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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.

FreedomPop Liberty Android tablet PC

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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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.

Pipo Work W4 Windows 8 tablet PC
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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”!

Cube Talk 8H 3G Android tablet PC
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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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Meet the new Asus VivoTab 8 (M81C)

Microsoft and Intel have been pushing hard for small Windows devices, and here comes another one from Asus called the VivoTab 8. Sound a little familiar? Well, that’s because Asus released a small Windows tablet (their first) early this year and that was called the VivoTab Note 8. How is this new model different?

Asus VivoTab 8 (M81C) Windows 8.1 tablet PC

New Asus VivoTab 8 – Budget-friendly Windows 8 slate

Before we get into that, let’s check out what we can get out of the new slate. The new VivoTab 8 (model number M81C) packs an 8-inch 1280 x 800 WXGA IPS display, a 1.86 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail quad-core processor, and 1 GB of RAM (its product page indicates that models with 2 GB RAM will also be available). The M81C will also have 32 GB of built-in storage – you can add 64 GB to that using the unit’s microSD card slot. Other features are pretty standard: WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, two 2 MP cameras for the front and rear, a micro USB port, and a whole slew of sensors. According to Asus, the new VivoTab 8’s 15.2Wh battery can provide power for about 8 hours of use.

The new slate will be pretty light and portable at 330 g and 124.9 x 211.7 x 8.8 mm.

So what’s the difference between the new and old? The most noticeable difference is the lack of a Wacom digitizer, which means that the M81C will probably be slightly cheaper that the Note 8. The VivoTab 8 seems like a slightly nerfed Note 8, to be honest. The Note features a 5 MP rear camera (and a 1.86 MP front camera), a slightly bigger 15.5W battery, and comes with 2 GB of RAM. It’s even available in 32 GB and 64 GB models.

So how much is it?

Asus has yet to reveal that bit of information, but we do know that it’ll come in four colors (black, white, purple, gold) when it does hit the streets. When is another question that Asus hasn’t answered as of yet but we suppose it will be available within the next few months.

So while we wait for an official announcement with regards to pricing and availability, what do you think? Would you get a VivoTab 8? Or would you rather get the VivoTab Note 8 (which by the way you can now get for around US $250)?

via [Liliputing]

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ASUS preparing to launch ultra-budget MeMo Pad ME70CX

Don’t you just love big events like the IFA 2014? As our recent articles have shown, tech news junkies will definitely be spoiled for choice there, even just as a consequence of keeping track of the coverage of said event. Here today we’ve got an upcoming unit that may be launched during IFA 2014 – but which, even there, is practically guaranteed to stand out. Read more about the ASUS MeMo Pad ME70CX here!

Asus Memo Pad ME70CX

MeMo Pad ME70CX: A super cheap ASUS tablet

With this upcoming tablet, ASUS is taking a page from the manufacturers of inexpensive tablets who are flooding the market with exceedingly affordable devices. Because, yes, this is an inexpensive device – but can you folks guess how inexpensive? All of $97, believe it or not.

Nor is it going to be junk, even at that price. Our source says that the ME70CX is going to come with an Intel Atom Z2520 processor, 8 GB of internal memory (no word regarding expandability) and around 8 hours’ worth of battery life. Far from range-topping, but, again, far from something you use for a month or two and then throw away.

As we mentioned, this tablet will most probably launch at IFA 2014 – if, that is, it’s ready to launch by then. It’s intended for the markets where these sorts of ultra-affordable devices can make a really significant impact – the markets where plenty of other devices like them are already extremely popular: the booming markets of Southeast Asia and China.

A game-changer?

ASUS is one of those tech firms which is moving plenty of hardware, but which isn’t making all that much money off of what it’s selling. In 2013 our source says that the company moved 12 million units; the equivalent figure for the first half of 2014 is 6.1 million tablets – but that said, the company’s not making a whole lot of cash off those units.

We don’t expect the MeMo Pad ME70CX to significantly alter this equation, if at all, but it’ll still be interesting to see how well it and other branded slates like it will do versus the really inexpensive no-brand tablets they were created to fight. We’re sure we’ll find out very soon.

source [Tablet-News]

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Archos 80 Cesium and Archos 101 Oxygen slates to debut at IFA 2014

What with the holiday season and special events like IFA 2014 looming, product release announcements and rumors have also been coming thick and fast. Here’s yet another one: French tech firm Archos is on the verge of launching two new tablets at this year’s IFA , the Windows 8.1-sporting Archos 80 Cesium and Android-running Archos 101 Oxygen, as part of a bigger set of product launches by the company. Interested? Scroll down to find out about these two upcoming slates!

