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7 months ago

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

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Basic tablet with bright colors, chunky case and big handle

Samsung clearly wants to get users hooked on Galaxy devices at an early age, and so today brings the launch of the Galaxy Tab 3 kids — a child-friendly tablet with a range of pre-loaded educational apps.

The hardware itself isn't anything too fancy — a 7-inch 1024x600 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.1 — but Samsung is relying on bright colors and appealing software to win over young users.

As evidenced by the promotional shot, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids features "Kids' World," "Kids' Video," "Kids' Camera," "Kids' Gallery" and "Kids Store" — which we presume is for purchasing apps and other content, not children. A built-in time management capability also allows parents to control how long kids use the device.

In addition, the manufacturer's offering an optional "Kids Case" for the tablet, which features large handle which also doubles as a stand, and a capacitive "C Pen" for drawing on the device.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will arrive in South Korea in September, before arriving in China, Europe, the U.S., Africa, South America and South East Asia at a later date. No details on pricing, but we'd expect it to come in around the $200 level of the regular Galaxy Tab 3.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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8 months ago

Purported LG G Pad 8.3 render looks like a big G2

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LG's G Pad 8.3 teaser video didn't reveal much about what the upcoming tablet will actually look like. Fortunately, though, there's a leaked render doing the rounds showing a size comparison between what appears to be the new G Pad and its smartphone counterpart, the LG G2.

As the side-by-side image shows, the G Pad appears to employ a similar design language to the G2, with a curved rectangular chassis, a speaker grille up top and minimal horizontal bezels. On the right edge we can see what appears to be a power button, while the usual assortment of sensors can be found up top.

The source of the leak, Korean blog MovePlayer, says the LG G Pad 8.3 will pack a Full HD (1920x1200) display, and make its public debut at IFA 2013 next week. If accurate, the Berlin-based trade show would welcome the first LG tablet since the Honeycomb-based Optimus Pad, released in 2011.

Source: MovePlayer

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8 months ago

LG announces the G Pad 8.3 in YouTube teaser

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LG's already sorta-confirmed that it's working on a new tablet, and now it's gone and outed the device's name on its YouTube channel. A preview video for the LG G Pad 8.3 sees LG asking regular people what'd make a tablet just right for them, with suggestions that LG's new 8.3-incher will sport a Full HD display, a thin design and the ability to connect to Smart TVs.

If an LG tablet launch is on the horizon — and it certainly seems to be — we could see it as early as next week, at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, Germany.

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8 months ago

New Nexus 7 hits Japan Aug. 28, LTE version tipped for September

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27,800 yen for 16GB, 33,800 yen for 32GB

The original Nexus 7 might have taken its time to come to Japan, but the same isn't true of its successor. The new Nexus 7, with a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and 1920x1200 display, will arrive on Japanese shores from this Wednesday, Aug. 28, reports Engadget.

The Nexus 7 will sell for 27,800 yen ($282) with 16GB of storage, 33,800 yen for 32GB ($344). The outlet also reports that a SIM-unlocked LTE-capable version will arrive from mid-September, supporting all three major Japanese carriers. (We've still yet to hear any firm release dates for the LTE version in other countries.)

Elsewhere, the UK is set to get the new Nexus 7 on the same day, with ASUS having confirmed an Aug. 28 release date a few weeks back.

Source: Engadget

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8 months ago

Get yourself a new Nexus 7 from Woolworths in the UK right now

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Delivery pegged for August 28, 16GB and 32GB versions in stock

It's almost new Nexus 7 time here in the UK, and another source of Google's finest has come to light in online retailer Woolworths. It may be the remnants of the former high street chain, but Woolworths new online store has both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the 2013 Nexus 7 in stock for purchase right now. Delivery is still pegged for August 28, so there's a little wait to be had, but you can hand over your cash straight away. 

The 16GB Nexus 7 will cost you £199, and the 32GB not a whole lot more at £239. Anyone picking one up in the next week or so? 

