FreedomPop Liberty – WiFi-only Android tablet PC

Yes, you read that right: The California-based wireless internet and mobile phone service provider is launching an Android tablet PC called the FreedomPop Liberty. What’s so interesting about this 7-inch device? Well, for one thing, it will only set you back US $89. Interested? Read on to know more about it.

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FreedomPop Liberty – 7-inch, $89 slate

We’re not strangers to uber affordable slates around these parts, though we should say that the Liberty has something different to offer. You can make calls or send SMS over the company’s VoIP – or Voice over IP – services. Of course, you can also make VoIP calls via apps available on Google Play, but let’s not get into that right now.

Let’s talk about what you do get out of this 89 dollar device. Not much, as one would expect for that kind of money. The FreedomPop Liberty will feature a 7-inch display that maxes out at 1024 x 600 pixel resolution and a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor. If you found that underwhelming, then take a look at its memory: 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. Thankfully, there’s a microSD card slot available should you find yourself out of space. It also features a 0.3 MP webcam and a 4 MP rear snapper. Power comes courtesy of a 2400 mAh battery.

Software-wise, sources indicate that the Liberty will come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Should you get it?

That depends. If you want to have a more conventional “phone” experience, then you might as well wait for the Frenzy model, which will reportedly launch in November. It will have 4G LTE capabilities and will have a $99 price tag. If you need more out of your tablet (and don’t necessarily want FreedomPop’s services), then we suggest you shop around for a slate that will suit your needs and budget.

But if you do want to get a hold of the company’s services (and don’t want to wait for the slightly more expensive, 4G variant), then by all means, try out the FreedomPop Liberty. It’s an okay first tablet PC, but as we said, you can probably find something better.

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Slate 17, the all-in-one Android desktop/tablet from HP

So back in July, we got a sneak peek of a large (and unannounced) tablet PC from HP, the Slate 17. Well, the company seems semi-ready to release it as it has made appearances in the HP website. So what is it? In case you missed the first report and if you’re curious about this all-in-one, then read on!

HP Slate 17 – The all-in-one Android desktop/tablet PC

Well, like all all-in-one devices, the Slate 17 can pretty much do everything. You can use it as a large tablet or as a desktop PC. As the name suggests, this baby has a 17-inch screen. According to HP’s site, it’s equipped with a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution panel. As the benchmark indicated, the said unit will feature an Intel Celeron N2807 x86 quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of built-in storage.

Our source filled in the rest of the features – the Slate 17 will reportedly have an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, a memory card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, along with a 720p webcam. It even has Beats Audio, if you’re into that kind of thing.

It weighs a pretty much expected 5.4 pounds (around 2.4 kg), but at least you can carry it from room to room without having to worry about wall sockets for 5 hours. Software-wise, this all-in-one will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.

So how does this go from one mode to another? With two kickstands. The smaller one allows you to prop it up ever so slightly, so the top part is slightly raised when the unit is laid on a table. The bigger kickstand props it up fully into a desktop display. Watch it in action below:

Pricing and availability

So how much is the HP Slate 17? Sources say it will be sporting a US $450 price tag once it hits the shelves. We’re not sure when exactly, but we will let you know once HP divulges that bit of info.

So, what do you think? The Slate 17 is considerably cheaper than its bigger brothers (the Slate 21 and 21 Pro), and while it isn’t terribly portable like, say, the Slate 8 Pro, it does offer a lot more screen real estate than the other members of the Slate line.

via [Liliputing]

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Pipo Work W4 – Another low cost slate for Chinese market

Of late, we’ve been seeing cheaper and cheaper Windows 8 slates, and well, Chinese manufacturers like Pipo have really been pushing the envelope lower and lower. That of course, has been the plan all along for Microsoft and its partners, lower prices and more devices mean more exposure after all. This time, we’re taking a closer look at the Pipo Work W4 which will cost US $81 once it hits the shelves.

