Microsoft Surface Pro 3 might be announced tomorrow alongside the Surface Mini
May19

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 might be announced tomorrow alongside the Surface Mini

Tomorrow Microsoft is holding a tablet-related event that is widely believed to be the stage on which the incredibly often rumored Surface Mini will finally launch. However, that might not be the only new tablet that the software giant has prepared for this particular shindig. According to two separate sources, a new Surface Pro offering will be outed as well. This may be called Surface Pro 3, but it’s likely that it will be sold alongside the Surface Pro 2 that was announced last September – so it’s probably not that tablet’s successor. The Surface Pro 3 (we’ll call it that, even though it might get a different official moniker) is said to come with a bigger screen than the 10.6-inch Surface Pro 2 packs. It’s also going to be thinner. It will come in many versions, the cheapest sporting an Intel Core i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage, all for $799. $200 more gives you an i5 CPU and double the storage capacity (while keeping the RAM amount the same). For $1,299 you’ll be able to buy a Surface Pro 3 with an i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage, $1,549 will net you a Core i7 processor instead of the i5, and the top of the line model will have a Core i7, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of space. This should retail for $1,949. New Type covers are on the way too, in black, purple, cyan, and red. That last color will be a Microsoft exclusive, so it will probably only be found in Microsoft stores or the Microsoft online store. The Surface Pro 3 is also expected to come with smaller bezels than the Pro 2, and the Windows button located on the vertical side, not the horizontal. Unfortunately though, other details about this tablet haven’t emerged yet. But once again, based on pricing alone, it’s clear who Microsoft is creating this tablet for – the enterprise, its much-beloved cash cow. It’s obvious that in the consumer market the Surface Pro 3 will be a niche device and nothing more, though maybe that’s just fine with Microsoft. The Surface Mini has been rumored to come with a 7.5-inch 1,440×1,080 touchscreen (with 4:3 aspect ratio like the iPads, not 16:9 like the bigger Surface tablets), a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 or 64 GB of built-in storage. It will run Windows 8.1 RT, since its chipset is ARM-based. Via Windows Phone Central, WinSuperSite,...

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LG V400 tablet has its uninspiring specs leaked, it’s either the G Pad 7.0 or the G Pad 8.0
May14

LG V400 tablet has its uninspiring specs leaked, it’s either the G Pad 7.0 or the G Pad 8.0

Just a couple of days ago, LG told us that it was going to release three new tablets in the near future. The Korean company also let us know that they would be called G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0, and G Pad 10.1 – the names unsurprisingly unveiling each device’s screen size. Add in a couple of official press renders, and you have the whole picture. No, really. LG forgot to say anything about specs. So we’ve been left wondering ever since. But no more. Today someone ran the AnTuTu benchmark on the LG V400. This will clearly be a tablet, and it’s not the upcoming 10-incher from the Korean company, since that has the model number V700. So the V400 is either going to be the G Pad 7.0 or the G Pad 8.0. Regardless, it comes with some pretty low-end specs – much more so than we were expecting, given what’s inside LG’s previous tablet, the G Pad 8.3. The LG V400 has a 1,280×800 touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (with ARM Cortex-A7 cores), 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a 3.2 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat. That’s all we know for now, but we’re hoping that LG will make its three new tablets officially official in the next few...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out
May12

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out

Samsung is continuing to bring updates to Android 4.4 KitKat to its devices, though we’re probably already pretty close to the unveiling of the next version of Google’s mobile operating system. Anyway, the latest Samsung product to get its first taste of KitKat is the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet that was announced in February 2013. It comes with the S Pen and all the software features that are specific to the Note line, and is meant to complement the Note phablets and the bigger Note tablets (specifically, the 10.1 2014 Edition and the Note Pro 12.2) in Samsung’s portfolio. The KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 8.0 is now out in South Korea and Poland, with more countries undoubtedly following soon. The tablet is taken to Android version 4.4.2, and with that comes improved performance, a redesigned status bar with white icons, better battery life, full screen album art on the lock screen (while playing music), and support for wireless printing. The Galaxy Note 8.0 launched running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, so this update is clearly more than welcome. A lot of things have changed in Android (especially for the better) since the days of the first iteration called Jelly Bean. Via...

