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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 arrives to the U.S. on May 1st, starting at $200

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

Galaxy Tab4 7.0

Earlier this month Samsung quietly took the wraps off its new lower-end Galaxy Tab 4 series, which includes three models: 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1. At the time, all we knew for sure is that the tablet series would start shipping in the U.S. during Q2 of this year. Today Samsung revealed that all three models will go on sale beginning on May 1st.

The Galaxy Tab 4 models will be available through major retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy and are to be priced at $199.99 for the 7-incher, $269.99 for 8-inches and $349.99 for the 10.1-inch model. For those interested in getting the tablet directly from Samsung, the Korean giant will open up pre-orders on April 24th.

Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (SM-T530) White_1

As for the specs that power the Tab 4 series? All three models run on a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1.5GB RAM. Other specs include 16GB storage, microSD, a 3MP front cam, a 1.3MP back cam and Android 4.4 KitKat. Where the devices differ is in battery and screen size.

All models have a resolution of 1280×720, though the screen sizes are obviously different. In terms of battery, the Tab 4 7.0 offers 4000 mAh, with the 7.0 and 10.1-inch models packing 4450 and 6800 mAh respectively.

Now let’s be honest, the Tab 4 series is far from impressive, but we do admit that the pricing seems fair enough. For Samsung fans looking for a budget option, the Tab 4 line could certainly fit the bill. Those who don’t mind deviating from Samsung may want to also consider other popular budget devices like the Nexus 7 2013, instead.

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RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. — April 23, 2014 — Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today introduced three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab line. The 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablets offer a variety of screen-size options, providing various form factors to meet the needs of consumers and businesses alike. The Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tab 4 portfolio, featuring a lightweight profile with thin bezels and a textured backing, will be available in the U.S. beginning May 1, with pre-orders starting tomorrow.

“This latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family combines versatility with value,” said Michael Abary, senior vice president of mobile computing, Samsung Electronics America. “The HD display, multitasking capabilities and easy sharing features make the Galaxy Tab 4 a great fit for both consumers and businesses.”

With its HD display, the Galaxy Tab 4 makes a great entertainment companion for the whole family. Multi User Mode lets each member of the family make the Tab 4 their own with private, customizable profiles. Kids Mode allows parents to set limits for their children, restricting accessible apps and managing length of play.

Content You Want

Samsung continues to partner with leading news, productivity and entertainment sources to provide premium content for the Galaxy Tab 4. With Galaxy Perks, consumers have access to popular and best-selling news, social media, and cloud storage applications including: Google Play, Dropbox, Sirius XM and For more information, visit

Preloaded apps like Netflix and WatchOn instantly make the Galaxy Tab 4 perfect for viewing content and managing your entertainment.

Ready to Work

Whether in-the-field, at home or at the office, the Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 keep users connected securely, with built-in features that support enterprise-grade VPN, corporate email, on-device encryption and scalable mobile device management. The Galaxy Tab 4 lineup gives users the portability and performance they need to work on the go. Powerful quad-core processors and Samsung’s innovative Multi Window functionality provide multitasking capabilities, enabling users to simultaneously view two apps at once and drag and drop content with ease.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 line will be offered in a choice of black or white. The new tablets will be available for purchase from major retailers nationwide on May 1 with pre-sales beginning April 24 at,, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct. 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.

The Wi-Fi enabled Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 will be priced at $199.99, $269.99 and $349.99, respectively.

Official CyanogenMod support re-ignites the flame for 2012 Kindle Fire HD

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

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Amazon is one of those companies that have successfully forked Android into their own ecosystem, particularly with the Kindle Fire line. Intended to be an e-reader and a tablet for consuming digital content, the Kindle Fire ran well with Amazon’s wide offering of e-books, movies and TV shows, as well as apps in the Amazon Appstore. While the Kindle Fire line’s market share is on the decline, Amazon enjoys a healthy revenue stream from the tablet from the sale of digital content.

But underneath it all, the tablet is a fairly capable Android device, and many an enthusiast actually bought the inexpensive Kindle Fire line in order to root and install custom ROMs. Most of these efforts were unsupported ROMs however, most of which were community supported. This is about to change, with the official CyanogenMod 11 support for the 2012 Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ introducing KitKat to the device.

