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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
image via pbhz.com

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.

Dell Venue 10 2-in-1 tablet PC
image via liliputing.com

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

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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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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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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Supposed AnTuTu benchmark listing for the Google Nexus 9 surfaces

So here we are on the cusp of September – and you good folks know what the so-called “’Ber months” signify – the year-end retail season is nearly upon us. It should come as little surprise, therefore, that the tech manufacturers are revving up to introduce their new products for this most crucial of seasons. Google is just one of them – we’ve just heard that an alleged AnTuTu benchmark listing for the rumored Nexus 9 tablet, pointing to an LTE version, has just appeared. Read on to uncover this latest rumor!

Google Nexus 9 Android tablet PC at AnTuTu benchmark
image via tktechnews.com

This thing could be super speedy

If you’re not in the know, AnTuTu is one of the most popular benchmark tools – an app that users can run to test their devices’ CPUs, GPUs and other key hardware components. (It’s considered one of the better tools because it allows users to customize the tests that can be run.)

According to our source, the purported Nexus 9 excelled at the AnTuTu benchmark, its tester having posted a score of 45,923 – according to AnTuTu’s rating system, this level of performance ranks as “Amazing”.

Further, this supposed Nexus 9 is supposedly packing heat. Our source also says that the tablet is running on an Nvidia Tegra K1 Denver processor, a 64-bit chip (and thus optimized for the next generation of Android, “Android L”, which will feature 64-bit support). The screen will most probably have a display resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (“Quad HD”).

Other interesting stuff – the benchmark results also include an IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) number, which accompanies devices that connect to cellular networks. Also, the device is speculated to have LTE – not a surprise there given that its existing Nexus tablets have LTE connectivity.

When does it drop?

Rumor has it that the Google Nexus 9 will be available for purchase on October 31. If so, this could make for a quite a cool Halloween for those of you interested in picking up a new tablet for the holiday season. We can’t offer you folks any details about pricing just yet, but we’re sure that we’ll get updates in that department soon enough – it’s nearly September, after all.

source [TK Tech News]

via [NDTV Gadgets]

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Fuhu goes ginormous with nabi Big Tab HD line

When tablet maker Fuhu calls anything big, they mean it. The newest member of their kiddie tablet family, the nabi Big Tab HD line, is twice the size of their usual “friendly for small hands” offerings. Just what do these tablet PCs have to offer?

 Fuhu nabi Big Tab HD Android tablet for kids

Fuhu nabi Big Tab HD – Bigger is better, for sharing

For Fuhu, making slates for little monsters is something of a specialty. They’ve come up with several tablet PCs to keep kids entertained – and those tablets can keep up with the daily abuse too. Most of those tablets are designed to be shared, by way of allowing multiple user profiles so each child can have his or her own apps, games, and limits via the parental controls. With the Big Tab though, instead of your typical one at a time sharing, kids can enjoy the slate together.

The line comes in two sizes, large and slightly larger. The 20-inch variant features an HD+ display with a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, while the 24-incher packs a Full HD display with a higher 1920 x 1080 resolution. Both models will come with Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processors and 16 GB of internal storage space. According to the press release, the nabi Big Tab HD line features a 15-point capacitive touch screen. Its carrying frame can be adjusted to any angle and can be removed in case the kids want to play a board game.

Software-wise, the nabi Big Tab HD will come with Fuhu’s Blue Morpho operating system (a heavily customized Android OS) and will, as is usual with nabi slates, come preinstalled with kiddie-friendly apps, games, and other age-appropriate content. Old and new features like Two Play, Game Room, Show Time, Story Time, and Big Canvas are designed to make the use of the slate as social and as fun as possible.

It will also come with parental controls that allow parents to limit the time children can spend with the tablet; parents can also switch the tablet to Parent Mode, which allows the slate to be used as a regular Android tablet.

Fuhu CEO Jim Mitchell had this to say about this new line:

We are so pleased to introduce the nabi Big Tab line of products and are excited about the implications as a new category of family tablets. We were simply amazed at how Big Tab’s larger format transformed our interactions with our children, family gatherings and made the tablet experience easier for seniors.We are hopeful, that everyone will fall in love with Big Tab like we have.

