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9 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 'Game Edition' spotted with bundled Gamepad

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Samsung Gamepad packaged with 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 and HDMI adapter​

After what seems like an eternity, the Samsung Gamepad is just about ready for release. The accessory is designed to clip onto smartphones sized between 4 and 6.3 inches, but it can also serve as a Bluetooth controller for larger gadgets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range. And it seems Samsung wants to capitalize on the Gamepad's tablet gaming potential with a new bundle, dubbed the "Galaxy Tab 3 Game Edition."

Sighted in box form by Samsung fansite AllAboutSamsung, the Galaxy Tab 3 Game Edition includes a Samsung Gamepad, a Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch tablet and HDMI adapter. That combination should allow you to play supported games on the Tablet using the Gamepad over a Bluetooth connection, or on a larger display using the tablet and controller in "console mode."

There's no word on when this bundle might appear on store shelves, but with a European release for the Gamepad said to be imminent, hopefully there's not too much longer left to wait.

For more info on how the Samsung Gamepad enables console mode, check out our hands-on feature with the device.

Source: AllAboutSamsung

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9 months ago

7-inch Kindle Fire HDX down to £169 in the UK

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£30 discount on all 7-inch, Wifi-only HDX models until January 2

Amazon UK has announced that it's lowering the price of all 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX Wifi models by £30 until the new year. The promotion runs until Jan. 2 and sees the cheapest 16GB varaint "with special offers" — i.e. lock screen ads — coming down to £169. As always, buyers can configure their devices with up to 64GB of storage, ads or no ads, and Wifi-only or Wifi + 4G LTE.

Amazon's latest small form factor tablet features a 7-inch 1920x1200 display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, with Android-based software built around Amazon's content ecosystem. Here's what our own Jerry Hildenbrand had to say about the HDX in his recent review —

Should you buy one? That's going to depend on what you're looking for in a tablet. If you want something that has access to all the cool apps and Android features we talk about here at AC daily, then no — the Kindle Fire HDX is not for you. On the other hand, if you want a simple, yet elegant portal to a rich content library — and don't mind that it's Amazons — then you should definitely grab one.

Buy now: Kindle Fire HDX on Amazon.co.uk

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9 months ago

'World's cheapest tablet' arrives in the UK, priced £30

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The race to the bottom of the Android tablet market continues with the launch of the UbiSlate 7Ci in the UK, priced at just £29.99. Originally part of a program run by the Indian government to bring cheap tablets to educational establishments, the UbiSlate is, according to its manufacturer, the "world's cheapest tablet."

So what do you get for your thirty quid? Well, the spec page lists a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, 512MB of RAM, a WVGA (800x480) 7-inch display and 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD. On the software side, the company claims its tablet runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, though the launcher and UI on its product render appears to be from version 2.3, Gingerbread.

The UbiSlate 7Ci is just one of many super-low-cost tablets to arrive on the UK market in recent months. Tesco launched its Hudl tablet for £119 in September, followed shortly after by even cheaper offerings from Argos, Carphone Warehouse and even discount supermarket Aldi.

With the holidays looming, the temptation to pick up such a cheap Android tablet may be strong. But as we always point out, when you pay such a small amount for a tablet you're likely to get exactly what you pay for.

Source: UbiSlate; via: The Guardian

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9 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch down to £99 at Amazon UK

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White variant of Samsung's latest 7-incher goes under £100 for the first time

If you're looking for a good deal on an Android tablet for someone this holiday season, and you're British, then Amazon might be worth a look. Currently you can pick up the white Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch for just £99. Sure, it's not going to set your pants on fire, but if you're looking for something for a more casual user or for the kids, it's a great price. 

This price is for the 8GB model, though being a Samsung tablet you do at least get the option of expanding that with a microSD card. It's pretty tame on the specs, with a 1024x600 resolution display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and two less than impressive cameras, but right now at £99 you'll still likely be better off than with a similiarly priced no-name tablet. 

Source: Amazon UK

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9 months ago

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition unboxing and hands-on

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The first true Google Play edition tablet from LG and Google

We've been using the LG G Pad 8.3 for a while now, and we've been excited to get a look at this one since Google announced it yesterday afternoon. LG makes one heck of a tablet, and their display technology is legendary, so what happens when you pair Google's Android with it should be really interesting.

