A new report from DigiTimes appears to strengthen the rumors that Google has turned to HTC as a partner in development of their next tablet device in the Nexus line. Previous reports suggested Google was working on a successor to the 10-inch Nexus tablet to be released some time in the third quarter of 2014. This latest report suggests that changes in the manufacturing partner are only the tip of the iceberg with Google possibly scaling down the size of the device which could be their last tablet. » Read the rest
Samsung is working on a new tablet to add to their lineup with a Super AMOLED display as a followup to its first and only AMOLED tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011. The tablet is going to come in WiFi, 3G, and LTE versions, with all having a display resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The screen size is still a mystery, but we can expect anywhere between an 8-inch or 10-inch display.
The tablet will be powered by a processor in the Exynos 5 series, and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with the Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay including the Magazine UX. There are some new features being tested for the device, like the Ultra Power Saving Mode function, which saves battery life by disabling things like background data and color output of the display. From the specs, it looks like this device could become Samsung’s new flagship tablet.
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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Lenovo has announced their newest Android tablet, a 10.1 inch YOGA tab with some pretty high-end specs. The YOGA Tablet 10 HD+ sports a 1080p screen, a powerful Snapdragon CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a pretty large 9,000 mAh battery, and like the other YOGA tabs you get the handy little kickstand that lets you stand the device up in a variety of ways for reading or watching movies. It comes out of the box with Android 4.3, but Lenovo is planning an update to 4.4 later on. You’ll also get an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.6 megapixel front camera, up to 32 GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot. It’s not going to compete at the extreme high end of the market, but at the right price, this tablet could do very well in the midrange market. » Read the rest
Samsung will very likely show off a bendable tablet design at MWC this year, but don’t expect to see it out in the open. The Korean media says Samsung has a prototype ready to show off this year, but only to a select group of people behind closed doors. The tablet will reportedly be able to bend at a 90 degree angle to function similarly to a laptop, as seen in the figure above.
There’s a lot we don’t know about this device, especially since there haven’t really been any leaks from Samsung about it. We do know that Samsung is in a race with LG to put flexible screens on any and every device, though, so a bendable tablet makes perfect sense. Hopefully after MWC blows over we’ll hear a bit about this device.
A couple days ago we reported on some images of Huawei’s MediaPad X1 7-inch tablet as it made its way through the Chinese regulatory process. Huawei appears to be targeting the Nexus 7 tablet with this new device, although it is still not clear which markets will have access to the device. Ahead of MWC 2014, some more images have surfaced of the device giving us a better look. » Read the rest
If you are looking for a new 7-inch tablet device and want to consider something other than the Nexus 7, Huawei is hoping they can entice you with their new MediaPad X1 tablet. According to a teaser video the company released, the new tablet is one of several devices that Huawei will announce at MWC 2014 next week. Leading up to that event though, some press renders and detailed specifications surfaced on the TENAA site, the Chinese version of the FCC. Hit the break for more details and images. » Read the rest
Twitter user @evleaks has leaked out the press images for Verizon’s 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1— the tablet, which saw the release of its WiFi version back in October, will feature 3GB of RAM and will come in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB versions, all of which can support an additional 64 GB of memory via microSD. The screen will be a 2560×1600 Super clear LCD display. Processor is still unknown, but could either be a 1.9 GHz Octa Core processor or a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, but we’re going with the latter.
Expect official information from Verizon shortly.
A new image has surfaced showing a new device from Huawei which indicates they are not content to stop at 6.1 inches for the size of a smartphone. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 was announced last month at CES 2014 with a massive 6.1-inch screen. The new device supposedly has a 7-inch screen that will run at 1920×1200 resolution. Other hardware reportedly included in the device includes a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Sources also report that Huawei considers the device, despite its size, a smartphone and not a tablet. Early pricing rumors suggest the device will sell for 1,200 yuan ($198 USD).
If this were to ever find its way outside of the Asian markets, is it something you would be interested in buying?
The 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon tablets have been announced by Archos and boy do they look awful on paper. The 90 Neon sports a 9-inch 800×480 screen, the 97 Neon will have a 9.7-inch screen with a 1024×768 resolution, and finally the 101 Neon will have a 10.1-inch screen with an odd resolution of 1024×600. Thankfully the internals do get better, although it still won’t make you want one. Each device dons a quad-core Cortex-A9 ARM chip of unidentified make clocked at 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM.
These devices should be cheap and affordable, release dates are still to be determined.