Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 stars in new leaked pictures, may hit stores on June 27
Jun06

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 stars in new leaked pictures, may hit stores on June 27

With the upcoming Galaxy Tab S tablets, Samsung will once again bring Super AMOLED touchscreens to the tablet space. This hasn’t happened since 2011, so suffice to say it’s been a long time coming. The line has been rumored to consist of two members, a 10.5-inch offering and an 8.4-inch tablet. The former of those has had some more details about it leaked today, along with some new pictures that come from Samsung’s own promotional materials, as you can undoubtedly gather. Interestingly, the 10.5″ device will be incredibly thin, at just 6.6 mm – this might have been possible thanks to the slimness of that AMOLED screen. The tablet will also be very light for a device this size, coming in at just 465 grams. Those numbers compare favorably to Apple’s iPad Air, which will undoubtedly be the Tab S 10.5’s main competitor. In the weight department, the Samsung tablet only wins by 4 grams, but it’s almost 1 mm thinner. The Tab S will be able to sync up with your Samsung phone and it will be possible for you to take calls straight on the tablet – presumably these will automatically go to loudspeaker or a wired or Bluetooth headset if any of those are connected. A notification will pop-up on the tablet when you get a call, and you go from there. The Galaxy Tab S tablets should be unveiled on June 12, and they may go on sale on June 27 according to a leaked release timetable (seen above) from an unnamed retailer. Pre-orders are apparently set to start on June 13, so just one day after the announcement. Via SamMobile and...

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T
Jun06

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T

Today three new devices have become available to order from AT&T, and right on time no less. We’re talking about two Samsung tablets and an Asus thing that’s a smartphone that becomes a tablet – once you tuck it into a tablet dock of sorts (which thankfully is included in the box, no need for a separate purchase). The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 are both up for grabs starting now. The Galaxy Note Pro is obviously the (much more) expensive one, coming in at a whopping $799.99 with a two-year contract (or $899.99 without). It does, however, feature the biggest screen currently available on a tablet, so if that’s something you’re after, this is definitely the device for you. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, on the other hand, is much more affordable at $379.99 with a long-term service agreement, or $479.99 sans that. But obviously with the lower price come lower-end specs compared to the Note Pro, much more so in fact. The Asus PadFone X is priced at $199.99 (with contract), which makes it quite a deal, considering it can be viewed as both a smartphone and a tablet (just not at the same time). And for a smartphone, it is pretty capable...

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Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper
Jun04

Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper

T-Mobile is doing a couple of things to its tablet roster, which will supposedly make the thought of purchasing a tablet from a carrier more palatable to people. First off, the magenta carrier is announcing a $100 price cut for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This goes in effect today, but will only be valid until June 15. This means you can now get the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition for $0 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $25, adding up to a total cost of $600. Although T-Mobile says that’s $99.99 less than the previously advertised price, the math doesn’t quite add up. When it started pre-orders for this tablet, the carrier was asking for $99.99 down and $23 per month for two years. That adds up to $651.99, and not $699.99. So you may only be saving $51.99, but that’s something nevertheless. There’s another tablet coming to T-Mobile soon, and it’s the Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 (pictured above). This was first unveiled at CES in January, and it’s a rather low-end offering. That said, at least it’s going to be reasonably cheap. It will be out at the ‘uncarrier ‘on June 18, and you’ll need to pay nothing upfront and 24 monthly payments of $7 for it, which makes for a grand total of $168. The Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 has a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8312 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, an IR blaster, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Via...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has specs confirmed through benchmark
May27

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has specs confirmed through benchmark

One of the two members of the upcoming Galaxy Tab S line from Samsung has been put through the paces of the AnTuTu benchmark recently, and thanks to that we get a list of its most important specs sort of confirmed. Obviously, this isn’t official and straight from the Korean company, but until it decides to announce the Tab S tablets it will have to do. Both of these models will come with Super AMOLED touchscreens, which will be their main differentiating feature compared to the competition. So far we’ve only seen one other AMOLED tablet, and it was also made by Samsung – the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011. No other company has even attempted something like this. The device that has had its specs leaked is the 8.4-inch version of the Tab S. It will come with 2,560×1,600 screen resolution, a 1.9 GHz Samsung Exynos 5420 octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage space, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, and Android 4.4 KitKat running the show. Its model number is SM-T700, as has been rumored countless times before. Note that the above spec list isn’t exhaustive, so, for example, even if a microSD card slot isn’t mentioned, we’re pretty sure the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will have one (given Samsung’s track...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 headed to Verizon, press images surface
May22

