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7 months ago

ASUS unveils new Padfone Infinity with updated internals and design

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Snapdragon 800 CPU and new camera tricks among features of the 'new' ASUS Padfone Infinity

Following on from its recent product line refresh at IFA, Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS has taken the wraps off a revamped dockable handset, in the form of the "new" Padfone Infinity. A refreshed version of the handset we first saw at Mobile World Congress, the new Padfone packs a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, microSD expandability and a tweaked industrial design, featuring a "diamond-cut" aluminum back.

The tablet-dockable phone features the same 13-megapixel, f/2.0 camera as the original, but ASUS is introducing a new ability it's calling PixelMaster, which uses a pixel binning-like feature to produce a clearer 3-megapixel image from the 13-megapixel sensor.

On the software side, the new Padfone Infinity runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and ASUS's latest UI, which we saw on its latest products in Berlin a couple of weeks ago. It's still pretty close to vanilla Android, but tweaks to the menus, notification shade and icons give it its own unique appearance without straying too far from Google's vision of Android.

Engadget reports that the new Padfone Infinity will sell for the equivalent of $640 for the handset alone, while the tablet will run around $240. Got an old Padfone Infinity tablet dock? Fear not, you'll be able to use your old dock with the new phone.

Source: Engadget

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7 months ago

Galaxy Tab 3 may be getting multi-user support in a future update

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Test firmware shows Samsung's take on multi-user support

Though the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 models — both the 8.0-inch version and the 10.1-incher — launched with Android 4.2.2, they did not have the multi-user account support that Google has added to tablets. If the test firmware that SamMobile has seen a peek of ends up getting released to the tablets, that looks like it's going to change.

There's no word on what other changes may be in any future update, or if it will involve any Android version bump.

Folks are pretty confident that we'll see this update in the near future. Multi-user support is a great feature to have on a tablet, and we hope Samsung has figured out a way to do it that fits their take on Android.

Source: SamMobile. Thanks, B!

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7 months ago

Go ahead, spill the sauce: Sony Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition lands at $649

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The kitchen is a prime place to use a tablet. Sony knows this, too, and that's why it's rolled out the Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition. this Wifi-only 10.1-inch tablet (read our full review) already is water-resistant — a fact that suits it for the spill-happy environment of you kitchen.

With the tablet also comes an iGrill wireless digital thermometer, and you get food apps, recipes and videos preloaded as well.

The Kitchen Edition of the Tablet Z will cost you $649 — and Sony's tossing in free ground shipping. 

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7 months ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 pictures leaked

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Complete redesign said to leave the new Kindle Fire HD tablets lighter and thinner than the original

Rumors about the next version of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets have been floating around for a bit, but today we get a first look at what may be coming. BGR has a handful of pictures they say are the next Kindle Fire HD 7, and from the looks of things we have to agree.

The 7-inch version will be packing the following specs, according to BGR:

  • 7-inch 1080p LCD
  • Amazon's Kindle OS, built on Android 4.2.2
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at "over 2GHz"
  • 2GB RAM
  • Storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
  • Wifi only and cellular models will be available

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is expected to be released in the "coming weeks", followed by the new 8.9-inch version this November, which will feature a 2560x1600 display.

The tablets are said to be completely redesigned, and will be lighter and thinner than the current models. For more pictures, visit the source link below.

Source: BGR

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7 months ago

Toys R Us announces the Tabeo e2 child-focused 8-inch Android tablet

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Pre-loaded with educational apps and resistant bumps and drops

Toys R Us announced today that it will be selling a follow-up in its kid-focused lineup of tablets, the Tabeo e2, with improved specs and features. The 8-inch tablet has a capacitive multi-touch display with 1024x768 resolution, dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (expandable by SDcard).

But the internal specs aren't the important part of a device like this, it's the software. Based on an underlying platform of Android 4.2, the Tabeo e2 has a children's app store with thousands of free apps, and has dozens of pre-installed educational apps primarily for 6 to 11 year-olds. Naturally, there are also plenty of parental controls to keep things locked down.

