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Another Nexus 9 hands-on video shows buttery smooth performance

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Nexus 9 is now up for pre-order on Amazon, but it will be a few weeks before the device lands on your doorstep. Just to torment you, here’s another hands-on video with the HTC-made tablet, from a Thai channel.

The video is a bit less fancy that the one we’ve shown you yesterday, but the straightforward editing helps with getting an idea about the table’s performance. Spoiler: it’s flawless. We spotted no instance of lag in the 4-minute video, and we were particularly impressed with the speed and smoothness of the new recent apps interface.

We also get a peek at the Nexus 9’s official origami case, which connects magnetically to the device and features folds that let you easily uncover and open the camera app, as you can see around the 3:10 mark.

Impressed with what you’ve seen so far?

Source: Phones Amazing;

Nexus 9 vs the new iPads: specs comparison

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Nexus 9 vs iPad

Consumers looking for a new tablet in time for Christmas are going to be spoiled for choice this year. In the space of just two days we’ve seen the launch of the new high-end Nexus 9, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Air 2. So let’s break down exactly what each tablet has to offer.

For starters, let’s take a peek at the hardware that each tablet is packing and if it’s a good deal for the price.

Nexus 9
iPad Mini 3
iPad Air 2
Price $399 – $599 $399 – $728 $499 – $829
Display 8.9″ 7.9″ 9.7″
Resolution 2048×1536 (281ppi) 2048×1536 (326ppi) 2048×1536 (264ppi)
SoC 2.3GHz Tegra K1 1.3GHz A7 unspecified A8X
Memory 16GB / 32GB 16 / 64 / 128GB 16 / 64 / 128GB
Battery 6700 mAh (9.5 hours WiFi browsing) 23.8 watt/h (10 hours WiFi browsing) 27.3 watt/h (10 hours WiFi browsing)

The Nexus 9 sits right in between the two new iPad tablets, in terms of size, and the bump up in resolution for the Nexus 9 means that display clarity will be pretty evenly matched across all three tablets. Given the iPad Mini 3’s slightly smaller size, and therefore higher PPI, it will probably look ever so slightly sharper, but the same applies when you look at the Nexus 9 compared with the Air 2.

On the processing side of things, it’s a little tough to compare Apple’s SoCs directly to the Nexus 9. We’re yet to see how the new Nvidia Denver CPU cores in the Nexus 9’s Tegra K1 perform in the real world, but early benchmarks have shown that the new Tegra K1 outpaces the iPhone 6’s Apple A8 in single and multi-core performance. The 1GB RAM amount is also an interesting choice for the Apple tablets, as more demanding applications and environments that make use of the SoC’s horsepower could end up strangled by the limited amount of memory.

Nexus 9 Keyboard

Graphical power is another area where the Nexus 9 should compete well in. Nvidia’s Kepler architecture has already proven formidable in the mobile space. Similarly, Apple’s A8 chip offers up impressive graphics performance and the A8X apparently offers up more horsepower still, but it could be a much closer call between the Nexus and Air tablets this time around. The older A7 chip in the smaller Mini 3 is perhaps a little disappointing by comparison, given that’s its the same chip that powered that last generation Mini 2.

Performance looks to be a close run race, so we’ll turn to some of the tablets’ other features.

Nexus 9
iPad Mini 3
iPad Air 2
Rear camera 8MP, f/2.4 5MP, f/2.4 8MP, f/2.4
Front camera 1.6MP, f/2.4 1.2MP 1.2MP, f/2.2
Data WiFi / LTE WiFi / LTE WiFi / LTE
Speakers Dual Front Stereo Stereo
MicroSD No No No
Fingerprint Scanner No Yes Yes
Weight 425g 341g 444g

The Nexus 9, iPad Mini 3, and Air 2 all come in both WiFi and LTE options, with the latter feature adding to the price tags quite significantly. The 32GB LTE Nexus 9 will set you back $599, while a comparable LTE iPad Mini 3 costs $529 or $629, depending on storage, and $629 or $729 for the Air 2.

As for cameras, again it’s a very close call on paper.  The Nexus 9 looks to compete with the more expensive iPad Air’s 8MP rear and front camera options, and will offer higher resolution snaps than the Mini 3. The f/2.4 aperture should result in similar levels of performance in low light conditions between all of the tablet cameras. Although we’ll have to do some hands on tests for a more definitive answer here.


