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6 months ago

Archos launches new 'Platinum' Android tablets

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Archos 97b Platinum HD, 101 Platinum and 80b Platinum announced

French manufacturer Archos has today announced the launch of three new Android tablets at varying sizes and spec points. First up, the Archos 80b Platinum packs an 8-inch, 1024x768-resolution IPS screen and 1GB of RAM. The more premium-focused Archos 97b Platinum HD doubles the resolution to 2048x1536 on a 9.7-inch panel, while the Archos 101 Platinum includes a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display. The 9.7 and 10.1-inchers both include 2GB of RAM.

All three tablets are powered by an unnamed quad-core Cortex A9 CPU at 1.6GHz. They're running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, including the Google Play Store, and include 8GB of internal storage, expandable through a microSD card. Archos declined to include any pricing information in today's press release, but claims its tablets will arrive at a "better" price than rivals from Apple and Samsung.

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6 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition review

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A better screen and new S Pen features make the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition a great premium tablet

it's time for Samsung's yearly refresh of the popular Note series, and this go-around we're going to take a good look at the big boy of the bunch — The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition. Which we're going to call the Note 10.1 for the rest of this review.

We first saw the Note 10.1 back in Berlin at IFA 2013, and we were impressed with the thinness, the responsiveness and above all the beautiful 2560 x 1600 screen. This automatically addressed our biggest complaint about it's predecessor, namely it's 1200 x 800 resolution. Through all the rage on the Internet about LCD versus AMOLED, everyone can agree that Samsung is capable of building wonderful displays. We knew this was going to be one we wanted to look at. We like it when a product puts us all into full-on Android-nerd mode. And now is our chance.

You'll have your chance soon, because the Note 10.1 will be available starting October 10, in two Wifi-only models. You'll pay $550 for the 16GB version, and $600 for the 32GB version. That's a lot of money for anything. Hit the break and decide if it's worth it.

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6 months ago

Tesco Hudl tablet now available in the UK

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£119 budget tablet launches on supermarket's online store

The Hudl, UK supermarket Tesco's low-cost Android tablet, is now available to buy from the official website, at tesco.com/hudl. The tablet sells for £119, packs a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, a 1440x900-resolution display and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean — in addition to coming in four color options.

In accordance with last week's announcement, the Hudl should also start popping up in brick-and-mortar Tesco stores from today. For more info on the tablet, check out our hands-on coverage from last week's launch event.

Source: Tesco

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6 months ago

Nexus 7 LTE 'coming soon' to Best Buy

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If you're looking to snag a Nexus 7 with LTE data but for some reason don't want to do so through Google Play, it ilooks like Best Buy will have them at some point — they're listed as "coming soon" on the retailers website. Pricing appears to be in line with Google's listing — $349 for the 32GB version. 

Source: Best Buy; Thanks, Jeremiah!

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6 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition gains a hyphen, Oct. 10 availability

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U.S. preorders start at midnight Sept. 27

Samsung this morning announced that the Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Edition will be available in the United States on Oct. 10, with preorders starting at midnight Eastern time on Sept. 27.

Price is set at $549.99 for the Wifi-only Note 10.1 with 16 gigabytes of storage, and $599.99 if you want 32 gigabytes. It'll be available in either Jet Black or Classic White.

Retailers will include Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, BestBuy.com, Amazon, PC Richard's, Fry's, Tiger Direct, Walmart and Samsung.com.

The new Note 10.1, as we're want to call it, made its debut in Berlin just a few weeks ago at the IFA conference (see our hands-on), and we found it to be a fast, svelte 10-inch tablet full of the same features as the new Galaxy Note 3. This U.S. version also comes with 50 gigabytes of Dropbox storage free for two years, a one-year subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek, and a 12-week subscription to The New York Times.

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6 months ago

Amazon introduces Kindle Fire HDX tablets, refreshed Kindle Fire HD

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Extending the Kindle Fire brand to a third generation with impressive new specs and features

Amazon has just announced its third generation of Kindle Fire tablets, going by the "Kindle Fire HDX" branding, along with a refreshed version of the older Kindle Fire HD at a new low price. Starting with the new devices, the Kindle Fire HDX comes in a familiar 7-inch and 8.9-inch varieties, both with upgraded specs all around.

