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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 T9 hits the shelves

A couple of months back, we told you about the Pipo T9, the “true octa-core” powered 8.9-inch slate. We discussed the MediaTek chip behind it, but not the stuff under the hood and its features. Good thing that it has hit the shelves and thus its complete spec sheet has also become available. Read on to know more about this Android tablet PC.

Pipo T9 Android Tablet PC

Pipo T9 – Specs and Features

As previously reported, the T9 does indeed feature an 8.9-inch IPS display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution at 254 pixels per inch. It packs a 2.0 GHz MediaTek MT6592 ARM Cortex-A7 octa-core processor, a Mali-450 graphics processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of onboard storage space. The rest of the specs are pretty standard – WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS and WCDMA/GSM capabilities, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 13 MP main camera with LED flash and auto-focus. It also features a mini HDMI output port, a micro USB port, a microSD card slot, and a 7300 mAh battery. According to the spec sheet, this baby can go for up to 8 hours on a single charge.

We had hoped that it would come with Google’s latest KitKat OS, but reports indicat that the Pipo T9 comes out of the box with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Pricing and Availability

You can get a Pipo T9 from AliExpress and other online stores for around US $250. Overall, it’s a pretty decent tablet PC for its price and performance.

Acer’s recently leaked Iconia A1-840 FHD is comparable to the Pipo in terms of screen resolution and memory size. No octa-core there, but you’ll be getting a fairly new Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, albeit with no hyper-threading. You will also be getting Android 4.4 KitKat from the get go. Other slates in the budget bin fall behind the Pipo T9’s specs, but are much cheaper. There’s the Hisense Sero 8, which was made available for pre-order for £90, that’s around US $150. There’s also the Lenovo A8, which will reportedly retail for £139.99, around US $336.

If you want something with more power though, then be prepared to shell out more money — Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 costs US $400.

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Snakebyte Vyper gaming device-slash-media center

We’ve seen Android-driven gaming devices before (read: Wikipad, GamePad, various JXD devices), though there’s one that aims to do it all: the Snakebyte Vyper. It’s a three-in-one device. How so? Read on to know more about it below.

Snakebyte Vyper: The 3-in-one device

This baby is from Sunflex, and on paper, it’s pretty impressive. It has a 7-inch display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Under the hood, it packs a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor coupled with a Mali-400 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. It has a microSD card slot that supports up to 64 GB, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 5 MP rear shooter. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.

What really makes this slate stand out is its accessories.

TV dock. As the name suggests, this allows you to hook up the slate to your TV for a bigger screen gaming experience. If you pop the tablet into the dock, you can choose to view your games on the big screen and your tablet, or just on the TV screen. Of course, you can also take advantage of the bigger screen real estate when you watch videos, play music, and browse the net.

AirMouse. This device looks more like a remote control than anything else, though it does have a keyboard too. The AirMouse works just like the Wiimote, meaning you can use it to control a cursor on the screen. It lets you control content playback – like a regular remote – as well as input text on the screen.

Bluetooth controller. Like any game controller, this accessory packs the necessary buttons, analog sticks, and D-pad. According to reports, the Snakebyte Vyper will let you connect up to 8 controllers to one tablet for multiplayer goodness.

Pricing and Availability

The Snakebyte Vyper is already available in stores. The Media bundle includes slate together with the TV dock and the AirMouse and costs US $200. The Gaming bundle includes all three plus a Bluetooth controller and costs US $250.

So what do you think? You can get an Nvidia Shield for roughly the same price as the Vyper, and in a straight out comparison though, the Shield wins since that packs a powerhouse Nvidia Tegra 4 and a 72-core GeForce GPU.

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Iconia One 7: Another budget-friendly Acer slate

Judging from their recent releases, it seems like Acer’s going big on the budget-friendly slates of late and it looks like they have another one coming up: the Iconia One 7. It showed up both on the FCC site and FutureMark, a benchmarking site. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?

Acer Iconia One 7 - Budget Android Tablet PC

Iconia One 7: Acer’s $115 slate?

According to FutureMark, this 7-inch tablet PC will feature a TFT LCD display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It will have a VIA WonderMedia WM8880 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU that clocks up to 1.5 GHz. It will also sport a Mali-400MP2 graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Other features include a 0.3 front-facing camera, a 1.9 MP rear camera, a microSD slot, a micro USB 2.0 port, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Everything will be powered by a 3000 mAh battery.