The iPad range has a wider selection of storage options, which helps offset the lack of microSD card support across all the tablets. Although you will pay a hefty fee for the 128GB options. 32GB should see people through a large enough collection of music and films for your trips out, but a 64GB Nexus option would have been nice.

As for some unique features, the Nexus 9’s dual facing front speakers will provide a better stereo sound when watching moves, whereas the iPad’s two speakers are both located at the bottom end. Apple’s TouchID fingerprint security system is embedded into its new tablets, which is a nice feature for the security conscious.

Time to choose

The Nexus 9’s hardware appears to go toe-to-toe with the much more expensive iPad Air 2, but is aggressively priced against the smaller and slightly cut-down iPad Mini 3. The smaller range of memory choices might be a problem for some, but other than that there’s very little to fault with the Nexus 9.

Your preference for Android or iOS has probably already made up your mind for you. Even so, there’s no denying that the Nexus 9 is a really high-end piece of kit that easily justifies its price tag. Of course, there are other high-end Android tablets which might suite your needs too.

Nexus 9 vs the competition

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Nexus 9 official press (2)

At 8.9 inches, the Nexus 9 sits right in-between the portable 8 inch form factor and the larger 10 inch varieties. Compared with the previous Nexus tablets, the Nexus 9 features a lot of cutting edge hardware, which we’ll delve right on into.

By the numbers

Just like the newly announced Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 9 tablet comes with some top of the line hardware and easily competes with the biggest brands in the business. The 2048×1536 display keeps the larger tablet looking as crisp as its 1080p 8-inch rivals, but Samsung’s tablet range still retains a healthy lead when it comes to display clarity and quality.

Nexus 9
Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Screen 8.9″ 8.4″ 8″
Resolution 2048×1536 (281ppi) 2560×1600 (359ppi) 1920×1200 (283ppi)
SoC Tegra K1 (64-bit) Snapdragon 800 Snapdragon 801
CPU 2x Nvidia Denver Cores 4x 2.3GHz Krait 400 4x 2.5GHz Krait 400
GPU Kepler 1 SMX GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330
Storage 16GB / 32GB 16GB / 32GB 16GB
MicroSD no 64GB 128GB
Rear Camera 8MP 8MP 8.1MP
Front Camera 1.6MP 2MP 2.2MP
Battery 6700mAh 4800mAh 4500mAh

On the inside, the inclusion of NVidia’s new 64-bit Denver CPU cores sets the Nexus 9 apart from the pack. As well as being the first to 64-bit support, the Denver design goes back to a dual-core setup rather than the common quad-core arrangement. But don’t let that fool you, the new Nvidia design apparently packs a lot of punch per CPU core. The real concern is how well the tablet will manage in multi-tasking scenarios and if NVidia’s ARMv8 translation approach proves efficient enough to reach its performance potential.

The 64-bit Tegra K1 chip keeps the same Kepler GPU architecture found in the Nvidia Shield tablet, which packs in plenty of power for all your tablet gaming needs. The extra display resolution might hinder performance somewhat compared with the Shield tablet, but performance should compete with Samsung’s high-end tablets.

Galaxy Tab S
Nvidia Shield
G Pad 8.3
Screen 8.4″ 8″ 8.3″
Resolution 2560×1600 (359ppi) 1920×1200 (283ppi) 1920×1200 (273ppi)
SoC Snapdragon 800 / Exynos 5420 Tegra K1 (32-bit) Snapdragon 600
CPU 4x 2.3GHz Krait 400 / 4x 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 & 4x 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 4x 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 4x 1.7GHz Krait 300
GPU Adreno 330 / Mali-T628MP6 Kepler 1 SMX GPU Adreno 320
Storage 16GB / 32GB 16GB 16GB / 32GB
MicroSD 128GB yes 64GB
Rear Camera 8MP 5MP 5MP
Front Camera 2.1MP 5MP 1.3MP
Battery 4900mAh 5197mAh 4600mAh

However, in our review of the Nvidia tablet we found battery life to be rather lacking, so we’ll have to wait for a hands-on to see if this remains an issue with Nvidia’s latest SoC. Although the massive 6700mAh battery should go some way to avoid this issue. The LG G Pad is the weakest of the selection, performance wise, but the rest should all perform exceptionally well in most scenarios you can throw at it.

