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11 months ago

Haier launches a 9.7-inch tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat

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At CES 2016, Haier announced the HaierPad 971. Featuring a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536) IPS display and a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU, the tablet looks like a decent budget offering, even offering what Haier calls the "latest Android OS version," which according to them is Android 4.4 KitKat.

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11 months ago

Hands-on with Huawei's new MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet and its 4 speakers

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Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0

The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 brings 4 speakers to the tablet game.

CES 2016

In addition to announcing the Huawei Mate 8 and new female-oriented versions of the Huawei Watch, Huawei also rolled out the MediaPad M2 10.0. This Android tablet is essentially a larger version of the earlier MediaPad M2 8.0, offering a slim aluminum body (7.35mm, to be specific) with polished chamfers and a 10.1-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. Don't ask us why the tablet's named the 10.0 when the screen's 10.1.

The big highlight here, though, is the quartet of speakers, which Huawei describes as having been "positioned to deliver premium sound quality." Huawei's partnered with audio house Harman/Kardon on the speaker system, building in an "Intelligent Power Amplifier" and Harman/Kardon's Clari-fi tech that restores details lost in compression.

The tablet will be available in multiple configurations, including different colors, radios, storage, RAM, and stylus support:

  • Silver with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM: $349
  • Silver with 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, and LTE: $399
  • Gold with 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, and M-Pen active stylus: $419
  • Gold with 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, LTE, and M-Pen active stylus: $499

Every variant runs a Huawei EMUI-skinned version of Android 5.1 and has a fingerprint sensor built into the bottom bezel. The M-Pen stylus that comes with the 64GB version of the tablet offers 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for whatever artistic applications you have in mind.

The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2016, with numerous launch countries including the United States.

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11 months ago

Huawei's MediaPad M2 10 will start at $349

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Huawei has announced the pricing for its upcoming MediaPad M2 10 tablet. Both the 16GB and 64GB models will come in both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + cellular varieties.

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11 months ago

Huawei's MediaPad M2 10 is a new stylus-toting tablet

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New Huawei tablet includes stylus input and Harman/Kardon audio.

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is getting back into the large form factor tablet game, with the announcement of the MediaPad M2 10 at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. It's a new Android 5.1 Lollipop tablet with optional pen input through Huawei's Active Stylus, which boasts 2048-level pressure sensitivity. And the manufacturer has also partnered with Harman/Kardon to bring high-res audio to the tablet — the audio firm's Clari-Fi tech is designed to compensate for lost audio fidelity.

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11 months ago

Alcatel OneTouch officially announces the Pixi 4 family, consisting of 3 phones and a tablet

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As expected, Alcatel OneTouch has officially announced its new Pixi 4 family of devices at CES 2016, which consists of three smartphones and a tablet. This revamped lineup from Alcatel OneTouch is meant to be a premium style entry-level device, meaning you won't find top of the line specs, but you'll find great value in each of these devices.

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11 months ago

Alcatel OneTouch moves the 17-inch Xess to the kitchen, gives it a new launcher

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When we last saw the Xess — the massive 17-inch Android tablet from Alcatel — it was doing its best impression of a possible one-device-to-rule-your-home sort of thing. It's grown a little bit in purpose since then, though it's still a ways from actually going on sale. (Sometime in the first half of the year, for around $499, we're told.)

What's really new is the launcher you see before you. You're essentially looking at three (and then some) dedicated quadrants for things like recipes, Amazon shopping, YouTube or Hulu, and news and social media. The space on the left is meant for things like home video monitoring, which can live there for constant viewing. And, in fact, Alcatel is looking at bundling an IP camera with the Xess.

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11 months ago

The Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet is made for families and priced at just $100

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Acer wants to sell an Android tablet to the family crowd with the introduction of the Iconia One 8. Revealed as part of its CES 2016 product announcements, the 8-inch tablet will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box

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11 months ago

Factory images with January security patch now available for Nexus devices

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If you own a Nexus phone or tablet, and don't like to wait for the OTA release, you can now download the latest factory image from Google and flash it yourself. The update is still Android 6.0.1, but carries a different version number depending which phone or tablet you are using.

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11 months ago

Some of the Jolla Tablet's original backers won't get one after all

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If you were one of the people who backed the Jolla Tablet back in late 2014 with funds, via Indiegogo, thinking you would be getting one, you might be disappointed. The upstart Finnish manufacturer has now revealed that an unnamed number of those original backers won't be getting the tablet after all.

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11 months ago

Nextbook Ares 11a Android 2-in-1 tablet set to ring in at just $220

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Nextbook, the manufacturer of various budget Android and Windows tablets, will be expanding its lineup at CES 2016 with the Ares 11a. This will be a 2-in-1 tablet, featuring a full-size detachable keyboard. The tablet itself features an 11.6-inch display, and will run Android 5.1 out of the box. Inside, you'll find a quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8300 processor that is paired with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage.

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11 months ago

Why the Pixel C isn't yet a 'productivity' device

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Pixel C and Macbook Pro

The inclusion of a keyboard doesn't automatically make an Android tablet more productive. The software still has a long way to go.

We've chatted a bit of late over whether "productivity" is a thing — and especially whether it's a thing companies should be using to market their products. And I'm inclined to agree with Russell — whether I'm productive with a thing depends more on me than it does the thing I'm using.

But this much is clear when it comes to the new Pixel C: It's not any more of a productive device than the Nexus 9 is. Never mind the 3 billion (plus or minus) extra processing cores. Never mind magnets. Never mind keyboards. And never mind the awesome Googley LED on the back, which might be solely responsible for 50 percent of my lost work-hours the past several weeks.

I'm not any more productive with the Pixel C for a single reason, and it's one that has absolutely nothing to with any of the hardware.

It has to do with multitasking.

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11 months ago

Pixel C video review

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You've already read our comprehensive Pixel C review, now gaze upon our video review.

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11 months ago

Google Pixel C vs Dell Venue 10 7000 Series: an Android tablet keyboard showdown

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Google's first in-house tablet is very pretty, but far from an original idea.

There's a lot of excitement surrounding the shiny new Pixel C from Google, and with good reason. It's a spec powerhouse, it's running the latest and greatest version of Android, and it is so damn pretty. A big selling point for this tablet is its keyboard, which connects to the tablet with a series of powerful magnets and even receives power from the tablet when docked in a closed position. All told, the Pixel C has no shortage of clever but right this moment the software still stumbles to deliver a complete thought.

If that sounds familiar, it's because we said almost the exact same thing about another clever Android tablet/keyboard combo that was released earlier this year. Dell's Venue 10 7000 Series and Google's Pixel C have a lot in common, and choosing between the two really comes down to what functions you're most willing to sacrifice in order to get an Android-powered almost-laptop.

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11 months ago

Pixel C review

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The quick take

It's easy when reviewing a device to get distracted by what the product could have been, or what it maybe was supposed to have been, rather than what it actually is. And that distraction is even more apparent when it comes to the Google Pixel C, a beautiful but heavy 10-inch Android tablet that almost certainly isn't yet living up to its full potential.

The good

  • A large, beautiful display
  • Excellent build quality
  • Impressive (optional) keyboards
  • Nexus-like promises of software updates

The bad

  • It's heavy
  • And the keyboards make it heavier (and thicker)
  • A good bit of wonk in Android on this platform
  • Too many apps don't play nice with landscape orientation

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11 months ago

Shield Tablet K1 Marshmallow update is now available from NVIDIA

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Just as promised, NVIDIA has begun pushing the Marshmallow update to its Shield Tablet K1. The update was promised before the end of the year, and weighing in at 665MB it brings a number of big changes to the tablet.

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