the list of devices with cases for sale. Nexus 5 owners will also be able to buy the black LG QuickCover for $37.49. Otherwise they can buy the bumper case for $26.24 in one of 4 colors. For those who own a Nexus 7, a case can be picked up for $37.49, or you can buy the sleeve for $22.49.

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HP launches new 8 inch Android Tablet

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HP8With nary an announcement, HP has launched a new 8 inch tablet. Known as the HP 8 the tablet isn’t much to look at. The 7.85 inch display offers a 1024×768 resolution and comes with 1GB of RAM. It comes with Android 4.2.2 onboard and comes with a quad-core ARM chip made by Allwinner, a Chinese company. It has stereo speakers and comes with 16GB internal storage. As far as battery is concerned it offers about 7 hours of battery life from a 3800 mAh battery.

Unlike the new VoiceTabs tablets that HP debuted at MWC this year, the tablet is somewhat a plain Jane slate from a visual aspect as you can see from the picture above. It’s priced to move at $170. Comparatively, the tablet has a worse display than that of the Slate 7 or Venue 8, and the price point aside, you’d probably be better off going in a different direction.

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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

HP announces its own Chromebox, arriving this spring in the U.S.

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ASUS isn’t alone in announcing a new Chromebox this week. HP decided to unveil its own today. Available in Smoke Silver, Ocean Turquoise, Snow White and Twinkle Black, the HP Chromebox is powered by a Haswell processor just like ASUS’ offering. The HP Chromebox has HDMI, DisplayPort, Bluetooth and 4 USB 3.0 ports.

Like the ASUS Chromebox, this one has the same price — $179. HP says that it will be offering an Intel Core i7 model and it will presumably be offered in a Chromebox for Meetings package in the near future. Expect this Chromebox to arrive in the United States this spring.

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Chromebook 11 re-appears in Play Store, overheating issues fixed

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Remember when Google and HP recalled the Chromebook 11 because of overheating charger issues? Well the device is back and better than ever with a (hopefully) perfectly working charger— you can get one now for $279, the same price it was being offered for before.

If you need a refresher on the specs, it packs an Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB RAM, a 1366 x 768 display.

Some extra information just came in as well— Best Buy has the Chromebook 11 with Verizon LTE connectivity listed online as well. This variant costs $379 with a potential $50 mail-in rebate. You can add it to a shared data plan for only $10 if you’re up for it.

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HP to re-enter smartphone game with Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab next month in India

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HP hasn’t offered a smartphone since 2011, but they will in 2014 sporting the Android operating system. The Slate 6 (pictured above) and Slate 7 VoiceTab will debut next month in India.

These are technically phablets since we are talking 6-inch and 7-inch displays. The specs for both devices include a 1280 x 800 6-inch or 7-inch display, an unspecified quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.2. As to the processor, I would expect a Snapdragon 400 or a MediaTek. 

They didn’t divulge pricing, but the Slate 6 is rumored to cost around $200. Whether you will ever see these outside of India is anyone’s guess, but I don’t think they will wind up in the U.S. either way.

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HP may release 6-inch phablet with quad-core CPU for $200

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After struggling in the mobile market, it really looks like HP is embracing Android to reverse its fortunes. They’ve already released several budget Android tablets, and according to the latest rumors, they’re going to be getting into the budget-phablet contest in emerging markets.

The HP Slate 6 Voice Tab, lengthy name aside, is going to be a 6-inch phone/tablet hybrid with a quad-core Marvell processor, a 720p screen, and dual-sim support. It’s also set to be released in the $200 price range. Between the price tag and the dual-sim card support, this likely means it’s going to be HP’s go-to device in places like India and China where premium flagship phones don’t account for much of the market share.

No word on release date just yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

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HP preparing to launch 5.5-inch phablet, will compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3

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HP is known for its computers, but the company is looking to continue its expansion in the mobile device market with the addition of a Galaxy Note-like phablet to its current lineup.

The company is reportedly preparing to launch a 5.5-inch device that could feature specs which would rival that of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 expected for release next week. If that’s true, expect a price tag around $400.

It’s no secret that the PC market is quickly disappearing. People want smaller devices, and HP knows that. It’s a smart move, but only time will tell if they’ll be able to compete in an already over-saturated market where even well-known competitors like HTC are struggling to survive.

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Hands on with the HP Slate 21 Pro Android All-In-One at CES 2014

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Yesterday HP debuted the 21 inch Android powered All-in-One (AiO) PC at the balmy price of $399. With a 21.5 Inch, 1080p screen and Android 4.3, the AiO sports a suite of cloud based productivity apps to help get your work done. As it’s available right now some of you may be anxious to get your hands on one. If you’re not sure we have a hands on with the new computer after the break.

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HP ready to bring Android based all-in-one to the desktop

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HP is joining the field of manufacturers who see a market for large, desktop oriented Android powered units. In their case, the HP Slate21 Pro AiO is aimed at business users, especially for those needing a kiosk type solution in an office or educational setting.  The HP Slate21 Pro is slightly smaller than the Acer TA272 HUL and the Lenovo ThinkVision 28, which sport screens of 27- and 28-inches respectively and run at a 2K resolution. The HP Slate21 Pro is only 21.5-inches in screen size and unlike the other units, is only running at 1080p resolution. The HP Slate21 Pro also features a Tegra 4 quad-core processor and will come preloaded with Android 4.3. We do not yet have any information on what kinds of ports are included in the unit, but HP has loaded it up with a variety of cloud-based productivity apps and it comes ready with support for Citrix environments for easy deployment on a corporate network.

According to HP, the Slate21 Pro is now available in the U.S. for $399 which includes a keyboard and mouse. Check back for more coverage of CES 2014 from TalkAndroid after checking out HP’s press release after the break. » Read the rest