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7 months ago

Kobo Arc 10 HD hands-on

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High-res, high-performance tablet with a focus on reading

Kobo recently announced a range of new Android tablets, at the high-end of that range sits the Kobo Arc 10 HD. With a Tegra 4 tablet with a 2560x1600-resolution display, the e-reader company finds itself positioned squarely at the high end of the Android tablet spectrum.

Nevertheless, despite the raw power — and presumably, gaming prowess too — under the hood, the Kobo Arc 10 HD's primary purpose is as a premium reading device. Kobo's built a custom launcher for its tablet based around navigating through magazine and book content. Most impressively, the magazine reader app itself allows users to easily jump between paragraphs by tapping either side of the screen, rather than scrolling and zooing around using the touchscreen. There's also a dedicated reading mode that dials back the screen brightness and background tasks, with the aim of giving users an uninterrupted reading experience.

The Kobo Arc 10 HD also sporting a unique chassis design, with an unusual geometric pattern on its rear. Despite these sharp lines, it's comfortable to hold and use — at least, as much as any other 10-inch tablet.

Check past the break for our hands-on walkthrough and more photos.

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7 months ago

Quick look: LG G Pad 8.3 cases

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LG's reveals protective accessories alongside new tablet 

LG officially re-entered the Android tablet game at IFA 2013 today with the launch of the G Pad 8.3, and alongside it the Korean company unveiled a couple of accessories for the device. LG's protective cover for its new tablet comes in two parts — the first is a plastic shell for the device, but there's also a detachable magnetic front cover (think iPad Smart Cover) to keep the screen free of damage. And like Apple's cover its also possible to extend it around the back of the device to use as a stand — though in a slightly different way, as the case has a clip-out area to connect to the front cover.

We've got more photos of LG's cases after the break, including a bonus shot of a lone Thomas the Tank Engine cover found wandering the aisles of the LG booth here in Berlin.

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7 months ago

LG G Pad 8.3 hands-on

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LG re-enters the Android tablet market with a device designed to balance size, specs and weight

Welcome back, LG. It's been a couple years since we saw a tablet from the South Korean company — a hot mess of 3D at that — and it's back in fine form with the G Pad 8.3.

We got our first look at this guy here at the IFA conference in Berlin, and from the get-go — it's fairly impressive. Thin, light and big but not too big, LG's got what should be a nice little option.

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7 months ago

Lenovo announces the 7-inch S5000 tablet

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Lenovo has a new 7-inch tablet coming out, and the S5000 promises to be extraordinarily thin and light, and be a stylish yet affordable option. At just 7.9mm thin, and weighing in at just 8.68 ounces, combined with chrome accents and a laser-etched "fabric-feel" surface around back.

Up front you're looking at a 7-inch 1280x800 screen with a 178 degree wide viewing angle. A front-facing 1.6MP camera and 5MP rear camera are on board, as is 3G HSPA+ connectivity on some SKUs. Under the hood you've got a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM, running on Android 4.2. The S5000 will feature 16GB of internal storage.

Other features like a sizeable 3450mAh battery and USB on-the-go round out the S5000. While the spec sheet may not get your blood pumping, hopefully it's priced right for the users on a budget. No word on pricing or availability just yet, but we imagine we'll see this one around the holiday season at the latest. Hit the break for a few pictures.

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7 months ago

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

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With the new ​Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung finally ups its tablet game

The original Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 had a storied path to release. Originally unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012 and later redesigned, it arrived last fall to mixed reviews. Since then, Samsung has focused on mid-range tablets in the Android space, with the one major exception being the Google-backed Nexus 10.

So as the Korean manufacturer unveils a new Galaxy Note 10.1, what’s changed? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot. And the 2014 Galaxy Note, as it’s being called, is a better device for it.

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7 months ago

Samsung announces the brand new Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

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It's a new 10.1-inch Galaxy Note, for 2014

It isn't just all about phones and watches here in Berlin, as Samsung has just announced Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition.) An update to the previous Note 10.1, we've got a newer design that fits with what Samsung is doing on the other devices in the portfolio, and some much more pleasing hardware. It'll be available globally beginning sometime in Q3 2013. 

The display on the new Note 10.1 is a WQXGA Super Clear LCD at 2560x1600 resolution. As with the Galaxy Note 3, there's a pair of different CPU's on offer, with the 3G and WiFi only versions carrying an Exynos Octa Core, and the LTE version packs a Snapdragon 800. Both carry the same 3GB of RAM that the phone has, too. 