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 headed to Verizon, press images surface

It looks like Verizon is getting ready to launch a couple of new Samsung Android tablets. The devices in question are the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, both announced at the same time last month. The ‘vanilla’ Galaxy Tab line, now at its fourth generation, comprises of Samsung’s low-end offerings in the tablet space. These aren’t high-performing devices like the Tab Pro or Note Pro tablets, but they’re a lot cheaper than those. And despite not sporting top of the line specs, they do offer decent performance. We know that Big Red will sell the aforementioned two tablets because of a few press renders which got leaked today. They show the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (above) and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (below) in all their glory, with Verizon’s branding unapologetically applied. There are no other details about them at the moment, so we can’t tell you exactly when you’ll be able to walk into a Verizon store and purchase one of these, nor for how much. But such info usually gets leaked at some point too, so stay tuned for that. Both tablets have 1,280×800 screen resolution, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, a 3 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Android 4.4 KitKat running the show. The 8-incher has a 4,450 mAh battery, while the 10.1-inch model comes with a 6,800 mAh cell. Via @evleaks here and...

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Vodafone Smart Tab 4 launched in the UK
May22

Vodafone Smart Tab 4 launched in the UK

Vodafone has added a new own-brand tablet to its roster in the UK today. The Vodafone Smart Tab 4 apparently comes to succeed the Smart Tab III tablets from last year. This time around, though, there aren’t two different sizes offered. The Smart Tab 4 is a single SKU, and it’s an 8-incher. The tablet comes with a 1,280×800 screen, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, a 1.6 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8382 processor (with ARM Cortex-A7 cores), 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 4,060 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 209×122.8×7.99 mm, and it weighs 328 grams. The Smart Tab 4 is available to order right now from Vodafone’s website. It can be had for £29, if you sign up for a 24-month plan that costs at least £20 per month. With that option, you’d get 2 GB of data every 30 days. If you want double that, you’ll have to shell out £5 per month extra. Finally, the most expensive plan is £30 per month and offers you 10 GB of data. On the other hand, you can go lower, as there’s a £16 per month option as well (with 1 GB of traffic included), but this will require you to pony up £79 for the tablet...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition now on pre-order at T-Mobile, out on June 4
May22

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition now on pre-order at T-Mobile, out on June 4

Earlier this month T-Mobile let us know that it would start selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition at some point in June. Back then, there were no other details to speak of. Thankfully though, today the magenta carrier has unveiled its pricing for the tablet along with the expected release date. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will be available on June 4. To get one, you’ll need to pay $99.99 upfront, followed by 24 monthly payments of $23. That all adds up to $651.99, a pretty steep price to pay for a tablet nowadays. That said, this model does come with 4G LTE support as you’d expect, so perhaps you’ll cherish that. If you want to be among the uncarrier’s first customers to get your hands on a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, then you can pre-order one straight from TMo starting now. Keep in mind though that you’ll need to purchase a $10 SIM starter kit alongside the tablet. This will be added to your order automatically. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has a 10.1-inch 2,560×1,600 touchscreen, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an 8,220 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4.2...

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EE Eagle tablet announced as rebranded Huawei MediaPad M1
May21