Source: Woolworths

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8 months ago

New Nexus 7 getting update with fix for touchscreen issues

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Build JSS15Q has begun rolling out for Google's latest tablet

Following yesterday's updates for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, which are still in the process of reaching all users, Google is today pushing out its first post-release update for the 2013 Nexus 7.

Google's Paul Wilcox confirmed on the company's product forums that new firmware is indeed rolling out to fix touchscreen sensitivity issues reported by some Nexus 7 owners —

"As a couple of you have mentioned, there's a new system update that's started rolling out for your Nexus 7s. This update does address the touchscreen issues discussed in this thread. If you're one of the people experiencing touchscreen issues, please let us know how it's going after you've received and installed the update."

There's no word as to whether the patch includes any other changes, but it's possible it might also include whatever security fixes were rolled out to Nexus phones yesterday.

If you're not seeing anything on your Nexus 7 just yet, you're not alone — our devices aren't showing any updates available just yet either. As is always the case with Google updates, you might need to wait a few days before it's rolled out to your tablet.

Source: Google Product forums; via: ​XDA

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8 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now available on Three UK

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After an announcement just a week ago, Three UK has today launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The stylus-toting tablet is available on a wide range of (data-only) contracts, starting as low as £5 per month for 250MB, with a £369 up-front charge for the device. If you're after a subsidized Note 8, Three's 24-month contracts start at £19 per month for 5GB and £69 up-front. Data-hungry buyers can go as high as 15GB for £29 per month, or £25 per month and £99 up-front.

The Note 8 packs a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8-inch 1280x800 display and DC-HSDPA/4G LTE connectivity, meaning it'll support Three's 4G network when it launches during the fourth quarter.

Source: Three

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8 months ago

UK supermarket Tesco reportedly working on cheap tablet

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British supermarket chain Tesco is reportedly reportedly working on its own-branded tablet computer, which will compete with the likes of the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire. The news comes from UK-based newspaper The Sunday Times, which says the tablet will retail around the £100 mark -- significantly cheaper than most Android tablets -- and come with built-in support for Blinkbox, the streaming service acquired by Tesco in 2011.

Though not specifically mentioned in the report, the low retail price and streaming focus suggests that the tablet will likely run Android in some form or other.

The move could be seen as way for Tesco to claw back revenue lost through declining physical media sales, while also expanding into a potentially lucrative market. The supermarket's prominence in the UK would present it with ample opportunity to get its new tablet in front of shoppers.

Source: The Times (Paywall); via: The Independent; Thanks for the tip, John!

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8 months ago

Toshiba Excite Pro review

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A Tegra 4 powerhouse, sure, but don't get too excited about the Excite Pro

Finally, a readily available Tegra 4-powered Android tablet — the Toshiba Excite Pro — is up for sale in the United States. Complete with a super high-res (2560x1600; 299 ppi) display, premium sound system and Android Jelly Bean, this is one worth taking a close look at if you're in the market for a 10-inch tablet.

Toshiba's been at the Android tablet game for a while, and their track record is a mixed bag. They get a lot right, especially in the looks and style department, but we've just not seen a must-have tablet from the Japanese electronic giant. They aim to change this with the Excite Pro, but is there anything there to get excited about?

That's the question we aim to answer, as I've been using this one for a bit and have a few things to say. Head past the break to find out more.

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8 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 LTE coming to Three UK

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Three UK has confirmed that it'll be offering Samsung's latest stylus-equipped Android tablet, the Galaxy Note 8, in the near future. Announced back at Mobile World Congress in February, the Note 8 features an 8-inch, 1280x800-resolution display, a quad-core Exynos CPU and a 5-megapixel rear camera. In today's video preview, Three's Brendan Arndt reveals that the operator will be offering the LTE-capable version of the Note 8, meaning it'll support Three's 4G services when they go live towards the end of the year.

There's no specific release date for the Note 8 on Three, but the network says it's "coming soon."

More: Galaxy Note 8 review

Source: Three (YouTube)

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