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

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

Curiouser and curiouser

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

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

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

The next Nexus 7?

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

 

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

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

via [Droid-Life]

source [FCC]

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iFixit tears down Android Wear

The folks at iFixit, if you remember them, are quite known for tearing down devices to know just how repairable said devices are (see them in action here, here, and here). This time around, they got their hands on two Android Wear devices, the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch.

Android Wear – The iFixit teardown review

The first two devices to feature Google’s new OS on wearable devices have just shipped to, well, early adopters, but just what is Android Wear? It’s basically an Android operating system built to work on smaller devices like smartwatches.

Anyway, so how did the two devices shape up in the iFixit repairability scale? Pretty high. The Gear Live got an 8, while the LG G (try saying that 5 times, really fast) got a more than respectable 9 out of the possible 10. Interestingly, the watches sport nearly the same specs, save for a few differences.

The Gear Live sports a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a 320 x 320 pixel resolution, which translates to 278 ppi. It features Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a heart rate monitor, a digital compass, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope. Its 300 mAh battery can reportedly last an entire day of use on a single full charge. The LG G watch, on the other hand, packs an ever-so-slightly bigger 1.65-inch IPS LCD display, a 400 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and the sensor trio (accelerometer, gyro, and compass).

Both Android Wear watches have a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026 quad-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage. Both have an IP67 rating, which means that they can survive immersed into a meter of water for 30 minutes. Still though, it’s not recommended.

How much are these again?

If you’re interested in getting one of these Android Wear devices, then be sure to set aside a fair bit of cash. The LG G Watch retails for US $229, while the Samsung Gear Live will set you back US $199.99.

Remember: Kids, do not try this at home. Not only are the iFixit people professionals (which means they can put things back together again), but they are also in possession a budget for tearing down perfectly working US $200+ watches. So if you ever feel the need to see what the makes the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch tick, then head on over to the link below.

source [iFixit (Samsung Gear Live) and (LG G Watch)]

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LG G Pad 10.1 now available in the U.S.A. through Best Buy

US tablet enthusiasts, ahoy! The LG G Pad 10.1 is now available for purchase at Best Buy!

LG G Pad 10.1 Android tablet PC

LG is growing its tablet range in the States

The G Pad 10.1 isn’t LG’s only unit being sold in the U.S. The smaller G Pad 7.0 and 8.3 got there before it; the 8.3 is apparently better-specced than the 10.1, which will apparently be less fancy in order to be more price-competitive.

OK, so talking about specs… The 10.1, as its name suggests, will sport a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1 GB RAM. It’s got a 5 MP main camera (albeit one without flash). It’s hardly something to blow the doors off your place, but nothing to sneer at either. The 10.1 will be running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, for those of you who’re wondering what Android version it’ll come with. Additionally, if you’re on the go most of the day and want a tablet that’s got a big battery, you might be interested to hear that this one has a powerful 8,000 mAh battery.

Oh, and there doesn’t seem to be an LTE-capable version out yet – this one is just the Wi-Fi-enabled version. We’ll just have to wait and see if and when an LTE-equipped version will be joining its Wi-Fi-sporting brethren in the future.

LG is trying hard to imbue all its tablets with its distinctive “LG-ness”, and, as such, this new tablet will also boast some of the features that the G3 smartphone touts, including the Knock Code unlock feature, the Smart Keyboard and the ability to take selfies through gesture controls.

Where and how much?

As of now, the LG G Pad 10.1 appears to be a Best Buy exclusive, and it can be bought for US $249.99. As of this writing, units can be purchased only in black – no other colors are currently available.

Will you be getting one? Does the LG brand have enough pull to prevent you from picking up a Samsung or Apple model instead? And will the G Pad 10.1’s size advantage be tempting enough to offset the feature advantage held by at least one of its smaller siblings? Let us know.

source [Best Buy]

via [Phone Arena]

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Prepare to welcome the LG G Pad 10.1

Up for a new tablet – specifically one of LG’s offerings? You’re in luck – the word on the street is that LG G Pad 10.1 will be released in the U.S.A. later this July. Read on to find out more about LG’s soon-to-be-released baby!

