Phandroid » Tablets http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:24:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 available in the US May 1st, pre-orders begin tomorrow starting at $199 http://phandroid.com/2014/04/23/galaxy-tab-4-release-date/ http://phandroid.com/2014/04/23/galaxy-tab-4-release-date/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:25:19 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=139076 Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (SM-T530) White_1

Quick heads-up for those of you looking to get one of Samsung’s latest affordable tablets from the Galaxy Tab line. They have announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 will be available in the United States starting May 1st, with pre-sales for the new slates opening up as early as tomorrow morning.

This line comes in at three size options — a 7-inch version will run you $199, 8.0 runs you $270, and 10.1 runs you $350. The devices don’t quite stack up to Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro or Note Pro lineup, but for those prices you are getting some very decent internals:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 16GB of internal storage (8GB option available for 7-inch variant)
  • 3 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • WiFi N, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS w/ GLONASS
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Where to buy it? You’ll have to fancy either Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, or Tiger Direct if you want to buy one. Not a bad set of retailers.

Galaxy Tab4 7.0 (SM-T230) White_1 Galaxy Tab4 7.0 (SM-T230) Black_2 Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (SM-T530) White_2 Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (SM-T530) Black_2

Samsung also reminded us that 4G-equipped versions of these devices will be headed to all 4 major carriers starting this summer, though exact size options will vary from carrier to carrier.

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NVIDIA SHIELD 2 benchmark shows Tegra K1 and 4GB of RAM http://phandroid.com/2014/04/22/nvidia-shield-2-info/ http://phandroid.com/2014/04/22/nvidia-shield-2-info/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:44:05 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=138851 NVIDIA SHIELD hands on

NVIDIA’s still working on pushing SHIELD to more consumers, but you’d be a fool to think they aren’t working on their follow-up behind the scenes. The NVIDIA Shield 2 is expected to be quite the doozy, but we didn’t know what to expect… until today.

A new Antutu benchmark entry tells of a SHIELD test unit that runs Android 4.4.2. Some of the early hardware reported sounds quite powerful. Take a look yourself:

  • 2.5GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 with GeForce Kepler graphics (192 CUDA cores)
  • 1440 x 810 display resolution
  • 4GB of RAM
  • VGA front camera
  • 16GB of internal storage

It sounds like some pretty massive firepower. While we expected Tegra K1, the 4GB of RAM took us by surprise. It’s not that we don’t believe NVIDIA would want to make this thing as powerful as it can be, but Android in its current state wouldn’t be able to take advantage of all four gigabytes. Perhaps NVIDIA wants to make sure this thing is as future-proof as possible for when Google eventually introduces 64-bit support.

Of course, it’s only a test unit so any of this stuff could change at the snap of a finger. For now, though, it sounds like NVIDIA doesn’t want to introduce a device that’s going to disappoint.

[via G for Games]

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet now available for pre-order, begins shipping on May 3rd http://phandroid.com/2014/04/21/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-preorder/ http://phandroid.com/2014/04/21/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-preorder/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:33:05 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=138822 sony-xperia-z2-tablet-6

After taking a look at the tablet during this year’s Mobile World Congress 2014, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablets are now officially up for pre-order. You’ll find them direct from Sony for $500 (16GB), and $600 (32GB) and before you pull back, remember these are premium Android tablets, offering not only top of the line specs, but Sony’s amazing attention to detail — including front facing stereo speakers. Just so you know what you’re getting in terms of specs, here’s what the Xperia Z2 Tablets offer:

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet specs

  • 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 Triluminos display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core CPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage with microSD slot
  • 8.1 megapixel rear camera
  • 2.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • 6,000mAh battery
  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, MHL 3.0, and WiFi
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Sony’s managed to cram all these specs into a tablet that is barely .25-inches thin and weighs only 15.5 ounces. While Sony touts the Z2 Tablet as waterproof, water resistant is probably a better term. The tablet is rated IP55 against water jets, and IP58 for water submersion. If you need a better understanding at what all of this means, don’t forget to check out our post talking about IP ratings and what they really mean. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is available in both white or black, with pre-orders shipping out on May 3rd. For those interested, links provided below.

Pre-order the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: 16GB | 32GB

Thanks, Van!

