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Epson Endeavor TV20S Windows tablet launches in Japan

Posted by Tom July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Printer people Epson spread their tech wings in Japan with the release of the Epson Endeavor TV20S tablet – a Windows 8 tablet that runs on an Intel Celeron processor.

The tablet has a 1280 x 800 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 64GB storage, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 support, as well as an optional Bluetooth keyboard.

It runs on an Intel Celeron N2807 processor: a 4.3W dual-core chip that stretches to 2.16GHz burst speeds. It also has Intel HD graphics. It’s out in Japan at around $420.

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Super-cheap Allwinner quad-core processor now shipping

Posted by Tom July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The next batch of budget Android tablets are most likely going to be powered by the Allwinner A33 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, which is available to device makers for a highly agreeable $4 (more for smaller orders, of course).

The A33 has ARM Mali-400 MP2 graphics and supports resolutions up to 1280 x 800 pixels.

It also offers SmartColor display tech, an integrated Hi-Fi audio codec, 1080p video playback support and capture, and low power use.

It won’t set the tech world on fire but it’ll definately boost the quality of budget tablets, with some A33-powered devices going out at around $60.

Via liliputing

It’s here: Five highlights of NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

NVIDIA‘s form-factor for the SHIELD Tablet may be more traditional than that of the original SHIELD gaming portable, but as the first reviews suggest, that’s not to say it’s uninteresting. SlashGear has been putting the Tegra K1 powered slate through its paces and come away mightily impressed, both by the SHIELD Tablet’s potency and its updated pen system.

So what are the highlights?

It’s mighty powerful

The SHIELD Tablet is the first to run NVIDIA’s latest Tegra K1 chipset, with a full 192 CUDA cores and Kepler graphics. That’s the same GPU technology as powers NVIDIA’s most potent desktop video cards, and even the accelerator boards used in its supercomputers.

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It has a clever wireless controller

NVIDIA switched from Bluetooth to WiFi Direct for the SHIELD Wireless Controller, all in the name of cutting latency, and it pays dividends. There’s none of the occasional lag or fuzziness you can feel in a Bluetooth gamepad; this is just like the controller you’d use with your regular console.

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You can play your PC games remotely

Desktop gamers love their PC games, but most tower systems aren’t conducive to being brought out of the house. Using GameStream, the SHIELD Tablet can be used to remotely play full PC titles – all that’s transferred from PC to tablet is the graphics, so even system-intensive games like Titanfall will work smoothly as long as your home system is up to it.

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NVIDIA GRID plays games in the cloud

We’ve seen streaming gaming before, from providers like OnLive, but NVIDIA bakes its GRID system right into the new SHIELD Hub. Titles like Borderlands, Saints Row: The Third, Rade Driver GRID, and Street Fighter X Tekken are on offer, and while how well they play depends on the quality of your connection (we’re still waiting to get our hands on the LTE-equipped SHIELD Tablet) the fact it’s all free makes it tough to complain.

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It has a stylus that actually works

NVIDIA calls its pen system DirectStylus 2: all you really need to know is that it’s 99-percent of the performance of an expensive digital pen, at a fraction of the cost. It really shows its worth in Dabbler, NVIDIA’s home-grown art app, which is capable of 3D modeling drying watercolors, creating virtual textures of paper and canvas, and even controlling how ink and paint drips depending on gravity and how you’re holding the tablet.

There’s plenty more to find out about the SHIELD Tablet, but for all the details right now, check out the full review over at SlashGear. We’ll have more on the innovative gaming slate here on Android Community, too!

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11.6-inch LG Tab Book 11TA740-GA50K tablet – Intel-powered with 4GB of RAM

Posted by Tom July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The name of the newly announced LG laptop/tablet hybrid doesn’t roll off the tongue – LG Tab Book 11TA740-GA50K – but it’s got some interesting things going for it.

The 11.6-inch Full HD slate aims again to bridge the gap between tablets and laptops by incorporating a built-in keyboard.

The new Tab Book has an 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display and runs on a dual-core i5 4200U processor clocked at 1.6GHz (2.6GHz in turbo mode).

It has a sizable 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 440, 128GB SSD storage, microSD expansion and Android 4.4.2 JellyBean.

It weighs just over 1kg, has USB and HDMI ports and will be available in Korea sometime soon (price tba).

Via tablet-news

 

Ematic outs dual-core Kitkat tablet at low, low price point

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

How many tablets do you know of that can provide you a good Android 4.4 Kitkat performance for under USD$100? Not a lot, we know. But Ematic is trying to get to this specific market by launching the EGD172, a 7-inch tablet that has specs you’d probably expect from this price range – nothing to write home about, but enough to probably secure a place as a Kitkat tablet for emerging markets.

The specs are pretty straightforward – a 1.1Ghz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. That last part can be remedied by microSD expansion, but the main internals speak for themselves – this will be a tablet that can run most of your basic apps on Kitkat and then a little bit more. But do not expect buttery-smooth performance with specs like this.

In truth, the tablet probably isn’t intended for users who require high levels of performance from the tablet itself. The EGD172 will not put out sharp HD-quality graphics on an 800×480 resolution (although it can play those HD videos), but it will be able to connect to the internet and allow users to browse and communicate pretty easily using connectivity and communication apps like Skype, WeChat, Viber and the like. The unit has rear and front-facing cams just for this purpose (3MP and 2MP respectively).

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There have been rumors that you can get this tablet for as low as USD$50 after rebates. We understand that this budget tablet is targeted at a very specific market to provide connectivity and entry level tablet usage at a very low price point – so we get that the specs allow you to do pretty much just that.

Thanks for the tip, Jennifer!