LG G Pad 10.1 Android tablet PC

G Pad 10.1 is no spec monster

The first thing you have to learn about this upcoming G Pad is that you’re not going to write home to yammer to your folks about its specs. Its 10.1-inch screen is gratifyingly high-res – it’s a 1280 x 800-pixel IPS display. Its processor is a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core unit, which isn’t going to break any processing records.

Storage-wise, the G Pad 10.1 doesn’t really stand out either – you get just 16 GB of space. Neither are its cameras outstanding; the main unit is all of 5 MP and the front-facing one just 1.3 MP. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat, at least, although there’s no indication that it runs the very latest version (4.4.4) – we doubt it does. You’ll be happy to know, though, that its 8000 mAh battery gives it the juice to run for quite a while.

Oh, but hold on – LG’s seen fit to gift the G Pad 10.1 with some nifty features, a couple of which first saw the light of day in the Korean firm’s last-gen range-topping smartphone (the G3) – that’s the Knock Code feature, which allows users to set a pattern of your choice and then use it to unlock the phone. Other cool features include dual window support for app operations; LG’s QPair app, which lets users pair their tablets with LG phones and take calls with their tablets; and another interesting one that allows users to take selfies by putting their hands in the frame and making fists.

A big screen for a not-so-big price (well, maybe)

There’s no indication yet of how much the LG G Pad 10.1 might cost just yet. That said, LG’s seven-incher goes for just US $150 in the States, so this upcoming tablet might just be quite inexpensive as well; let’s wait and see. Check back with us for more on the G Pad 10.1!

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Google and LG to sell a Project Tango tablet in 2015

Hold on to your beanies, tech boys and girls. At the recently concluded Google I/O, Google announced that it and LG are partnering to bring a tablet running the pioneering Project Tango 3D mapping and modeling device to the market as soon as next year!

Google Project Tango

Cool, but what’s Project Tango?

OK, for those of you not in the know, Project Tango is an initiative of Google’s Advanced Tech and Projects (ATAP), which was formerly part of Motorola and was retained after Google sold Motorola to Lenovo. ATAP is tasked to craft and roll out next-gen, cutting-edge tech and devices. For its part, Project Tango focuses on combining purpose-built hardware and custom-created software (built using Android as a foundation) to generate real-time 3D maps of the world.  Advanced stuff, but only available at the eye-opening price of US $1,000 and change.

Why LG? Those of you who’ve been following the tech and gadget press know that LG is a trusted partner of Google – it’s been tapped to craft two Nexus devices, among others. Working with a partner such as LG will help Google leverage its hardware creation expertise and, we think, will also help ensure that the price of the tablet will be somewhat more palatable than the current one.

As for what you can do with such a device, well… Imagine being able to scan a room precisely and exactly just by standing in the center and activating your tablet, and then, say, switching décor and furniture to see exactly how it might look without even needing to lift your head – or doing the same with a garden or a commercial space. Imagine playing games that seamlessly incorporate both people and things around you – even those that are in motion. And so on, and so forth.

When and how much?

Well, we’re as excited as you all are to find out when this super-tablet will drop and how much it’ll go for, but no details are available just yet. We feel certain that Google and LG are working hard to bring it to market as soon as possible, though, and at a price that’s far more palatable to the public.

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LG beefs up G Pad line with 7-, 8-, and 10-inch models

Last year, LG released their G Pad 8.3, a premium offering that featured a full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. Well, this year, LG seems to have adopted the “throw everything at the wall” strategy, beefing up their line with three new slates in three of the common tablet PC battleground sizes: 7, 8, and 10.

LG G Pad Series
Aesthetics-wise, they follow the G Pad 8.3’s design sensibilities.