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HTC said to be responsible for upcoming 8-inch Nexus tablet, could be Google’s last one http://phandroid.com/2014/04/21/nexus-8-htc-rumor/ http://phandroid.com/2014/04/21/nexus-8-htc-rumor/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:14:50 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=138753 nexus 8

Google and HTC haven’t exactly been BFFs in the Nexus world, with their only device — the original Nexus One — being a long afterthought at this point. But the duo could be pairing up to bring the next Nexus Tablet if the latest reports by DigiTimes are to be believed.

According to them, Taiwanese component manufacturers have been receiving orders for 8-inch HTC devices that will launch under Google’s Nexus brand. It’s nothing we haven’t already heard before, though earlier rumors suggested the device would actually be 8.9 inches. We’re told to expect a third quarter launch of this device which could mean a grand unveiling at Google I/O on June 26th.

Google’s short line of 7-inch Nexus tablets have traditionally launched right around this same time, which could suggest this is less of a supplement and more of a replacement. ASUS will apparently take this break to focus on pushing their own devices. That’s said to be the exact reason HTC declined Google’s olive branch when they were first asked to make the 7-inch line a couple of years back.

This wouldn’t be HTC’s first crack at the tablet scene, with the failed HTC Flyer and the HTC Jetstream duly noted in the company’s history. HTC is already rumored to be attempting a second go at the tablet market now that they have had time to sit back and evaluate their mistakes, and a Nexus device wouldn’t be a bad way to get their feet wet again.

More troubling in this report are murmurings that this will be Google’s final Nexus tablet. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard a rumor like that, with earlier reports stating Google will eventually look to sunset the Nexus line. The stated cause? Because the Nexus tablets were only ever made to boost market penetration for Android tablets, and now that they’re beginning to beat out the iPad in sales that task is reportedly checked off as complete.

At the same time, Google’s device strategy might not end there. The company is expected to continue offering devices with stock Android through the advent of Google Play Edition phones and tablet, many of which are already available over at Google Play.

If you aren’t already educated on GPe, they are versions of popular OEM flagship devices without typical OEM customization. We wouldn’t mind such a future, though it’ll be hard to let go of the notion of getting feature-packed smartphones such as the Nexus 5 for as little as $350, or tablets like the Nexus 7 for as little as $230. Onward to Google I/O to see how this one might unfold.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD / HDX tablets on sale for a limited time only; starts at $119 http://phandroid.com/2014/04/15/amazon-kindle-fire-sale/ http://phandroid.com/2014/04/15/amazon-kindle-fire-sale/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:56:24 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=138096 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Quick heads-up for those of you in the market for an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet: the online retailer has them on sale for as low as $119 today. That particular price is for the 8GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD, while another $10 will get you the 16GB model. That’s a savings of $20 and $40, respectively.

The HDX is $30 off across the board, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models coming in at $199, $239, and $279, respectively. The 8.9-inch HDX model is slashed $40 across the board, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB running you $339, $389, and $439, respectively.

All prices are for Kindles w/ offers, meaning Amazon will give you ideas on apps, books, games, movies and music to buy whenever you look at your lock-screen. These prices are also for the WiFi-only models.

You’ll want to check out Amazon’s site for the full price listing if you prefer to buy one without offers and with some form of 4G LTE connectivity inside. Be quick about it, though, because these sales will only last for a limited time.

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Best Android Tablets [April 2014] http://phandroid.com/2014/04/02/best-android-tablets-april-2014/ http://phandroid.com/2014/04/02/best-android-tablets-april-2014/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:13:41 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=137071 best-tablets-april-2014

Need the best Android tablet to go with your best Android phone? We’re here to help. While not much has changed in the tablet world since last month, a new contender has entered our top 5 on the heels of news that Samsung has yet another line of slates waiting in the wings. We’ll see how those stack up next month, but for now, here are the best Android tablets for the month of April.

5 — LG G Pad 8.3

lg-g-pad-8.3-2The LG G Pad 8.3 lands in the Goldilocks zone where good tablet and good price intersect. Selling for just a hair over $300 (and seeing a Verizon edition launched last month), the slate features an HD display, Snapdragon 600 quad-core processing, and dual cameras for snapping photos or getting your video chat on. It’s 8-inch size hits a sweet spot for many tablet users that provides maximum portability and productivity. An available Google Play edition adds to the appeal of the G Pad, marrying the solid hardware build with stock Android, insuring quick platform updates. For all of this, though, the G Pad 8.3 is barely hanging on to a spot in our top 5 as newer tablets are introduced.