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13.3″ Samsung tablet in the works, leak reveals
May12

13.3″ Samsung tablet in the works, leak reveals

Samsung has some very good news for you if for some reason you consider even the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 tablet to be too small for your needs (whatever those may be). The 12.2-inch model that was unveiled in January currently sits alone on top of the company’s Tab roster, being the flagship in size. But apparently that’s set to change soon. According to an “inside contact” who spoke to GSM Arena, Samsung is working on an even bigger tablet, one that will come with a 13.3-inch display. Its resolution will be the same 2,560×1,600 employed across the whole Galaxy Tab Pro line. Though despite it being the highest resolution currently available in the mobile world, at that huge size it allows for a pixel density of just 227 ppi. For comparison, the 8.4-inch Tab Pro with the same screen resolution comes with a density of 359 ppi. The aforementioned source leaked the table you can see above, in which the upcoming Galaxy Tab S tablets (with AMOLED touchscreens) get mentioned too – although we already knew that they were in the works, and their screen sizes, and their resolutions. The 13.3-inch tablet will go with an LCD panel, not AMOLED, probably because Samsung hasn’t yet been able to reliably produce AMOLED displays of this size. And even if it could, they may be too expensive. The 13-inch Galaxy Tab could be the first Samsung Android tablet to break (or get dangerously close to) the $1,000 threshold, at least in one variation – the one with the most storage and built-in 4G LTE connectivity. The new tablet should run Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s modifications plastered on top of...

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LG semi-announces three new tablets
May12

LG semi-announces three new tablets

LG has finally decided to enter the tablet market in a big way. The company has so far only dabbled in the space, with an Optimus Pad here and a G Pad there. The latter was a well put together product, and it must have sold at least decently if the company now wants to follow it up with not one, but three new devices. LG’s new tablets will come in three sizes, as you’d expect. We have a 7″ model, an 8-incher, and a 10.1-inch offering – perfectly emulating Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab line in that regard. LG seems proud to have learned that when it comes to tablets, one size doesn’t fit all. At least that’s what it’s boasting in the official press release. What the company has refused to say, however, is anything about these devices’ specs. Not one thing. Perhaps we should be happy we’ve received the two official images you can see above. Because those are basically the only things LG’s actually unveiled today, along with the tablet’s names – G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0, and G Pad 10.1 (we’re sure you’re as surprised to read these as we were). Apparently the tablets will be showcased at something called MedPI 2014 which starts in Monaco tomorrow, so hopefully some actual hardware details will surface then. Stay...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 with AMOLED display smiles for the camera in first leaked pictures
May09

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 with AMOLED display smiles for the camera in first leaked pictures

Only a few days ago we got the full details on Samsung’s upcoming AMOLED tablets – both named Galaxy Tab S. The Korean company has long been rumored to get back into the AMOLED tablet making business, following the sole such product it ever released, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011. The Galaxy Tab S leak from the beginning of this week brought us both tablets’ full specs, but unfortunately the information wasn’t accompanied by any pictures. Though if you’ve been anxious to see what these tablets will look like, you’ll be happy to know that the first couple of images showing one of them have leaked today. What you see above is the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. As is obvious from its name, it will feature a 10.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen, with the resolution of 2,560×1,600. Other leaked specs include an octa-core Samsung Exynos 5420 processor with four ARM Cortex-A15 cores clocked at up to 1.9 GHz and four ARM Cortex-A7 cores clocked at up to 1.3 GHz, a 6-core Mali T628 GPU with 533 MHz clock speed, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, an IR blaster, and the same fingerprint scanner as seen in the Galaxy S5 smartphone. That sensor is embedded in the Home button, though this fact isn’t obvious in the images above. Both the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 as well as the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 that will accompany it on the market shall run Android 4.4 KitKat from the moment they launch. And it looks like Samsung’s Magazine UX that debuted on the Galaxy Tab Pro tablets that were announced in January is present too. This fact was only confirmed today through these leaked photos. The fingerprint sensor will have the same functionality as the one that debuted in the Galaxy S5, meaning you’ll be able to use it to pay for stuff via PayPal in addition to unlocking your tablet. Furthermore, it will be paired with Android’s multi-user support for tablets to allow multiple people to register their fingerprints and use them to unlock the device straight into their own ‘zone’ with their apps and settings and whatnot. The design of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is highly reminiscent of that of the Tab Pro 10.1, with one significant difference – the faux leather back cover that was introduced by the Galaxy Note 3 phablet last year is gone, and in its place we see a dotted design that’s very similar to what we have on the Galaxy S5. It’s still unclear...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition lands at T-Mobile next month
May06

