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Huawei makes the MediaPad 7 Youth2 official

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Today Huawei announced the successor to the affordable MediaPad 7 Youth tablet it launched last year. Predictably called the MediaPad 7 Youth2 (the lack of space is not a typo), the slate sports a metallic frame surrounding its 7″ display of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.

Under the nice looking aluminum gold back, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with quad-core 1.2GHzCPU and 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Thankfully, there’s a microSD card slot on board. Read more »

Microsoft Suface US sales pick up in December

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Research and analyst agency Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has outed a part of its yearly analysis of the tablet markets. According a tweet by the company, Microsoft Surface sales have gone up in the month of December.

For now, there’s no specific data to show just how of a brisk turn the Surface sales have taken. However, the research company says Microsoft is still “far behind” the market leaders. Read more »

Sharp RW-16G1 is a 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 tablet

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Sharp has announced a new tablet running Windows 8.1. The RW-16G1 is a massive 15.6-inch tablet, designed more to be used on your desk than on the move.

The 15.6-inch display has a resolution of 3200×1800 and uses an IGZO panel. It also comes with a stylus with 256 step digitizer for pressure sensitivity. Inside, there is a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The RW-16G1 claims to have a battery life of up to 9-hours. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite specs confirmed by leaked manual

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The user manual of a yet-to-be announced Samsung tablet has surfaced on the company’s website. Samsung’s Polish website has listed the user manual of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite with the model number SM-T110 that is said to be the Wi-Fi variant of the upcoming slate.

According to the manual, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will sport a 7-inch display with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels. The tablet will be powered by 1.2 GHz dual-core Marvell PXA986 processor and the Vivante GV1000 GPU. Read more »

Video reminds us that Nokia Video Director for the Lumia 2520 tablet exists

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The Nokia Video Director app was unveiled alongside the Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet. The app offers a simple way to throw together videos, with transitions and background music.

A new teaser video reminds people who bought the 2520 to download the app (and the accompanying WP8 app to more easily grab videos shot with your phone). Read more »

Acer Tab 7 Android tablet costs just $100

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Acer already has several cheap Android tablets under its belt but that doesn’t mean the company is satisfied. The latest is the Acer Tab 7 reaches even lower than the Iconia B1-720 and goes for CNY 600 at Chinese retailer JD.com. That’s $100 or €73.

As you can imagine, the specs of the 7″ tablet are no match for the best tablets out there, but they sound pretty good for the price. Read more »

Nvidia Tegra K1 GPU benchmarked, found to be a real beast

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The recently announced Tegra K1 chipset relies on a potent 192 core graphics processing unit which, in Nvidia’s words, is more powerful than the GPUs inside the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles of old and three times that of the iPhone 5s GPU.

And now that we have our first benchmarking scores the claims seem realistic, and possibly even conservative. Appearing on GFXBench’s T-Rex 1080p off-screen benchmark the K1 GPU, running on a reference tablet, achieved 60 frames per second, besting the Tegra 4′s 16 fps, the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy Note 3′s 24 fps and the iPad Air’s 27 fps by a significant margin. Read more »

Apple outs a cool new iPad Air commercial

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Apple has released a new iPad Air TV commercial during the NFL playoffs game between the San Francisco 49′ers and the Carolina Panthers.

The new promotional video runs for about 90 seconds and features a monologue from the popular movie ‘Dead Poets Society’. Read more »

ASUS PadFone mini hands-on

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Alongside the trio of Zenfone devices, ASUS released a new PadFone mini. Unlike the dual-SIM, Qualcomm-powered device with the same name which broke cover in December last year, the newcomer features Intel Atom SoC.

The new ASUS PadFone mini consists of a compact smartphone with 4” WVGA IPS+ display and a docking station with a 7” screen of the same type. Read more »

Weekend poll: CES 2014 hot hardware

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This week was marked by CES and we were busy covering all the new hardware manufacturers were throwing our way. But now that the show is over, we though it’s time to hear what you think about some of the most interesting gadgets that debuted there.

Take the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – it was the most exciting phone announcement at the trade show (one of the few), but the phone had its proponents and detractors. Read more »

Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra leaks through AnTuTu and FCC

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Sony announced the massive 6.4″ Xperia Z Ultra phablet back in June and it made it to the retail stores shortly after. The Xperia Z Ultra is one of the first Snapdragon 800-powered devices we’ve met along with the LG G2, but it was certainly a rather large device even for a phablet.

It seems that Sony has finally given up on persuading you that the Xperia Z Ultra can be used as a phone, though as the company is preparing a Wi-Fi-only flavor of the device. An Xperia Z Ultra device running on Qualcomm’s MSM8074 Snapdragon 800 chipset has popped up in both USA’s FCC and AnTuTu’s benchmark databases. MSM8074 system-on-a-chip is a Snapdragon 800 platform which lacks mobile network connectivity. Read more »

Samsung offering 14 freebies with the new Galaxy Pro tablets

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The middle name of Samsung’s Galaxy devices is “value-added”. The latest batch of tablets fresh from CES, the Pro lineup, are getting a list of goodies so complex it comes in table form. That’s for the new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet, but also the Galaxy Tab Pro tablets (12.2, 10.1 and 8.4).

With these apps under its belt, the Pro tablet will be all set for cloud storage, social networking, organizational tools, news sites, creative and other tools. Read more »

Get $50 off a Nexus 7 (2013) on Woot today

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In terms of tablets, it’s hard to get more bang for your buck than the Nexus 7. Well Woot made buying one an even sweeter deal today but knocking off $50 from the price of Google’s tablet.

Keep in mind that these are for factory reconditioned Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi only units, so they won’t be brand new out of the box.

With the discount, you can pick up the 16GB version for $189, and the 32GB Nexus 7 for only $219, making it one of the better bargains out there right now. Especially when you consider the specs: a quad-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 1200 x 1920 IPS display with a 5MP primary camera and a 1.2MP front-facing unit. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 to come with a PenTile display

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Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab Pro line of slates in 12.2″, 10.1″ and 8.4″ flavor at CES 2014 – all sporting the impressive 2560 x 1600 screen resolution and all having LCD displays.

However the middle child in the bunch – the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 may have a PenTile screen matrix meaning not your typical RGB variety pixel arrangement. Read further for the scoop. Read more »

HP working on a phablet of its own: the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab

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A Bluetooth SIG listing that popped up today suggests that HP is planning on releasing its own phablet: the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab. Deemed a “voice tablet”, and with a screen measuring 6 inches, it’s safe to assume that HP is trying to get into the gigantic smartphone game.

The speculation becomes more interesting coupled with stories of HP purportedly working to distribute two tablets, 7 and 6 inches respectively, in developing markets for under $250 each. If HP does indeed sell a 6-inch Android phablet for under $250 SIM-free, it could certainly perk up some ears in the smartphone world. Read more »