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TALK7X is the latest quad-core Cube 3G Android tablet

Posted by Tom April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Cube has release the little brother of the 9.7-inch TALK97S 3G ‘phablet’. The quad-core TALK7X follows in its predecessor’s footsteps with its 3G connectivity and offers a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS wide viewing angle screen based on Samsung PLS technology and support for GPS, FM radio and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Android tablet has 1GB RAM, 8GB storage and supports dual SIM. It runs on a MediaTek MT8382 processor that’s clocked at 1.4GHz

There’s two cameras (rear 2MP) and it has WiFi Display Technology for streaming media to compatible TVs/media servers. It’s currently available in China for a respectable 399 yuan (US$63).

Via imp3

Japan Display develops low-power, high performance 10.1-inch 4K tablet screen

Posted by Tom April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Tech company Japan Display has unveiled its latest innovation, a 10.1-inch LCD display that offers 2,840 x 2,160 (4K2K) pixel display for tablets at an all important low power consumption rate.

The display uses low-temperature poly silicon (LTPC) technology, which the company developed a while ago and offers low power consumption, low profile and narrow dead-band features.

The power usage is equivalent to that of a 10.1-inch WQXGA LCD module, despite the much higher resolution. Samples are currently being shipped.

Via fareastgizmos

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 US release date set for May 1

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 4 earlier in the month, and more recently, we are getting word of US availability. Samsung has said the Galaxy Tab 4 will be available in the US beginning on May 1. And to clarify, this includes the 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1-inch models.

Galaxy Tab 4 pricing will be as follows; 7.0 for $199.99, 8.0 for $269.99 and 10.1 for $349.99. Those considering a purchase will be able to choose between black or white, and availability will be with “major” retailers to include Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, Tiger Direct and more. Samsung will also be selling the tablet direct, with a pre-order option coming on April 24th.

These tablets will be running Android 4.4 Kit Kat and WiFi-only for connectivity. The 7.0-inch model will have features to include a 1280 x 800 resolution, quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8/16GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 4000 mAh battery, 1.3MP front-facing camera and a 3MP rear-facing camera.

The 8.0-inch model takes many of the same features from the 7.0-inch. In fact, the main difference between the 8.0 and 7.0 models is the battery size, which is bumped to 4450 mAh on the 8.0-inch model. Worth noting, while the display grows an inch, the resolution remains the same at 1280 x 800. The 10.1-inch model is another similar story. Here you’ll see the display grown in size, but retain the same resolution. The 10.1-inch model also has a 6800 mAh battery, but otherwise, is the same in terms of the remaining specs.

While this launch deals with the WiFi-only model, Samsung does have plans to launch a cellular connected model with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. These are all expected to arrive “this summer.” Remaining details on the carrier models are as follows;

“AT&T will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 this summer. Sprint will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 this summer. T-Mobile will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 this summer. Verizon Wireless will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and 10.1 this summer.”

SOURCE: Business Wire

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE review

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

LG released the G Pad 8.3 in the US back in October of 2013. The initial release was a WiFi only model, and that was followed up by a Google Play edition. The GPe model was also WiFi only in terms of connectivity, however a cellular connected model has since come available through Verizon Wireless. We’ve been playing with a review unit for the past few weeks, and at risk of offering a spoiler in the beginning, we can say there hasn’t been any disappointment.

Hardware

Basically that is to say the Verizon model LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE has kept the same overall build quality. A quality display and a durable (and good looking) metal backing. The tablet has an 8.3-inch Full HD display, and while the overall size of the G Pad 8.3 is bigger compared to 7-inch tablets — it is still able to be held one-handed. Obviously, there is some size difference between this model and say, the Nexus 7, but we feel the G Pad 8.3 serves a rather nice middle ground for those not willing to step up to a 10-inch tablet.

The device has a quad-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. We didn’t experience any performance related issues. Our usage included some reading with Instapaper, Feedly and the Kindle app, music with Play Music and video with Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube. Of course, there was also the basics such as email and Hangouts as well as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Pretty basic stuff, but similar to how we suspect many would be using an 8.3-inch tablet.

The gallery sitting below contains some benchmarks, just in case you’re the type that likes to see those numbers.

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As for the storage, of the 16GB available at launch, we ended up with roughly 9GB free after our set of apps were installed. Not great, but that is just about what many would expect with a 16GB device. Thankfully the G Pad 8.3 also has a microSD memory card slot. This one can handle cards up to 64GB in size.

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There is some branding; a Verizon and LG logo on the front, and also on the back. They are fairly obvious on the front, but blend in nicely on the back. The back of the device is metal and feels solid and premium, but it does seem to attract fingerprints rather well.

The left side of the tablet is clear, the right side has the power button and volume rocker, the bottom has the microUSB and the top has the headphone jack and microSD card slot. That same card slot also holds the SIM card. The gallery sitting above offers a tour of the device.

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LG has a pair of speakers on the back of the tablet, which run along the side. There is a speaker towards two of the four corners. If you rotate the top of the tablet to the left the speakers will then be along the bottom in landscape mode. The speakers sound good, however if you are holding the tablet and listening to something — you will want it to be in landscape.