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Pipo Work W4 – Affordable productivity tablet PC

As its name suggests, this baby will be geared toward productivity. Like most uber affordable Windows slates, the Work W4 features an 8-inch display. In this case it’s an IPS panel that can produce a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Under the hood, it is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core (Bay Trail) processor, coupled with 1 GB of RAM. You may need some extra storage especially if you’re a file packrat or apps crazy, since this slate only sports 16 GB of internal storage. It likely will have a microSD card slot, however. Other features include a 0.3 MP webcam, a 2 MP rear shooter, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 4500 mAh battery.

 

By this time, you may have found yourself wondering about the mini Windows 8 tablet deluge, the reason is simple enough. Microsoft has been giving away its operating system for free to manufacturers – that is, it’s free if they put it in a tablet with a small display (9 inches and below). It seems like that incentive is paying off, don’t you think?

 

Admittedly, affordable Windows 8 slates like the Pipo Work W4 don’t offer much in the specs department, but then again, if you just need something to check spreadsheets or edit work documents while on the commute, a sub-100 dollar price tag seems very tempting.

So where do I sign up?

Well, if you’re in China, then you’re in luck. The Pipo Work W4 will hit the shelves there soon enough, we don’t know when exactly though. If you’re outside of China, worry not. We’re pretty sure that this Windows slate, like other Chinese-made tablet PCs, will be available from online retailers and such.

via [Liliputing]

source [MikeCaneX]

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Cube launches Talk 8H 3G tablet in China

Are you in China and would you happen to be in the market for an inexpensive (read: really inexpensive) new tablet? If so, and if Android is your thing, you might just want to consider this new device from the Chinese firm Cube. Read on to find out more about the Talk 8H “voice tablet”!

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Race to the bottom

The race to push out ever less expensive tablets is accelerating – brought on, perhaps, by the fact that Microsoft and its hardware partners have joined the fray and Google and its own partners may be beginning to feel threatened as a result –and so we have products such as this one. While spec-wise it’s no great shakes, for the segment in which it competes, it’s far from chopped liver.

The Cube Talk 8H has, as its name suggests, an 8 inch IPS display that boasts 1280 x 800 resolution. Said display stands out, at least on paper, despite its run of the mill stats – it’s enhanced by this technology called PLS, which, according to Cube, boosts image clarity even at extreme angles.

Processing power is provided by the familiar quad core MediaTek MT8382 processor – in this instance, clocked at 1.3 GHz –and it’s also got 3G connectivity, making it possible for users to make phone calls using it. (Consumers in Asia really make a beeline for phablets or big-screen devices that incorporate voice-calling functions, so it’s no surprise that the Talk 8H has this feature.) We also suspect this device may have FM radio compatibility.

Storage space is at a minimum, being all of 8 GB; we’re unsure as to whether a memory card slot is provided to allow users to bolster it. If you’re a photo or video buff, you’ll be happy to hear that you also get two photo cameras, although our source wasn’t able to provide any specifications. Neither is the strength of the battery discussed.

Lastly, while we’re unsure as to what colors are available, we know of at least two: yellow and white.

Well, how much?

If you’re in China and in the market for an inexpensive, multifeatured Android slate, you might as well check the Cube Talk 8H out. Brand spanking new, it costs just the equivalent of $65 – a bargain if there ever was one!

source [PBHZ]

via [Tablet News]

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Dell Venue 10 Android 2-in-1 breaks cover

Earlier on, we told you about Dell’s upcoming Venue 8 7000 and the fact that as things stand, it might just be the thinnest tablet in the world. Well, we’ve also received word that, as desirable as the Venue 8 seems to be, Dell’s not pinning all its hopes on that one device. The company’s also is working on releasing a new 2-in-1 Android device – the Dell Venue 10.

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Versatility and flexibility, 2-in-1 style

The company showed off the Venue 10 at the Intel Developer Forum, which was held this past week in San Francisco. Were you there? If so, you may have been lucky enough to see it for yourself.