LG’s new G Pad models come in three sizes

In a press release, LG Electronics announced that they will be expanding their G Pad line with the 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 models. Here’s what Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG, had to say about the three devices:

Customers tell us that they want a wider range of devices that offer sizable screens without compromising portability. Unlike smartphones, tablets are not one size fits all. So we designed the G Pad Series for a diverse target audience, some who prioritize portability while others want the best multimedia experience possible. G Pad delivers on all counts.

The release didn’t exactly detail what we could expect from the new G Pad series specs- and features-wise, but it did provide a couple of clues. The G Pad 7.0 is apparently “designed to be held in one hand” and to provide a portable entertainment hub for those on-the-go. The Goldilocks-sized G Pad 8.0, on the other hand, is toted to offer “an immersive multimedia experience and smooth multitasking.” The biggest of the bunch, the G Pad 10.1 is said to be equipped to provide “endless hours of entertainment and fun.”

We’re assuming these are Google Android-powered like their predecessor, though the press release didn’t indicate which flavor they’ll have at release. Like the 8.3 model, these three babies will also sport LG-centric features like QPair and Knock Code. The QPair feature will allow users to sync their smartphones to the tablet PC via Bluetooth, while the Knock Code (previously KnockON, we think) will let users unlock and power on their devices with a knock pattern.

Pricing and Availability

The expanded G Pad series will be officially unveiled at the MedPI 2014, which is happening in Monaco from May 13 to 16. Hopefully, they release detailed spec sheets and features lists there, as well as information about pricing and availability.

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LG Tab Book2: Slider Convertible Tablet PC

A lot of hybrid tablets have been coming out in the past couple of years, with more entries pushing the boundaries of the currently available technology. Consumer electronics company LG is not about to be left behind and so has released a new unit called the LG Tab Book2. Read on to find out what it has to offer.

LG Tab Book2 – Windows Convertible Slider

First things first: it is an 11.6-inch Windows tablet with a full HD display. While other hybrids make the monitor absolutely detachable from the keyboard, this one hides the keyboard discreetly beneath the tablet form. With a press of a button, the tablet slides up to an angle, revealing a QWERTY keyboard and transforming into a laptop.

As an upgrade from its previous model, LG Tab Book2 carries an Intel Haswell CPU and 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display. The manufacturer has also gone the route of improving the tablet by lessening its weight, which is now at 2.3 pounds; at 0.66 inches thick, that does seem reasonable and ergonomic. Meanwhile, it boasts of full-sized HDMI port, 2 USB 3.0 ports and a micro USB port.

Speaking of ergonomics, however, this particular tablet-slash-laptop is found to be somewhat wanting when it comes to its keyboard functionality and design. For one, it does not carry a row of Fn keys. There’s no clear explanation as to why they opted to do away with it, and one can only guess as to the rationale behind this decision, but other than that, the keys are pretty much complete.

Although the keys do have a normal size, though, making it easy for your fingers to fly through it, it curiously lacks area for a touchpad, or even just a palm rest. They must have been banking on the tablet’s touch-screen functionality to fill in this void in its design, but nonetheless, it’s easy to imagine how this layout could be terribly frustrating, particularly when it is on laptop mode.

It would definitely need some getting used to, but given all the other things that the LG Tab Book2 Slider PC has got going for it, this unit just might be the one for you. See it in action below:

Pricing and Availability

Like most Windows 8.1 tablets, we can reasonably expect to find different variations of this model. The demo unit at the last CES reportedly packed a dual core Intel Core i3-4005U (which clocks in at 1.7 GHz), together with 4 GB of RAM and a 120 GB SSD.

LG has yet to breathe a word regarding pricing and availability, so we’ll have to wait for further announcements

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19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

The year’s almost up and we’re taking a look at 19 of the best tablets 2013 had to offer. It depends on who you ask, but many will tell you that 2013 is the year of the tablet. The best models of last year were upgraded to have sharper screens and zippier processors – a trend that is bound to continue in years to come. Of course, this hardware arms race benefits consumers, though we have to admit, the sheer numbers can be overwhelming at times. So we’ve sifted through the sea of slates to bring you the 25 most memorable tablets of 2013.