4 — Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Like the LG G Pad 8.3, the Kindle Fire HDX from Amazon makes the most out of its smaller form factor, giving users a bang-up tablet in a portable size — the Kindle Fire HDX is available in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch variants. Unlike the LG G Pad 8.3, don’t expect anything close to a Google Play Edition. Amazon utilizes a “forked” version of Android far different from the KitKat build of other devices. This also means content is locked into Amazon’s ecosystem of apps, games, and other media. The Kindle Fire HDX makes up for this with a powerful hardware compliment that includes an HD display and quad-core processor. Oh, and it starts at only $229.

3 — Nexus 7 2013

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The year is now 2014, so it makes sense that the 2013 edition of Google’s popular Nexus 7 line of tablets is starting to slip down our list. When it comes to the pure Android experience, however, nothing comes close to besting the N7’s combination of solid hardware and affordable pricing. While it features the older Snapdragon S4 chipset, it still boasts quad-core processing. It’s HD display still looks mighty appealing, as well, as does its $230 price tag. Google should be unveiling an updated edition of their Nexus 7 in the coming months, however, so interested buyers may want to wait it out a bit longer if possible.

2 — Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

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Making its debut in our top 5, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is a real contender for the top spot. Not only is it super slim with sleek design and powerful hardware, but you can literally dunk it under water without fear of destroying your precious Android hardware. We don’t recommend doing so, however, as there are better things to do with the slate and its 10.1-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 8.1MP camera. Did we mention that it measures only 6.4mm thick? The Xperia Z2 Tablet is currently available in several regions around the globe and should be landing in the US this month.

1 — Samsung Galaxy NotePro

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Having the best doesn’t come cheap, and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is a testament to this fact. The 12.2-inch tablet is the biggest on our list and features a 2560 x 1600 display, 3GB RAM, an 8MP camera, and a beefy battery. It gets a hand up (or finger?) with the inclusion of the S Pen, a dedicated stylus tailored to the many multitasking enhancements introduced as part of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. It’s size won’t be for everyone, nor will that price, which happens to start around $700.

Honorable Mentions

Sure, those our the best (in our humble opinion), but they aren’t the only tablets out there. We almost called this section “Other Tablets by Samsung” but they aren’t the only manufacturer churning out solid slates. Here are five more tablets to mull over.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition — Even with the release of Samsung’s Pro line of tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 remains a viable option, bringing a comparable feature set to the Note Pro in a smaller size and at a lower price. Looking for something even smaller? Try the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro — Available as 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2-inch variants, the Galaxy Tab Pro line gives all the performance of the Note series sans the dedicated S Pen. Pricing starts around $350.
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD — No substitute to the Kindle Fire HDX, the Kindle Fire HD is still worth consideration if only for its $140 price tag. An adequate 7-inch tablet.
  • Nexus 10 by Samsung — More love for the Nexus line. The Nexus 10 is in desperate need of an update and we could see one soon, but for now it remains your only option if you want pure Google in a 10-inch form factor.
  • NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 — Another low-priced option at $200. The Tegra Note 7 lacks the glitzy display resolution of other tablets on our list but makes up for it with the latest in NVIDIA Tegra processing.

Tablets to look forward to

Not ready to make a tablet purchase but getting in your research? You would be wise to pay attention to a couple more slates on the horizon. Samsung makes another appearance as well as a nifty new design by Lenovo.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

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Just announced, the next generation of Galaxy Tabs will arrive in Q2 of this year in 7, 8, and 10.1-inch varieties. Picking up where the Galaxy Tab 3 left off, the new slates will target the middle ground between price and performance with 720p HD display (as opposed to 1080p), 1.2GHz quad-core processing, and a 3MP camera, components shared across the various sizes. The tablets will be thinner and lighter than ever while rocking plenty of internal storage thanks to expandable MicroSD memory. Specific pricing has not been announced.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

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This Android slate forom Lenovo has some promise. While it isn’t on the bleeding edge in terms of specs (it will carry a Snapdragon 400 processing suite) it does carry a nice 1080p display and 8MP front-facing camera. The standout feature, however, is the kickstand incorporated into its design. Much like Lenovo’s notebook line of the same name, this baby can yoga its way into several positions for maximum usability. The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is presumably still on track for a launch later this month.