In line with its 2-in-1 designation, this upcoming tablet is specifically designed to interface with a keyboard, but if you don’t need to type on one, you can detach the two very easily. Whether this tablet is going to be as slim as the Venue 8 or not is still up in the air – what appears to be evident, however, is that there’s a cylindrical section on one end, a la the Lenovo tablet lineup. In this application, as it’s used in the Venue 10, the extended battery might signify that this unit is intended for heavy-duty usage.

The Lenovo Yoga tablet range, however, has a built in kickstand, while Dell appears to be going in a different direction with its own lineup of tablets. If the Venue 10 will be anything like the Venue 8 – Dell sells a keyboard dock that can be attached to the tablet with a magnetic connector – Dell might not need a swing-out kickstand like the Lenovo units use. Then again, a closer look at the picture might indicate that the central cylinder swings out – so maybe this could be a kickstand after all. Only time will tell.

Perhaps the last item of interest is the screen aspect ratio. It’s a tad narrower than most other tablets today – it actually looks akin to the older Microsoft Surface units, and a far cry from the newer screens that debuted in the Surface Pro.

Price and availability… ?

Who knows? Seriously, not much is known just yet about the Dell Venue 10, including when we might see it in the sheet metal or how much it might cost when it does drop. You’ll just have to keep checking back with us.

source [Liliputing]

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Dell launching Venue 8 7000, the “world’s thinnest Android tablet”

OK, so it looks like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung might have to move over a little bit and make room on the tablet-market stage for Dell. The company’s announced its new Venue 8 7000, which it’s touting as the thinnest Android slate in the world – all of 6 mm thick!Dell Venue 8 7000 series Android tablet PC 300x202 Dell launching Venue 8 7000, the “world’s thinnest Android tablet”

Anorexia, thy name is…

The Venue 8 7000 is sized to go toe to toe with Apple’s iPad mini, the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung’s smaller Galaxy Tab Pro. No pushovers those, not one – we can only assume that Dell knows this full well, and has thus worked to kit out its new small tablet accordingly. (Bring a knife to a gunfight and you really won’t get very far.)

Our source says that the Venue 8 7000 will sport a high resolution 8.4 inch OLED display – a 2560 x 1600 pixel one – and according to the press pictures, it seems to be an edge to edge one – minimal bezels here, thankfully a far cry from many other slates. But that’s far from all, as Dell is also touting the fact that its upcoming slate will be one of the first to ship with the Intel RealSense platform. In a nutshell, this platform will consist of a 3D camera and special Intel software, which will enable 3D gesture based input akin to, say, a Leap Motion or Microsoft Kinect controller. Really quite intriguing (despite the possibly massive impact on battery life).

No word yet on what version of Android the Venue 8 7000 will be running, but it’ll be quite a bit of a disappointment for Dell not to have put in “Android L” when the slate finally does launch – most especially since, rumor has it, that the next version of Android might launch very soon.

Price and availability

According to our source, the Dell Venue 8 7000 should arrive just in time for the 2014 holiday season. Its price hasn’t been announced just yet, but hopefully it will be in line with the competition. Check back with us later, we’re sure updates should be coming in thick and fast as we approach its launch date!

source [Ubergizmo]

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Announcing the AARP RealPad, for the golden oldies

We know, the tablet market has been getting soft as of late, as – so analysts say – people may be realizing that they don’t need to change their tablets as often as they feel they need to buy new smartphones. Whether that’s true or not, the range of tablets on tap continues to diversify. You may not have given much thought to older folks and their gadget needs, but you have to admit that, most especially technology-wise, their needs aren’t always catered to. Enter, then, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) RealPad, intended just for seniors!

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Ease of use for older folks

As you might well be suspecting, the RealPad is no hot rod. It’s a middle range tablet that doesn’t feature anything close to top-level specs – but if you’re a senior or are thinking of getting a senior a tablet, this may be the one for you. AARP is touting the RealPad’s ease of use and it’s supposedly got features that will endear it to its target market.