New LG Tab Book is a superpowered Android tablet hybrid

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

LG may not put out much Android tablets in the market, but when it does, it tries to make it into something truly distinct. This new LG Tab Book model that the company has unveiled in Korea will not only be one of the biggest Android tablets you might get to see, it is also probably one of the most powerful, running on an Intel Haswell Core i5 CPU.

The 11.6-inch LG Tab Book might be smaller than Samsung’s largest beats, which measure up to 12.2 inches, but it surpasses those in almost every aspect except weight, since this LG device measures just a bit over 1 kg. That’s not surprising though, since this Tab Book is a 2-in-1 device, meaning that it has a sliding mechanism that converts it from tablet to a laptop, at least at a certain angle. At least the keyboard is built-in so you won’t have to carry around a separate one. Those more familiar with LG’s products outside the Android world might recognize the company’s previous Tab Book models. But while those run on Windows 8, and on a previous generation Intel Core, this one, model 11TA740-GA50K to be exact, runs on Android.

Despite the size, the tablet only manages to reach a 1920×1080 pixel resolution. But perhaps the most interesting aspect to this device is how beefy it is in terms of raw power. A fourth generation Core i5 4200U, running at 2.6 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics 4400 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and a generous serving of SSD at 128 GB, this tablet hybrid is pretty much laptop-grade. Or, alternatively, an Android tablet on steroids. While we definitely don’t mind handing over to Android some heavy-duty hardware, one could perhaps wonder to what purpose they could be put to good use for a resource-efficient OS like Android.

LG has not yet released any pricing or availability details for this Tab Book, but existing models ran from around $1,900. While Android tablets usually run for much lower price tags, the beefed up specs on this one could mean it will be priced roughly the same, if not close. One other thing that does mar this otherwise interesting piece of Android slab is the fact that it will only be running Android 4.2.2., which probably means that key software features that has made devices like the LG G3 or the latest batch of G Pad tablets quite interesting won’t be making its way to this overpowered hybrid.

SOURCE: LG

Teclast P89 3G octacore tablet works well at the beach

Posted by Tom July - 25 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Teclast P89 tablet functions correctly on a beach – that’s what these pictures must be illustrating, right?

Braving the sun, sea and sand, the Teclast P89 is a 7.9-inch tablet with a 2048 x 1536 resolution retina display.

It runs on an MediaTek MT8392 octacore processor clocked at 1.7GHz and supports WCDMA + GSM networks, 3G, and doubles as a phone.

It also supports Bluetooth 4.0, has a 5000mAh battery that offers six hours of activity and is endorsed by bikinis.

 

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Verizon now offering Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 at a discount

Posted by wicked July - 25 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

For those looking for a new tablet for personal or family use, looks like Verizon will be tempting you with a $100 discount on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. For a 2 year contract with the carrier, you’ll be able to get the tablet for $359.99, with the option to upgrade after 2 years. You can also opt to pay for the gadget on a 20-month basis under the Verizon EDGE program.

Verizon’s online store is offering a no-contract price for the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 at $459.99. But if you feel like you’d rather have a plan to go with your gadget, not to mention the whooping $100 price off, then the 2-year plan is a much better offer. However, if you want to split your payments into 20 monthly increments, the Verizon EDGE is not a bad deal in itself. You need to shell out $22.99 per month, and you’ll also be able to upgrade if after 30 days, you decide to at least pay 60% of the tablet’s price.

The 10.1-inch display is a very attractive proposition, especially if you plan to use it to read books, watch videos or play games on it. We have to warn you though, that the resolution, at 1280×800 and the 1.2 GHz quad-core processor is not something to sing home about. It also has a 16GB internal memory, but can be expanded with its microSD card slot, since you need a lot of space to store your different media and gaming apps of course.

One of the biggest attractions though of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is that it is created especially for multiple users. Your family members and loved ones can have separate log-ins for the tablet and each profile can have their own personalised apps, settings, and files which the others will not be able to access (unless they know your password of course). It is also built for multi-tasking as its Multi-Window function lets you view and use two apps at the same time. So if you feel like this tab is for you, take advantage of Verizon’s offer.

SOURCE: Verizon

Ramos i8 Pro and i10 Pro tablets hit stores in China

Posted by Tom July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The Ramos i8 Pro and dual-boot i10 Pro tablets have made their way to the Jingdong Mall in China.

The 8-inch i8 Pro runs Windows 8.1 on a Bay Trail Z3740 processor, comes with 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. The IPS display’s 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and the tablet supports Bluetooth, WiFi, microSD expansion, and costs around $240.

The larger i10 Pro tablet is a dual-boot Android and Windows 8.1 slate that has 32GB storage, 2GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display, a Bay Trail CPU a comes in a choice of five colours for $419.

Via tablet-news

NVIDIA launches tablet & controller combo for gamers

Posted by Tom July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Established graphics kings NVIDIA today launched the SHIELD tablet, which is built exclusively for gamers.

It runs on the powerful NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which has 192 GPU cores.

The SHIELD has an 8-inch, full HD display, front-facing speakers and a cover/kick stand combo to protection and good viewing angles.

The SHIELD comes with a custom-built wireless controller, which promises precision and low latency, and the tablet supports up to four controllers at a time.

The controller also comes has a headphone socket for voice chat, a built-in touchpad, volume control and voice command capability.

The SHIELD also comes with a stylus, built on NVIDIA DirectStylus 2 technology, which enables the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting experience that allows pigment and paint mixing and bleed in real time.

Audio’s taken care of the by the cutting edge NVIDIA PureAudio technology, which helps the front-facing speakers and supports the dual-ported bass-reflex enclosure.

It’s not too pricey, either. The 16GB model (microSD-expandable up to 128GB) begins at $299. A 32GB model is also available.

The controller is priced at $59 and the cover is $39.

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