Battery

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE is equipped with a 4600 mAh battery. LG suggests that should be good for up to 18 hours of play time. Or for up to 26 days on standby time. We weren’t able to sit the tablet long enough to confirm the 26 day estimate, however we can say it seems to have held well overnight. More realistically, we didn’t have any issues getting a few days of usage.

You can see from the images here in the post that we knocked the battery down to 18 percent after 31 hours and 39 minutes of usage. That left us with an estimation of about 1 hour and 45 minutes before we ran dry. Again, we didn’t see any reason to complain about the battery. But having said that, things will vary from person to person.

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Heavier gaming and lots of video watching will take a greater toll on the battery life. But screen-on time also does a fair bit of damage. As we mentioned, we spent a fair bit of time reading using Instapaper, Kindle and Feedly and of that battery example — 76 percent was screen time.

We should also point out that we are not very battery friendly. We have cellular and WiFi turned on. As well Bluetooth and GPS were also active. We also don’t believe in holding back notifications and apps were free to check as the defaults allow for. Bottom line here, we tend to use the tablet exactly how we want, and then deal with what that does to battery life. But in this case we think it turned out rather well.

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We should also point out that LG does have a battery saver option. This may be familiar to those using other LG devices, it is called “Battery Saver.” You’ll need to turn this on from the settings, and it will kick on when you get to 30 percent. The screenshot sitting above offers a rundown of how Battery Saver can be further customized once activated.

Software

The Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. And as one would expect — there is also a fair amount of apps that have been pre-loaded. These include a variety of Amazon apps, as well as others such as iHeartRadio and Polaris Office 5. Verizon also has their apps, which we find to be somewhat useful. The tablet has the Mobile Hotspot app and the handy My Verion Mobile app amongst others.

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The screenshot sitting above offers a look at what can be expected at first boot (with one exception, the Speedtest app).

There are some real highlights outside of these pre-installed apps though. Sitting along with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean are some LG tweaks. This includes features such as KnockON which allows you to wake the display with a double tap. You can also double tap to put the tablet back to sleep. Other LG highlights include Slide Aside, QSlide Function and SmartShare. Overall we like what LG has done with Android and find the experience to be solid when jumping between LG tablets and smartphones.

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LG also offers a few other goodies, such as the ability to customize the navigation buttons. There are a variety of preset options to choose from in the settings. You can adjust them by going to Settings -> Front touch buttons. The example you see above offers Back, Home, Menu, Notification Shade. That last one will lower (and raise) the notification shade. Simply put, LG device owners should spend a bit of time poking around the settings to see what options work best based on their personal usage.

Connectivity

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Connectivity is s bit of a touchy subject as it tends to vary from market to market. It will also vary from day to day in some cases. We’ve seen much faster speeds coming from Verizon, however a random test at noon offered the following; 25.36 Mbps down and 15.50 Mbps up. We always like to see faster, but this is more than enough for streaming audio and/or video.

Camera

So — you have a tablet and want to take pictures. We aren’t necessarily fans of seeing people use tablets to take pictures out in public. But at the same time, we aren’t going to judge. Plus, we also have to remember the saying about how the best camera is the one you have with you.

We’ve included a few sample images, as well as a sample video. These were simple quick shots and a basic video. More important — they were shot (captured) and uploaded without any editing. You can judge the quality for yourself.

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Otherwise, there is also a 1.3MP front-facing camera (that can do 720p) for video chatting. Nicely, the front-facing camera seemed to have worked well with the few video chats we did with the tablet.

Wrap-Up

As we mentioned earlier in the review, the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE serves as a nice middle ground for those who want something between the 7 and 10 inch form factors. This one offers a bit more screen real estate and manages to keep things in a form factor that is still easy to hold with one hand.

Not to mention, the display, day to day performance and battery life left us with little reason for concern or worry. In fact, we’ve suggested this device to a few family members that had been asking about tablets. At present Verizon has the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE selling at $199.99 on a two-year agreement.

As with other tablets, this can be added to a Share Everything plan for $10 additional per month. While the $199.99 price point isn’t bad, and despite knowing that price if often a factor — we may suggest shelling out the extra $100 (if possible) to grab this without the agreement. The no-contract price is $299.99.

Bottom line, we’ve liked the WiFi only models of the LG G Pad 8.3, and like it even better as a Verizon connected model.

Pipo T9 smart design revealed – it’s pretty!

Posted by Tom April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With its 8.9-inch retina display, MediaTek MT6593 octa-core processor and 13MP camera, the Pipo T9 specs preview made it sound like something to be excited about – now we can see it our suspicions are confirmed.

The tablet itself is neat and tidy and the accompanying flip-case, which comes in three colours, is a neat and nifty design.

The new photos are pretty impressive and it’ll be out for around $225.

Via tablet-news

TQ InCover One 8.3-inch HD Bay Trail tablet targets pros

Posted by Tom April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With professionals in its sights, German company TQ has announced the InCover One, an 8.3-inch full HD Bay Trail tablet that supports Windows 8.1, Android 4.4 and Linux.

