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4 days ago

T-Mobile deal offers up free tablet with qualifying data plans

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T-Mobile is gearing up for Valentine's Day by offering customers a free tablet, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixie 7, when they sign up for a "qualifying tablet data plan" starting today, February 5.

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6 days ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Marshmallow update breaks Wi-Fi, OTA on hold

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NVIDIA has paused the Marshmallow update for the Shield Tablet after several users reported losing Wi-Fi connectivity after installing the update.

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1 week ago

Google's first Pixel C update is now available

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Google's monthly security patch notes didn't specifically mention an update to the Pixel C, but checking out the Google Developers factory image list revealed a new image for the tablet. This is the first update for the Pixel C, and it's right in line with Google's promise that this tablet would receive updates either every six weeks or within the cadence of Google's Nexus line.

We don't yet have a complete changelog for the Pixel C update, but here's what we've found so far.

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1 week ago

Nexus factory images updated with February security patches

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If you own a Nexus phone or tablet, and don't like to wait for the OTA release, you can now download the latest factory image from Google and flash it yourself. The update is still Android 6.0.1, but carries a different version number depending which phone or tablet you are using.

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1 week ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Marshmallow update now available to download

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As promised, NVIDIA has begun pushing the Marshmallow update out for its original Shield Tablet. NVIDIA recently update the Shield Tablet K1 to Marshmallow, which brought many of the same fixes to the newer tablet.

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1 week ago

Fewer than 700 Jolla Tablets will ever ship; 21,000 backers will eventually maybe get a refund

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Just 540 additional Jolla Tablets will be shipped out to backers of the original Indiegogo crowdsourced campaign, according to the Finnish manufacturer. All of the other backers will be offered refunds, but those users may not see their entire amount paid out for a year.

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2 weeks ago

Vodafone's Tab speed 6 Android-powered tablet is now available

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Vodafone has announced that the company's newest Android-powered tablet, the Tab speed 6, is now available for purchase. This affordable tablet offers a 4G experience at a low price point, enabling you to pick one up for free on a £16 a month plan with 2GB of data, or just £125 on Pay As You Go if you do not wish to be locked into a contract.

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4 weeks ago

7-inch Fire tablet is now available for just £40 at Amazon

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Amazon is currently offering the Fire tablet for just £40 in the UK, which is an absolute steal of a deal for those looking for a new tablet. Knocking £10 off the original listing price, Amazon has made the 7-inch Android (Fire OS) device even more affordable. 8GB of expandable internal storage will allow you to store all your Kindle books, as well as games and movies.

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1 month ago

Haier launches a 9.7-inch tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat

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At CES 2016, Haier announced the HaierPad 971. Featuring a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536) IPS display and a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU, the tablet looks like a decent budget offering, even offering what Haier calls the "latest Android OS version," which according to them is Android 4.4 KitKat.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with Huawei's new MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet and its 4 speakers

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Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0

The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 brings 4 speakers to the tablet game.

CES 2016

In addition to announcing the Huawei Mate 8 and new female-oriented versions of the Huawei Watch, Huawei also rolled out the MediaPad M2 10.0. This Android tablet is essentially a larger version of the earlier MediaPad M2 8.0, offering a slim aluminum body (7.35mm, to be specific) with polished chamfers and a 10.1-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. Don't ask us why the tablet's named the 10.0 when the screen's 10.1.

The big highlight here, though, is the quartet of speakers, which Huawei describes as having been "positioned to deliver premium sound quality." Huawei's partnered with audio house Harman/Kardon on the speaker system, building in an "Intelligent Power Amplifier" and Harman/Kardon's Clari-fi tech that restores details lost in compression.

The tablet will be available in multiple configurations, including different colors, radios, storage, RAM, and stylus support:

  • Silver with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM: $349
  • Silver with 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, and LTE: $399
  • Gold with 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, and M-Pen active stylus: $419
  • Gold with 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, LTE, and M-Pen active stylus: $499

Every variant runs a Huawei EMUI-skinned version of Android 5.1 and has a fingerprint sensor built into the bottom bezel. The M-Pen stylus that comes with the 64GB version of the tablet offers 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for whatever artistic applications you have in mind.

The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2016, with numerous launch countries including the United States.

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1 month ago

Huawei's MediaPad M2 10 will start at $349

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Huawei has announced the pricing for its upcoming MediaPad M2 10 tablet. Both the 16GB and 64GB models will come in both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + cellular varieties.

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1 month ago

Huawei's MediaPad M2 10 is a new stylus-toting tablet

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New Huawei tablet includes stylus input and Harman/Kardon audio.

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is getting back into the large form factor tablet game, with the announcement of the MediaPad M2 10 at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. It's a new Android 5.1 Lollipop tablet with optional pen input through Huawei's Active Stylus, which boasts 2048-level pressure sensitivity. And the manufacturer has also partnered with Harman/Kardon to bring high-res audio to the tablet — the audio firm's Clari-Fi tech is designed to compensate for lost audio fidelity.

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1 month ago

Alcatel OneTouch officially announces the Pixi 4 family, consisting of 3 phones and a tablet

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As expected, Alcatel OneTouch has officially announced its new Pixi 4 family of devices at CES 2016, which consists of three smartphones and a tablet. This revamped lineup from Alcatel OneTouch is meant to be a premium style entry-level device, meaning you won't find top of the line specs, but you'll find great value in each of these devices.

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1 month ago

Alcatel OneTouch moves the 17-inch Xess to the kitchen, gives it a new launcher

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When we last saw the Xess — the massive 17-inch Android tablet from Alcatel — it was doing its best impression of a possible one-device-to-rule-your-home sort of thing. It's grown a little bit in purpose since then, though it's still a ways from actually going on sale. (Sometime in the first half of the year, for around $499, we're told.)

What's really new is the launcher you see before you. You're essentially looking at three (and then some) dedicated quadrants for things like recipes, Amazon shopping, YouTube or Hulu, and news and social media. The space on the left is meant for things like home video monitoring, which can live there for constant viewing. And, in fact, Alcatel is looking at bundling an IP camera with the Xess.

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1 month ago

The Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet is made for families and priced at just $100

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Acer wants to sell an Android tablet to the family crowd with the introduction of the Iconia One 8. Revealed as part of its CES 2016 product announcements, the 8-inch tablet will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box

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