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5 months ago

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition sighted with Verizon branding

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The Wifi-only Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has been around since late last year in a number of countries, but so far sightings of the LTE-capable, Snapdragon 800-powered version have been comparatively rare. However there's good news for those on Verizon in the U.S. today, as a new render uncovered by serial leaker @evleaks seems to show the Note 10.1 with a (rather sizeable) Verizon logo on the back.

There's no indication of any release date for the 10-inch, stylus-equipped slate, but it should sport all the features of its Wifi-only counterpart — specifically a 2560x1600-resolution display, 3GB of RAM and all the S Pen features of the Galaxy Note 3, only on a much larger screen.

You'll find more on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition in our full review of the tablet.

Source: @evleaks

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5 months ago

Verizon (finally!) gets its Nexus 7 tablet on Feb. 13

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Previously purchased tablets can be activated after a software update.

Finally, Verizon is getting the Nexus 7 tablet. It'll be available Feb. 13 — that's this Thursday — in stores and online. It's the same price as on Google Play — $349.99 off contract. But if you sign up for two years of service, you can shave $100 off that. If you want to add it to a Share Everything Plan, it'll cost $10 a month.

And what's more — those who already have a cellular-enabled Nexus 7 — which Google from the start said would work on Verizon — will be able to activate on Verizon as well (as you should have all along) after receiving a software update.

Google at the Nexus 7 launch event in July 2013 said the cellular-enabled version would work on Verizon. But the carrier never officially certified the tablet. Verizon gave an update in September, saying they were working on it. And in November, Verizon released its own $250 tablet, the Ellipsis 7

Source: Verizon

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5 months ago

This week's sidebar poll: About that price tag on the Samsung PRO tablets

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Is $850 for a Wifi tablet too much?

We knew Samsung's PRO tablets would be expensive. Some folks were predicting upwards of $1,000 (we haven't seen the 64GB LTE version of the Note Pro yet) and everyone was expecting a big jump over the "normal" Tabs and Note line from Samsung.

Now we know the price for the Wifi versions. Ranging from $850 for a 64GB Note Pro 12.2 to $400 for the Tab Pro 8.4, the prices are markedly higher than anything we've seen from Samsung before. In fact, the general consensus was that high prices killed HTC's tablet ambitions as well as LG's for a long while.

We have no idea, and only know that something is only worth what people will pay for it. What say you? Let your voice be heard in the poll. You'll find it in the sidebar to the right, or after the break if you're mobile. Make your choice and tell everyone why you feel that way.

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5 months ago

Kobo Arc 10 HD review

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A decent 10-inch tablet that, sadly, few will purchase

When Kobo launched its first dedicated Android tablet back in late 2012, I have to admit to being taken by surprise. The e-reading specialists first foray beyond dedicated readers was the Vox, and it ran Android. But as a tablet it was a distinctly sub-par experience. Even Google Play access couldn't save the Vox. But, when it came back with the Arc, Kobo had something much, much different. It had all the reading stuff, but was a perfectly capable Android tablet as well.

Fast forward 12 months, and Kobo again caught us off guard a little by announcing a step up to a 10-inch Android tablet. Sitting atop the lineup, the Arc 10 HD is still positioned as a premium reading device, but it still brings more than enough to the table to make us take notice of it. So, will it impress as much as its smaller predecessor did? 

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5 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 launches in the UK

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£649 gets you a 12-inch KitKat tablet with stylus capabilities

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet is available to buy in the UK from today, Samsung has announced. The Wifi-only version of the tablet launches today from Samsung's own online store, its "Experience Store" at Westfield Stratford City, and "selected retailers" such as Carphone Warehouse and John Lewis. The 12.2-inch behemoth sports a similar chassis design and internals to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, and is priced at a whopping £649 for the Wifi-only version.

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5 months ago

LG G Pad 8.3 down to £200 at UK retailer

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Larger-screened tablet for the same price as Google's Nexus 7

LG's G Pad 8.3 is one of the more impressive mid-sized Android tablets available today, with an 8.3-inch 1920x1200-resolution screen, a metal body and a Snapdragon 600 CPU. It's also got LG's colorful, love-it-or-loate-it Android UI, but that's easy enough to pare back if it's not your cup of tea. In any case we're starting to see the G Pad appearing at discounted prices in the UK, where it debuted around the £260 mark in October.