The Acer Iconia One 7 will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will measure in at 191 x 112 x 9.9 mm and will tip the scales at 289 g.

Pricing and Availability

To put it mildly, the Iconia One 7 has pretty bare features. It doesn’t have NFC, GPS, or Bluetooth connectivity and it won’t ship with Google’s latest operating system. According to some reports, we can expect this to hit the streets in the coming months with a very affordable US $115 price tag. Judging from the modest specs, this won’t win any performance contests any time soon, but it may appeal to those with tight budgets.

Like Acer’s recent budget-friendly releases however, this doesn’t look too good in the cold light of day. The Iconia B1-A71, for one, only features a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8111 dual-core processor and a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It also comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. And it retails for US $130.

There are tons of other options out there though, as the budget space has become pretty saturated. The bad part, at least for Acer, is that others are offering more than what Acer is with this tablet PC. If you need a tablet PC but you’re on a tight budget, you may want to check out your other options before you go and pick this one up.

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Ramos i10 Pro – Dual-boot tablet with Bay Trail

Remember a few days back when we posted about the Ramos i8 Pro? Well, here comes its big brother, the Ramos i10 Pro. It’s a 10.1-inch tablet PC that packs a Bay Trail processor and two operating systems. Check it out below.

Ramos i10 Pro packs Bay Trail and dual-boot

The Chinese manufacturer Ramos was a bit thin on the details, but thankfully MobileGeeks managed to take the i10 Pro for a quick test drive at this year’s CeBIT. The 10.1-inch slate will have a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution display and will pack an Intel Atom Z3770D Bay Trail quad core processor that clocks in at 1.5 GHz with 2.41 GHz burst frequency. It will have 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage space. It has 2 cameras, a 5 MP rear shooter and a 2 MP front-facing camera. Other features include a microSD card slot, 3G connectivity, and a micro USB port. According to reports, the Ramos i10 Pro will be available in different colors.

It has both Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Switching in between operating systems will require you to reboot the slate. If you want to see the i10 Pro in action, then press play below.

Pricing and Availability

We’re not sure when the Ramos i10 Pro will actually hit the shelves and for how much it will retail. Judging from the hands on video though, the slate does look premium-y.

Why would you want a dual-boot tablet? Well, you’ll get access to two app stores, for one thing, and therefore giving you access to a lot more content. The second good reason for this is that you’ll have an all-around slate. If you need MS Office for work, then you can use your tablet to type out those reports. It’ll be much more awesome if this came with a keyboard accessory though. If you want Android for games and such, then you can just switch over to that. There are two other slates that offer dual-boot functions and you may want to check those out too: the Micromax Canvas LapTab and the ViewSonic ViewPad 10i.

In theory, the Ramos i10 Pro seems like a good buy, but we’ll have to see a. how it performs in the real world and b. how much it’s expected to retail to see if it really offers good value.

via [ MobileGeeks ]

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10i – Windows and Android dual-boot

We have seen a number of tablet PCs with dual operating systems – in fact, this is ViewSonic’s second model in that niche. The ViewPad 10i features a Bay Trail processor that handles both Windows 8 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. What else does it have under its sleeve? Read on to know more.

ViewSonic ViewPad 10i - Windows and Android dual-boot

ViewPad 10i – ViewSonic’s dual-boot tablet PC

As the name suggests, ViewSonic’s new slate features a 10-inch screen that maxes out at a modest 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. As mentioned, it features a Bay Trail processor, specifically an Intel Celeron N2910 CPU with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage space. Other features include HDMI and USB ports, a microSD card slot for extra storage, and two 2 MP cameras for video chatting, for selfies, and for the odd picture here and there. It has WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity as well. Everything is powered by a 7000 mAh battery that promises about 6 hours of continuous use on a single charge.

Why would you need a dual-boot tablet PC? Well, for one thing, there are apps that are available on Google Play that you can’t use on a Windows 8 slate – and vice versa. Slates like the ViewSonic ViewPad 10i aim to give you the best of both worlds without having to buy two separate tablets.

Pricing and Availability

The ViewPad 10i is available where white box slates are usually sold, including AliExpress and other online retailers. You can get one for a very tempting price of US $500, and depending on the seller, you can even shave off a few more bucks off of that. Of course, the real question is, would it be worth it to buy one of these babies?