Archos 101 Oxygen Android tablet PC
Archos 101 Oxygen

A branded Windows tablet for less

The 8-inch Archos 80 Cesium will bear the Archos and Windows banners at the low end of the market. For those of you who might be considering an inexpensive Windows slate, you might be interested to know that this one will cost just US $149 when it goes on sale.

Specs-wise, the Archos 80 Cesium won’t really be something worth writing home about. Expect it to rock an Intel quad core processor and an IPS screen that boasts 1200 x 800 resolution. Despite those unimpressive specs, this tablet still sounds like more than a bargain given its fire sale price.

A run of the mill Android tablet?

By contrast, the Archos 101 Oxygen doesn’t really stand out, because Android tablets with specs like it are legion nowadays. However, Archos is still hoping it’s adjudged worthy of consideration somehow. We hear it’ll be light enough to carry in a purse, in keeping with the current lighter-is-better mindset of tablet makers nowadays.

This one will be slightly larger than the Archos 80 Cesium – it’ll have a 10.1 inch, 1080p HD display and have 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. Expect a “variety of proprietary applications” such as the Archos Media Player.

Overall, we think it’s really admirable that Archos is continuing to work to carve out a niche all of its own and bring units such as the Archos 80 Cesium and the Archos 101 Oxygen to market. While it may be an uphill struggle to do so, and one with no guarantee of success either, at least the company is working to stay competitive against its rivals.

source [TabTimes]

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Flipkart launches 5 Digiflip Pro tablets in India

India, one of the healthiest markets for technology nowadays, has just been graced by five new Digiflip Pro tablets care of Indian retailer Flipkart – the DigiFlip Pro XT911, XT901, XT811, XT801 and ET701. Scroll down to find out more about these new tablets!

FlipKart DigiFlip Pro Android tablet PC line
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The deets on the DigiFlip Pro tablet PCs

Specs-wise, these new tablets are all over the place – and that’s a good thing for Flipkart, because this new range allows the company to cover quite a bit of ground. The screen sizes range from seven inches (the ET701, 1024 x 600 pixels) to eight inches (the XT801, 1280 x 800 pixels) to 8.9 inches (1920 x 1200 pixels).

The range of processors available isn’t anywhere near as wide – all are dual-core, and all by Intel; the ET701 is powered by the 1.2 GHz Atom Z2520, while all the others are powered by the 2 GHz Atom Z2580. The ET701 makes do with 8 GB of internal storage, while all the rest have twice (all these models have expandable storage, so that’s not really an issue). The situation is similar camera-wise, with the ET701 having just a 2 MP VGA main camera (and apparently no front facing snapper), while the others have 5 MP main cameras and 2 M front facing units.

Regarding the last two areas of interest – battery and connectivity – the distinctions between these five units are less clear cut. The ET701 has a 2,800mAh battery; the XT801 and XT811 have 4,200mAh units; and the XT901 and XT911 6,500mAh batteries. In terms of connectivity, the ET701 has both 3G and Wi-Fi; the XT801 and XT901 have Wi-Fi capabilities alone; and the XT811 and XT911 possess both 3G and voice calling capabilities.

Will you flip for these DigiFlip Pros?

The DigiFlip Pro tablets are decidedly low-end and/or midrange units given their spec sheets. This assertion is backed up by their pricing. Low man in the DigiFlip Pro range is the ET701, which goes for the equivalent of just $99; up next is the XT801, costing $148; then we have the XT811, priced at $181; following is the XT901 at $231; and lastly the top of the line unit, the XT911, which costs $264.

Have any of these units piqued your interest? Let’s see how they do in their home market.

source [Boy Genius Report India]

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Huawei MediaPad T1 8.0 Android tablet revealed

Yes, here we are with yet another pre-IFA 2014 debut! It’s now Huawei’s turn to introduce a new tablet. This time around it’s the Huawei MediaPad T1 8.0 Android slate that’s being launched for sale in the Chinese market – very reasonably priced, and more or less specced to match – but watch out, this one’s got a bit of a surprise up its sleeve. Read on to find out more.

Huawei MediaPad T1 8.0 Android tablet PC
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Bare-bones, basic – wait, no, not entirely!

In almost every way, the MediaPad T1 8.0 – also known, apparently, as the Honor S8-701u – is a simple little slate with solid, if unexciting specs. Its 8-inch IPS LCD display boasts 1280 x 800 pixel resolution; it’s got a 5 MP CMOS camera as its main snapper and a 0.3 MP front-facing camera for the occasional selfie or video chat. Only 8 GB of storage is in the offing.

The operating system of this tablet is sadly out of date – the T1 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI 1.6 user interface overlying it – sort of a downer considering that Google is purportedly just about to release “Android L”, the successor of Jelly Bean’s own successor. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 4800 mAh battery round out the package.