Essentially, the RealPad is a run of the mill Android slate. It’s up to date as regards software, running KitKat 4.4. Core to its mission is its custom app launcher that also showcases icons that are larger than usual, making them easier to see and read. Users also get special AARP features – an AARP app, with “games and benefits”, AARP Publications and AARP Tools – and a bunch of other apps too.

The RealPad runs on a 1.2 GHz Intel dual-core processor and has 1 GB of system memory. It’s got a 7.85-inch touchscreen with a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. There’s 16 GB of onboard memory on tap and it’s expandable via a microSD card slot. Users get a 5 MP main camera (“webcam”, according to the Walmart product page) and 2 MP front snapper.

All this is of course not really anything noteworthy, but AARP’s baked in a ton of help features that might just be what the RealPad’s owners (who’re apparently envisioned to be tech-shy folks) might really crave. Owners get 24/7 live help over the phone; standard step by step videos loaded in the tablet itself; and a unique “RealQuick Fix tool” which can supposedly diagnose problems with just a click (we’d love to give that one a spin).

The cost of convenience

The clincher is that the AARP RealPad will cost $189 when it drops – that might be a bit of a high price to pay considering that you can get Android tablets (some from big-name companies) for less nowadays, and most of its apps can be downloaded and installed for free. (Except for the 24-7 live help, of course.) Still if you’re looking for a one-box solution that should be good to go from purchase, this one might fit the bill.

source [Walmart product page]

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Intel debuts Reference Design for Android program aimed at tablets

Intel really wants its chips to take pride of place in Android tablets. It should come as no surprise, then, that the company’s working to make it easier for tablet makers to drop Intel chips into their tablets. Thus this new program. Find out more about the Intel Reference Design for Android program right here, right now!

Reference Design for Android: Meeting the need for speed (and ease)

Intel is aiming to make it easier and faster for companies to drive the engineering process. More specifically, the firm will offer device makers a single “binary image” of Android that they guarantee will work with a certain hardware set – a list of pre-qualified components – or complete specifications. Armed with these two things, they can then craft their system of choice.

How will this help? Well, place yourselves in the shoes of these prospective tablet makers. It can be a wild, wooly process crafting an Android tablet. Hunting down and testing components that will support Android, or, conversely, reworking Android to work with the hardware you’ve got on hand and/or which you want to work with, can be an expensive and costly process that can turn off all but the most dedicated and/or deep-pocketed. So, just try to imagine how these folks would react were a company – such as Intel is doing at present – offer them a particular sort of Android, one which is guaranteed to work perfectly with parts on a supplied list?

Not only this, but Intel also claims that it will be able to provide end users – the people who buy the completed tablets – with Android updates within no more than two weeks of new releases emanating from Google itself. Android updates, as many an Android user knows all too well, can take months to arrive, when they do arrive at all, that is. So as you can see, even consumers stand to win – at least, that’s what Intel is claiming.

But that’s not all; our source says that Intel will also help its partners with Google certification of their finished products, to help them enjoy reduced costs and speed up development time.

Does the future look bright for Android tablets?

We think it might, if the Reference Design for Android program works out as Intel promises it will, that is. (It could help ensure that the resultant tablets adhere to Google levels of quality – and don’t need to end up as no-name Android tablets that don’t run Google services!)

source [Intel Blogs]

via [Liliputing]

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FCC certifies strange new 7-inch Google tablet with an Nvidia Tegra CPU

This is rather intriguing: we love a good mystery just about as much as the next guy does, and this one seems to take the cake. We’ve received word that a rather strange 7-inch tablet has received FCC certification in the States – and has done so under Google’s aegis. We really think you should head on down to find out more about this mysterious Google tablet!

