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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series will be available in the US from May 1

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Samsung officially unveiled its new thinner and lighter Galaxy Tab 4 series earlier this month. The lineup consists of three devices – Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and now the company has confirmed that they all will be available in the US on May 1, with the pre-orders starting tomorrow.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series will be up for grabs in black or white versions. The slates will be available for purchase from quite a few major retailers across the United States – the pre-orders are accepted at Samsung’s online store, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears and Tiger Direct. Read more »

Apple launches iPad trade-in program in US and Canada

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Apple’s worldwide environmental campaign doesn’t just end with printed ads as the Cupertino-based giant has announced the expansion of its Reuse and Recycling program. Apple’s new effort will allow users of iPad tablets to recycle their old ones and get their hands on the shiny new models.

For now, iPad (all four generations) are the only eligible devices for the Reuse and Recycling program. The users of the program receive credit for their old Apple devices and the company is now allowing consumers with iPhone or iPad trade-in credit to be used on any other Apple product. Read more »

Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 for AT&T gets FCC approval

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The AT&T version of the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 has payed a visit to the FCC, carrying the model number SM-P907A.

The tablet packs 4G LTE connectivity and will operate on the LTE bands 4 and 17. There’s every indication that outside of this, the NotePRO 12.2 for AT&amp:T will feature the same specs as its international sibling. Read more »

iPad Air 2 front panel photos surface, hint a thinner shell

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A bunch of photos of the upcoming second-generation iPad Air have leaked straight from factory floors in China. The photos are obtained by Dutch website OneMoreThing and show the iPad’s glass front, which now has the LCD layer integrated into the glass itself – currently, that’s not the iPad Air’s case where the two layers are distinct from one another.

And here’s the front panel compared with a coin for measure. According to the report, it’s just 1.5mm thick, which could allow Apple to fit a larger battery. Read more »

Sony announces US pricing and availability of the Xperia Z2 Tablet

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Sony officially announced US pricing and availability of the Xperia Z2 Tablet. The ultra-skinny, water-resistant slate is now available to pre-order directly from Sony across the Atlantic. It will hit the shelves early next month, on May 4.

Pricing of Sony’s flagship tablet kicks off at $499.99 for a Wi-Fi-only slate with 16GB of built-in memory. Read more »

Refurbished iPad mini with Retina display is now available in the Apple Store

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A refurbished iPad mini with Retina display is now available to order in the US Apple Store. Depending on the built-in memory on board, the refurbished slate is priced 15 or 16 percent less than an equivalent brand new model.

With a $339 price tag (down from $399), the refurbished 16GB, Wi-Fi-only iPad mini with a Retina display was the first to sell out. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 now available for just 119 quid in the UK

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Looking to strike a great deal on a mid-sized tablet? Well if you live in the UK you probably need to look no further than the LG G Pad 8.3. The slate, which we reviewed and really liked a while ago, can now be had for just £119.

Update: It appears the stock has been depleted rather quickly and the offer is currently unavailable. It’s unclear if there’s new stock on the way or if that was all about the promotion.

For the price you are getting an 8.3″ IPS LCD of 1200 x 1920 pixel resolution, a Snapdragon 600 chipset and a sleek metallic body that only weighs 338g. Even the Nexus 7 (2013) looks rather overpriced in comparison to this offer. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition gets Android 4.4 KitKat update

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Samsung is rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet. The update is currently available only for Wi-Fi variant, while the 3G and LTE models are expected to get it any moment now.

The newest firmware brings faster performance, wireless printing support, full screen album, new camera shortcut, white status bar icons, enhanced sound controls, default home and SMS apps and stability improvements. Read more »

Take at Samsung’s facilities where the Galaxy S5 received its training

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Every phone, smartphones included, has to pass certain tests and requirements in order to be allowed on the market. FCC is the responsible authority for the USA, TENAA for China, etc. Before any device is submitted to those government agencies though it must pass a bunch of internal tests, which are often far tougher and stricter.

Samsung has shed some light on what the Galaxy S5 test facilities look like and how it was used to make sure the flagship is as great as possible. Read more »

Samsung’s Galaxy Pro takes a shot at the iPad

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Samsung has released a slew of advertisements that have Galaxy Pro owners gloat over iPad buyers.

The ads focus on the bevy of features offered by the Galaxy Pro that Apple’s slate doesn’t have an answer for. Read more »

Alleged specs of Samsung SM-T800 slate with 10.5 inch AMOLED display leak out

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Purported specs of Samsung SM-T800 tablet, which we saw pass through the FCC, with 10.5” AMOLED display emerged on the web. The Korean giant hasn’t released a slate with AMOLED display since the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011.

The Wi-Fi-only Samsung SM-T800 is reportedly powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with a quad-core CPU (Snapdragon 801 is rumored as a likely candidate). Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet battery life test

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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the hottest new pieces of Android hardware – it’s hard to believe how thin and light it is until you hold it in your hand. At 6.4mm thick, there’s not much room so the tablet uses a 6,000mAh battery, the same capacity as the previous model.

Snapdragon 801 is a power-efficient chipset (it’s in phones with less than half the battery capacity), but there’s still a 10.1″ screen, which would probably be the main power drain. Read more »

12 million iPads now have Office installed

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It has only been a week since Microsoft launched its Office suite on the Apple iPad but it has already been downloaded more than 12 million times.

Microsoft seems really pleased by this so it went on Twitter to boast a little. Office offers free viewing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. In order to edit and create, however, one would need to shell out $10 a month for Office 365 subscription. How many of those has Microsoft secured since the apps became available on the iPad isn’t disclosed. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 family priced in Europe, starts at 199 euro

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The freshly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 family of Android slates got officially priced in Europe. A Dutch electronics retailer has the tablets available for pre-order.

The cheapest model in the product range is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with 16GB of built-on memory, listed at €199.99 for a Wi-Fi-only model. Read more »

Mysterious Samsung SM-T800 slate passes FCC

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An unannounced Samsung slate that goes by the model name SM-T800 has passed the FCC. It looks to be the Wi-Fi-only variant of the SM-T801 and SM-T805, which got their evaluation last month.

The SM-T800 has been leaked before in a benchmark test which pointed to an Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.9 GHz, 3 gigs of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, 8 MP and 2 MP cameras on the back and front. The slate runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 and could sport a 2560 x 1600 10.5″ AMOLED on the front. Read more »