Other than the new SoC, the Nexus 9 fits in nicely with the current selection of high-end tablets. Camera options, on paper, seem like a step up from the Nexus 7, and the 2GB of RAM is as much as you’ll likely ever need, although doesn’t quite match some other tablets. The tablet’s storage options are also in line with expectations, although again the lack of a microSD card slot will disappoint those of you who like to keep a selection of movies with you to watch on the go.

Extra features

High end tablets these days tend to ship with 3G/LTE variants for those who want mobile data access, and all of the above tablets are available with LTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, and some with NFC connectivity too.

Dual front facing speakers are becoming increasingly popular, and the Nexus 9’s HTC BoomSound speakers match Samsung’s TabPro series and the new Xperia Z3 tablet in this regard. Sound buffs will definitely want to keeps these tablets in mind. Water and dust resistance is another growing trend, and Sony is currently leading this field with its IP68 rating.

Nexus 9
Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
Galaxy Tab S
G Pad 8.3
Nvidia Shield
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Infrared Yes Yes Yes
TV out MHL
IP rating IP68
Front Speakers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

As far as software features goes, the Nexus 9 will be the first tablet to ship with Android Lollipop, so it might be worth waiting for if you’re eager to try out the latest Google features. Gamers should be able to install many of the Nvidia Shield’s Tegra specific software offerings, such as the Shield Hub, from the Play Store. Other than that, the Nexus 9’s stock-Android experience isn’t as feature packed as Samsung’s tablets, but some prefer it that way.

Serious gamers have a tough choice between NVidia’s and Sony’s latest tablet offerings. The Shield enables Nvidia graphics card owners to stream PC games to their tablet, while the Xperia Z3 tablet can be connected up to a PS4 to play games with the company’s DualShock controller. The Nexus 9 doesn’t come with any of these features out of the box, but the Tegra SoC might allow for some third-party software to emulate the experience at a later date.

Wrap up

The latest Nexus is full-fledged premium tablet, with hardware that competes, and in some cases exceeds, some of the tablet markets other high-end offerings.

As with most Nexus products, the slightly cheaper price tag comes with its share of compromises on some non-essential features. But overall, the Nexus 9 is an excellent tablet for the price.

Nexus 9 official: here’s what you need to know

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Nexus 9 official press (6)

Replacing both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 in one swoop, the new HTC Nexus 9 has finally been officially unveiled by Google today. The Nexus 9 is the first Nexus device from HTC since the original Nexus One and also marks the Taiwanese company’s return to the tablet market.

Although early rumors claimed that the tablet would offer a unibody metallic design that was somewhat akin to the HTC One only in a tablet form, the final design is actually much closer to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). That means you get a device with a matte soft plastic feel and a vertical-aligned Nexus logo on the back. There is however a metallic edge, which is silver on the white version.

Bottom-line, if you liked the last-gen Nexus family’s looks, you’ll probably enjoy the new Nexus 9 as well. As for the hardware? The Nexus 9 sees a jump up to the world of 64-bit processing and offers high-end specs all the way around.

Nexus 9 Specs

CPU/GPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1
Display 8.9-inch display, 1440 x 2048 pixels
Memory 16/32GB storage
Battery non-removable li-po 6700 mAh
Camera 8MP rear cam, 3MP front cam
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
OS Android 5.0
Dimensions and Weight 226.3 x 151.9 x 7.9 mm, 418 grams

The Nexus 9 is powered by a 64-bit Tegra K1 processor, coupled with an impressive 4GB of RAM. The namesake display size is actually 8.9-inches, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Some of the Nexus 9’s other specs include an 8MP rear camera, NFC, 16 and 32GB storage options, optional LTE, and Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box.

The Nexus 9 easily one-ups past Nexus tablets and is without a doubt one of the most impressive tablets we’ve seen in 2014. It remains to be seen whether or not the 64-bit upgrade will make for a truly noticeable difference in terms of performance, but it’s nice to see Google pushing forward the 64-bit mobile revolution nonetheless.


Software features

The Nexus 9 will be the first tablet to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and will also be the first Android tablet to be optimized for 64-bit both on the software and hardware level.

Many of us had the opportunity to get to know the Android L developer preview and so some of the functionality in Android 5.0 will be familiar, albeit it with several new coats of polish thrown on top.

Staple changes for Android 5.0 include 64-bit support, the new Material Design interface changes, notification improvements throughout the UI, improved security and business features, battery optimization software, and even minor tweaks like searchable settings and revised quick settings.