So far, it has been. LG strays pretty far from the vanilla Android experience, so these two stop feeling the same the minute you turn them both on. The Google Play edition feels "darker", and pretty sparse. Designed to be fortified with applications from Google Play's app store, out-of-the-box Google Play devices seem bare-boned. That's a good thing for many, and an easy to overcome issue for everyone.

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9 months ago

In pictures: The white Nexus 7

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Like the black Nexus 7, only white

The white Nexus 7 is upon us, having been announced just yesterday alongside the two new Google Play edition devices. Today we've got our hands on the freshened-up version of Google and ASUS' 7-inch slate, which on the inside is the same tablet we've been using since the summer — a 1920x1200 display, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage on this particular model. And yes, it's still running pure, unadulterated Android 4.4 KitKat.

On the outside things are just a little different. It's white, not black, with a slightly glossier, more reflective finish — most likely to prevent the device from picking up scuffs and marks. The difference is similar to the contrast between the white and black Nexus 5s — a different look and glossier texture on the white model. (And like that device, the front bezel around the screen remains black.)

We've got a hands-on photo gallery waiting after the break.

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9 months ago

White Nexus 7 now on sale in the UK

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Available in Wifi + 32GB version only, priced £239.99

The new white Nexus 7, announced yesterday for the UK, U.S. and Japan, is now available for Brits to buy. The tablet appeared on the UK Google Play Store yesterday along with a "coming soon" notice, but now it's on sale at the regular price of £239.99 for the Wifi-only version with 32GB of storage. As is the case in the U.S., that's the only white Nexus 7 available at the moment — so if you want LTE connectivity or the cheaper 16GB storage option you're limited to the traditional black version.

White Nexus 7s ordered today in the UK are due to ship within 1-2 working days, with free ground shipping being offered "for a limited time."

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9 months ago

ASUS announces the Padfone Mini convertible phone + tablet

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4.3-inch mid-range phone turns into a 7-inch mid-range tablet

As widely anticipated, ASUS has today announced the latest addition to its Padfone line of convertible Android devices, the Padfone Mini. Like other Padfone products, the Padfone Mini comes in two parts — a 4.3-inch phone and a 7-inch tablet dock — meaning you can slot the former into the latter. This lets you use a single data plan for both tablet and phone mode, and charge the phone while it's docked in the tablet.

Unlike previous Padfones, the Padfone Mini is aimed squarely at the mid-range market. It's got a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB of RAM and a qHD (960x540) display on the phone, which expands to 1280x800 on the tablet. There's microSD expandability in addition to the 16GB of built-in storage, as well as a 1500mAh battery in the phone and a 2200mAh bank in the tablet. For your imaging needs there's an 8-megapixel camera with burst mode and ASUS' PixelMaster tech for boosting brightness in dark scenes.

And on the software side, the Padfone Mini runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and ASUS' own software customizations.

So the specs aren't earth-shattering, but given the price point of NT$11,990 ($405) that's not entirely surprising. The Padfone Mini is due to go on sale in China, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, according to Engdget, with no word on any Western release plans.

Source: Engadget

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9 months ago

White Nexus 7 now available in the U.S.

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Amid all the Google Play edition news dropping today, Google has also taken the wraps off the Nexus 7 (2013) in white. Google says it'll be available in the UK, U.S. and Japan, and besides the change in color it's the same ASUS-made, current-generation Nexus 7 we've been using since the summer.

It's worth noting that at the time of writing it's only available in Wifi + 32GB versions — no 16GB or LTE at present.

For more, see the Play Store link above. It's currently marked as "coming soon" in the UK; in the U.S. it's available to order right now.

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9 months ago

LG announces Google Play edition G Pad 8.3

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LG's latest mid-sized tablet comes in a new software flavor

Following tightly on rumors that it would release a stock tablet, LG has just announced the Google Play edition G Pad 8.3. The tablet looks nearly identical to the original version of the G Pad 8.3, but is of course running a stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat, as you would expect from a Google Play edition device.

The device is only available in black (rather than black and white), and packs the same 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable by MicroSD) and an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display.

The Google Play edition G Pad 8.3 is now available on the Play Store for $349.99, and at the moment shows 1-2 business day shipping. For the moment, Google and LG aren't releasing details on availability outside of the U.S.

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9 months ago

Source code points to possible Google Play edition LG G Pad 8.3

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LG-V510 could be the first Google Play edition tablet, according to open-source listing

Update: The LG G Pad 8.3 is official, and available to buy right now!