But wait, as the saying goes – there’s more! Huawei turned to Qualcomm for help powering this device, and Qualcomm has responded in an interesting way. The T1 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz for this specific application. This is unexpected, as, to paraphrase something our source says, buyers wouldn’t really expect to see a Snapdragon chip in a low-cost tablet, but here we are. (Might this be taken as a sign that Qualcomm is rushing downmarket? Only time will tell.)

Lastly, the T1 can be had in either silver or white.

OK then, so how much?

The Huawei MediaPad T1 8.0 isn’t going to cost a pretty penny, no sir. Our source indicates that buyers of this unit will only need to fork out the local equivalent of US $162 to pick one up when it does drop in China. When might that be, you say? We’re not sure exactly when yet, but we’re working on finding out.

source [Softpedia]

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Archos 80 Helium 4G Android slate hits the UK

Even though manufacturers keep on rolling out tablets despite the “tablet slowdown”, we suspect that said slowdown appears to be forcing a bit of a rethink as to how their slates can be differentiated and sold. Case in point: this new Archos 80 Helium 4G unit. In a nutshell, it isn’t just another eight-incher; its claim to fame is that it’s the least-expensive 4G LTE-compatible tablet available on the market today. Read on and find out more!

Archos 80 Helium 4G Android tablet PC

The 4-1-1

4G LTE is rapidly becoming a standard feature of all of today’s top tablets, and is beginning to trickle down to midrange and low-end units. This is why the French tech firm’s offering really stands out, as it’s the very first LTE unit to be made available this cheaply.

(What’s with LTE, you might be asking? In case you aren’t in the know, it enables tablet users to enjoy media faster – they can watch videos in a snap and can enjoy video calls at HD resolution – plus they’re able to enjoy file downloads as fast as 150 Mbps. Not bad, really.)

How does it stack up in terms of its other specs? Well, they’re not really worth writing home about. This is a 1024 x 768 IPS tablet – a bit low in terms of resolution vis-à-vis standout units like the Retina Display iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, but not too bad for the segment in which it competes. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8926 processor and an Adreno 305 GPU, plus it’s got 1 GB of RAM. The battery is all of 3500mAh.

Would-be buyers might be disappointed to hear that the 80 Helium 4G will only come with 8 GB of internal memory. However, it IS expandable via its microSD card slot (plus you can always stream music and movies via a good and generous 4G connection). Additionally, it only runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is especially disappointing given that Android L, the replacement for the current version KitKat, is looming on the horizon. Lastly, it’s a bit of a heavyweight – it clocks in at 430g (to compare, the original iPad mini weights only 312g).

What’s the damage?

In case its formula of 4G LTE connectivity has you interested (and you live in the UK), you can pick up an Archos 80 Helium 4G tablet for 199 GBP or $330, slightly cheaper than competing (and also LTE-toting) slates such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Lenovo ThinkPad 8 – whether its run-of-the-mill other features will turn you off is, of course, entirely up to you.

source [TechRadar]

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Up for a $99 Windows tablet? Try the Kingsing W8

And a Windows 8.1 tablet at that. An interesting proposition, is it not? The question is, does the Kingsing W8 have something else going for it other than its rather come-hither price tag? Read on to find out.

Kingsing W8 Windows 8 tablet PC

Kingsing W8: A Windows 8.1 slate at $99

Well, apparently you can get something pretty decent. This tablet PC offers an 8-inch IPS LCD 1280 x 800 display, a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, Intel HD graphics, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. You can add to that via the unit’s microSD card slot. Additionally, the Kingsing W8 has you covered with Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and 3G connectivity, plus a micro USB port and an HDMI output port. Camera buffs won’t be impressed with this slate’s front and rear cameras as they’re only 2 MP, but then again, if you’re gunning for productivity, then those wouldn’t really matter all that much.

According to reports, the unit’s 4500 mAh battery can provide up to 6 to 8 hours of use on a single charge – which isn’t bad at all for something you may need to use while on the go.

So… is this coming to this side of the pond?

Signs point to perhaps, but not officially. We are, of course, talking about online retailers that typically sell slates from Chinese manufacturers like Kingsing. Don’t fret though, as this may only be just the beginning of a tsunami of low cost Windows 8.1 tablets. Microsoft and Intel are intent on pushing that envelope as low as it can go.

One of the first low cost Windows slates came from Toshiba in the form of the 8-inch Encore 2. It’s not quite as affordable as the Kingsing W8, but at $199, you can get a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail CPU, a 1280 x 800 display, and 64 GB of onboard storage. Quite similar, don’t you think?

Another Windows tablet near the price vicinity is the Ramos i8 Pro. It also sports the same screen res, plus an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. You can land one from online retailers for US $130 to $180. Not bad, eh?

via [Tablet-News]

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