As for any Nexus 9-specific changes? As is to be expected from the Nexus series, you pretty much get a flat-out unedited Android experience here, but then again, that’s a large part of the appeal for pure Android fans.

More Coverage

While the information above gives you a good idea of what to expect from the handset, we have more coverage related to Android 5.0 and the new Nexus family coming down the pipe. Stay tuned!


Android L powered Nexus 9 tablet will reportedly launch tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 14 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

nexus 9 upleaks

Given the animated adverts that popped up earlier, it seems that Google is on the verge of releasing its new Nexus devices. According to a source close to Google, the HTC designed Nexus 9 is scheduled to launch tomorrow and will be the first device to ship running Android L.

While we are used to big launch events, Google will apparently forgo the typical fanfare as it is still tweaking its upcoming Android L operating system. Instead, the reveal will take place via a simple blog post tomorrow, along with the launch of a new smartphone from Motorola, in other words the Nexus 6.

The source also reaffirms many of the rumoured specifications for the new Nexus tablet. Including the 8.9 inch 2048×1440 display, a 64-bit NVidia processor and Kepler GPU, and 8MP rear facing and 3MP front facing cameras. The new tablet will also benefit from HTC’s work with Boomsound, as it will feature two front facing speakers. There is also mention of a brushed aluminium frame, rather than a solid metal design.

The Nexus 9 is said to go up for pre-order on the 17th of October, and will be available for purchase on November 3rd. While this seems like a large delay, it would give Google time to put some extra polish on Android L.

The 16GB Nexus 9 is expected to retail for $399, while the 32GB variant, which also has LTE, will cost $499.  Google is also reportedly going to sell a magnetic stand-case as an accessory for the tablet.


Source: Forbes;

Lenovo plans for Motorola to return to the tablet market

Posted by wicked October - 14 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Lenovo tablet

Motorola may not have released a new tablet in the past few years, but Lenovo, the brand’s new owner, has a few plans in the works. Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing recently revealed plans to release new tablets under the Motorola brand, just as the company continues to do with some of its new smartphones.

While Lenovo already has its own range of tablets, it believes that the Motorola brand still holds strong recognition in European and American markets, and will be a useful tool in developing successful relationships with telecom operators. Lenovo views the Motorola brand as the key to cracking into markets dominated by Samsung and Apple tablets. The company will also continue to make the most of its “dual-brand” strategy, marketing some products under the Lenovo logo where the brand is more well-known.

However, analysts are concerned that the tablet market is already approaching maturity, with growth slowing to 12.4 percent over the past year. The concern is that Lenovo may struggle to make much of an impact, even with the Motorola brand name.

Lenovo’s CEO didn’t give anything away about any future Motorola tablets, unfortunately, so we might have to wait a while longer until a new product appears. Would you like to see Motorola back in the tablet game?

Source: China Times (translated);

Yoga Tablet 2 Pro hands-on: 13-inch screen, a subwoofer, and a pico-projector!

Posted by wicked October - 9 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Looks like Lenovo put “product engineer” Ashton Kutcher to work. The company just unveiled its latest Android tablet and, it’s… something else.

The new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes roughly a year after the first-gen Yoga tablets and preserves its predecessors’ most interesting feature, the versatile kickstand. The Tablet 2 Pro is larger, at 13-inch, and the kickstand now has a hole that lets you hang it on the wall. But the biggest changes are not so easily visible – the rounded edge of the device incorporates a 50 lumen pico-projector, there are JBL speakers with a subwoofer, and the spec sheet is pretty impressive.

With features like these and a unique form factor, this tablet is definitely worth your attention. Here are our Yoga Tablet 2 Pro first impressions.

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Yoga Tablet 2 Pro specs

Display 13.3-inch IPS LCD, Quad HD (2560×1440), 220 ppi
Processor Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core, 1.8GHz
Camera Rear: 8MP, f/2.2nFront: 16MP
Battery up to 15h on a charge, capacity TBA
Storage 32GB, expandable by up to 64GB via microSD
Networks Optional 4G
Connectivity microUSB 2.0, WiFi a/b/g/n, dual band
Software Android 4.4 Kitkat, Sense 6.0
Dimensions 333 mm x 223 mm x 3.7-12.6 mm, 950 grams
Colors Platinum Silver
Projector 40-50 lumen, 854×480

The Quad HD screen on the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro ensures a generous (for a tablet) pixel density of 220 ppi, and there’s little to complain about it. Under the hood, the fourth generation Intel Atom Z3745 processor with four cores makes this device fly through most tasks, helped out by the 2GB of RAM.

