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HP Is Back With Tabs, After A Massive Failure.

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HP-Slate-6-press-645x362HP launched two tablets aimed at the Asian, specially the Indian subcontinent – the Slate 7 and the VoiceTab 8, both are aimed at customers.

On the specs front, the Slate 6 features an IPS LCD display of 1,280 x 720 resolution, while the Slate 7 VoiceTab features a 1,280 x 800 display. The specs seem largely similar: a quad-core processor of an unspecified brand, 16GB of internal storage with an expansion slot, front-facing stereo speakers, five megapixels cameras on the rear, and two megapixels on the front. The devices will be running Android 4.2 with some modifications from HP.

We’ll wait for pricing and availability details.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

January 15th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Loads of upcoming Windows tablets leaked, including Nokia’s Sirius

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Tablets are all the faff nowadays, especially considering that PC shipment are on a fast decline. Today, WinSuperSite has leaked a wide variety of upcoming Windows 8 and Windows RT powered tablets, including the Windows RT powered Nokia Sirius, also known as the last nail in their coffin. The tablets look intriguing and seems to follow the latest 8-inch display trend.

The Nokia ‘Sirius’ seems to be the most important of the batch, especially considering it will be their first, and likely last, tablet, and the news that Microsoft will be acquiring the division responsible for it, is still lingering in the air. It will apparently be powered by Windows RT, feature a 10.1-inch FHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, a 6.7MP camera and a hefty $499 price tag.

The rest of the devices are as follows, directly from the source:

Acer W3-810

Codename: Cheetah
Platform: Intel Atom “Bay Trail”
Screen: 8-inch, 1280 x 800
Battery: 8 hours
Weight: 1.2 pounds
Thickness: .45 inches
Price: $349
Key features: Smallest Windows 8 x86 tablet with one-handed use. All-day computing. Docks with full-sized Bluetooth keyboard.
Peripherals: Anti-shock back cover, capacitive stylus ($14.99), protective screen film, protective covers ($24.99 and up), micro-HDMI-to-VGA ($14.99), protective bags, mice, portable full-sized Bluetooth keyboard dock ($49.99).

ASUS Transformer Book Trio T100TA

Platform: Intel Atom “Bay Trail”
Screen: 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768
Battery: 12 hours
Weight: 2.2 pounds
Thickness: .9 inches
Price: $329
Key features: Slim keyboard docking with large clickpad, full-sized USB 3.0 on docking, ASUS exclusive apps, Office 2013 Home & Student included.

Dell Venue

Codename: Bellair
Platform: Intel Atom “Bay Trail”
Screen: 8-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS
Battery: 10+ hours
Weight: .88 pounds
Thickness: .35 inches
Price: $299
Key features: Lightweight design, HD display with 10-point multitouch, pen and wireless keyboard accessories, variety of color choices.
Peripherals: Capacitive Active stylus, Bluetooth wireless keyboard with stand.

Dell (unnamed)

Codename: Midland
Platform: Intel Atom “Bay Trail”
Screen: 10.8-inch, 1920 x 1080
Battery: 9 hours, replaceable battery
Weight: 1.65 pounds
Thickness: .4 inches
Price: $399
Key features: Optimized for 4G connectivity, HD with touch screen and pen, great accessories.
Peripherals: Pen, touch keyboard, travel keyboard with 10 hour battery, productivity dock.

Lenovo Miix 8

Platform: Intel Atom “Bay Trail”
Screen: 8-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS
Battery: 8hours
Weight: .77 pounds
Thickness: .31 inches
Price: $249
Key features: Dual cameras with auto-focus, HD video calling, Lenovo face recognition, includes a detachable keyboard, 3G version available, two color choices (black, silver).
Peripherals: Pen.

Lenovo Miix 2

Platform: Intel Atom “Bay Trail”
Screen: 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768
Battery: 8 hours
Weight: 1.3 pounds
Thickness: .4 inches
Price: $449
Key features: Smart dock with seamless connection, detachable folio case with built-in keyboard.

Microsoft Surface 2

Codename: Surface RT 2
Platform: Next-generation Tegra processor
Screen: 10.6-inch, ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Battery: Up to8 hours
Weight: 1.5 pounds (estimated; appears identical to current Surface RT)
Thickness: .37 inches (estimated; appears identical to current Surface RT)
Price: TBD
Key features: Windows RT 8.1, new white color, VaporMg casing, integrated two-position kickstand, ClearType Full HD display, front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, full-sized USB 3.0 port, micro-SD expansion up to 64 GB, HD video-out port, includes Office Home & Student 2013 RT (with Outlook RT).

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Platform: 4th generation Intel Core i5
Screen: 10.6-inch, ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Battery: Up to7 hours
Weight: 2 pounds (estimated; appears identical to current Surface Pro)
Thickness: .53 inches (estimated; appears identical to current Surface Pro)
Price: TBD
Key features: Windows 8.1 Pro with full desktop app compatibility, choice of RAM and storage options, VaporMg casing, integrated two-position kickstand, ClearType Full HD display, front- and rear-facing 720p LifeCam cameras, digital Pro Pen, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, full-sized USB 3.0 port, micro-SD expansion up to 64 GB, HD video-out port. (Does not include Office.)

Nokia (unknown)

Codename: Sirius
Platform: Quad-core Qualcomm 8974 (ARM)
Screen: 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 IPS
Battery: Up to10 hours
Weight: 1.3 pounds
Thickness: .35 inches
Price: $499
Key features: 10.1-inch Full HD screen with outdoor readability, LTE, 6.7 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, unique companion experiences with Nokia apps.
Peripherals: Innovative multi-function cover with keyboard and additional battery life.

