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11 months ago

ASUS ZenPad 8.0 Z380C tablet lowers the specs, adds functional backs

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ZenPad 8.0

Being able to swap out the back of a device for a different color or maybe to add a little functionality isn't exactly a new phenomenon — phones have been doing it for years. But tablets never really got into that game. That changes today with the ASUS ZenPad 8.0 Z380C, unveiled at the Computex conference in Taiwan,

The 8-inch tablet sports an Atom X3 (SoFIA) quad-core processor and Mali 450MP4 GPU. The display is a rather unimpressive 1280x800 resolution (at a 16:10 aspect ratio), and you'll get either 1 or 2 gigabytes of RAM along with either 8 or 16 gigabytes of storage, depending on the model.

The real talking points, however, are the back covers. There's the Zen Case back covers, available in leather black, pearl white and aurora metallic. Or you can opt for the Zen Clutch folio. If the 4,000 mAh battery isn't enough for your use, you can snag the Power Case batter back that gives you up to 14 hours of total use, ASUS says. (That includes the internal batter.) There's an Audio Cover that adds six speakers and five hours of battery life, with 5.1 DTS-HD sound.

So while the specs might not wow you, there's definitely a lot here to take a look at.

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11 months ago

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA combines Intel's Moorefield with USB-C

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ZenPad S 8.0

The first of two new Android tablets ASUS has unveiled at the Computex conference here in Taiwan is a bit of a beast. It's got the usual beast of a name to go with it as well — the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA. (So ZenPad S it shall be.)

This is an Android 5.0 tablet with ZenUI and ZenMotion, as you'd expect. And as the name implies it's got an 8-inch IPS panel, at a 2048x1536 resolution and 324 pixels per inch for a 4:3 aspect ratio. It's got ASUS's TruVivid deal for directly bonded glass and sports a 73.75 percent screen-to-body ratio, ASUS says.

The Intel Atom 3580 Moorefield processor (quad-core at 2.3 GHz will attract attention as well, of course, as Intel continues to make inroads in the consumer space. But so, too, does the inclusion of the newer USB Type-C connector for charging and any sort of data syncing. (Same as what's used in the new MacBook and the ChromeBook Pixel refresh.)

No word on any North American availability just yet, but stay tuned.

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12 months ago

Google's 3D-scanning Project Tango developer tablet is now available without an invite for $512

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Google's 3D-scanning Project Tango developer tablet can be yours, without an invite, for the price of $512.

Google didn't even mention its long-in-development "Project Tango" efforts today during the Google I/O keynote. However, the company is now allowing anyone to purchase its development tablet for the 3D-sensing hardware from the Google Store without an invite for the first time.

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12 months ago

Microsoft Office apps to be pre-installed on LG, Sony and other Android tablets

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If you buy a new Android tablet, the chances are getting better that it might have Office apps from Microsoft pre-installed out of the box.

After announcing that Samsung, Dell and 10 more OEMs would pre-install Microsoft apps and services on their Android tablets earlier this year, Microsoft is announcing similar agreements with 20 more Android tablet makers, including LG and Sony.

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1 year ago

Android 5.1 is now available for the NVIDIA Shield Tablet

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The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is receiving an update to Android 5.1, which brings a number of performance improvements to the device.

NVIDIA is pushing out an update for its Shield Tablet (both Wifi and LTE models) that improves performance and responsiveness, adds support for Android for Work and more. The update to Android 5.1 is available on the tablet now for users.

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1 year ago

LG G Pad F 8.0 announced by AT&T, hitting stores on May 29

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AT&T has announced the US carrier will be stocking the LG G Pad 8.0 from May 29. The tablet will sport some interesting specifications, including a HD 8-inch display and a stylus accessory.

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1 year ago

Second look: Dell Venue 8 7000 Series with Android 5.0.2

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Dell Venue 8

Dell's most impressive Android offering to date has finally been updated to Lollipop, improving an already impressive tablet experience.

It has been six long months since the Dell Venue 8 (aka the 7000 Series or the 7840) crossed our desks. And while we had plenty of nice things to say about this tablet in our review it couldn't be more clear that the biggest problems here were software-related. Dell's ultra-thin, (nearly) bezel-free, horizontally asymmetrical tablet feels amazing in your hand and handles anything you throw at it with ease. But it was running Android 4.x KitKat, and Dell's small additions to the software were clumsy at best.

Now that the big update has landed on this device, it's time to take a second look at the software running on this stunning little looker and see what happens when you give Dell and Intel a Lollipop.

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1 year ago

New Intel-powered ASUS ZenPad tablets leak online ahead of launch

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ASUS is prepping a new family of Android-powered devices that will be covered under the name ZenPad. According to reports, the company plans to unveil the new hardware at Computex 2015.

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1 year ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab A is heading to the UK on May 21

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Samsung has announced that its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab A, will be available in the UK from May 21, with both Wi-Fi and cellular editions on offer along with a variant that comes bundled with the S-Pen.

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1 year ago

Get $100 off when you buy a new Samsung phone and tablet from T-Mobile

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T-Mobile is offering customers savings of $100 when purchasing a Samsung phone and tablet together, and use T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Plan to pay them both off.

If you are in the market for a new smartphone and tablet, you will want to check out T-Mobile's latest promotion that will save you $100 on your purchase. With this new deal, customers can save when purchasing a Samsung smartphone, like the brand new Galaxy S6, along with a Samsung tablet, like the Galaxy Tab S.

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1 year ago

LG G Pad X with Android 5.0 leaked, heading to Verizon

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According to an image shared on Twitter by @evleaks, LG is set to launch a tablet called the G Pad X on Verizon.

Not much is known about the tablet other than the fact that it comes with an 8.3-inch screen (which was revealed in an earlier tweet), but from the image above, it looks like the G Pad X will run Android 5.0 with LG's latest UX 4.0 out of the box.

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1 year ago

Nexus 9 Wifi Android 5.1.1 factory image and OTA file now available

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If you're tired of waiting for the Android 5.1.1 OTA to hit your Nexus 9, update manually.

We're a handful of days removed from the announcement that the Android 5.1.1 OTA is now headed to Nexus 9s, but considering that the rollout takes some time it's worth mentioning that the necessary files for a manual update are now available.

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1 year ago

AT&T announces its first self-branded tablet, the Trek HD 4G LTE

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AT&T is taking the next step in the tablet market, releasing its own branded tablet, the Trek HD 4G LTE.

While AT&T carries a variety of tablets already, but the Trek HD 4G LTE is different in one major way. This is the carrier's first company-branded tablet. With sales of the Trek HD 4G LTE starting on May 12, and an in-store release date of May 15, the company has not released a whole lot about the tablet.

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1 year ago

Leaked press render of the Galaxy Tab S2 offers a first look at Samsung's upcoming tablet

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The leaked render reveals a design that is similar to that of the Galaxy Tab A, with a metal frame running around the sides of the tablet.

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1 year ago

Lollipop now hitting Dell Venue 8 tablets, forcing encryption during update

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Dell Venue 8

We're no strangers to Lollipop updates around here, but Dell adding encryption during the update is something new.

One of the big topics to come up during the launch of Android 5.0, especially after using the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, was the inclusion of full disk encryption to the platform. Nexus users quickly discovered they had little say in the matter, but most manufacturers have left encryption as a choice in both updates and new device releases. During the update to Android 5.0.2 today, Dell Venue 8 users will notice a step in between agreeing to reboot and start the update and the "Android is upgrading" screen. This sleek little Intel tablet is encrypting the device during the update process, and it's happening without user consent.

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