What say you?

Planning on buying a tablet in the near future and not swayed by our rankings? Did we get it right or did we get it wrong? Maybe we missed the Android slate you think everyone needs to know about. Sound off in the comments below and give us your two cents!

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Nexus 10 now listed as “coming soon” on Google Play http://phandroid.com/2014/04/01/nexus-10-now-listed-as-coming-soon-on-google-play/ http://phandroid.com/2014/04/01/nexus-10-now-listed-as-coming-soon-on-google-play/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:48:14 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=137029 Nexus 10 coming soon Google Play

It’s a small change, but after jumping onto the Google Play Store today, some have noticed that the Nexus 10, once listed as “we are out of inventory,” has now been updated to a “coming soon” status. But what does it mean?

The Nexus 10, which launched back in November of 2012, is long overdue for a refresh, one that rumors once suggested could have ASUS doing the honors this time around. While that seems to still be up in the air at this point (along with rumors of an 8-inch Nexus 8) we imagine Google may have more to reveal during this year’s Google I/O 2014.

Check out the link down below to see the now coming soon Nexus 10 for yourself.

[Nexus 10 on Google Play]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 announced in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch flavors http://phandroid.com/2014/04/01/samsung-galaxy-tab-4-announced-in-7-inch-8-inch-and-10-inch-flavors/ http://phandroid.com/2014/04/01/samsung-galaxy-tab-4-announced-in-7-inch-8-inch-and-10-inch-flavors/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:47:18 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=136950 Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (SM-T530) Black_1

Murmurings  of late have suggested Samsung would soon be introducing the next generation in their age-old Galaxy Tab lineup, and those rumors have come true today. Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series, which consists of 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch options.

The tablets are all quite similar, specs wise, though that isn’t much of a surprise. And they won’t impress as this is positioned to be an affordable range of tablets for those without the dough to spend on more bells and whistles. Here’s what’s coming your way (differences noted in parenthesis):

  • 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage with microSD up to 64GB (7.0 has an 8GB option, and only has up to 32GB for the 3G/WiFi versions)
  • 1.3MP rear camera, 3MP front camera
  • WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, GPS w/ GLONASS
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 4G LTE
  • Battery: 6,800mAh for 10.1-inch, 4,450mAh for 8.0-inch, unknown for 7-inch

Samsung didn’t go into extreme detail about it all, but you can expect the typical Galaxy Tab experience (which includes a not-so-supercharged version of TouchWiz).

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The devices will be available in the second half of this year (that starts today, if you haven’t been paying attention), though no pricing details were given at this time.

[via Samsung]

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AT&T reveals hardware specs for upcoming ASUS PadFone X smartphone/tablet http://phandroid.com/2014/03/27/att-asus-padfone-x-specs/ http://phandroid.com/2014/03/27/att-asus-padfone-x-specs/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:34:06 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=136719 ASUS PadFone X tablet dock

AT&T is on a roll. After announcing earlier today that the Galaxy Note 3 was being treated to KitKat, the 2nd largest carrier in the US is back and divulging some important info about their upcoming smartphone/tablet hybrid — the recently announced ASUS Padfone X.

It was all the way back in January AT&T first announced that they’d be carrying the ASUS Padfone X later this year. The problem is, they were mum on many of the hardware details, leaving us to wonder what kind of changes in hardware (if any) the PadFone X would receive that would separate it from last year’s ASUS PadFone Infinity. Turns out, not much. AT&T took to their blog to reveal the PadFone X’s specs, all of which can be found down below.

Size

  • PadFone: 143.93 x 72.46 x 9.98 mm (150g)
  • PadFone Station: 250.4 x 172.25 x 11.63 mm (514g)

Operating System

  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Display

  • PadFone: 5”, 1920 x 1080 (441PPI)
  • PadFone Station: 9”, 1920 X 1200 (252PPI)

Camera

  • PadFone: 13MP Pixel Master + 2MP front-facing
  • PadFone Station: 1MP front-facing

Processor

  • 2.3Ghz quad-core

Baseband chipset

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Internal Memory

  • 16GB (2GB RAM)

Memory Card

  • microSD™ slot in smartphone extends external memory up to 64GB

Wi-Fi

  • WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)

Bluetooth®

  • BT 4.0

GPS

  • GPS/aGPS

Battery/HAC

  • PadFone : 2,300mAh
  • PadFone Station: 4,990mAh

ASUS PadFone Infinity X back

As you can see, the phone has aged pretty well, offering many of the high-end specs typical of this year’s flagships. For those interested in the PadFone X’s “Design Story,” ASUS North America uploaded a quick overview video. The video covers many of the tablet/hybrids main hardware points, in ASUS’ typical cheesy voice-over style.