EE Eagle tablet announced as rebranded Huawei MediaPad M1

In the UK, EE is continuing to add devices to its recently created bird-themed own-brand roster. First we had the EE Kestrel smartphone, which is already available for purchase for a good price, and today the operator officially announced the Eagle, its first own-brand tablet. Like the Kestrel, this device too is made by Huawei. In fact it’s nothing more than a rebranded Huawei MediaPad M1, a tablet that was unveiled in February. The Eagle looks exactly the same, unsurprisingly. Everything is identical save for the branding, and even Huawei’s Emotion UI Android overlay is there doing its thing. The EE Eagle comes with an 8-inch 1,280×800 IPS touchscreen, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1 MP front camera, 150 Mbps 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, and a 4,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and you shouldn’t count on ever seeing an update past that. The Eagle will be out on May 28 and it will be priced at just £199 on Pay as you go, which compares very favorably to the MediaPad M1’s suggested retail price for the UK of £250 – and that’s for the Wi-Fi-only model, whereas the Eagle will have 4G support too. So this could be a good deal for someone looking for a decent 4G-enabled tablet that isn’t too expensive. If you’d rather sign a 24-month contract with EE, then you’ll be able to get the Eagle for £49.99 upfront on plans that start at £15 per...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 now up for pre-order in the US and UK
May21

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 now up for pre-order in the US and UK

As expected, today the newly announced Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet went up for pre-order in the US of A in the company’s own online store. It’s also ready to be pre-ordered in the UK, though, which is a nice bonus. That said, the US and Canada will get the Surface Pro 3 in stock first, on June 20. It will become available in the UK by the end of August – nothing less vague for now. It looks like only two Surface Pro 3 SKUs are actually expected to launch on June 20 in the US, and unfortunately the cheapest option isn’t among them. The $999 model with an Intel Core i5 processor and 128 GB of storage is one of the lucky ones, the other being the $1,299 tablet that keeps that CPU but has 256 GB of storage capacity built-in. The other three variations all show up as shipping by August 31, even in the US. Needless to say, in the UK all five SKUs are in this situation. Over there, the new tablet starts at £639 for the Intel Core i3 model with 64 GB of storage, and goes up to £1,649 for the version with a Core i7 and 512 GB of built-in space. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes with a 12-inch 2,160×1,440 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, stereo speakers, a microSD card slot, a full size USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, a stylus called Surface Pen, and quoted nine-hour battery life (while Web browsing). It runs Windows 8.1 Pro, the ‘full’ version, not the RT...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 unveiled with 12″ screen, Intel processors
May21

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 unveiled with 12″ screen, Intel processors

Today Microsoft held an event during which it unveiled the Surface Pro 3 tablet. This isn’t surprising given that yesterday we heard that this exact thing would happen. But there was no Surface Mini outed, and that goes against a myriad of rumors and purported leaks we’ve seen over the past few months. So what gives? Well, it turns out there was a Surface Mini in development, but Microsoft decided not to launch it after all. This was apparently done because the company’s execs didn’t think it was different enough from the competition, and “probably wouldn’t be a hit”. This is according to a person with knowledge of Microsoft’s plans, quoted by Bloomberg. So the Surface Mini is a no go, at least for now. But that may change in the future, obviously. Microsoft decided not to compete with the iPad Mini and Nexus 7, and instead it went with something a lot bigger. The Surface Pro 3 comes with a 12-inch touchscreen, just like it was rumored to. And its main competitor seems to be the MacBook Air. Will Microsoft succeed though? Past Surface tablets have been pitted against the full size iPad with no good results, their sales having been lackluster at best. So now Microsoft is putting out a bigger tablet that will probably only be used in the enterprise (which is where Microsoft still sees a lot of orders), or as a small laptop replacement (and this is how the company hopes to bring the Surface Pro 3 into the hands of consumers). The Surface Pro 3 comes with a 12-inch 2,160×1,440 touchscreen with 3:2 aspect ratio (as opposed to 16:9 for the other Surface models and 4:3 for Apple’s iPads), Intel processors (see below for full breakdown), a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, stereo speakers, a microSD card slot, a full size USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, a stylus called Surface Pen, and quoted nine-hour battery life (while Web browsing). It runs Windows 8.1 Pro, the ‘full’ version, not the RT one. As leaked yesterday, there will be quite a few hardware versions of the Surface Pro 3. The cheapest option will cost $799 and will come with an Intel Core i3 processor, 64 GB of built-in storage, and 4 GB of RAM. For $200 extra you can double the amount of storage and get a Core i5 CPU. $1,299 will buy you an i5 with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of built-in space, while for $1,549 you can make that processor be a Core i7. Finally, the most expensive SKU will...

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