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1 month ago

Google says to look out for more USB-C Chromebooks and Android phones

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USB-C arrived in Google-land with the new Chromebook Pixel, but it's not going to stop there. Google says the new all-in-one connector's coming to more devices soon.

The reversible USB-C connector has made quite the splash this week, arriving in the new Apple MacBook and the just-updated Google Chromebook Pixel, but that's just the beginning of the all-in-one port and cable that can handle power, accessories, and even 4K displays.

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1 month ago

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 mini review

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The MeMO Pad 7, with its expandable storage, gorgeous design and sub-$200 pricetag is almost too good a bargain to pass up.

Starting with its Nexus 7 back in 2012 and the follow-up a year later, ASUS created an ultraportable tablet that avoided the pitfalls that typically plague the category. It was one of the first budget-friendly Android tablets to prove that flimsy build quality, underpowered internals and a bogged-down UI weren't unavoidable sacrifices. The lessons that the Nexus 7 taught ASUS — as well as some leftover parts from the assembly line — helped shape the MeMO Pad 7, a stunning evolutionary step in ASUS's MeMO line and easily one of my favorite tablets on the market today.

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1 month ago

Lenovo's new device lineup includes a pair of tablets and a fun new projector

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Any suspicion that Motorola had already begun influencing Lenovo's product lineup has been completely dismissed.

Lenovo has no shortage of new products to show off at Mobile World Congress this year, and it's clear their focus for this generation is split between maintaining their current product lines and exploring new categories. While their Android lineup still includes traditional smartphone and tablet experiences that show a clear evolution of their current hardware lineup, there's a new "pro-level" camera and a Micracast friendly projector that are all about extending the Android experience, which is a cool direction for Lenovo to be heading in.

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1 month ago

SanDisk's new embedded iNAND flash storage boasts stupid fast write speeds

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There are bottlenecks throughout the modern smartphone, but SanDisk is working to make their path as wide as possible with their new iNAND 7132 embedded flash storage.

While SanDisk is well known for their consumer memory products — SD cards, microSD cards, USB flash drives, replacement SSDs, and so forth — a major (and under-appreciated by the general consumer) part of their business is actually in selling embedded flash storage to device manufacturers.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with HP's Pro Slate 8 (and the giant 12-inch one) and its crazy stylus

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HP Pro Slate 12

We've been intrigued by the idea of the HP Pro Slate 8 and 12 since they were announced, and after checking them out at MWC 2015, we're really kind of impressed.

There was a time not long ago where the only tablet manufacturers worth mentioning were Apple and Samsung. Today that's all changed, with practically every major company that makes Android tablets actually making one that's pretty good. HP's no exception — they've had some major disappointments in Android tablets, for sure — but their new HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 tablets seem really good, if not potentially great, now that we've got our paws on them.

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1 month ago

The Nokia N1 tablet is sleek, well priced and a little familiar looking

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Nokia N1

Nokia announced the N1 Android tablet in late 2014 for launching in the Chinese market this year. Now, the Foxconn made, brand licensed tablet has made the trip to Mobile World Congress and we can finally see it for ourselves.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet hands-on

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Sony brings Lollipop, Snapdragon 810 and a 2K display to its latest Xperia tablet.

Although Sony's tablet line hasn't seen massive widespread success, the Japanese manufacturer has arguably offered some of the most compelling Android slates around. Last year saw the arrival of the Xperia Tablet Z2 and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact which, in spite of their wonky branding, offered high-end specs and some unique hardware tricks. In addition to being super thin, Sony's tablets were waterproof, extremely lightweight and well-built.

So what's next for Sony? At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Sony's showing the latest large form factor tablet in its Xperia line — the Xperia Z4 Tablet is a 64-bit, Snadragon 810-powered slate with a 2K display; read on for our first impressions.

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1 month ago

Sony's Xperia Z4 Tablet is official with 10.1-inch 2K display and Snapdragon 810

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Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony has officially announced the Xperia Z4 Tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The high-end tablet features a 2K display and Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 in a chassis that has a thickness of just 6.1mm.

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1 month ago

Lenovo's new TAB 2 Android tablets are both under $200

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Lenovo has introduced the TAB 2 A10-70 and TAB 2 A8 Android tablets for the budget crowd.

Lenovo is taking the wraps off two new tablets at Mobile World Congress that aim to offer great value for your money. The TAB 2 A10, starting at $199, is Lenovo's 10-inch model with a full HD display, a soundbar built into the back using some new Dolby Atmos speaker technology, and ten hours of battery life. The A10 is powered by a 64-bit 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and has 2 GB of RAM. It's 8.9 mm thin and 509 grams, which is pretty good, but unfortunately runs Android 4.4 (for now). There's an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and it will be available in blue or white color schemes when it launches in April.

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1 month ago

MediaTek reveals first ARM Cortex-A72 processor made for Android tablets

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MediaTek today unveiled a new system-on-chip (SoC) at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The quad-core MT8173 uses an ARM Cortex-A72 processor and has been designed specifically for upcoming Android tablets.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with the Huawei MediaPad X2

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Huawei has today announced the MediaPad X2 as part of its MWC release, and it's either a giant phone or a small tablet, depending on your outlook. The successor to the MediaPad X1 has seen a bump in the internal hardware, with the big story being the Ultra-octa Kirin CPU. It's got full cellular capabilities, and if you look at it from the perspective of a tablet, it's impressive.

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1 month ago

The Huawei MediaPad X2 is its latest 7-inch 'phone'

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Among its Mobile World Congress announcements, Huawei has unveiled a new, cellular enabled tablet, the MediaPad X2. At 7-inches we'd hesitate to call it a phone, but it has an earpiece and you can use it to make phone calls.

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2 months ago

NVIDIA rolls out an update to the Shield Tablet to fix color reproduction issues

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A few users found that colors were muted on the screen after the last Shield Tablet update, which NVIDIA acknowledged as a bug. The chipset vendor has now rolled out an update to address the issue.

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2 months ago

Sony teases a new tablet, likely Xperia Z4 Tablet bound for MWC 2015

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As is expected leading up to a big event like MWC 2015, Sony is teasing their next unveiling: a tablet. And it's in all likelihood the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet we saw accidentally posted just a few days ago.

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2 months ago

Amazon adds Firefly options to Fire HD tablets in US, UK and Germany

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Amazon has started rolling out an over-the-air update to its Fire HD tablets in the US, UK and Germany that adds the company's Firefly options to those devices. Firefly is already available on the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablets, along with its Fire smartphone.

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