Well, the answer to that question depends mainly on you – what you’re going to use it for, what you want in a tablet, how concerned you are about brand names, and what sort of money you’re willing to spend on a tablet. The ViewPad 10i is, more or less, a budget slate with two operating systems and a Bay Trail processor to boot (pun intended).

For the sake of comparison, the most basic Transformer Book Duet TD300 is expected to retail for US $599, while the Transformer Book Trio is around US $1000. On the other side of the spectrum is Micromax’s upcoming Canvas LapTab, which features comparable specs to the ViewPad and is generally assumed to have the same price tag of US $500.

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Is the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite worth it at $160?

So last month, Samsung announced its new premium lines, the Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro, as well as its newest entrant into the budget tablet PC market, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. The South Korean electronics giant has released the Lite with a US $160 price tag. Our question is, “Is it worth it?” Let’s find out.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite - Android Tablet PC

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite: Cheap?

Let’s start with the specs. Some tech sites have likened the Lite to a time machine – and not in a good way. They say that its specs take you back to 2012, and sadly we find it hard to disagree with that appraisal. The 7-inch WSVGA display can provide a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, backed up by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of built-in storage space. Features include WiFi b/g/n, WiFi Direct, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity; a microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB of extra storage; a 2 MP rear-facing camera; and a 3600 mAh battery that can provide up to 8 hours of power (continuous video playback). The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite comes out of the box with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

In comparison, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has the same screen resolution but has better viewing angles because of its TFT PLS display. It also has a 1.3 MP front-facing camera and a slightly better 3.15 MP rear-facing camera. The Tab 3 7.0 also has a slightly bigger 4000 mAh battery which can mean all the difference in case you’re like me and you forget to recharge the night before all the time.

There are other slight differences, but mainly the Lite only really wins in two categories – operating system and price tag. The Tab 3 7.0 comes with Android 4.1 but its now-discounted price of US $180 (at Amazon, as of this writing) makes those two areas quite arguable as well.

Would you want to buy it?

Well, that depends. There are loads of other tablets that have better specs than the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite under $150. We’d suggest you look at those before you consider the Lite. Actually, you won’t have to look very hard to find something that’s better and cheaper – or at least, in the same general price range. Or, you can always add the 20 dollars and opt to get the Tab 3 7.0.

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Transformer Pad TF502T – Now available… in Taiwan

Remember the Asus Transformer Pad TF502T? We caught wind of it late last year when its product page appeared in Asus’ Taiwan site, and according to reports, the new Android convertible is now available in, well, Taiwan. In case you’ve forgotten about it or missed the previous report, here is a quick rundown of its tech specs and features.

Asus Transformer Pad TF502T Android Tablet PC

New Transformer Pad TF502T – Repurposed by Asus?

The TF502T has pretty humble specs. It has a last generation Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB eMMC storage. The 10.1-inch Super IPS+ screen has a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution screen and is protected with Corning Fit Glass which provides both scratch and wear resistance. Other features include a 2 MP front facing camera, an 8 MP rear shooter (with LED flash and autofocus), a microSD card slot, NFC, a mini HDMI output port, and WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The 25Whr battery and the extra battery on the keyboard can power the convertible tablet PC for up to 16 hours. Not bad for an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean tablet eh?

According to reports though, the Transformer Pad TF502T wasn’t always an Android slate. Don’t believe us? If you look closely at the image above, you should spot a Windows key on the keyboard which is pretty weird to add on to something that runs on a different operating system. Tech sites suppose that the TF502T is actually the Asus VivoTab RT, which as you can probably surmise from the name ran the Windows RT operating system. The VivoTab was released in late 2012 but the model was phased out a few months later in 2013. Because, you know, RT.

It has since been repurposed into a convertible Android device – which is fine by us. Why aren’t we complaining?

Pricing and Availability

At the moment, the Transformer Pad TF502T with the keyboard dock sells in Taiwan for around US $340. We have to admit, it is an extremely tempting deal at that price point. However, Asus has not indicated if they are planning to release this repurposed convertible anywhere else, so you would have to check out their other Transformer offerings if you want something like the TF502T – or at least, something in the same price range.

