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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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Acer introduces Iconia Tab 8 W, Tab 10 and One 8 tablets

Acer’s work is proceeding apace. The company is fattening up its range of product offerings by launching three new Iconia tablets at IFA 2014 – the Tab 8 W (a Windows slate), the Tab 10 and One 8 (both Android devices). Head on down to read more about these latest slates from Acer!

Acer Iconia Tab 8 W Windows 8.1 tablet PC
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W Windows 8.1 tablet PC

The Iconia Tab 8 W – productivity on the cheap

We begin by taking a look at the 8-inch and Windows 8.1 with Bing-running Iconia Tab 8 W, which, as our source mentions, is significantly cheaper than last year’s Iconia W3 – all of $149.99. To get it to that price point, of course, the company’s had to make do with some of today’s standard-slash-simple components; for instance, it runs on an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail quad core processor.

Thankfully, though, Acer and Microsoft seem to have put in a genuine effort to make the 8 W stand out. It’s bundled with productivity apps – Outlook, OneNote, Powerpoint, Word and Excel – and can be had with an optional Crunch Keyboard, which connects to the 8 W wirelessly. The W3 is slated to arrive this November.

Acer Iconia Tab 10 Android Tablet PC
Acer Iconia Tab 10 Android Tablet PC

The Iconia Tab 10 – media savvy for less

Up next is the Iconia Tab 10, which appears to be trying to compete in the media consumption niche. This one has a 10.1 inch full HD IPS LCD Gorilla Glass display with anti fingerprint coating; is powered by a MediaTek quad core processor; and also runs an up to date OS – Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which will satisfy those for whom being up to scratch is crucial. But the story is really all about its Dolby Digital Plus surround sound speakers, for those who feel like sharing their media with the world, and its 5.1 channel sound via stereo headphones, for those who want to enjoy their media privately. The Iconia Tab is expected in the USA this month and will be sold in either black or white and for a starting price of just $199.

Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet PC
Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet PC

The Iconia One 8 – all things bright and colorful

Last but not least we’ve got the Iconia One 8. This is an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 tablet that also runs Android 4.4 KitKat and shares the 8 W’s Bay Trail processor and Tab 10’s anti fingerprint screen coating. This slate, however, is all about its colors – it will be made available in as many as 10 color choices, from purple to yellow, when it arrives in Europe in October. (There’s no indication of it being sold in the USA). The One 8 will sell for about 149 euros.

source [ZDNet]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active revealed at IFA 2014

Samsung’s really taking its Active “sub-brand” to the next level. At IFA 2014, the company’s revealed a new version of its popular Galaxy Tab, the eight-inch Galaxy Tab Active – a rugged slate that’s apparently intended for business use. Won’t you head on down to learn more about it?

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Android semi-rugged tablet PC

For the busy person on the go

In case you’re raising an eyebrow, rein in your skepticism. Samsung says that the Tab Active comes with IP67 certification, meaning that it’s totally protected against dust intrusion and also that it’s protected against the effects of being immersed in more than 15cm and less than 1m of water. Not super heavy-duty – that would be IP68 certification – but not at all bad either, and we feel certain that it’s more than enough for the nicks and dings of our workaday world.

Feature wise, too, Samsung’s tried to make the Tab Active a great go-to device for the business market. For example, it comes with NFC connectivity, making it easy to send and receive files while on the go. Additionally, it comes standard with the C-Pen, one of Samsung’s special styluses, which can be a boon for those who need to wear gloves and who otherwise wouldn’t be able to operate the device. (Nothing seems to have been said about ensuring that the stylus doesn’t get lost, but we digress.)

The KitKat-running Tab Active is a midranger, not a range topper; it’s got a 1280 x 800 display, 1.5 GB of RAM, a 3.1 megapixel rear camera and 16 GB of storage, expandable via microSD card slot. (Said slot will for sure be concealed under some sort of protective flap to ensure the Tab Active’s integrity.) The battery’s a 4450 mAh affair, good enough for about 8 to 10 hours of use. Both Wi-Fi and LTE versions will be available when the device is made available for sale.

Lastly, a Protective Cover of sorts will also be included in the box when the device is sold.

Hold your horses…

You read that right – the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active isn’t being sold yet. It’s supposed to make it to stores “later this year”, although we don’t know when exactly. Nor do we know how much it might cost. We’ll have to get back to you on those details.

source [Tablet-News]

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Lenovo gearing up to launch the Tab S8 and ThinkPad Helix 2 at IFA 2014

Just the other day, we told you that Lenovo was planning to unleash its IdeaTab S8-50 upon an unsuspecting IFA 2014 (pardon the drama). Now we’ve heard that not only is Lenovo going to release this unit, but it’s also on the verge of launching another one – the ThinkPad Helix 2. Scroll down to find out more about these two upcoming units!