Of course, the Note line is all about the S Pen, and the Note 10.1 shares a bunch of the new pen related features that the Note 3 has been introduced with. 

The Note 10.1 will come with 16, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage, all expandable via microSD card. Color wise you can have any color you want, so long as it's white or black. We've had some time with the Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) already, so be sure to check out our full hands on. The official press release can be found after the break.

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7 months ago

New Nexus 7 reportedly hitting Australia on Sept. 10

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The 2013 Nexus 7 will arrive in Australia next Tuesday, Sept. 10, according to reports from Ausdroid. The site says it's confirmed with Google Australia that the new Nexus tablet will go on sale in the country on the 10th, priced at A$299 for 16GB of storage and A$339 for 32GB. However there's still no word on when the LTE-capable Nexus 7 will arrive Down Under.

The Australian Nexus 7 release would follow launches in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Japan and some European countries over the past couple of months.

More: Nexus 7 (2013) review

Source: Ausdroid

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7 months ago

Acer unveils new Android tablet and all-in-one PC

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24-inch Tegra 3 PC and 10.1-inch budget tablet

Acer's other IFA 2013-related Android announcements come in the form of two new tablet-like devices -- the first a standard, low-cost 10.1-inch slate, the second a full-sized all-in-one PC running Google's OS.

The Acer Iconia A3 runs an unnamed 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A7 chip with 16 or 32GB of storage, microSD expandability and up to 9 hours of battery life. The tablet's 10.1-inch display is a basic 1280x800-resolution panel, and it also comes with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound tech. It's slated to hit EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in October for €249 with Wifi connectivity. A 3G version will arrive the following month for €299.

Next up, the Acer DA241HL is an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered all-in-one PC running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on a 24-inch 1080p display. A cross between a tablet and a desktop PC, the new "all-in-one" device can use an MHL connection to send content to an external display. Pricing for the device will start at €429 when it launches in mid-October.

Stick with this week for more Android announcements from the IFA show in Berlin.

Source: Engadget (2)

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7 months ago

LG officially announces the G Pad 8.3 tablet, will hit North America later this year

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LG this morning (OK, Saturday evening in much of the world) has announced the already sort-of announced G Pad 8.3 Android tablet. It'll be formally introduced this (next) week at the IFA conference in Berlin

This will be LG's first tablet since the 3D-happy LG Optimus Pad of 2011, which pretty much flamed out alongside every other 3D device that year.

The G Pad sports the aforementioned 8.3-inch display at 1920x1200 resolution (for 273 pixels per inch). That's a little larger than our current favorite, the 2013 Nexus 7, but with a slightly lower pixels per inch — the new Nexus 7 is at 323 ppi.

The G Pad 8.3 is powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7 GHz, with the nominal 2GB of RAM thrown in. It's running Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and has a few of the features we're currently enjoying in the companion LG G2 smartphone — namely Knock On (for turning on the display without using the power button), Slide Aside and QSlide. It's got a 4,600 mAh battery powering things.

And we called the new LG G2 a companion phone for a reason. The G Pad 8.3 will truly pair with it. When you receieve a call or message on the phone, it can also appear at the same time on the paired tablet, as part of the QPair app. Same goes for notes. And this feature won't be exclusive to LG devices — it'll work on other Android phones and tablets running Jely Bean.

The G Pad 8.3 will be available in white or black. It'll hit North America, Europe and Asia later this year, starting in the fourth quarter.

We'll get a better look at this guy this (next) week in Berlin. For now, we've got the full presser after the break.

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7 months ago

ASUS teases new Transformer Pad unveiling next week

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Teaser image shows what looks like a new Android tablet to be shown off in 4 days time

ASUS is no stranger to Android tablets, and if this teaser is anything to go by it looks like we might be seeing one in just a few short days. Not much is known other than what we see here, which in the top right hand corner shows what is clearly the standard Android status bar. The "We Transform" moniker would also indicate that we could be looking at a new Transformer Pad device. 

4 days time puts us in Berlin for IFA 2013, but ASUS is not directly exhibiting at the event nor has a press conference scheduled. But, that doesn't necessarily mean the new tablet won't be on show somewhere through a partner, perhaps such as a European carrier. We'll know all next week, but as ever with ASUS tablets, we're interested. 

Source: ASUS (Facebook)

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