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition lands at T-Mobile next month

After Verizon, another US carrier is ready to offer the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition to its customers. We’re talking about T-Mobile, as the magenta carrier has just started taking pre-registrations for the device. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition was announced last September alongside the Galaxy Note 3 phablet, which T-Mobile has been selling for months now. The tablet made its debut on Verizon in mid-March, and now it’s headed to T-Mobile as well. T-Mobile hasn’t yet revealed how much the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will cost, but it has let us know that the launch will happen sometime in June. There’s nothing more specific right now, unfortunately. Though if you are interested in this device, you should head on over to the special page that T-Mobile has set up, enter your details, and the carrier will notify you when it becomes available. Obviously, the tablet will have support for TMo’s 4G LTE network. Other than that, it should come with a 10.1-inch 2,560×1,600 touchscreen, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an 8,220 mAh battery. It will probably launch running Android 4.4 KitKat, since the Wi-Fi-only model has already been updated to that version of Google’s mobile operating...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note tablets get discounted by Amazon
May06

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note tablets get discounted by Amazon

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro tablets that were unveiled back in January at CES have all received some price cuts courtesy of Amazon, alongside the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition that got official last year. The Pro tablets received their official US pricing in February, but now Amazon has undercut those by $50 to $100. So if you’re in the market for some incredibly high-end Android tablets, you can now get these with some healthy savings attached. The Tab Pro 8.4 is $349.99 at Amazon, $50 less than what the recommended retail price (RRP) is. The Tab Pro 10.1 can be bought from Amazon for $429.99, which makes it $70 cheaper than the RRP. The Tab Pro 12.2 now retails for $549.99, which is $100 less than the RRP. The Note Pro 12.2 is priced at $649, once again saving you $100 compared to the RRP. Finally, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition can now be had for $479.99, which is $70 less than before. In all of the cases above we referred to the entry-level model in terms of built-in storage. Obviously you can choose to get more storage space in exchange for a bump in...

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Tesco planning new Android tablet as well as a high-end smartphone for this year
May06

Tesco planning new Android tablet as well as a high-end smartphone for this year

UK retail giant Tesco made its first move into the mobile world in September of last year, when it announced the Hudl tablet (pictured below). This was an own-brand Android-based offering that came with decent specs and a killer price – just £119. It apparently was quite a success sales-wise, selling no less than 500,000 units. That’s quite impressive, and apparently Tesco is already planning to release a successor for it. The new Hudl will be out in September, around one year after its predecessor, and will come with “refreshed” specs. We assume it will still be extremely cheap, since we haven’t heard otherwise. Here’s the kicker, though – Tesco is also going to launch an own-brand smartphone by the end of this year. And, unlike the Hudl tablets, this won’t be competing at the lower-end of the market. Instead, it’s expected to come with specs rivaling those seen in the Samsung Galaxy S5. It will aim for the high-end, but will be “aggressively priced”, so it may just be another success for Tesco in the mobile space. Unfortunately though, no other details about this device are known at the moment. So if you’re wondering exactly what specs Tesco managed to cram into it, and how much it will cost, stick around and we’ll tell you once we get that info. Via...

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Microsoft holding event on May 20, Surface Mini could be unveiled
May06

Microsoft holding event on May 20, Surface Mini could be unveiled

Microsoft has scheduled an event for May 20. In the invite it sent out to the media, the company mentions this is going to be “a small gathering”. If you emphasize the word “small”, you may come to think that this whole thing may be about the incredibly often leaked, but not so far confirmed Microsoft Surface Mini tablet. That idea is perhaps solidified by the Microsoft Surface branding on the invite. So Surface + small = Surface Mini? Quite possible. Ever since the software giant got into the tablet making game with the Surface line, there have been rumors about a smaller tablet being in the pipeline too. Though up until today that hasn’t actually surfaced, if you’ll excuse the pun. That may all change on May 20, which is exactly two weeks from today. Unfortunately though, there’s no way to be 100% sure right now, since Microsoft chose not to simply write the word “Mini” after “Surface”, so there’s a very slim chance that this event is going to be about something else. But if you’ve been anxiously waiting for a Surface Mini to hit the streets, that may finally be about to happen. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when we find out more. Via...

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