It’s good to see Lenovo opting for 32GB of storage, as well as for an 8MP rear camera. The generous proportions of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro allowed for a large battery, that should be good for 15 hours of usage, according to the spec sheet.

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The kickstand

The coolest thing about Yoga tablets (and the feature that gives the series its name) is the kickstand that lets you use them in several positions. The Tablet 2 Pro is no exception. You can flip the kickstand in three main positions (Hold, Stand, and Tilt), and the tablet recognizes it and changes settings accordingly.

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The kickstand is larger, to ensure stability, and it now features an opening that lets you hang the device onto something, like you would with a painting. Also, there’s a new quick release button on the back, that pops up the stand.

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While the kickstand is a nice feature on the smaller Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch and 10-inch, on the 13.3-inch Tablet 2 Pro it’s almost a necessity. The wedge profile, which ends in a 3.7-milimeter edge, helps with handling. But the device is almost as heavy as a small laptop, at 950 grams, and we can see how using it without a kickstand could become tiresome very quickly.

Media: pico-projector and speakers

The nicest trick in the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s collection is its pico-projector, built in to one side of the tablet’s bulbous edge. The projector outputs image at 40 to 50 lumens, which is a far cry from the luminosity of dedicated devices or even hybrids like the ZTE LivePro. The image can be as big as 50 inches, at a resolution of 854 x 480.

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But, keeping in mind it’s integrated into a tablet, this projector may still be good enough for many non-professional tasks, such as projecting a movie or a video chat, or just your Android homescreen.

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The other component of the media package on the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a JBL sound system featuring a subwoofer. Eight watts out of a tablet is pretty impressive, no matter how you look at it.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro price and availability

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will go on sale from the end of October. The device will be available from and through resellers at a recommended price of $499, tax not included.

In India, China, Indonesia, and Thailand the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will feature phone capabilities, in addition to Wi-Fi and data connectivity.

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Press release

Show Press Release

LONDON – October 9, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced a new way to read, watch, connect and create with the new YOGA Tablet 2 Pro. Developed with Ashton Kutcher, who joined Lenovo as a product engineer a year ago, the new YOGA Tablet 2 Pro redefines the tablet experience. Not only does it surprise and delight users with a number of world’s first technologies, it delivers innovation that ties together hardware and software innovation in a new way. Designed to focus on a premium media experience, the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro has as its star feature a builtin Pico projector. The projector lets users turn inside walls into an instant TV or movie screen.

Lenovo paired this premium technology for great video with unbelievable sound by giving the tablet a JBL sound system with a subwoofer. These exceptional features along with a host of other technologies make the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro like no other tablet. Tablets Go Big Screen for Massive Multi-Media As more and more people are using tablets to consume the ever growing volume of digital media –photos, videos and games – users are demanding bigger screens. A Lenovo research study found 88 percent of people are devouring large amounts of digital content on tablets at home, and more than half of them watch TV several times a week on their tablet. That insight plus focus group feedback led to the creation of the larger 13-in screen YOGA Tablet 2 Pro media tablet. Designed from the ground up specifically for digitally-hungry consumers, it features a QHD 2560×1440 screen for life-like images.

A New Way to Watch and Hear with World’s First Technologies

Whether presenting in a meeting to colleagues or lying at home watching a movie, the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro makes it easy to view and share content with its Pico projector. Users can project a 16:9 high resolution image onto any surface for an instant 50-in theater experience. With automatic image adjustment and up to three hours playback time, users can get through a double feature before having to plug in the tablet. The tablet’s enhanced audio system also provides a captivating 8 total watts of sound, quadrupling the speaker power of an average tablet. Its dual, large-chamber speakers are front-facing for dynamic audio, and a subwoofer on the back rounds it out with deep bass notes while Dolby® Audio and Wolfson® Master HiFi™ ensure a multi-channel listening experience, just like the movies.