The Tab S8: a rose by any other name

We took a close look at the Tab S8 and it seems identical to the IdeaTab S8-50 we told you about the other day – well, save for a couple of details.

Lenovo Tab S8 Android Tablet PC

The eight-inch Tab S8 features the very same Intel Atom Z3745 (Bay Trail) processor that powers the S8-50, and also comes with an 8 MP main camera, 2 GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat. The only thing that’s different – which in this case would redound to an extra detail of this unit, whatever its final name ends up to be – is the colorful case (check out the bright hue of that unit in the picture). If the unit will really be made available in that color, it might really help it stand out – which it might really need to do to successfully compete in the midrange segment.

The ThinkPad Helix 2: the tablet-laptop writ large

Now let’s take a quick look at the ThinkPad Helix 2, which is, yes, one of ‘em tablet-laptop combos – but is also slightly different, Lenovo-style.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2

This 11.6-inch, Full HDIPS unit is powered by an Intel Core i7 (!) processor – which means of course that it will be priced to match. That said, we also hear that a less expensive version could be powered by a Bay Trail processor. Other specs of interest: a 256 GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM, a keyboard cum base that looks nice and solid (and has Lenovo’s trademark keys, a definite plus), and a stylus too.

As should be glaringly obvious, the Helix 2 will cost a pretty penny – most probably considerably more than $1000 for the top of the line versions.

Let’s wait and see how the launches go. Are any of you looking to buy one of these units when they drop?

source [Tablet-News]

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Barnes & Noble and Samsung tease Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

So last June we found out about Barnes & Noble and Samsung’s co-branded slate, the upcoming Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. We’re just a couple of days away from its scheduled release, and they’ve released a teaser video that may seem a little familiar – especially if you like to follow tech news. Check it out:

Why does it look familiar?

As many tech sites have pointed out, it looks so familiar because it looks as if Barnes & Noble and Samsung took a page from Amazon’s marketing guidebook and used it for their own product teaser. If you fancy a bit of déjà vu, check out Amazon’s video (a teaser for their Fire phone) here. On a lighter note, it’s slightly comforting to know that the grumpy cat doesn’t hate the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.

You might find yourself asking though, “What can I expect from this tablet PC, anyway?” Here’s what we do know of the Galaxy Tab 4. The co-branded slate is basically the 7-inch iteration of Samsung’s newest Tab line. Its WXGA TFT display maxes out at a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and it is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. It’s available in two storage variants, 8 and 16 GB, and if you find that a little lacking for your purposes, you can add 32 GB more via the microSD card slot (the LTE version supports 64 GB). Other features include WiFi, WiFi Direct, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, a USB 2.0 port, two cameras (1.3 MP front, and 3 MP rear), and a 4000 mAh lithium ion battery. It’s pretty sleek and light, tipping the scales at 276 g (9.74 oz) and measuring 107.9 x 186.9 x 9 mm (4.25 x 7.36 x 0.35 in). We’re sure you will appreciate it if you like marathon reading ebooks or watching movies on your slate.

Software-wise, it will pack a heavily customized (as is usual with Nooks) Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will hit the shelves on August 20. Pricing is still unconfirmed, but considering that the Tab 4 retails for US $199 (WiFi-only, 8 GB) at Samsung’s website, we expect the Tab 4 Nook to sell within the same price vicinity.

via [9to5Google]

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HP’s new Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus debuts on GFXBench

A few months back, Hewlett-Packard introduced two VoiceTab phablets, and from the looks of it, the company is ready to refresh the smaller 6-inch model. Meet the HP Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus. If the GFXBench specs are to be believed, the Plus is basically a slightly improved version of the phablet’s first iteration. So what can we expect from this little baby?

HP Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus Android Phablet

The 411 on the Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus

For one thing, it’s ever so slightly smaller at 5.9 inches. The 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display supports at least 5 finger gesture support and is backed up with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 ARM Cortex-A7 quad core processor, an Adreno 305 graphics processor, and 1 GB of RAM. There’s 16 GB of on board storage, and if the Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus follows its predecessor’s footsteps, it will most likely come with a microSD card slot for extra space too. According to the details listed in the benchmark, this baby will also feature two cameras – a 7 MP main shooter and a 1.8 MP front camera.

