Just a few scant hours after the user manual surfaced, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is now official. The 7-inch tablet has a rather unimpressive 1024x600 resolution and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. It's just shy of 10mm thick, and that svelte nature (if not the price tag, which wasn't announced but likely will be around the $199 we saw for the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3) is this guy's selling point.
It's running Android 4.2 out of the box and presumably would be updated at some point. The Tab 3 Lite has a 2-megapixel camera in the back — the only shooter on this tablet. Battery life likely will be decent with a 3,600 mAh capacity. It's also listing 2G and 3G cellular data — but traditionally that sort of feature is stripped out in U.S. releases.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will be available worldwide in white or black.
Low-end 7-inch tablet is all but confirmed at this point
Rumors have already been floating around about a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, and Samsung has just added more fuel to the fire by posting the user manual online. Posted to Polish support pages, Samsung has confirmed the SM-T110 as the Wifi version of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. While there has been no official announcement from Samsung, a local retailer claims to have a bit more information about the device as well.
According to the sources, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will feature a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 resolution along with a 1.2GHz processor inside. Additionally the device will carry 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory that is expandable via MicroSD if desired. The rear of the device will have 2MP camera, and it is said to feature a 3600mAh battery — that should easily get you through the day and more on a single charge.
Pricing has not been confirmed, but the device should be coming to market somewhere in the $100 price point for the Wifi version, and likely $150 or more for the one with cellular radios inside. Odds are that Samsung is saving this device for an official announcement at Mobile World Congress, which is just over a month away.
This year at CES the folks at Archos were showing off some very cool tech — notably their upcoming line of smartwatches and their updated Smart Home devices. I'm a big fan of both so once I got done getting a brief about their watches, I took a look at their connected home devices as well.
Powered by the Smart Home tablet, the whole setup is pretty impressive. It makes use of very small Bluetooth Low Energy devices that include a Mini Cam, Weather Tag, Smart Plug, Movement Tag and Motion Ball. All wireless, all with insane battery life (think 1-2 years). Using the Smart Home tablet or your phone you can control and monitor all the devices — everything from the temperature to open doors to motion in a room. Add in the Programs Manager and you can automate all kinds of fun tasks as well.
The Smart Home setup starts at under $200 and you can more goodies for as low as $30 — all of it coming at the end of Q2.
If you have been looking to get a good deal on a Nexus 7 (2013) for yourself you will want to check out the deal that Woot is offering today. Today Woot is offering the 16GB version for $189 and the 32GB version for $219, a nice $50 discount off each one. While the tablet has been on the market for a couple of months already, we are still a few months away from a new release so be sure to grab one at the discount. It's worth noting that these are factory reconditioned, so know that before going in.
Kid friendly tablet with user profiles for the whole family
Recently we have seen an influx of tablets being made for kids, and today KD Interactive and Techno Source have announced the Kurio 7x, a kids tablet that will be available on Verizon Wireless. The Kurio 7x will be a 7 inch Android tablet running Android 4.2, Jellybean. Having connectivity to both Wifi and the option of adding Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data as well allows for children to continue to use the device, even outside of the house.
"If today's families are always on the go, why should their kids' tablet experience have to end when Wi-Fi connection is unavailable?" said Eric Levin, division head, Techno Source. "By teaming up with Verizon Wireless, we're not only offering kids a seamless Kurio experience, but with Verizon's Share Everything Plans, an affordable one at that."
In order to ensure that the tablet is as child friendly as possible the Kurio 7x will feature a bunch of added features. Utilizing a suite of parental controls families will be able to create up to eight unique user profiles, each of which can be set up uniquely. By doing this each child can be granted different permissions and levels of access, making it like eight tablets in one.
If you're in the market for a new Audi tablet, you might also be in the market for a new tablet. Audi's already announced their participation in the new Open Automotive Alliance with Google, and it was widely anticipated that they'd be announcing Android in the car at CES 2014. Well, they did, but not in the way you might have expected: it's a tablet.