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Kurio 7x 4G LTE Tablet PC for Kids

It seems that Kurio’s previous offerings of Android tablets for kids have been pretty successful, such that they are coming out with yet another line of gadgets for the little ones. This time, they’ve come out with the Kurio 7x 4G LTE. As the name suggests, it has 4G connectivity, which gives it a leg up on most of its “tablet for kids” competitors. Let’s check out what else it has to offer, shall we?

Kurio 7x 4G LTE Android Tablet PC for Kids

Kurio 7x 4G LTE – Slate for kids from KD Interactive

Like most of its counterparts, the Kurio 7x from KD Interactive and Techno Source is a little vague on the details. From what we can gather, it’s a 7-inch slate powered by a quad-core processor. It has an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system and it is designed to keep the little tykes connected to the internet during trips or whenever a WiFi connection is not available. Yes, continuous connectivity, and therefore entertainment, is what the makers of this kids’ tablet is going for.

According to Eric Levin, division head at Techno Source, “If today’s families are always on the go, why should their kids’ tablet experience have to end when Wi-Fi connection is unavailable? By teaming up with Verizon Wireless, we’re not only offering kids a seamless Kurio experience, but with Verizon’s Share Everything Plans, an affordable one at that.”

Pieter van den Bosch, strategic director at KD Group had this to say about the kiddie slate: “More and more streaming and on-demand services are becoming available.  By adding Verizon Wireless 4G LTE connectivity combined with a quad-core processor, the new Kurio 7x 4G LTE tablet will provide easy and smooth access to all of these resources, wherever kids are using their tablets.”

Also like most tablets made for kids, the Kurio 7x features a semi-rugged design and boasts of bulletproof parental controls (this is why most kids’ tablets gloss over the specs details). The slate allows up to 8 user profiles, so parents can set up different limits and permissions on each profile. This means that you can set it up so your younger children have limited access to the internet, while your older children can access more content. You can also set daily time limits for each profile and block access to apps and the internet altogether.

Pricing and Availability

There are loads of other parental control features baked into the customized operating system, including a filter called the Kurio Genius Internet, which basically prevents your kids from accidentally accessing inappropriate content online.

The Kurio 7x 4G LTE is slated to ship in the summer of this year. There haven’t been announcements with regard to pricing, though as mentioned in the press release, the slate will probably be included in Verizon’s Share Everything Plans.

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Archos 97 Neon: Quad-core Android Tablet

Among the three tablets in the line, the Archos 97 Neon probably has the best specs. It’s still not much, but it’s a little better than the 90 and the 101. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?


Archos 97 Neon – Another low cost quad-core slate

The French tablet PC maker’s 9.7-incher maxes out at a modest 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. It packs an unspecified 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 quad core processor, slightly better than the 1.4 GHz chip on both the 90 and 101 Neon models. It’s coupled with a quad-core Mali 400 MP4 graphics processor unit, plus 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. The Archos 97 Neon will also have a slightly better list of features. For one thing, it has two cameras, a 0.3 front camera for video chatting or calling and a 2 MP rear shooter. It has WiFi and WiFi Direct connectivity with wireless display capabilities; a micro USB 2.0 port; and a microSD card slot for additional storage. Like the 90 and 101, you can expand the 97’s storage to up to 64 GB. Everything will be powered by a lithium polymer battery, though battery life and capacity were not specified in the specs sheet.

Software-wise, the 97 comes out of the box with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. This tablet PC measures 241 mm x 186 mm x 11.5 mm (9.4 in x 7.3 in x 0.45 in) and tips the scales at 648 g (1.4 pounds).

Pricing and Availability

We’re not sure when we will be seeing the Archos 97 Neon, but we are fairly certain that it will have an affordable price tag. Will it be worth a look? Well, that depends on what you need and want in a tablet. Or at least, the biggest factor would be the slate’s price or your budget. There are other slates out there with comparable or better specs that are available for US $150 to US $200.

The E Fun Nextbook is a 10-inch slate with a bigger 16 GB built-in storage space. The Nextway F9X, on the other hand, is leagues away in terms of screen resolution and has 2 GB of RAM. The Ainol Novo 10 Eternal has a large 11000 mAh lithium ion battery, 2 GB of RAM, and a better 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. It even has Bluetooth connectivity. The best part? You can get it for about US $200 – maybe lower.

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