Toshiba Encore

Codename: Malta
Platform: Intel Atom “Bay Trail,” up to 1.8 GHz
Screen: 8-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS
Battery: 6-7 hours
Weight: 1 pound
Thickness: unknown
Price: $329
Key features: AutoBrite touch display; Skype certified with high quality dual-array mics; speakers, mics, and cameras placed outside hand grip zone; InstantGo to keep the device connected.

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 13th, 2013 at 10:39 am

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Microsoft sends our invites for Surface 2 launch, thinks second time’s a charm

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Turns out that a $900 million inventory write off just isn’t enough to deter Microsoft from making a tablet of their own. The company, that’s most definitely going to chew the short end of the post-PC-era-straw, has sent out invitations to a Surface event later this month.

On September 23, my birthday, Microsoft is set to host a Surface-related event, one which is more than likely going to showcase the company’s second generation Surface tablets, something that’s more than likely going to be much more of a failure than its predecessors. Redmond is expected to launch a new Surface RT with a rumored 1080p display, a Tegra 4 SoC and some other juicy tidbits, but the software will be the make or break. Windows RT and Windows Phone is rumored to merge soon, giving WinRT the much needed applications it would need to survive.

What do you think? Does Microsoft have what it takes to light a fire under the likes of Apple and Google or is it just another failure in the making?

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 9th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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Next version of Android to be called ‘KitKat’ not Key Lime Pie, may launch in October

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Just when you thought Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition or Apple’s confirmation of their September event stole the spotlight today, think again. Google has taken a stab at the headlines of the world today by officially teasing and announcing the next version of the Android operating system in conjunction with Nestle; Android 4.4 KitKat.

Don’t break out in laughter just yet. Google decided late last year to opt the KitKat way instead of going Key Lime Pie, which they reckon not many people have tasted before. Nestle, the KitKat manufacturer however decided to opt to add the Android mascot onto their upcoming KitKat products’ wrappers, giving Google some great advertising in 19 different markets. Additionally Google is expected to launch the next iteration sometime next month alongside this year’s Nexus smartphone offering which has been rumoured to carry the LG logo once again.

Who made your day today? Was it Apple? Was it Google? Or was it Microsoft? Leave your comment after the break, with pun obviously intended!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 3rd, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Reports of faulty GPS on New Nexus 7 leads Google to launch investigation

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The New Nexus 7 may be one of the most significant consumer electronics gadgets to hit the market this year, but that doesn’t mean that it is 100% perfect. According to recent reports, which have surfaced on most of the significant Android portals such as Android Police, XDA Developers and Google’s own forums, the new Nexus 7 has faulty GPS performance.

A multitude of reports are coming in from new Nexus 7 owners reporting that they have massive GPS issues on their new affordable, feature rich tablet. Apparently users are complaining that their Nexus 7 devices have GPS signal for a few minutes before it goes away completely and not coming back on. Google has apparently noticed the issue and it’s under an investigation to see if they can fix the issue, which could spread globally if left untreated considering how quickly the new Nexus 7 is rolling out across the globe.

It seems that the issue is experienced on almost all devices, with most users not picking up the issue as they barely use the GPS features for long enough. For now, it seems that Apple Maps may be your best option, so buy an iPad Mini!

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 9th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

ASUS looking to make a splash in the Android market according to latest roadmap

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It seems that ever since Google gave ASUS a taste of having a market leading tablet in the form of the ASUS Google Nexus 7, maybe even the New Nexus 7, they seem to have the sentimentality that all their products will succeed, that’s where the PadFone and FonePad series comes in, which hasn’t been doing all that well.

According to a roadmap shown off by ASUS at a recent conference in Taiwan, ASUS has quite a few new products up their sleeves, most of which is aimed directly at the US market. The first seems to be the ASUS PadFone Mini, a smaller version of the company’s strange phone-tablet duo. Second, is the ASUS MeMOFone HD 5, which is clearly set to be a smartphone with a 5-inch HD display, whether it be 1080p or 720p remains a mystery. Lastly, is the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 8, a slightly larger, and improved, version of the MeMO Pad HD 7, and likely the company’s offering to combat the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

It remains to be seen just how well the company will fair, but the slides clearly shows that the company wants sales larger that 1 million units, meaning the bar isn’t set very high.

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 9th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Best Buy starts premature shipping of Nexus 7, already in stores as well

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Just two days after Google officially announced the new Google Nexus 7, with a release date of July 31, the next tablet king has started shipping to Best Buy shoppers who have pre-ordered the device and also hit the shelves at the famed retailer, bringing the tablet to the eager masses who have already committed to acquiring the new Nexus tablet.

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Written by Dion Guillaume

July 26th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Google announces Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, new Nexus 7, Chromecast streaming device

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The day of reckoning has arrived. Google today announced a wide array of new products, including the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, which has already started rolling out, as well as the new Google Nexus 7 and a new HDMI streaming dongle called the Chromecast. All and all, Google most definitely had a few surprises for us.

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Written by Dion Guillaume

July 24th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

New Google Nexus 7 leaked, features confirm it as Android tablet leadership

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The original Google Nexus 7 gave Android-powered tablets the marketshare Microsoft could only dream of by combining a feature rich specsheet with a low price. With the new Google Nexus 7, Google and ASUS team up once again to see if they can further grow the Android tablet marketshare.

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Written by Dion Guillaume

July 22nd, 2013 at 11:18 am

Nexus 7 successor coming next week, hitting shelves July 31 with lots of upgrades

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New Nexus 7? Oh yes, something that has been hiding in the distance for a while now, at least after Google I/O didn’t show off Google’s next iteration of its popular Nexus tablet. The Nexus 7 successor, dubbed the NEW Nexus 7, will supposedly launch next week, quite possibly at Google’s event on Wednesday, but that’s not all!

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Written by Dion Guillaume

July 19th, 2013 at 1:16 pm