Both HDX models feature quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processors, 2GB of RAM, 16, 32 or 64GB of storage and new higher-resolution displays. Those displays clock in at 1920x1200 (323 ppi) on the 7-inch model and 2560x1600 (339 ppi) on the 8.9-inch — which also has a new 8MP rear camera. Amazon says that the overall weight of the HDX has improved dramatically as well. The HDX 8.9-inch is 34 percent lighter than the previous model (just 13.2 ounces).

On the software side, the new HDX tablets are running Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito," which brings several new features like X-Ray for Music, Prime Instant Video downloads and updates to all of the pre-installed apps. Amazon is also introducing a new service it calls a "Mayday button," which delivers 24x7x365 tech support for your tablet for free.

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6 months ago

Retailer leak reveals Archos Gamepad 2

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We weren't overly impressed by Archos Gamepad tablet when we reviewed it back in April, but it seems there's a re-vamped successor in the works. Revealed in a leak by Hong Kong-based outlet HKTDC, the Archos Gamepad 2 sports a new, curvier design and re-worked internals too. There's an improved 1280x800 7-inch display, an unnamed 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. Storage, too has been upgraded, with an optional 16GB model to be offered alongside the 8GB original, while the microSD slot has also made it across to the new model.

The retailer listing has since been removed, but in any case, we're guessing it won't be too long before we see an official announcement.

Source: Engadget

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6 months ago

Hisense Sero 7 Pro gets another maintenance update

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Both the small maintenance update and larger cumulative update are rolling out OTA

For a company that is largely untested when it comes to providing updates to Android devices, Hisense seems to be looking after its Sero 7 Pro pretty well. Another update, albeit an extremely small one, should be rolling out to nearly all users by now. For those that missed past updates, a cumulative update of 330.6 MB will be available for you to download. For those already on Build number P756.6.02.11.00, the update comes in at a scant 1.7 MB. The latest Build number is now P756.6.02.11.00, with no other obvious software differences in sight.

This update does not change the Android version number, which is still the same one that the Sero 7 Pro had out of the box — Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. With Android 4.4 just around the corner, one has to wonder what Hisense's plans are for the future of this tablet's software.

Thanks, Joshua!

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6 months ago

Hudl: Hands-on with Tesco's budget tablet

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How much Android tablet does £119 get you?

We've just got done with Tesco's Hudl event in London, where the retail giant announced a 7-inch Android tablet with a quad-core CPU that'll sell for just £119. With such a competitive price, the Hudl is probably among the best tablets around this price point. The 1440x900-resolution display beats most entry-level Android slates, and the back panel is furnished in soft-touch plastic, similar to that of the new Nexus 7. As you'll see in our hands-on video above, we're looking at a relatively barebones Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience, with some additions from Tesco. These include apps to take advantage of video through the company's BlinkBox and Clubcard TV, as well as apps for groceries and online shopping (natch).

Check past the break for more photos, and share your thoughts down in the comments.

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6 months ago

Tesco unveils the £119 Hudl tablet

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Quad-core CPU, 7-inch screen, sold online and in stores from Sept. 30

We're live in London, where UK supermarket chain Tesco is taking the wraps off its new budget tablet running Android, the 7-inch Hudl (pronounced "huddle.") The Hudl will sell for a fraction of the price of Google's Nexus 7, though with somewhat cut-down specs. The tablet features an 1440x900-resolution screen, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band Wifi and 16GB of storage, expandable up to 48GB via microSD. There's also a microHDMI port for TV connectivity.

On the software side, the Hudl is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the full suite of Google apps, as well as access to entertainment through Tesco's BlinkBox and Clubcard TV platforms. From what we're seeing, the software appears to be mostly stock Android, save for some customizations to hook it into the retail giant's digital services. The most noticeable addition is a dedicated "T" launcher button alongside back, home and task-switching.

The Hudl will come in black, blue, purple and red color options and sell for £119 through Tesco's online and brick-and-mortar stores starting next Monday, Sept. 30. Tesco Clubcard holders will be able to get the tablet through Tesco's "Clubcard Boost" program, which doubles the value of vouchers — meaning it could cost as little as £60 for holders of the loyalty card.

We've got today's press release, full specs and some official images after the break.

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