Nightly builds are already available on official CM download channels, codenamed “tate” for the 7″ variant and “jem” for the 8.9″ device. These will require a rooted device with a custom recovery, which should not be difficult if you are into hacking and tweaking your Android device. Note that there is still no official CM support for the latest Kindle Fire HDX line.

Fire OS, the Android fork that comes with the Kindle Fire line is designed with simplicity in mind, and as such, it is considered to be very limited, especially by Android enthusiasts. Official CM11 support for the device should be a welcome development especially for users who are into breathing new life into older devices or repurposing these through custom ROMs.

Do you have a Kindle Fire HD? Are you looking into repurposing or reviving it with a custom ROM?

Specs Reportedly Leaked for Yet Another Samsung Tablet, 10.5″ Super AMOLED and Snapdragon 801

According to the newest leak, Samsung has yet another tablet on the way, to go along with the assortment of slates that were debuted at this year’s CES back in January. We already have the Galaxy Tab4 series, Galaxy TabPro lineup and Galaxy NotePro device, which features a 12.2″ display, but Samsung now has a 10.5″ Super AMOLED-toting tablet coming (model number SM-T800), complete with a few top-tier specs. 

In addition to the 10.5″ Super AMOLED display with 2560 × 1600 resolution, the device will reportedly feature a Snapdragon 801 processor (or Exynos chip depending on the market), 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, come in three storage option models (16/32/64GB), a microSD slot for additional storage, USB 2.0 connectivity (not 3.0?), a 7,900mAh battery, come in WiFi-only or 4G LTE-enabled variants, and come running Android 4.4.2 out of the box.

No exact word on when we can expect the release of this new lineup, but does it exactly matter at this point?

Samsung clearly isn’t about differentiating these devices to the public, and is instead focused more on flooding the market so consumers are forced to either buy one of these or an iPad. It’s a scary thought that only one Android OEM currently has the power to do this, but it also shows that the company seems rather unconfident in its ability to release a single competitor device to the iPad. I mean, why do you really need more than five different tablets that all do the same thing?

Something to ponder.

Via: SamMobile

Specs Reportedly Leaked for Yet Another Samsung Tablet, 10.5″ Super AMOLED and Snapdragon 801 is a post from: Droid Life


Amazon has updated their tablet-specific app with a few useful new features. Users will now be able to access Amazon’s Fresh grocery delivery service through the app, which is awesome if you live in an area where that’s supported. Unfortunately, a vast majority of users won’t be affected by that addition, but Amazon has added enough other new features to make the update worthwhile.

You’ll now be able to pin items in search results to the bottom of the app, done by dragging and dropping an item in the search view, which makes comparison shopping extremely easy. Think something similar to YouTube’s pinned video functionality. There’s also a new pop-up filter in the search results, which makes narrowing down items much easier than it was before.

If you’ve got a tablet, hit the link below for the update.

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Lenovo introduces four new tablets: A7-30, A7-50, A8 and A10

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


While most of the ‘news’ coming our way from major tech companies today is in honor of April Fools day and the pranks that come with it, there are at least a few legitimate announcements to be found — as is the case with Lenovo.

The Chinese-based PC giant has now unveiled four new Android tablets, bringing a refresh to its A-series slates, dubbed the A7-30, A7-50, A8 and A10. While all four tablets are budget devices, there are at least a few key differences between them.

On the lowest end of the scale is the A7-30, which will feature a 7-inch display with an unspecified quad-core CPU, alongside Dolby-enhanced specs and a built-in SIM slot. Next up is the A7-50 which offers an MT8382 quad-core 1.3GHz (possibly the same as the A7-30), 8GB storage, a 3500 mAh battery, a 2MP main cam, a VGA front cam, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi b/g/n, a 7-inch display with 1024×600 resolution, and an optional 3G variant.

The A8 and A10 are at the top of the scale and largely offer the same overall specs, expect the A10 has a larger screen and battery. Both tablets are powered by a 1.3GHz MTK 8121 or MTK 8382 (both options will exist). Other specs include a 5MP rear cam, 2MP front cam, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, WiFi b/g/n, and 3G variants. The A8 offers an 8-inch display with a 1280×800 resolution and a 4,200 mAh battery. In contrast, the A10 has a 10-inch display with a 1280×800 resolution and a heftier 6340 mAh battery.