There's been some speculation online lately surrounding an upcoming LG tablet carrying the model number LG-V510. Twitter leaker @evleaks recently published info suggesting it'd be a "Google open" device, and now files in an open-source code drop from LG itself refer to it as the "G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition."

The source code and framework support files appear to be from KitKat-based software, as you'd expect from this kind of tablet. What's more, Android Police has come up with a build.prop from the purported tablet, which is consistent with what we'd expect from such a device. So there are some strong indicators that we could be on the way to the first Google Play edition tablet, which might join the existing GPe phones on Google's online store.

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9 months ago

Aldi selling £80 Android tablet this weekend

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Supermarket chain Aldi is the latest UK retail name to start selling super-cheap Android tablets in the run up to the holidays. This Sunday, Dec. 8, the store will offer the Medion LifeTab E7316 tablet for £79.99. It's an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean slate with a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal flash, expandable via microSD card. You also get front and rear cameras — 2MP and 0.3MP units — as well as 802.11n Wifi connectivity.

The specs are nothing spectacular compared to the likes of the Nexus 7. But this thing sells for less than half the price of Google's tablet, and on the face of it seems decent value for money. There is however no indication as to whether the tablet is Google Play certified — a process which has presented issues for some cut-price tablets in the recent past.

In any case, before parting with your cash it's worth remembering that not every cheap Android tablet is worth buying.

Source: Aldi; via: Eurodroid

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9 months ago

Samsung reportedly developing 8 + 10-inch AMOLED screens for future tablets

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New tablets to compete with iPad Air and iPad Mini in 2014, according to Korean press

In the early days of the Galaxy Tab line, Samsung released a couple of Android tablets with AMOLED screens — the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and 8.9 — but since then the company's tablet lineup has been a strictly LCD-only affair. That may be about to change in 2014, however, as reports from the Korean press suggest that Samsung Display is working on 8 and 10-inch AMOLED screens for high-end tablets, due for release in the new year.

Korea's Digital Daily reports that the new screens will be aimed squarely at high-end tablets to compete with Apple's iPad Air and iPad Mini, and will arrive around the same time as its next flagship smartphone. Samsung's budget tablets will continue to use LCD panels, according to the report, an approach which would mirror its smartphone display strategy.

As these reports are far from official, it's worth taking them with a pinch of salt for the moment. But it'll be interesting to see whether these new devices might bring about a return of the Galaxy Tab brand in the high-end tablet market. In 2013 the Tab 3 line consisted of mostly entry-level tablets, with the high end occupied by the stylus-toting Galaxy Note 8 and Note 10.1 2014 Edition.

Source: Naver; via: SamMobile

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9 months ago

Sky Go tablet app now available

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Dedicated tablet app looks just like the phone equivalent 

British satellite broadcaster BSkyB has launched a dedicated tablet version of its Sky Go app, which allows subscribers to stream live TV and on-demand content to their Android devices. Sky says the app, like its smartphone counterpart, also gives customers access to more than 800 movies and a library of "hundreds" of entertainment shows and kids' content.

The launch of an official tablet app follows the gradual rollout of the Sky Go smartphone app over the past year — that app is available for a selection of popular Android devices sold in the UK. However the design of Sky Go for Android hasn't changed markedly in the tablet version — in fact it's almost identical to the phone version, leaving a lot of dead space on a 7-inch screen.

Sky Go for tablets is available now on Google Play for free, though you'll need a Sky subscription to use it. The app is compatible with "the majority of Android tablets that are 7 inches or larger and running Android 4.0 or later," according to the Play Store listing.

via: TheNextWeb

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9 months ago

HP Android tablets now available online

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A couple of months after it unveiled four new Android 4.2 tablets, HP has made some of them available through its U.S.-based online store. The HP Slate 8 Pro and Slate 10 HD are listed at $329.99 and $299.99 respectively, with the former offering a Tegra 4 processor and an 8-inch 1600x1200-resolution display, and the latter sporting a dual-core 1.2GHz Marvell CPU and an 8-inch 1280x800 panel.

They're joined by the HP Slate 7 Extreme — an NVIDIA Tegra Note device — which is listed at $199.99 but not available to buy directly from the manufacturer. Meanwhile the more affordable Slate 7 Plus is also available, with a Tegra 3 CPU and 1280x800-resolution screen, priced at $149.99.

Source: HP

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