They’re incredible in their own little ways, be it hardware superiority, bargain basement price, or simply, bang for the buck. (They are in no particular order, because let’s face it, we’re not here to argue about which is better, etcetera, etcetera.) Continue reading 19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

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G Pad 8.3: LG’s new tablet offering

A couple of months back, we told you about LG’s re-entrance into the tablet space with the G Pad 8.3. It has hit the stores, though it was priced higher than we had hoped. What’s interesting about LG’s new tablet PC? Check it out below.

LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet PC

LG’s G Pad 8.3: Specs and Features

As the name suggests, the G Pad features an 8.3 inch full HD display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. Under the hood, it has a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. If that seems a bit too low on the gigs for you, fret not as the tablet PC does come with a microSD card slot that can support up to 64 GB of additional storage. Other features include a 1.3 MP front camera and a 5 MP rear shooter, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 4600 mAh battery.

Software-wise, the G Pad 8.3 comes out of the box with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a few pre-loaded LG apps and features. The said LG-specific features include QPair (an app that would let you sync the tablet with your LG smartphone), KnockON (a feature that will allow you to turn on the device by tapping on the screen twice), and Slide Aside and QSlide (features that would let you multitask and switch between running apps using a three finger swipe).

Aesthetics-wise, it’s sleek and solid, though it does fall short of the ‘premium feel’ because of its plastic trimmings.

Would you want to get this tablet PC?

Well, that depends. From where we’re sitting, the US $349 price tag seems a little too much compared to comparable devices like Apple’s iPad mini, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0, and Google Nexus 7. Sure, the latter two would require you to shell out $50 more, but they’re from established tablet manufacturers. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 is cheaper, and according to some tablet PC reviews, performs better. Will the LG G Pad 8.3 be able to compete? We’ll have to see how it fares in the long run.

If you have an LG smartphone – or even if you don’t, it may be a good idea to check it out. Overall, the G Pad 8.3 is a decent tablet offering and we want to see where LG’s tablet business is heading to next.

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LG G Pad 8.3: Specs and Details

LG has unveiled (what they think has) the tablet with the Goldilocks screen – the G Pad 8.3. It was teased a few days back with a video that was thin on the details. The official announcement soon followed with the solid details. Check it out below.

LG G Pad 8.3 unveiled
According to reports and as the name suggests, the upcoming tablet PC will sport an 8.3-inch full HD screen that can push out a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution at 273 ppi. The G Pad 8.3 will pack a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of built-in storage. Out of the box, it’ll run on 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will feature a 4600 mAh battery. Like the teaser says, it’s pretty portable, as it weighs in at only 12 ounces (338 g) and is only 0.33 inches (8.3 mm) thick around the waist.

The G Pad 8.3 will also ship with LG-specific features, including the QPair app. It’ll basically let you pair up your Android phone with the tablet PC so you can see calls and messages on a larger screen. You can use any Android phone for this feature, but it’s recommended that the other device is also running on Android Jelly Bean. Other features include KnockON, which will let you turn on the tablet with two screen taps, and Slide Aside and QSlide, which will let you multitask by swiping apps aside.

LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet PC

Pricing and Availability
According to the announcement, the LG G Pad 8.3 will make an appearance in Europe, Asia, and hopefully North America, and it’s scheduled to hit the shelves within three months. It comes in two colors, black and white. We’re not sure how much this will go for exactly, but we’re sure you’re with us in the hope that this becomes available for around US $299 (or less, but that’s just wishful thinking).

We’ll have to wait for further announcements to know just when exactly this will hit the market and for how much. Do you think the 8.3-inch is the Goldilocks size for a tablet PC? Or would you stick with your Nexus 7 or iPad mini? Sound off in the comments below!

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