Samsung said it will be trying hard to expand its tablet market share in 2014 and it shows. The company already released a quartet of Galaxy Tab Pro tablets and the ultra low-end Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 and now we learn that a trio of fourth generation Galaxy Tab slates will be joining them shortly.
The Galaxy Tab 4 slates will bring quad-core 1.2 GHz processors to the series, better cameras and Android 4.4 KitKat and will come in three sizes – 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1. All three new slates will feature TFT displays of the modest 1280×800 pixels resolution. The connectivity departments will include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS with GLONASS a microSD card slot and an optional 3G/LTE radio. All new slates will come with Samsung’s premium Hancom Office, E-Meeting and WebEx services plus the Remote PC app preinstalled. Read more »
Verizon will start offering the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition slate soon. A leaked official picture, courtesy of @evleaks, show the black version with embedded Verizon and its 4G LTE logos on the faux-leather plastic back.
Naturally, Verizon will be offering the LTE-enabled version powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset. Read more »
Samsung has released the Android 4.4 KitKat kernel source code for its Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablets.
If you have a thing for developing kernels and ROMs for huge powerful slates, then the source links below have the codes for you to play with. Read more »
Verizon just announced that the Nexus 7 with LTE will be available on its network this Thursday. No, there’s no new Nexus 7 tablet, this is the 2013 edition of the Google slate. It’s exactly the same device that went on sale in the US in September last year, just that now it has (finally!) received certification to use Verizon’s LTE.
There was some finger-pointing between Verizon, Google and Asus that ended with the carrier deciding to wait for Android KitKat update, citing issues with the Jelly Bean software. Read more »
The TYLT RUGGD case for the Apple iPad Air is the company’s first ever offering in the segment. As its name suggests, the protective cover aims to successfully combine toughness and ergonomics in a lightweight, easy to handle package.
The TYLT RUGGD case for the iPad Air features tough outer shell, combined with inner layer made of tiny energy-absorbing cushions. There is no cover for the screen of the iPad Air, so it is clearly aimed at active users. Read on to find out how it fares as a daily driver! Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 has made it to our office. It’s very slim, with the familiar faux-leather plastic on its back and packing an amazing 8.4″ display with 1600×2560 pixel resolution.
The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 runs on the very capable Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. It comes with a great 8MP camera too – you can find the check quality link at the slate’s specs page and learn more about it. Read more »
We’ve encountered Samsung’s NotePro tablet before in our first look and hands on of the device. If you liked what you saw, then you’ll be happy to know that the NotePro is available for purchase in the UK starting today.
You can order the slate from John Lewis and Carphone Warehouse. Take a look at its specs after the jump to see if Samsung’s latest touchscreen slab is worth your hard-earned cash. Read more »
The growth spurt experience by smartphones has jumped to tablets too – the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 dwarfs the 7 and 10-inch Android tablets and is the biggest tablet we’ve had in our office.
How much do those couple of extra inches matter anyway? The Note Pro 12.2 screen has nearly 50% more surface area than a 10.1″ tablet. Read more »
UK retailer Expansys has cut the price of the extremely capable LG G Pad 8.3 tablet to £199.99.
The price comes just a few months after its initial release, and is likely done in anticipation of Samsung’s imminent release of their new Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. Read more »
Samsung has secured the smartphone crown and it was clear the next battle with Apple will be over tablets. Strategy Analytics reports that Samsung is catching up to Apple by overtaking the iPad maker in emerging markets.
Apple had the biggest market share in 2012 in all markets, but in 2013 Samsung pulled out in front in Central and Eastern Europe (25% market share), Latin America (22.8%), the Middle East and Africa (18.3%). Read more »
UK retailer Zavvi has slashed the price of the Nexus 7 (2012) 32GB model to £99 – a whopping £80 off its usual retail price. Before you rush to order one yourself, though, be mindful that this is not for a brand-new unit, but for a refurbished one.
Still, Zavvi claims this is a “manufacturer grade A refurb”, which means it should be the next best thing. Shipments will commence on February 3 and it’s not clear how much 2012 Nexus 7′s are in stock. Read more »
Archos will be releasing three tablets in a new line of products called “Neon.”
The three models are the Archos 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon. The model numbers coordinate with the screen sizes of each tablet (9.0”, 9.7” and 10.1”, respectively.) Read more »
Since Lenovo has purchased Motorola Mobility from Google, they’re going to be hard at work on a variety of Android devices.
It turns out that the Chinese manufacturer has a pair of tablets on the way: the A3500 and A3300. Read more »
In an effort to boost sales and use of their Windows 8.1 tablets, Microsoft has slashed prices on a bunch of devices in the Microsoft store.
The Toshiba Encore, Lenovo Miix 2, went from $299 to $249, and the Dell Venue Pro from $299 to $229. It should also be noted that all of these tabs carry 32GB of storage space. Read more »
Tablet shipments have been on the rise in 2013, but that shouldn’t surprise anybody. IDC analysts tell us that a total of 217.1 million units were shipped in 2013, which represents a 50.6% YoY growth rate.
Unfortunately, though, the mature markets are already pretty saturated and there is lots of competition so the rate of growth is slowing down. The growth in 2012 over 2011 was a good 87.1%.
Manufacturers are turning their attention to developing markets however high-margin products such as Apple iPads are not doing that well in these regions. Read more »