None of these tablets are going to blow anyone away, but the pricing isn’t half bad. The A7-50 is said to start from £99.99 ($166) in the UK, with the A8 at £139.99 ($233) and the A10 priced at £169.99 ($283). All four models are expected to arrive sometime in Q2 to select markets. Currently it’s unclear if or when these tablets will make their way over to the North American market, but if they do we imagine they might be priced even a little lower.


Samsung Announces Tab4 Series 10.1-inch, 8.0-inch, and 7.0-inch Tablets

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
Samsung Announces Tab4 Series 10.1-inch, 8.0-inch, and 7.0-inch Tablets

Like clockwork, Samsung revealed today that it’s refreshing its Galaxy Tab line of tablets. Dubbed the Tab4 series, the new devices will come in 10.1-inch, 8.0-inch, and 7.0-inch screen sizes and feature Samsung software.

The details of the announcement confirm most of last week’s leak. The Tab4 series devices evoke the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 design-wise, but pack low-end hardware. Each has a faux-leather finish evocative of the Note, but capacitive multitasking and back button placement like the S5. In terms of internals, all three models share an identical 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, a 1280×800 WVGX display, 1.5GB of RAM, 3MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, at least 8GB of internal storage, and MicroSD card slots. A notable difference is power capacity between models; the 10.1-inch tablet packs a 6,800mAh battery, while the 8.0-inch maxes out at 4,450mAh.

In addition to WiFi-only versions, the Tab4 series will come in flavors compatible with LTE and HSPA+. All will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat and Samsung’s Group Play, Samsung Link, ChatON, and WatchON applications.

Samsung intends the ship the devices sometime during Q2 of this year. The company wasn’t ready to reveal pricing, but considering the low-end nature of the Tab series, you can expect them all to be relatively affordable.





Via: Samsung

Lenovo releasing four new A-series tablets

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Lenovo has announced four new tablets that will be released during the second quarter of 2014. Employing a strategy similar to Samsung, Lenovo’s tablets will come in a variety of sizes ranging from 7-inch devices up to 10-inch devices. Although all of them will come equipped with quad-core processors, Lenovo is trying to make each version slightly different in an attempt to appeal to different consumer demographics. Lenovo VP and head of the mobile business unit, Shao Tao, says the new “tablet family is designed to meet the demands of today’s young, active users who are always on the go, and have lifestyle requirements that are as diverse as their own personalities.” The tablets include:

  • A7-30, a 7-inch tablet packed with Dolby-enhanced dual-front speakers designed for music and multimedia enjoyment
  • A7-50, another 7-inch tablet, but aimed more at readers with an HD display providing a sharper viewing experience, it will also come with 3G connectivity as an option, prices will start at £99.99 ($167 USD)
  • A8-50, an 8-inch tablet with an HD display and Dolby audio, this model will come in a range of bold colors, though Lenovo has not specified what they will be, prices will start at £139.99 ($233 USD)
  • A10-70, a 10.1-inch tablet with an HD display, especially suited for those who enjoy watching movies on their tablet, prices will start at £169.99 ($283 USD).

Lenovo says the devices will be available worldwide during the second quarter of 2014. Hit the break to read the press release from Lenovo.

Lenovo Announces New A-Series Android Tablets Series includes new functionality and various configurations, tailored for distinct customer segments

  • A7-30 delivers an exceptional audio experience with Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers in an ultra-portable form factor
  • A7-50′s 7-inch, wide-view HD display reveals sharper text and web pages for the optimal reading and viewing experience
  • A8 comes in a range of bold color options to suit different personalities and styles, while providing total entertainment on the go
  • A10 provides an amazing video watching experience, without staying at home, with a superb 10.1″ wide HD display and smooth video playback all day long

PC+ leader Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announces a line-up of new A-series Android tablets, offering configurations and screen sizes to match consumer needs for both ultra-portable tablets and multimedia performers. The portfolio, which also boasts quad-core computing power for a responsive, smooth tablet experience, will be available starting in the second quarter 2014.