AT&T was still quiet on pricing and availability, although they promise to have more details soon. We’ll keep you posted.

[AT&T]

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NVIDIA Shield gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat, price drops to $200, Portal exclusive [WOW] http://phandroid.com/2014/03/25/nvidia-shield-200-dollars-android-4-4-2-kitkat-portal-exclusive/ http://phandroid.com/2014/03/25/nvidia-shield-200-dollars-android-4-4-2-kitkat-portal-exclusive/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:43:09 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=136547 NVIDIA-Shield-2

Gotta hand it to NVIDIA, they’re doing their best to make the NVIDIA Shield a thing and if you though the chip maker would just up and quit the Android handheld, you’d be wrong. So very wrong. Announced just today, NVIDIA will begin updating Shields to Android 4.4 KitKat, introducing a boatload of new software features.

Said to arrive on April 2nd, Shield owners can expect a revamped UI for the Gamepad Mapper, ability to stream PC games outside of the house, Bluetooth keyboard and mice compatibility, charging the device while using USB connected peripherals, as well as PC wake ups and remote logins. While NVIDIA recommends a “robust” WiFi connection for streaming away from home, there are new settings to adjust the bitrate/frame rate of the incoming stream.

And that’s only the half of it, NVIDIA will also be dropping the price of the Shield down to $200, finally bringing the cost of the device low enough to rival handhelds like the Sony PS Vita, and Nintendo 3DS. That price is only good for the month of April, so if you were thinking about picking one up, you have a few weeks to think about it.

At $200, we wouldn’t exactly call this a fire sale, but it makes us wonder if NVIDIA isn’t trying to clear up some stock before introducing a sleekier, more powerful Tegra K1 powered Shield in the very near future.

When it comes to actual games, legendary game developer Valve has announced an Android port of their hit title Portal will be making its way to the Shield. No word on a release date just yet, only NVIDIA CEO Jen Sen showing off the game running natively on the Shield during their GPU Technology Conference keynote. For anyone that never got the chance to play the game when it was released back in 2007 — now’s your freakin’ chance.

Buy an NVIDIA Shield from popular retailers here.

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Google to debut 8.9-inch HTC Nexus later this year [RUMOR] http://phandroid.com/2014/03/20/nexus-8-by-htc-rumor/ http://phandroid.com/2014/03/20/nexus-8-by-htc-rumor/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:35:53 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=136171 nexus 8

Rumors of a “Nexus 8″ have been whispered since the 7 was first introduced. Google seems to have done a great job in covering their bases. The Nexus 5 is big enough to still be considered a smartphone, while the Nexus 7 is better suited for those looking for a small tablet. But what about that 8-inch sweet spot that Amazon has been covering so well with their Kindle Fire series? Well, it looks like it may soon get a little extra competition this year.

According to sources out of CNET, Google could be preparing to launch an 8.9-inch Nexus Tablet later this year. Production of the Nexus 8 (or 9?) is said to begin this July/August, with Google focusing on lower volume for the tab (as always seems to be the case with Nexus devices). Also mentioned was the tablet’s “premium” price point, offering higher-end specs likely to exceed $300.

As far as who is being contracted to build the tab, HTC is the manufacturing being thrown around, but like all good rumors, nothing has been confirmed. So what does this mean for the Nexus 7? Well, the good news is we should expect to see a Nexus 7 (2014) refresh later this year, with no word on the full-sized Nexus 10 that hasn’t been available on Google Play for months now.