Other features include Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, a SIM card slot, and all your standard sensors (accelerometer, compass, GPS, gyroscope, light, and proximity). If the deets listed are to be believed, this phablet will pack Google’s latest operating system, Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

We’ll have to wait for the rest of the details

That’s because the HP Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus is still technically unofficial. We’ll keep an eye out for any official announcements once HP decides to throw us a bone.

In the meantime, what do you think? It’s certainly better than the first Slate 6. HP traded in the Marvell processor and upgraded it to a Qualcomm CPU while the main camera received a boost from 5 MP to 7 MP. The rest is pretty much the same – though we’ll know that for sure once the official spec sheet becomes available.

The original Slate 6 hit the stores in India and sold for 22,990 rupees (somewhere in the vicinity of US $370). Will the Plus model arrive on these shores? And if so, how much? Would you buy this phablet? Tell us in the comments below.

Via [Tablet-News]

Source [GFXBench]

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Asus Transformer Pad TF303CL drops in Japan

The good (and tech-crazy) folks who live in Japan don’t lack for electronics choices, and this is true in terms of tablets as it is for so many other things. Asus is adding to this merry, mad mix by debuting its Transformer Pad TF303CL in the Land of the Rising Sun. Scroll down and find out more about this tablet!

Not really a standout, but still worthy

This new Transformer Pad isn’t really going to raise eyebrows, but that’s not really an issue. It’s still an interesting new tablet that stands a decent chance of making many people happy if they give it a chance.

For starters, this unit’s got a 10.1-inch full HD display, which means to say that it boasts a 1920 x 1080 pixel count – not too shabby really. It’s powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail T processor, which is clocked at 1.33 GHz. Unfortunately the RAM count is a little on the low side – it sports only 2 GB of RAM – and, based on experience, this won’t nearly be enough for many power-mad users in this day and age.

It’s got cameras, too, of course. The main one is a 5 MP affair that has a CMOS sensor but is otherwise unremarkable; the front-facing one is a 1.2 MP unit.

Other features? This is an LTE-sporting unit – no indication yet as to whether a less-expensive unit without LTE will also make its way to the Japanese market – and it’s also got Bluetooth 4.0, too. Battery-wise, it’s not bereft; you get a 6,760 mAh of juice.

Lastly, the Transformer Pad TF303CL joins the quickly swelling ranks of gadgets available in gold. In case gold doesn’t work for you, no worries; you can get it in blue or white instead. (No black? That’ll be a first, if so.)

How much?

We’re a bit surprised to hear that the Asus Transformer Pad TF303CL will cost about US $452 when it drops in Japan – that seems a bit high for what you get, but let’s see.

Oh, and when might you be able to get one? Try searching for it at your friendly neighborhood Japanese retail outlet starting August 2.

[Source: TabTech.de] (German site)

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Nvidia Shield Tablet hits the shelves

Last week, we heard a rumor that Nvidia was planning to launch the newest product in its arsenal of Android gaming devices, the Shield Tablet, soon. Well, today, actually. And true enough, it is now available for purchase.

What do you get with Nvidia’s Shield Tablet?

In a nutshell, you get a huge amount of awesomeness. Or on paper, at least. Its 8-inch full HD display can provide a pixel count that’s ideal for gaming with its 1920 x 1200 resolution. Responsible for this is its almost absurdly overpowered 2.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 ARM Cortex-A15 quad core processor (192 core Kepler GPU) coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Other features include WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, GPS and GLONASS, mini-HDMI output, a micro USB 2.0 port, a microSD card slot, two 5 MP HDR-capable cameras front and back, a 19.75 Whr battery, and an Android KitKat operating system. Did we mention that this comes with a stylus?

As expected, Nvidia’s Shield Tablet comes with a number of features designed specifically for gaming, including compatibility with the Shield wireless controller, GameStream (streaming games from your PC), ShadowPlay (screen recording), GRID Cloud Gaming Beta, Console Mode, and Gamepad Mapper. If you want to see some of this baby’s features, we suggest you press play on the video below.

Sign me up! But how much is it?

Nvidia’s product page indicates that only the 16 GB WiFi-only version will be available initially, and it will set you back US $299. The 32 GB version with WiFi and LTE is listed at US $399, and will likely be available later this year. You can also grab some optional accessories for this, including the Shield controller (which is listed at US $59.99 and looks a lot like an Xbox controller), a tablet cover, AC adapter, and stylus.