UK retailer Expansys is offering the 16GB G Pad for £199.99 — within 99 pence of Google's base Nexus 7 model, which comes with a smaller screen and slightly less powerful CPU. It's not a Nexus, meaning you won't get speedy updates or the pure Android software experience, but still, the G Pad 8.3 is a fine tablet for this price.

If you're on the fence, be sure to check out our full review of the LG G Pad 8.3, linked below.

More: LG G Pad 8.3 review

Source: Expansys

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6 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 gets a giant price in the UK

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£649 with a free Gamepad with pre-orders for Samsung's giant tablet

Having been unveiled back at CES in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, Samsung's giant new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has been officially priced for the UK. And as we expected at the time, it's quite high. £649 worth of high to be precise. It's a lot of tablet for the money, sure, but still a pretty hefty investment. As a sweetener, if you pre-order through Samsung UK, you'll get yourself a free Gamepad thrown in for good measure. 

You can pick one up in either black or white, and shipping will start on February 4. For more on the Note Pro 12.2 and the Samsung Gamepad, be sure to check out our hands-on look at both devices!

More: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 hands-on, Samsung Gamepad hands-on

Source: Samsung UK

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6 months ago

Tablet maker goes bust after row with retailer over Google services

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'MyTablet' maker enters liquidation after Argos withholds £3.2m over lack of GMS license, The Guardian reports

Penryth, Wales-based hardware maker KMS has entered liquidation after a row with high street retailer Argos over use of Google Mobile Services on tablets without the proper license, according to The Guardian. KMS manufactured Argos' £99 "MyTablet" slate — released late last year along with a flurry of other low-priced Android tablets from UK retailers — as well as other low-cost Android tablets.

The newspaper reports that Argos withheld payments of £3.2 million ($5.3 million) from KMS after it discovered the company had loaded Google Mobile Services — the package including Maps, Gmail and the Play Store — onto its tablets without a license from Google. While the core Android OS is free and open-source, Google's proprietary services and apps are not, and manufacturers must obtain a GMS license in order to legally load them onto devices.

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6 months ago

Sony really, really wants you to take great pictures using a tablet

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Tablet mount inbound for the QX10 and QX100 cameras, to make one giant camera

Part of the beauty of the Sony QX10 and QX100 cameras is the versatility. The ability to use it which whichever Android smartphone you have in your pocket at the time, or even an iPhone should you so desire. The included adaptor to strap it to your phone accomodates most current devices, but not tablets. But Sony looks set to change all that; it really, really wants you to use it with a tablet. 

This image courtesy of the folks at Xperia Blog shows a new mount to strap either of the cameras to a tablet. It isn't going to be available until April, and initially in Japan only, but it shows us what is essentially a 10-inch camera. Yowzas. 

Sure, you can already kind of use the QX cameras with a tablet, and there's no doubt that picture viewing and editing would be better on a big screen. But this goes one step beyond even those folks who wander around taking photos with an iPad. 

One other thing of note; the selection of images shows the camera mounted to a Sony Vaio tablet. Is there a Windows 8 client of the Playmemories Mobile app on the cards? We like the QX cameras, but for us this might be a step too far. How about you? 

Source: Xperia Blog

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6 months ago

ASUS launches another Padfone, in a color named after a whiskey

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ASUS kitting out the Padfone range with this mid-range offering that comes in Johnnie Walker Black

Barely 3 weeks after dropping a bunch of new devices on us at CES, ASUS has quietly launched another new Padfone device in its native Taiwan. The Padfone E is a mid-range hybrid offering, that looks like it sits between the Padfone Mini and the more high end Padfone X. Oh, and it comes in the best named color ever; Johnnie Walker Black – and Pearl White, but that's boring!

Spec wise, the Padfone E comprises a 4.7-inch smartphone and a 10-inch tablet dock, both with 1280x720 resolution displays. As always, the internals are all packed into the smartphone, and we're looking at a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and a pretty small 1820 mAh battery – though thankfully the dock has a 5000mAh power plant within. 

Details on on-board storage seem to be missing from the specs list, though we imagine it won't be anything above 8GB at best, though ASUS does provide a microSD card slot for folks that like that sort of thing. It's going on sale in Taiwan initially in dual-SIM form with a price around $560. 

Source: ASUS (translated)

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