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Latest Samsung Galaxy Tab / Note Pro ad takes fire at all tablets [VIDEO] http://phandroid.com/2014/03/20/samsung-tab-note-pro-ad/ http://phandroid.com/2014/03/20/samsung-tab-note-pro-ad/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:23:56 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=136154

Samsung’s not one to shy away from bold claims and brash marketing, and with their exciting 2014 portfolio launch underway they aren’t looking to deviate from the plan. Last time Samsung had something to say about their tablets, they went after Apple, and only Apple.

But things have evolved. They’re out for everyone’s throats now, with the company ridiculing the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Microsoft Surface, and, well, the iPad. From iPad Air’s ‘retina thingie” to the Surface’s aspirations of being a makeshift laptop, Samsung had no trouble finding a way to make the competition look silly.

Of course, they don’t need an ad for us techies to know their Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro tablets are absolute beasts. But it’s what they’ll have to do in order to convince your average consumer that the tablets are worth spending big bucks for. The video is about a minute long, and you can find it above in case you’re in need of a laugh or two to start your Thursday. Let us know what you think of it!

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LG-branded capacitive styluses leaked; slaps onto your wrist as a bracelet when not in use http://phandroid.com/2014/03/18/lg-capacitive-stylus-bracelet/ http://phandroid.com/2014/03/18/lg-capacitive-stylus-bracelet/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:52:50 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=135913 An interesting new accessory seems to have leaked out of LG, with the South Korean company apparently preparing a unique line of capacitive styluses for use on, well, any device with a capacitive display. These things are unique in their ability to wrap around your wrist like one of those awful children’s bracelets from the 90′s.

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A source of Phandroid.com mentions that the styluses aren’t smart in any way, and also mentioned that Verizon would be looking to offer these as promotional goodies with the purchase of their version of the LG G Pad 8.3. There’s no word on if these will ever go on sale as a standalone accessory, though there’s nothing to suggest LG’s plans either way.

Leaks from other sources suggest these will come in multiple colors, including orange, red, and green. There could be many more, of course, but that’s all we know of for sure at this point.

It’s not a groundbreaking product, but we wouldn’t mind wearing one of these on our wrists if they were to come with our tablet or smartphone at the point of sale. We’ll be digging for more concrete information on this quirky leak, but in the meantime you can grab a look of it in the photos above and below.

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MIUI introduces new ROM built for tablets, beta available for Nexus 7 (2013) http://phandroid.com/2014/03/15/miui-for-tablets-beta-nexus-7-2013/ http://phandroid.com/2014/03/15/miui-for-tablets-beta-nexus-7-2013/#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:22:18 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=135806 MIUI for tablets 2

It was back in September of last year that the folks at Xiaomi introduced the (now sold out) Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone. During the event, they managed to throw everyone for a curve ball when they introduced their new 47-inch smart TV in lieu of a tablet. In an age where just about every Android OEM makes a tablet, it was a bit puzzling to find them glossing over the bigger form factor, especially given their custom Android UI (also known as MIUI) wasn’t well suited for tablets.

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Today, it looks like they’re finally covering their bases (at least somewhat) after introducing an all new version of MIUI fully optimized for tablets. This new version MIUI features new apps, animations, and UI elements — all built from the ground up to take advantage of the the extra screen real estate on tablets. While this still leaves out official Xiaomi-made tablet hardware, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun mentions in his blog that OEMs now have the option to ship their own hardware with MIUI pre-loaded, a first for the custom ROM.

The ROM is currently in open beta where it can be downloaded and installed on the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi-only). Anyone thinking about giving this a spin?

[MIUI | via Engadget]

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 now available http://phandroid.com/2014/03/13/verizon-note-10-2014/ http://phandroid.com/2014/03/13/verizon-note-10-2014/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:27:01 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=135672 Samsung-Galaxy-Note-2014-1024x640

Just a quick note for those of you on the lookout for Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 — the device is now available for sale. You’ll be sent on your way with your new tablet after a $700 purchase, though you can knock $100 off that price after signing a two-year contract for a limited time only.

This 10.1-inch device features 1080p HD resolution and some pretty nice internals, including a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera, and more. Oh, and those trusty 4G LTE radios are there for your mobile data needs, of course.

It’s a lofty price tag, though it’s a high-end device that isn’t really matched by many other tablets on the market at the moment (unless you consider even more expensive tablets in Samsung’s own range). You’ll only be able to grab the device online for now, though Verizon expects to have it on store shelves within the next few weeks. Head here to get started if you’re interested.

[via Verizon]

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