The new range starts with the A7-30 seven-inch devices, designed for optimal music or multimedia enjoyment through exceptional Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers while still packing a performance punch. The A7-50 is the affordable on-the-go reading companion with a 7-inch, wide-view HD display for sharper text and web pages, while the larger screen A8 is the mobile “home entertainment” center that comes in a variety of bold colors to suit different personalities and lifestyles. Rounding up the new A-series is the A10, which is equipped with a superb 10.1″ wide HD display and Dolby® enhanced dual front speakers for an amazing movie watching experience on the move.

  • A7-30, Pocket Studio with Dolby®: The Lenovo TAB A7-30 delivers an audio experience normally reserved for more expensive tablets in a seven-inch device. Armed with exceptional Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers, it is an ultra-portable tablet that music lovers will want to take everywhere. The brilliant 7-inch display and powerful quad-core processor make it a versatile performer for everything you do on the go, while SIM card support means it can be used to stay connected constantly with friends and family.
  • A7-50, Crystal Clear Multimedia Reader: The Lenovo TAB A7-50 is the ultra-portable on-the-go reading companion for those on a budget. The 7-inch, wide-view HD display reveals sharper text and web pages. Powered by a quad-core processor and equipped with a 2MP front-facing camera and rear camera, it’s the perfect companion to read, surf, and stay connected with friends with optional 3G connectivity. It is also available as the A7-40, which comes in a stylish Ebony color, 8Gb capacity and front-facing camera only.
  • A8, “Home Entertainment” On the Move: The Lenovo TAB A8 comes in a range of bold color options to suit different personalities and styles, while providing total entertainment on the go. The sharp, colorful 8″ HD display plus Dolby® audio and responsive quad-core power make it the perfect choice for playing games, watching videos, listening to music, socializing with friends and more.
  • A10, Mobile Home Theater System: The Lenovo Tab A10 provides an amazing video watching experience, without staying at home. Watch full-length high quality movies on the go with a superb 10.1″ wide HD display and Dolby® enhanced dual front speakers. The responsive quad-core processor ensures smooth video playback all day long. This is the tablet for movie lovers.

“Lenovo’s latest A-series tablet family is designed to meet the demands of today’s young, active users who are always on the go, and have lifestyle requirements that are as diverse as their own personalities. With these latest additions to our tablet portfolio, we’ve introduced devices that speaks directly to each consumer’s habits, whether it’s enjoying music, reading e-books or watching videos on the go,” said Shao Tao, vice president Lenovo and head of Mobile BU, “Our Android family of tablets will appeal to users around the world as we’ve built our products to be highly flexible to serve multiple needs and budgets.”

Pricing and Availability1 The new A-series Android tablets will be available worldwide from Q2, 2014. The A7-50 tablet is priced from £99.99. Prices for the A8-50 start from £139.99 and the A10-70 tablet will be available from £169.99.

For the latest Lenovo news, subscribe to Lenovo RSS feeds or follow Lenovo on Twitter and Facebook. The press kit is available at: and images can be downloaded via this link:

About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see

1Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

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Galaxy Tab4 line official: mid-range specs, HD screens, and KitKat

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Galaxy Tab4 7.0

Once again, the leaks were spot on. Without much fanfare, Samsung introduced today the latest addition to its already sizeable roster of Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab4 line.

The new Galaxy Tab4 line is comprised of three models with almost identical specs and different screen sizes: 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch. All three new tablets feature mid-range specifications, and, while Samsung has not revealed pricing details, the Galaxy Tab4′s are probably going to be priced to impress the budget conscious.