So, what do you think? We’d like to point out that this is the first ever slate to feature Nvidia’s brand spanking new Tegra K1 and initial reviews are good. Most of the complaints are directed toward battery life and its somewhat chunky build despite its relatively small size, but most of the reviews agree that at $300, the Shield Tablet is quite a steal.

via [Liliputing]


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Archos readying another slew of slates: 70 Copper and 101 Copper

Of late, Archos has been notoriously bringing low cost – and sometimes woefully underwhelming – tablet PCs. They’ve brought us the likes of the Neon, Platinum, and Titanium lines, along with niche slates like the ChefPad and the GamePad. This time, the French consumer electronics company is reportedly getting ready to release another metal themed line of slates, the Archos 70 Copper and 101 Copper.

Let’s start with the smaller brother. Archos 70 Copper Android Tablet PC Archos 70 Copper

According to tech site ArcTablet, this baby is actually a rebranded slate from a Chinese white box tablet maker. Archos has been doing that for some time and some tablet makers, like HP, has started doing the same.

Anyway, as the name suggests, the 70 Copper sports a 7-inch TN display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. The rest of the specs aren’t breathtaking either – 1.3 GHz MediaTek MTK8312 dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM (!!!), and 4 GB of internal storage. Thankfully, you can add to that using the unit’s microSD card slot.

Other features include dual-sim card support (which we’re sure at least some people would want on a tablet), a 2800 mAh battery, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 2 MP main camera and a VGA front facing shooter, and a micro USB 2.0 port. It also packs GPS and 3G connectivity.

Archos 101 Copper

We’re sorry to report that while the bigger model is better, it’s only slightly so. The 101 Copper features a 10.1-inch TN screen with the same screen res as its smaller brother. The processor is different – a dual-core MediaTek MTK6572 – but clocks in at the same speed, 1.3 GHz. The rest of the specs are pretty identical to the 70 Copper, except for the 101’s bigger 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

Both will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, so at least, yay for that.

Pricing and availability

And another yay for pricing, too. According to our source, the Archos 70 Copper will retail for €89.99, while the 101 may set you back €149.99. Not too bad, though you won’t have trouble finding a better deal elsewhere if you know where to look.

Anyway, if you’re interested in picking up one of these babies, they should arrive in stores soon. We’ll keep an eye out for a definite release date so be sure to stay tuned.

via [ArcTablet]

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Firstview S1162 – Android convertible notebook

Tech site ARMDevices.net visited the offices of Shenzhen-based consumer electronics company, Firstview who showed off one of their newest products, a tablet called Firstview S1162. What’s so interesting about it? The S1162 is an 11.6-inch convertible notebook that looks, as Liliputing pointed out, suspiciously like Lenovo’s Yoga 2. Check it out.

Firstview S1162 Android notebook convertible

Firstview S1162 – Rockchip-powered convertible Android notebook

We’ve seen a whole lot of lookalikes – and fine, straight up rip-offs – in the past couple of years covering the tablet PC space and though some are outright knockoffs, others are simply twins aesthetics-wise. In the case of the latter, don’t they say that imitation is the best form of flattery? It looks like this may be the case with the S1162, as its similarities with the Yoga seem to be only skin deep (or in this case, plastic panel deep). Interestingly though, if you take a closer look at it, the slate has a Windows logo just under the screen – despite being an Android device. That curious bit makes it all the more similar to the Yoga 2, which actually runs a Windows 8.1 operating system.

Lenovo Yoga 2 13 - Windows Tablet Convertible

Moving on, the Firstview S1162 sports an 11.6-inch display which maxes out at a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Under the hood, it features a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage space. The other features are pretty standard: WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, an SD card slot, 3 USB ports, a mini HDMI port, and a 2 MP webcam. According to ARMDevices.net, the slate’s 7000 mAh battery can provide up to 4 hours of continuous video playback.

Like the Lenovo Yoga tablet PCs, the Firstview S1162 features a notebook mode, a stand mode (where the display is folded halfway), and a tablet mode (where the screen is folded into the keyboard).

Software-wise, it will reportedly ship with Android 4.4 KitKat and will come with some productivity apps preinstalled.

If you want to check it out further, then we suggest you watch the video below.

Pricing and availability

According to Firstview, the unit will be available soon – actually, the company is currently on the lookout for interested distributors. The Firstview S1162 will retail for around $199, which is quite competitive especially compared with the Lenovo’s Yoga line.

via [Liliputing]

source [ARMDevices.net]

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