The new 10.2-inch Mobile Audi Smart Display tablet is Audi's latest foray into electronics. Powered by a Tegra 4 chip, the Mobile Audi Smart Display runs Android underneath, but features a very heavily skinned launcher that is optimized for in car use. For passengers, not drivers. Audi's rolling out a new version of their rotary dial + touchpad MMI interface for drivers that integrates multitouch gestures and natural language voice controls (ala Google Now and Siri) for the drivers.
One of the many products to come from ASUS in its CES 2014 press conference was the Padfone Mini, a smaller device device based upon its phone/tablet docking hybrid system. So, unlike previous Padfone devices, the Mini has a 4-inch smartphone that docks into a 7-inch tablet.
From the front, it's extremely reminiscent of the ASUS Fonepad. Powering the device is a 1.6GHz Intel Z2560 CPU backed up by 1GB of RAM. On the software front we're coming with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, though as with other new devices ASUS is promising an update to Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Padfone Mini isn't positioned at the high-end of the spectrum, with a pretty average 480x800 resolution display on the phone, and a 1280x800 resolution panel on the tablet dock. Internal storage is limited to 8GB but with microSD card expansion, and a pair of cameras rated at 8MP on the back, and 2MP on the front. The Padfone Mini will also come in a range of colors, including this striking red variant, as well as black, white, blue and yellow.
For a few more hands on photos, and a video runthrough, head on past the break.
We're live at CES 2014 in Las Vegas with ASUS, where its latest all-in-one, the Transformer Book Duet TD300 has been officially unveiled. Part tablet, part laptop and running Android 4.2.2 and Windows 8.1, we're sure a few of you are more than interested in this hybrid device.
There's no emulation on the Duet, both operating systems are running in full, and switching between the two is both simple, and quick with ASUS' "Instant Switch" technology. Hardware wise there are a few options, but the ones on the show floor are packing an Intel i7, and 4GB of RAM, with a 128GB SSD drive in the tablet, and upto 1TB hard drive storage in the keyboard dock.
Powerful, portable and a real productivity machine, could the Transformer Book Duet TD300 be the hybrid device of our dreams? Well, we've got a quick hands on video and a few more snaps after the break to help you decide.
Samsung’s new ‘Pro’ tablets introduce a new magazine-style UI and productivity features atop Android 4.4 KitKat
Samsung was the first big-name manufacturer to launch an Android-powered tablet with the original Galaxy Tab back in 2010. Yet over the past year the company that dominates Android phone sales has seemingly shied away from the high-end tablet space. With the exception of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Samsung’s recent Android tablets have focused on the mid-range and entry-level spaces.
But that’s about to change in 2014, as Samsung kicks off its CES presence with not one but four new high-end Android slates across three screen sizes: meet the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro series.
A pair of small tablets launch as part of Alcatel's CES lineup
Also making a CES debut from the folks at Alcatel Onetouch is a pair of tablets, the Pop 7 and Pop 8. Both are aimed at the lower end of the tablet market, and first time tablet buyers. The Pop 7 comes with a 7-inch 1024x600 resolution display, a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, and a 2MP rear camera. The black variants as seen here also come with a soft touch back, while the white ones have a glossy finish.
The ever so slightly higher spec'd Pop 8 has an 8-inch, 1280x800 resolution display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot and a 2MP rear camera. Both come running Android 4.2.2, which has some very slight manufacturer customizations, including a flatter, stylized UI and stylized menus.
Both tablets will be available in the EMEA region in Q1 2014, at €149 for the 3G variant Pop 7, and €199 for the similarly cellular enabled Pop 8. For our money the more expensive Pop 8 is the smarter buy, with its higher specs, clearer display and smaller bezels.
We've got a few more snaps and of the new tablets after the break.
Acer today announced a pair of new Android tablets ahead of CES.