More Modes, Performance and Software for Multilayered Lifestyles

The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro makes users’ lives easier in other ways too with a fourth mode – Hang. Now users can interact with the tablet in a new way by hanging it anywher e they want. They can also continue to enjoy the other three original modes: Hold for better angles for reading, Tilt for easily browsing online and Stand for close up content from digital libraries. While loaded with lots of useful features that adapt to user’s lifestyles, the Platinum-colored tablet remains thin and light at just 3.7mm thin and 950 grams.

The new YOGA Tablet 2 Pro also runs on the latest 4th generation Intel® Atom™ processor, helping power smooth multimedia playback and rendering, great for multitaskers. Also, for picture-perfect snapshots, it has an extremely high resolution 8 MP rear camera and plenty of storage equipped with 32GB and up to 64 GB via Micro SD. And with up to 15 hours of battery life and optional 4G, users can stay mobile nearly around the clock. To keep up with their busy lifestyles, users need software to keep them organized, especially with the myriad of contacts contained in their different email and social media accounts. With Brewster on the tablet, users now have an app to manage contacts for them. Brewster files contacts from various apps into one address book that merges, de-duplicates, and even adds images to contacts and also shares verified contact information to a user’s contacts.

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Possible first HTC Nexus 9 image leaks

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

nexus 9 upleaks

What could be the first leaked image of the HTC-made Nexus 9 (Volantis) just leaked.

The source is @upleaks,  a Twitter user who has shared good info about HTC in the past, most recently, the Desire Eye specs and images.

The image seems to show a device made of plastic, not metal, as previously reported. According to @upleaks, the material is similar to the matte soft plastic of the LG-made Nexus 5 and the Asus Nexus 7 (2013). The vertical Nexus logo is very similar to the past Nexus devices, though the camera looks different from the Nexus 7’s distinctive design.

This could be a fake, to be sure, and there’s also a chance it’s a prototype or design concept. @upleaks’ assertion that the device is made of plastic raises some questions, as it was widely assumed until now that HTC will employ its distinctive One-like aluminum unibody design for the Nexus 9. Still, specs and designs can change quickly behind the scenes, and, this close to the rumored mid-October launch date, this image may be the real deal.

In related news, a device bearing a code number that was associated with the Nexus 9 in the past has recently passed through the FCC, suggesting that its release is iminent.

What do you think?

New HP 10 Plus WiFi tablet silently hits the market

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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HP has silently unleashed a new tablet on the world, called the HP 10 Plus. This is an Android powered one and a half pound tablet that HP thinks has just enough features to satisfy the average tablet user.

HP has not (yet?) made any formal announcements for the HP 10 Plus, but you’ll find it listed for sale now straight from HP or from other retailers.

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The large slab measures in at a 10.1-inch display with 1920 x 1200 resolution. 2GB of RAM backs up an ARM Cortex A7 quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz. Internal storage measures in at 16GB and can be expanded by up to 32GB via microSD card. The WiFi only device includes a massive 7700mAh battery that HP says will get you just 6 hours of use.

While these specs may fail to impress, I might make the argument that it is still a decent bang for the buck, coming in at $280. However, I won’t make that argument. The HP 10 Plus prepares to ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat installed.

For more information, or to get your hands on the HP 10 Plus, head over to HP’s website, or swing on by Amazon to pick up the tablet for $279.99.

What do you say, is HP coming to the table with a solid offering here, or is the HP 10 Plus just another tablet to be lost in the myriad of other sub-par Android tablets out there?

Via: 9 to 5 Google;
Source: HP;

(Update: OTA rolling out) Nexus 7 (2013) LTE Android 4.4.4 factory images arrive

Posted by wicked October - 3 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


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Update: Google has begun pushing out the Android 4.4.4 over the air update to the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE. The update is a tiny 2.4MB, and shouldn’t bring anything new besides bug fixes. If you can’t wait to get the update, you can flash the 4.4.4 factory image (see below), though that means starting over with a fresh system.

Original post:

It’s been three months since Google released Android 4.4.4 factory images for the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2013) and several other Nexus devices. Now the LTE version of the Nexus 7 (2013) is finally getting the same treatment.

Android 4.4.4 is a release focused on squashing security vulnerabilities, including several bugs related to the notorious Heartbleed flaw in Open SSL. If you’re into the nitty gritty stuff, you can find a full changelog here.

The factory image will only be useful to you if you tend to experiment with custom ROMs and the like, and need a stock image to revert back to.

Head over here to download the factory images for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE.