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Acer teases surprise mystery Android Predator gaming tablet

Posted by Tom April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Acer has made its first move in its attempt to get a slice of the dedicated gaming tablet market.

A mysterious new Predator Android tablet is an angular 8-inch tablet that features four front-facing speakers.

So far that’s all we know. With no announcement on specs, the NVIDIA Shield needn’t be quaking in its boots just yet.

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Acer announces its first Android gaming tablet

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Acer have been pretty busy lately. It has now officially announced its first Android gaming table, which the Taiwanese company states goes hand-in-hand with its Predator PC’s. The slate, which has been rather aptly named the Predator Tab, is set to go on sale in Quarter 4 of 2015.

Unfortunately, we have no solid information with regards to specifications, but we do know that the device will pack an 8-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a quartet of front-facing speakers and an aluminium unibody design.

Check out the full set of press shots below:

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Lollipop finally arrives for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 finally have something to cheer about. The OEM announced that the tablet will finally receive the Android 5.0 upgrade, a month after the bigger version, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 got its Lollipop on. However, the update that will be rolling out to the tablet is version 5.0.2, and not yet the latest one, version 5.1 which has been rolling out to some devices already.

The folks over at SAM Mobile previewed a test build a few months back, and it was still 5.0.2. So somehow, they were expecting that the actual update months later would be the latest one that has been received by the other OEMs. Unfortunately, Samsung is still at the 5.0.2 version, and there isn’t any reports yet when it will be releasing 5.1. Some devices even have 5.2 already, but that’s just for the Nexus, as of course faster updates is one of its selling points.

If you’ve been following all the Lollipop news, then the new features and improvements you’ll get with this update shouldn’t come as a surprise. So that means improved notifications, a new multi-tasking menu, and speed and performance improvements. In terms of aesthetics, unfortunately, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI still hides most of the Material Design improvements.

As with all updates, the roll-out occurs in phases, so don’t worry if you still haven’t gotten it yet through Samsung Kies. But if you’re impatient and want it now, there are firmwares available out there, if you know where to look.

VIA: SAM Mobile

Acer working on Android Predator gaming tablet

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

After all those devices recently introduced in a tech event, Acer still has another one up its sleeves: an Android gaming tablet. Not that an Android tablet can’t be used for gaming but this one which is slated to be released in the market in the last quarter is special. Tablet is expected to be focused just on gaming and this one looks really tough and a bit futuristic with those edges.

All those smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and that sole gaming display will be joined by this nice gaming tablet this 2015. It’s Android-powered and the design seems to appeal to the gamer geeks who prefer unique-looking devices. This one is said to make use of haptic feedback technology, something Google is trying to venture on. So yeah, the phone will vibrate, pop, shake, blast, or whatever when you’re playing Games You Can Feel and other titles coming soon.

This Android Gaming Tablet comes with an 8-inch screen and four front-facing speakers on the red corners. We don’t know what this one is called exactly but we know it to be the Predator tablet which will work with Predator PCs. Not much details on the specs yet but it could rival the NVIDIA Shield tablet or the Archos Gamepad. We don’t know any tablet that’s dedicated to haptic technology gaming yet so Acer definitely has an edge–that is, if the niche will ever be carved.

With haptic feedback in mind, we’re guessing the Predator will blast off loud sounds in your face and scare you to death. We’re interested to know which games will first be updated and optimized for the Acer Predator tablet.

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Acer outs new Iconia tablets, Chromebook with 15.6-inch display

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Taiwanese hardware giant Acer just launched a slew of new products from smartphones to tablets to gaming displays to notebooks running Windows and Chrome OS. This was only after the launch of the first Chrome-powered All-in-One computer a couple of weeks ago. In a special event held in New York City, the company showcased several devices that will probably make you dizzy. We find it interesting that Acer introduced all these things in one event instead of making smaller announcements for each product.

These devices are expected to be available this 2015 but we’ll focus our attention on the Chromebook and the new Android tablets. Let’s start with the tablets…

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This new tablet runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Acer promises a highly accurate touch experience, thanks to the Acer Precision Plus technology. This once comes with an 8-inch HD IPS display and zero air gap technology for more vibrance and colors. Specs include a pixel 1280 x 800 resolution, Intel Atom quad-core processor, and a 16GB/32GB built-in storage. Since it has got the Lollipop sweetness already, you can expect a batter tablet experience with bolder colors, more fluid animations, and of course, some Material Design elements.

Acer’s Iconia One 8 is very light at only 355 grams. It’s so portable and the size is enough to bring it anywhere or put inside your bag. The size is actually ideal for students or employees who need to multi-task or write down notes in business meetings or in class. There’s an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 3MP front-facing for quick snapshots of anything. Battery life can last up to 8.5 hours. You can use it with an optional stylus as well.

This new tablet includes the Iconia Suite which brings special apps like the EZ Note, EZ WakeUp, and EZ Gadget. Device will be out in the US this July with a $149 price tag. Tablet will be ready this month in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for €179.

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The Acer Iconia Tab 10 is ideal for education. The 10-inch display is large enough but affordable at only $299. It boasts of a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen, 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, 2GB RAM, 16/32/64GB storage capacity, Intel Atom processor, and Acer recision Plus sensors. This tablet is part of the Google for Education program that aims to bring “accessible technology and richer resources to classrooms”.

Acer Iconia Tab 10 will cost $299 in the United States and €299 in Europe starting next month. You may remember that there’s the Iconia Tab 10 that was introduced in March but that one runs Android KitKat. This model is already powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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Being added to the list of Chromebooks is the Chromebook 15 model CB3-531 which is very affordable at only $199.99. This one impresses with an 11.5-hour battery life, a huge 15.6-display, 1366 x 768 resolution, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, and an SD card slot for memory expansion. It’s a large Chromebook but it only runs an Intel Celeron processor. Still, it’s decent enough for cloud computing and with the price, you can’t go wrong with this.

New Chromebook is very budget-friendly and is perfect for those who prefer bigger screens and those with a lot of patience because you can’t get the fastest experience from this one.

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Next@Acer Press Conference – Unveiled Products Roundup

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Acer might not be the biggest manufacturer when it comes to Android, but nevertheless they offer some good products for reasonable prices. At today’s New York event, their inaugural next@acer global press conference showed us what’s next in their Android and Chromebook repertoire, as well as some Microsoft products. Their new line-ups are focused on specific areas of life: productivity, education, entertainment, gaming and connecting. Now that the next products are landing and the press release kits are out, we have a clear look.

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The Iconia One 8 features advanced touch capabilities as a selling point. It hosts “Acer Precision Plus” technology for an accurate touch and writing experience, as well as sketching on the fly. You can use the optional “Acer Accurate” stylus, or a simple fine tip 2mm pencil – a cheap and vastly available solution.  The processor inside is a quad-core Intel Atom clocked at up to 1.83GHz with Intel HD Graphics, and you can get up to 32GB of on-board storage. The tablet also features simple gestures and quick access icons. Android 5.0 is on board with an “enhanced user interface”. The Iconia 8 will be available in North America in July with prices starting at  just $149.

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The Iconia Tab 10 Education aims to make learning in class more engaging, and Acer is working with Google to join the Google Education ecosystem with the purpose of bringing richer resources to classrooms all over the globe. It has a Gorilla Glass 4 panel and a reinforced mechanical design to “withstand classroom use” (kids are wild nowadays, I guess). There’s a FHD 10.1 inch Display on board, as well as the previously mentioned “Acer Precision Plus” technology. Inside you can find an Intel Atom processor (quad-core clocked at 1.83GHz) that promises excellent performance and long battery life, as well as 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. The tablet will be available in North America in May with prices starting at $299.

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The new Chromebook offerings are budget-friendly and also promise long battery life – Acer claims that the CNB-531 model can reach 11.5 hours of light use. This model features an Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor with Intel HD Graphics (so don’t expect excellent gaming performance), up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage (before you judge, let’s not forget this is a Chromebook). The entry-level Acer Chromebook will be available in North America starting in July with prices beginning at $199.99. For those wanting a little more speed and power, the CB5-572 and C910 models offer better processors with a Broadwell Intel Core i3 5005U or Intel Core i5 5200U, and memory up to 4GB as well as SSD storage of up to 32GB. These Acer Chromebooks also feature large and responsive touchpads, as well as two full-sized upwards facing speakers for your hearing pleasure.

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So there you have it, the new tablets offer decent specifications for rather cheap prices, and the Chromebooks are very much what we come to expect as well. They are not designed to be game-changers, but rather solid competitors in different market sectors. There’s also an Acer “Predator” Tablet coming up later this year that is said to be focused on gaming, as well as a Liquid X2 phone with a powerful SoC and a 4,000 mAh battery – so if you want amazing performance you should look in that direction. Considering that Acer owns over a third of the Chromebook market, many might want to pick up these new computers out of brand alone. The new tablets might not be as feature or spec packed as the rest of the competition, but Acer is clearly aiming for a particular niche with their educational approach. Precise stylus technology is also welcome on tablets, and with no need for an actual stylus many might find the 8-inch tablet a solid classroom companion.

 

Do you think these new products meet their mark? Let us know below!

 

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Android 5.1 Lollipop coming to NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, Portable

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

If you’re wondering if your NVIDIA SHIELD tablet or SHIELD Portable is going to get the latest Android Lollipop ever, we’ve got the answer. The company has already confirmed that the latest mobile OS will be coming very soon. It’s not just Android 5.0 but the Android 5.1 version already. NVIDIA has not made a formal announcement but the company confirmed in a forum that the next Android 5.1 release will fix some performance and responsiveness issues.

This good news is mainly for those who have the SHIELD Portable since the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet has already received Android 5.0.1 update last December, only a month after the Android tablet got a taste of Lollipop.

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Sighted at an NVIDIA community forum was this response from a certain PeterS. Apparently, the SHIELD Tablet experience after the OTA 2.0 wasn’t as good as expected. There were several responsive and performance issues encountered. With the upcoming Android 5.1 software update, both tablets will receive various enhancements, improved security, changes in notifications, Material Design, and a “snappier end user experience” according to the customer care representative who replied to the post.

No exact date of release was given but the update should be ready in the coming weeks. But with the new NVIDIA SHIELD 2 Portable‘s rumored arrival this May, the company might release the software update just in time for the new product’s launch. So if you own an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable, expect to receive an Over-The-Air (OTA) notification anytime soon or maybe after the newest NVIDIA device is unveiled. Let’s just and see.

VIA: DROID GAMERS

Dual-OS Windows / Android Chuwi Vi10 tablet announced

Posted by Tom April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

By the end of the month Chuwi is set to release the Chuwi Vi10 tablet – an Intel-powered dual-OS Windows and Android tablet with a 10.6-inch display.

The tablet will ship with Windows 8.1 and Google Android 4.4, with an Android 5.0 lollipop update to swiftly follow.

It runs on an Intel Atom Z3736F processor and comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, expandable by a further 128GB via microSD>

Also onboard is an HDMI port, micro USB port and an 8,000mAh battery.

Two purchase options will be available: the standalone tablet at 799 yuan (US $129) or 899 yuan ($145) with a leather keyboard case.

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Thanko delivers all the extra arms you ever wanted

Posted by Tom April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

The brilliant brains at Thanko in Japan have done it again – this time with attachments that keep all your devices upright and at head height for quick and easy reference.

The standard version delivers a smartphone clamp and a tablet rack, complete with L-shaped clamps for easy and anywhere use.

So, what’s a clean desk worth to you? If it’s in the region of ¥3,480 (US $29) you’re in luck – that’s exactly how much this costs.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 LTE gets WiFi, Bluetooth certifications

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Aside from the new Galaxy Tab A, there’s also the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tipped to be even thinner than iPad Air 2 arriving in the next few months. Compared to the budget-friendly Galaxy Tab A, this one is the next generation of Samsung’s high-end tablet which is an obvious follow up to last year’s Galaxy Tab S model. We’re actually expecting a June announcement since the first-gen was revealed in June 2014.

So far, we now that the Super AMOLED tablet has already been given Bluetooth- and WiFi-certifications. The version isn’t just WiFi since the model tested was a 4G LTE variant. Nothing is certain yet but it could be the standard entry-level variant already too.

Recently certified were the SM-T815 and SM-T817 models of the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S 2. We also learned that they will be replacing the current SM-T805 model from Samsung. We didn’t hear about the specs the first time but based on the certification documents, the new Galaxy premium tablet will boast of Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity and of course, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support. The first Galaxy Tab S has gotten a taste of Android 5.0 and it was recently updated to Android Lollipop –specifically the Android 5.0.2 version.

WiFi and Bluetooth certifications were handed only this April. Not much details on the specs and features yet but we’re expecting a high 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, 4:3 aspect ratio, DDR4 RAM, probably Samsung’s very own Exynos 7420 SoC processor or that 1.9 GHz Exynos 5433, 32GB built-in storage, 2 megapixel front-facing cam, and an 8MP main camera. No mention on the dimensions either but we heard it will thinner than Apple’s iPad Air 2. We’ll see about that.

VIA: Tablet Monkeys

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