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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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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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