Curiouser and curiouser

The FCC listing is for a 7-inch device that’s powered by an NVIDIA Tegra chip. It also boasts global roaming with LTE – according to our source, it supports bands 2, 4, 5, 7 and 17.

Plus – and here’s quite probably the strangest part – it apparently has a battery that’s made by LG and which is quite a bit less powerful than can be expected for a tablet in this day and age. How weak is this battery? According to the listing, it’s all of 2,480 mAh. Sort of wimpy, especially considering that the current generation Nexus 7 has a battery that’s only a hair under 4,000 mAh.

As our source reveals, it falls under FCC ID A4R-NX74751, so those of you who might be inclined to take a look for yourselves (and we feel certain there are many of you), this is your cue to take a peek at this Google tablet!

The next Nexus 7?

While reading the report we couldn’t help but think whether this could be the next-generation Nexus 7. There’s more than one indication that this could be the new Nexus 7: the applicant listed is Google and this is going to be a 7-inch tablet – what else could it be?

 

Additionally, this device needs to be seen against the backdrop of the other Nexus tablet-focused leaks we told you about previously – the Nexus 9, the “Nexus Foo”, and the “Volantis”, “Nexus 8.9” or “Flounder”. The last one in particular sounds quite mouthwatering – in a nutshell, if it’s for real, it’s going to be a powerhouse with a bright, beautiful screen – just the device for the Android fan who doesn’t want a Samsung Galaxy Tab. (No surprise if you believe the related rumor that this will be the launch device for Android L when it drops – purportedly – in Q4 2014.)

So where does that leave us? We’re not sure exactly. Let’s wait and see what else surfaces about this mysterious Google tablet – we’ll get back to you, yes?

via [Droid-Life]

source [FCC]

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Nvidia outs HTC Nexus 9

OK, so we’ve been filling you in on all of the online buzz regarding the purported Nexus 9, a supposed next-generation ‘reference tablet’ from Google by way of its partner HTC. Up to this point, though, despite the fact that many of the rumors were rather convincing, we hadn’t had any formal confirmation from anyone regarding the unit. Well, today’s the day! Head down to learn more about Nvidia little ‘slip of the tongue’.

Way to go, Nvidia

You folks may have heard that Nvidia is squabbling with Qualcomm and Samsung over its GPU technology patents. In a nutshell, NVIDIA’s alleging that an array of Samsung devices – the Note 4 and 3, S5 and S4, Note Pro, Tab S and Note Edge among them – all of which use certain of Samsung’s Exynos processors or some of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, violate seven different patents of Nvidia’s.

In the course of the case, a document was generated by Nvidia and/or its legal team that confirms the existence of the Nexus 9. The leak is all of one sentence, but it really does seem to confirm the device’s existence. But not only that, it also confirms rumors that the Nexus 9 will come with the Tegra K1 mobile processor. Here’s the sentence of interest:

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“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”

Even more interestingly, we also hear that the initial reference to the Nexus 9 has been edited out from the paperwork itself. But the damage has been done, and the cat’s out of the bag: a range of technology media outlets has saved the original file and posted screenshots for visitors to see and enjoy.

What else can we expect?

The Nexus 9 is expected to showcase the best Google and HTC can muster – the competition, after all, is formidable. As such, the Nexus 9’s screen will have to be a killer, and we hear that it’s going to come with a 2560 x 1600 display. In a nod to the whole metal-is-better thing, we also hear that it’ll be made of aluminum. Last (but most assuredly not the least) the Nexus 9 will most probably ship with “Android L”, the upcoming version of Google’s ultra-popular mobile OS.

Plenty of stuff to look forward to – and it’s great that we now know that the HTC Nexus 9 really is on the way! (And if you’re wondering when it might drop, remember last year, when KitKat and the Nexus 5 were revealed on Halloween? If Google runs true to form, we may only have a couple more weeks to wait before this year’s big reveal.)

source [Bright Side of News]

via [Droid Life]

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