The PadFone X is finally here, and it may just be the best bang for your buck on the market today.
It’s finally here. After what seems like an eternity of waiting with baited breath, the Asus PadFone X has finally arrived on AT&T shelves and, in large part, it was well worth the wait.
First introduced back in January, Asus’ smartphone/tablet hybrid was unlike anything else on the market, and today it’s as unique as ever -- combining a powerful, flagship worthy 5-inch smartphone (dubbed the "PadFone") and an equally impressive 9-inch tablet (dubbed the "PadFone Station"), the PadFone X is as good of a two-for-one deal as you’ll find, priced at an affordable $200 on a two year contract.
But as you’ll see, Asus sacrificed form for function, and the PadFone X could take some cues from its fellow 2014 flagships in the style department. But all things considered, its power, usability and cool factor more than make up for its shortcomings.
Owners of NVIDIA's Android-based Tegra Note 7 tablet should check their device to see if they have an OTA update to download. The company has announced that once that update is installed, the hardware can start streaming Netflix videos in full 1080p.
The colors! There's a Samsung event on for June 12th (that's next week!) in New York City, with the promise of "tab into color." Reading between the lines that can only mean one thing to us: Samsung's finally going to unveil their long-awaited Galaxy Tab S range of tablet with AMOLED displays.
And now there's a preview video that's, well, a spinning tablet seen edge-on with lots of color. As one would expect from a saturation-happy AMOLED screen. Oh, and there's a look at a black slab tablet from the front, but it's all dark and mysterious like on the colorful background.
Tune back in next Thursday, when we'll be live in Madison Square Garden to see the latest from Samsung.
AT&T is expanding its pre-paid GoPhone service to include a limited number of tablets for the first time. This will allow users with compatible tablets to purchase data time on AT&T's network on a monthly basis.
Amazon is never shy to launch sweet deals for consumers to take full advantage of and today the retailer has subtracted a full 20 percent off its entire line of Kindle Fire HDX tablets (see our overall review) in the UK. This means you can pick up your own Kindle Android tablet from just £159.20 (7-inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi only). That's not a bad deal.
2K displays like those in the Samsung Note Pro tablets and the LG G3 are all the rage these days, but we all know what comes next: 4K. Apparently Samsung knows that too, and they've already got a tablet that is said to be sporting such a 4096x2160 display out in the wild.
Project Tango, a Google research project aimed at making gadgets aware of 3D space, has produced a new prototype that fits into a slim tablet form factor. Google intends to ship these out to developers later this year for $1,024, and have opened up a page where you can sign up for notifications. This bad boy packs some serious horsepower, including an NVIDIA K1 chip, a 7-inch 1080p display, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, USB 3.0, and, of course, running Android 4.4. The real party's in the back, though. There you'll find a 4 megapixel camera with a massive sensor, a dedicated motion sensing camera, and depth sensor.
Barnes & Noble is partnering with Samsung to continue the Nook series of tablets. It's more of a co-branding than anything, as the first product will be the "Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook", based off the 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 4.
Over-the-air update files now available for multiple devices
Following the recent release of Android 4.4.3 for Nexus devices in factory image form, the first over-the-air updates have started rolling out this morning. So far we've confirmed it's rolling out for the Nexus 7 2013 (Wifi), Nexus 5 and Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4, HTC One M7 and HTC One M8. We'd expect more Nexus devices (and eventually Google Play editions) to follow with OTAs in the near future, and as always not everyone will get the update immediately. In the meantime, impatient Nexus owners can always fall back on a manual install of the update if they're feeling adventurous.
We've got download links and more info after the break.
T-Mobile has announced they're shaving off $100 from the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 for Father's Day. It's now $600, or $25/month over two years. If you'd rather be scraping around the bargain bin for your Father's Day present (how much do you love your father?), the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 is getting released on June 18 for a scant $168. Just keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Of course, T-Mobile is still offering 200 MB of free tablet data to anyone.
AT&T has announced it will be the first wireless carrier to sell Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablet, along with the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, starting on June 6. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and has a 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor, along with 16 GB of internal storage. That amount can be expanded by up to 16 GB in additional memory. It also has an 6,800 mAh battery that is supposed to last up to nine hours.
Ahead of an official announcement of Samsung's rumored Galaxy Tab S series, we now have what appears to be official press images of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. It appears that Samsung is keeping the design language of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 consistent with the flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone and with the previously leaked Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tablet.
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