Galaxy Tab4 8.0 (SM-T330) Black_2 Galaxy Tab4 8.0 (SM-T330) Black_1 Galaxy Tab4 7.0 (SM-T230) White_2 Galaxy Tab4 7.0 (SM-T230) White_1 Galaxy Tab4 7.0 (SM-T230) Black_2 Galaxy Tab4 7.0 (SM-T230) Black_1 Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (SM-T530) White_2 Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (SM-T530) White_1 Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (SM-T530) Black_2 Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (SM-T530) Black_1 Galaxy Tab4 8.0 (SM-T330) White_2 Galaxy Tab4 8.0 (SM-T330) Black_1

All three devices feature 1280 x 720 LCD screens in 16:10 format, which supposedly offer a “brilliant viewing experience while watching videos, playing games, or reading digital contents.” Powering the new Tab4’s is a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 1.5GB of RAM. Storage is capped at 16GB, but the microSD card should provide some relief for heavy media users. There’s a 3MP front facing camera and a meager 1.3MP unit on the back, while battery size is 4,450mAh on the Tab4 8.0 and 6,800mAh on the Tab4 10.1 (Samsung does not provide the battery capacity for the Tab4 7.0).

Galaxy Tab4 7.0 Product Specifications 




WiFi, 3G
Wi-Fi / 3G(HSPA+ 21/5.76)
3G : 850/900/1900/2100
2G : 850/900/1800/1900
LTE Wi-Fi / 3G(HSPA+ 42/5.76) / LTE(Cat4 150/50)
4G : 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
3G : 850/900/1900/2100
2G : 850/900/1800/1900


1.2 GHz Quad Core


7.0-inch WXGA (1280 X 800)


Android 4.4 (KitKat)


3MP FF + 1.3 MP


H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Recording: 720p at 30fps
Playback: 1080p at 30fps



Services & Additional Features

ChatON(D/L), Voice Call(3G/LTE), MultiWindow, HW Key, Samsung Kies, Samsung Apps, Samsung Link (D/L)

Google Mobile Services

Hangout, Google+, Gmail, Chrome, Google Play, Google Maps, Play Music,
Play Movies&TV, Play Books, Play Newsstand, Play Games, Drive, YouTube, Photos


WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n , WiFi Direct, BT4.0, USB2.0




1.5GB + 8/16GB
micro SD (up to 32GB) – 3G / WiFi
micro SD (up to 64GB) – LTE


107.9 x 186.9 x 9 mm, 276g



In terms of design, the new Tab4 tablets feature a Note 3-like textured back cover, though they lack the faux stitching present on the Note 3 and the Note 12.2. The three tablets will be available in Black and White.

In terms of software, we’re glad to see KitKat on the spec sheet, along with Samsung’s own features and apps, including Multi Window, Samsung Link, WatchON, and Group Play.

Samsung says the new Tab4 will become available globally in Wi-Fi only, 3G, and LTE versions beginning Q2, 2014, which can mean anything from today to three months from now.


Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet unboxing and first impressions

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Unlike with its high-end smartphone launches, Sony decided to follow a yearly release cycle for its high-end tablet offering. We first got our hands on the very impressive Xperia Z2 Tablet during this year’s Mobile World Congress, and deservingly received Android Authority’s award for Best Tablet at MWC 2014. The follow up to the exceptional Sony Xperia Z Tablet is finally here, and we can’t wait to dive in, but before we do, as always, here’s a look at the unboxing and our first impressions about the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet!


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Opening up the box shows you the Xperia Z2 Tablet in all its glory. While the design elements remain the same across the board compared to its predecessor, the Z2 Tablet features corners that are slightly more rounded and less rigid, which means that it doesn’t poke into your hand like the first iteration did. While we get to check out the black version of the Xperia Z2 Tablet here, which is great, but it has to be mentioned that the white version that we got our hands on at MWC 2014 is even better to look at.

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Other than the tablet, there’s nothing particularly of note in the box. In this case you get a Startup Guide, warranty and legal notices, and an advertisement page featuring some Sony peripherals like the SmartWatch 2 and the Sony fitness bands. Also included is a microUSB cable and AC wall adapter to charge the device.

First Impressions

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Most striking about the Xperia Z2 Tablet, as was the case with the Xperia Z Tablet as well, is how thin the device is. With a thickness of just 6.4 mm and weighing just 439 grams and an even lighter 426 grams for the Wi-Fi only version, Sony once again manages to pack in top of the line specifications in a sleek and light body. While it can get quite tedious to lug around a 10-inch tablet, the amazingly low weight of the Xperia Z2 Tablet makes it a pleasure to work on, even for long periods of time.