The outside of the device is very kid-friendly as well, with an impact-resistant screen and tough plastic outer shell. That shell comes in blue, pink or clear color options and has a variety of color-matched accessories for kids wanting a complete look. The Tabeo e2 goes on sale in Toys R Us stores for just $149 starting in October, which seems like a good price for something that is more child-friendly than your average tablet and has decent specs to boot.

Source: Toys R Us

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7 months ago

LTE Nexus 7 now available from Google Play

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32GB, Wifi and LTE Nexus 7 (2013) for $349

The LTE version of the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet is now available at Google Play. Shipping in one to two days, the 32GB unlocked LTE device will work on all most major US carriers as it carries the 700, 850, AWS and 1900 MHz LTE bands. Additionally, the device will come bundled with a T-Mobile SIM card, meaning you can get up and running on a pre-paid plan with just a phone call.

Shipping is free, and the device checks in at $349. Also, the Google Nexus Twitter account says the Nexus 7 LTE will be at T-Mobile stores in October.

Update: We've just heard from T-Mobile, who has confirmed that every purchase will qualify for 2GB of free LTE data during the first month. Their statement is after the break.

Source: Google Play; @googlenexus

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7 months ago

A quick look at receiving a phone call on the LG G Pad 8.3

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One of the more intriguing features of the LG G Pad 8.3 is its ability to pair up with the LG G2 for more than just tethering. In fact, the "Q Pair" feature is supposed to eventually work with phones made by manufacturers other than LG. That's for another day though. Today, we're taking a brief look at what it looks like when a call comes in on a phone and is then shared with the G Pad tablet.

The idea is that the two devices are tethered, with the call coming in to the phone. But as the phone rings, you also get a pop-up on the tablet, allowing you to take the call, decline it outright, or decline it with an automated response. It looks good, it's dead simple to use — and it's really something we've not seen anyone else do before.

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7 months ago

Hands-on with the new Galaxy Note 10.1 Book Cover

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A basic protective cover for the 2014 edition Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung's unveiled a wide range of accessories alongside its new Note products at IFA 2013. We've already taken a look at the S View cover for the Galaxy Note 3, and now it's time to get acquainted with the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) book cover. Relatively simple in design, the book cover bears a slight resemblance to Apple's smart covers, though there's no magnetic attachment, and you'll have difficulty using it for anything besides keeping the screen clear of knocks and scratches.

It'll also be available in six color options — black, white, orange, pink, green and blue. Check past the break for more hands-on photos.

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7 months ago

ASUS MeMO Pad 8 hands-on

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Bigger and better than the original MeMO Pad, but will it knock your socks off?

The original ASUS MeMO Pad — an underpowered 7-inch Android tablet with a woefully low-resolution display — didn't do much for us. (That's putting it very nicely.) The new MeMO Pad 8, however — announced this week at IFA in Berlin — is a tablet we'd not be ashamed to carry around.

That's not to say it's perfect. The 8-inch, 1280x800 display still only gives you about 188 pixels per inch — and you will notice, especially if you're used to something like the new Nexus 7, with its 323 pixels per inch. But it's better.

The quad-core processor and 1GB  is a big improvement as well, keeping the user interface humming along, but it wouldn't win any specs races, we fear. Again, we'll want to wait for some more quality time before declaring the internals a winner, but it's certainly improved over the original MeMO Pad.

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7 months ago

Hands-on with the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T

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Same great tablet/laptop hybrid, with a better display and Tegra 4 power plant

ASUS has come quite a long way since the days of the original Transformer eeePad — and the newly announced TF701T has things as good as they've ever been.

We took the Tegra 4-powered hybrid Android tablet/laptop for a spin at IFA in Berlin and were greeted by the familiar feel of the excellent keyboard and (decent but not great) trackpad, along with the same excellent hinge and docking mechanism.

But, really, the star of this show is the IPS display, coming in at a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution at 10.1 inches, for 300 pixels per inch. Well, that and the NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40X system powering this beast. It's running Android 4.2.2 as well, and things seemed speedy enough. (We'll wait for a definitive judgment when we've got a little more time with one, away from the trade-show hiccups.) 

Put simply: If you love the current iteration of the Transformer Pad, you'll love this one that much more, we reckon. We've got more pics and video after the break.

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