Pricing and availability

The nabi Big Tab HD line will hit the shelves this fall (just in time for the holidays) and will set you back US $449 for the 20-inch model, and US $549 for the 24-inch model.

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New Ramos K100 features octa-core and 3G voice capabilities

The last time we heard from Chinese tablet manufacturer Ramos, we talked about their then newly released dual boot tablet. Well, this time around we’ll be taking a closer look at their 10.1-inch Ramos K100 tablet that is reportedly armed with an octa-core processor and 3G data and voice capabilities. Let’s check it out, shall we?

Ramos K100 Android Tablet PC

Ramos K100 – Octa-core, Android, and more

Let’s talk about that octa-core goodness first. This tablet PC features a zippy 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6592 ARM Cortex-A7 8-core processor coupled with a Mali-450 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Connectivity-wise, the Ramos K100 has you covered for pretty much everything (except LTE) – WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G. It features support for China’s Unicorn HSPA+ too, though note that that probably won’t work very well with other networks in other countries.

The rest of the details haven’t been released, so we’ll have to wait for a more detailed spec sheet to know more. According to reports though, other features include a microUSB port, a 7,500 mAh battery, and a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display. At the moment, we only know that this will run with an Android operating system, only we don’t know specifically which version as of yet.

When? And how much?

Another thing we don’t have official word about is pricing and availability. Knowing Ramos though, this will probably be quite affordable. Some sources indicate that the Ramos K100 may debut for less than US $250. We’re not sure if this tablet PC will ever officially land on this side of the pond, but we’re confident that you’ll be able to get one from e-commerce sites like AliExpress if you ever find yourself wanting one that badly.

At any rate, the Ramos K100 looks like a decent choice. Video junkies will be able to appreciate its full HD screen, while mobile warriors (who don’t mind being seen using a giant phone for calls) would like the added connectivity that it offers. We’re not sure how this will perform in the real world – unless of course we get to paw one for ourselves – but eight Cortex-A7 cores each pumping out 1.7 GHz doesn’t sound at all like a bad deal.

via [Liliputing and TheGadgetsFreak]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Q Android phablet launched in China

Whether you believe the reports that Samsung’s got its back against the wall or not, the company continues to roll up its sleeves and get to work. Just a few hours ago, Samsung launched a new 7-inch phablet in China: its new Galaxy Tab Q model (SM-T2558). Scroll down to find out more about this new phablet!

Samsung Galaxy Tab Q China Mobile Android phablet

Midrange, but not chopped liver

The Galaxy Tab Q doesn’t have any high-end pretentions. A few standout features aside, this is a midrange unit and, as such, will serve to swell the ranks of Samsung’s midrangers in the extremely important Chinese market. It won’t carry the flag like the high-end units, nor will it be intended to (hopefully) saturate the market like the lower-echelon ones, but it will serve a purpose of its own.

So what’s the Tab Q got? Well, for starters, its display is a 7-inch, 720p unit. It’s powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor – our sources haven’t yet told us what this might be, we’ll have to get back to you on that one. Its main camera is an 8 MP affair (note: it’s got a flash), and the battery is a 3,200 mAh unit – which should be just OK to help users get through the day. Users also get Bluetooth 4.0, if that matters to you at all.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, this unit comes with 4G/LTE connectivity. As a matter of fact, it’ll be launching on China Mobile and China Unicom – and it will also feature voice calling support.

In this vein, what makes things a bit more interesting is that the Tab Q is on the small side (191.8 x 99.7 x 8.9 mm) and the light side too (250g) – making it just a little bit easier to hold up to your ear to make voice calls. Take a gander at the picture – this one looks more than a bit like a smartphone and not so much like a tablet or even a phablet. As such, this could be a great compromise between the portability and ease of operation of a smartphone and the screen real estate of an out-and-out tablet.

(And by the way, we hear that the Tab Q will also feature the same fake leather finish on the rear that the Note 3 also sports – love it or hate it, the choice is yours.)

Price and availability

We aren’t sure just yet how much the Samsung Galaxy Tab Q costs yet, but we should have that information soon for you if you’d like to find out. Is this a phablet that you might be interested in?

source [Samsung China]

via [SamMobile]

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