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Not much has changed between iterations as far as the design language is concerned, but the sides are smoother and more rounded, which not only looks better, but makes the tablet easier to hold. The large bezels make a return as well, that makes the 10.1-inch display of the device actually seem small, but on the flip side, it allows you to hold on to the tab very easily, without running a risk of accidentally tapping on something on the screen.

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Taking a look around the tablet, you’ll find the headphone jack and the magnetic charging port at the bottom and the IR blaster, the microSD card slot, and the USB charging port at the top, both of which are covered to help with keeping the tablet waterproof. You’ll find the signature large silver power button and the volume rocker on the left side of the tablet. Speaking of being waterproof, the Xperia Z2 Tablet comes with the same IP58 rating that is found with the current lineup of high-end smartphones from the company, which means that you can dunk the tablet up to 1 meter in water without affecting performance.

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Unlike the high-end smartphones available from Sony, but like the Xperia Z Tablet before it, the back of the Z2 Tablet isn’t glass, and instead features a polycarbonate material that should make gripping such a large device much easier. It may not be particularly fingerprint prone, but can pick up smudges, especially with oily hands.

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Jumping into the operating system, making a return is the Xperia UI, or Timescape as it is sometimes called, with a slightly updated look that is found on the recently launched Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone as well. Xperia UI features Small Apps are available, and the App Drawer comes with a pull out menu that lets you adjust the order of the apps, or easily access applications like the Google Play Store. A long press of the software home button gives the option to either open Google Now, or the Sony Experience area, which basically includes ads for various media that you can get from the subscription-based Sony media store.

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Once again, Sony employs a philosophy of “keep it simple, keep it fast,” and the device certainly flies through the minimalistic user interface. It’s pretty standard fare when it comes to the operating system, but that’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Xperia UI.


Display 10.1-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) TRILUMINOS display
X-Reality and Live Color LED technology
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
Storage 16 GB, expandable
Cameras 8.1MP Exmor RS rear camera, 2.2MP from camera
Battery 6,000 mAh
Software Android 4.4 Kitkat
Dimensions 266 x 172 x 6.4 mm, 426 grams (Wi-Fi only, 439 grams (3G/LTE)
Connectivity Wi-Fi only, 3G/4G LTE versions available


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Sony is well known for their fantastic build quality, and once again, you get a very attractive device all around, which features just enough subtle changes over its predecessor to make the experience even better. We can’t wait to put the tablet through its paces, so stay tuned with Android Authority as we bring you the full, in-depth review of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet very soon!

What are your thoughts? What are your first impressions about the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet? Let us know in the comments section below!


Sony puts their new Xperia Z2 Tablet up for sale in the UK

Posted by wicked March - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is up for sale on Sony’s UK website. UK customers can order now, choosing the 16GB WiFi only unit for £399, upgrade to the 32GB model for £449 or grab up the 16GB LTE version for £499.

For those with slippery fingers, order before March 24 straight from the Sony online store and they’ll give you a 3 year warranty for just 1 pence more.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is what we might call the big brother of the Xperia Z2 smartphone, which is expected to be in customers’ hands in April. The tablet is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM and an 8.1MP camera. Both devices were announced at MWC in February where we took the water resistant, 10.1-inch Full HD TILUMINOUS display tablet for a test run, see what we had to say about it.

best-of-mwc-sony-xperia-tablet-z2We have seen a lot of positive hype about the Xperia Z2 smartphone, a lot of which is focused on the 20.7MP camera with the ability to shoot 4K video. The Xperia Z2 Tablet, as might be expected of a tablet, does not come with the same powerhouse of a camera sensor, but their 8.1MP camera with Exmor RS™ for mobile will still let you snap Full HD images and video. Aside from the camera sensor difference, and the screen size, obviously, the phone and tablet share a lot of specifications, and as the phone represents Sony’s latest and greatest, so should we expect of the tablet.

Seeing that this is Sony’s flagship tablet for the year, our choice for best tablet at MWC, and chalk full of high-end goodness, it necessarily comes with what you may consider a steep price tag. Are you interested enough in this tablet to dish over the equivalent of US$658 – US$825?


ePad 7 Android 4.0 ICS
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