The Iconia A1-830, seen above left, is a 7.9-inch tablet running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. It's powered by an Intel Atom processor at 1.6 GHz, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. The display has a paltry 1024x768 resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio. There's a 5 MP camera on the back, and a 2MP shooter up front. It'll run $179 in the U.S., and $199 in Canada. The A1-830 is expected to be available sometime this quarter.
Then there's the Iconia B1 tablet (seen here at right). It's a 7-incher that's just $129 (U.S. and Canada). Acer was coy with specs, but we do know it's running a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and sports Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. It'll be available later this month.
Polaroid has just announced some additions, called the Q Series, to its tablet lineup. Coming in a 7, 8 and 10-inch sizes, Polaroid hopes that its latest offerings will attract some attention. The Q7, Q8 and Q10 are all Wifi tablets that will launch running Android 4.4 KitKat — something many people will enjoy. Powered by a quad-core processor, each of these tablets will feature many of the other standard bells and whistles like Bluetooth, HDMI out, front and rear cameras, as well as front-facing speakers for great media enjoyment.
“Tablets are changing the way consumers use and share their favorite media and memories, and Polaroid’s robust line of tablets is allowing more consumers to share with on-the-go convenience,” said Polaroid President and CEO Scott W. Hardy. “Our Q Series provides consumers with super-fast quad core processing speeds allowing for faster performance and less wait times when watching movies, or playing games. In addition the Q series’ sleek design and affordable price point make it a great choice.”
With pricing starting at $129 and going up to only $179, the tablets are definitely in the affordable range. Polaroid hopes to have these in the hands of consumers by Spring 2014, which isn't too far away. The Q7, Q8 and Q10 will be featured at CES, so stay tuned for some hands-on time with each of these from the show next week.
Chimera computational photography architecture support for always on HDR now enabled
Nvidia has a little holiday gift for everyone with a Tegra Note 7 this morning. The Android 4.3 update is pushing out, and it brings along two notable enhancements — and improved stylus experience, and the Tegra 4 specific AOHDR (Always On High Dynamic Range) camera mode.
The DirectStylus enhancements start with the addition of a left-handed mode, which should help reject errant touches for all the southpaws out there. There is also a new help entry for the DirectStylus in the device settings to help answer any general questions, and the overall stylus response has been improved. In addition, there is also a new stylus removal and insertion notification, and screen capture now has the option to include the notification bar.
The new AOHDR feature is a Tegra 4 exclusive that allows the camera to better capture low light and bright light areas. As part of the Chimera computational photography architecture, AOHDR allows the user to take a full dynamic range picture in just one shot, with a real-time on-screen preview. This should reduce the slight blur often introduced with normal HDR photos that need two or more exposures to create the final product.
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Merry Christmas from all of us here at Android Central! If you're unwrapping a shiny new Android smartphone or tablet today there's probably a lot you want to find out about your new device. The once place you'll find plenty of hints, tips and friendly discussion is the Android Central forums. We've got device-specific forums for all the top phones and tablets, so jump past the break to for links to boards for some of the top Androids around!
A great tablet struggling to find a value proposition
It's hard to say we weren't surprised when Google seemingly randomly put two new Google Play edition devices up for sale on December 10th. The LG G Pad 8.3 (along with the Sony Z Ultra) is a new device in Google's quasi-Nexus line that takes proven hardware from major manufacturers and loads it up with new software the way Google intends it.
Now of course the LG G Pad 8.3 isn't the first Google Play edition device, it is simply the first tablet to adorn the title. But in many respects, the story is much the same. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition is to the Nexus 7 what the HTC One and Galaxy S4 GPe's are to the Nexus 5 — a more expensive device option with a few unique hardware differences and software features to differentiate it.
The question really stands then, is the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe worth the extra dough over a formidable competitor, the Nexus 7? Read along with us after the break and see what the first Google Play edition tablet has going for it.
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