It boasts a waterproof and dust proof housing, a removable battery and will bounce back from a 1.8 metre drop in the optional MIL case.

The tablet runs on an Intel Atom quad-core Bay Trail-T CPU, has 2GB RAM, 64GB storage as standard (with 32GB and 128GB options also available) and support from WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS and optional 3G and 4G connectivity.

The cameras are 8MP (rear) and 2MP (front) and the ?SDXC card slot takes up to 2TB expansion. The battery runs for 10 hours and the processor options are Intel Atom Z3745 and Atom Z3746 Bay Trail chips.

Thanko Gorone bedtime phone / tablet stand isn’t pretty but is pretty handy

Posted by Tom April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The latest innovation from Japan’s Thanko is the Gorone smartphone/tablet stand, made especially for bedtime reading.

We’ve all been there, nodding off and waking with a start as a tablet hurtles towards your face.

Gorone in Japanese means “lay down” and that’s what users can do in peace as they bask in the artificial glow of a screen.

Despite its school project looks, would you use this or would you rather opt for a proper night’s sleep? Let us know on the MP4Nation forum.

Via akihabaranews

 

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet US release set for May 4th

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Sony announced the Xperia Z2 Tablet during Mobile World Congress. And while we knew the device would be rolling out on a global basis, Sony was quiet in terms of release date and pricing details for the US release. Well, flash forward till today and we now have confirmation on both — the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available in the US beginning on May 4th.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available with 16GB or 32GB or internal storage space. The 16GB model will be $499.99 and the 32GB model will be $599.99. The tablet will be available in black or white (at 16GB), however those looking to the 32GB model will only have one color available — white.

Specs for the tablet include a 10.1-inch Full HD display, quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 6000 mAh battery. There will also be an 8MP rear-facing camera with Exmor RS. And as we have begun to expect with Sony devices, the Xperia Z2 Tablet has an IP rating of 55/58. Simply put, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is waterproof and dust proof “provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed.”

The tablet will be running Android 4.4 Kit Kat and otherwise, it is also on the thin side measuring in at just 6.4mm. While we still want to spend more quality time with the tablet once it comes available, we did manage to get a bit of hands-on time during our time in Barcelona and were initially impressed.

HTC reportedly tapped for 8-inch Google Nexus tablet

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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A new report from DigiTimes appears to strengthen the rumors that Google has turned to HTC as a partner in development of their next tablet device in the Nexus line. Previous reports suggested Google was working on a successor to the 10-inch Nexus tablet to be released some time in the third quarter of 2014. This latest report suggests that changes in the manufacturing partner are only the tip of the iceberg with Google possibly scaling down the size of the device which could be their last tablet.

The latest report suggests Google has partnered with HTC to produce an 8-inch tablet slated for released in the third quarter. The choice of HTC is a bit odd given HTC’s lack of presence in the tablet market, although it would not be the first time Google and HTC have partnered on a Nexus device. The last two versions of the Nexus 7 were produced by Asustek. However, sales have not been as robust as either company would have hoped and it appears Asustek is ready to tackle the market on their own without restrictions from Google.

In an interesting twist to the story, it is also suggested that whatever tablet is released by Google later this year, it will be the company’s last foray into the tablet market. This could make an HTC produced Nexus tablet a rarity, much like the only other tablet HTC ever produced, the HTC Flyer. Sources indicate Google’s Nexus tablets have not had a significant influence on the market which is the basis for Google’s decision to not pursue future models beyond this one. Considering the work Google is doing on other form factors like Google Glass, the Android Wear platform, and even Project Ara, it may not be a bad move to get out of a tablet market that is hotly contested by other large manufacturers.

source: DigiTimes

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Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet owners can avail of free movies and games

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Sony has done it before and there is no reason it won’t be doing it again. As with its previous top of the line devices, Sony is giving the proud new owners of its Xperia Z2 flagship and Xperia Z2 tablet a few freebies, this time in the form of six films and eight games.

Sony has been offering this kind of content deals since 2011, though in varying combinations and with limited availability. Though some, like Samsung, prefer to give out apps or time-limited subscriptions, Sony instead lets users get a taste of some of its other products, proving it has chops not just in mobile but also in the entertainment industry.

In this round, Sony is giving away some movie and game titles, though the selection of films differ from region to region. Common standouts include Elysium, Captain Philips and Michael Jackson’s That’s It. The list of available games, which include Cardboard Castle, Tiki Rush, and Rymdkapsel, might be a bit disappointing, but it’s hard to argue with the advantages of free. This offer is also available not just to new Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet owners but even for those who just acquired an Xperia Z1s.

Users planning on claiming these free content should note that they need two apps to be installed, both of which can be downloaded below. The first is the Xperia LOUNGE app, which covers a broad range of content, while the second is Pass, which required to get the movies, isn’t a standalone app but is a separate app download. The film selection is available to owners in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, US (for those owning the Xperia Z1s,) while the games are being offered to those in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, US.(again for Xperia Z1s owners).

Download: Xperia LOUNGE, Pass
VIA: Xperia Blog

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