Phandroid » Tablets http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:46:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Android Deals: $100 off Kindle Fire HDX, discounted KEMCO RPGs, west coast hip hop sale, and more http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/android-deals-kindle-fire-hdx/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/android-deals-kindle-fire-hdx/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:23:42 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145347 deals

Plenty of great hardware deals abound this week as quite a few outlets are offering sweet savings on devices like the Kindle Fire HDX, Google Play Edition phones, and more. Also going at clearance rates are a few of KEMCO’s RPG titles as well as a solid collection of west coast hip hop albums at Google Play. Act quick — these deals are fleeting. All prices represented below were active and accurate as of the time of publishing.

Hardware & Accessories

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

$100 off Kindle Fire HDX 4G LTE tablet at Amazon with prices starting at $229 for a 16GB model with special offers. The discount puts the LTE edition of the tablet at the same price point as its WiFi-only counterpart, making the purchase a no-brainer for those in the market. The 7-inch tablet features a hi-res HDX display,  quad-core processing, and access to Amazon’s full library of digital content. [Amazon]

Save up to $125 on the purchase of a Moto X smartphone when using coupon code MBXISMOT at checkout. Buyers can save $100 on a 16GB model (final price of $299.99) or $125 on a 32GB (final price of $324.99) or 64GB (final price of $374.99) edition. Act fast, though, as this deal will expire tomorrow, the 23rd of July. [MotoMaker]

Steep discounts on older Galaxy Play Edition phones at Expansys USA while supplies last. Those in the market for a sweet deal on these stock Google Experience phones can snag an HTC One M7 or Samsung Galaxy S4 for $399.99 each or a Sony Xperia Z Ultra for $349.99. The LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is also on sale for an easy $224.99. eBay is getting in on the savings as well, offering the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition for $425 with free shipping. [Expansys (One M7, GS4, G Pad 8.3, Z Ultra), eBay]

Get these Mpow Muse wireless noise canceling headphones for $69 at Amazon. Featuring Bluetooth 4.0 and active noise cancellation, these headphones pair perfectly with your smartphone and eliminate annoying cord tangles by doing away with the wire altogether. [Amazon]

Apps & Games

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Today’s app and games deals couldn’t be much better. Get great utilities like Today Calendar Pro and gps4cam at discounted rates or lose a few hours to one of several KEMCO RPG titles now experiencing steep summer savings.

Apps

Games

Music & Media

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Kick back with Google Play’s great selection of discounted west coast hip hop albums or take the opportunity to own the classic martial arts flick Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as just a couple of the many deals going on this week from Google and Amazon. Plenty of options here to beat the heat or kick up the party to the next level.

Music Albums

Music Singles

Movies

TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with SHIELD Wireless Controller goes official [VIDEO] http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/shield-tablet-official/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/22/shield-tablet-official/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:30:50 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145307

We weren’t sure how long it would take the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet to make its way out of the rumor mill and into the official news bin, but that question was answered this morning. NVIDIA has announced the device in all its glory, and all the official details are waiting for you ahead.

First thing’s first: the specs

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The SHIELD Tablet is about as powerful as you’d expect from NVIDIA with the Santa Clara company stuffing their latest Tegra K1 inside. The Tegra K1 is a 2.2GHz quad-core SoC that features a 192-core GeForce GPU. That ought to be enough to handle all the high quality Tegra games you’ll be able to play on it. Here’s what else to expect:

  • 8-inch 1920 x 1200 display
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage for WiFi-only, 32GB for LTE
  • microSD up to 128GB
  • 5MP front and rear cameras
  • WiFi N with MIMI 2×2, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/ GLONASS
  • HDMI for video out
  • NVIDIA DirectStylus 2
  • 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm
  • 390 g
  • Full-on Android

So the rest of it isn’t quite as mind-blowing as the chipset, but it’s still top-line stuff that should be enough to do anything you’d need a tablet to do.

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Features

NVIDIA’s put together a pretty compelling package here, with a few different things setting their offering apart from the competition. For starters, you’ll get the usual collection of over 400 games that are optimized for Tegra with better graphics and physics. NVIDIA’s also touting the ability to stream supported PC games from your GeForce PC to the SHIELD Tablet for an even more robust gaming experience.

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If that’s not enough, this is being billed as the first tablet with Twitch streaming built into its core. We knew Twitch was working on mobile games streaming a while ago, but this is the first time we’ve actually seen anything concrete implemented. It’s a great step in the daunting quest of legitimizing mobile gaming.

SHIELD Controller

Also being offered is a controller that can pair with the tablet via direct WiFi connection. NVIDIA says a Direct WiFi connection has more bandwidth than typical Bluetooth-based solutions, and it also provides lower latency so your inputs are pretty much immediate. We’re not sure you’ll need such good performance for mobile gaming, but it definitely can’t hurt.

Pricing and Availability

Wondering when you’ll be able to get one, and for how much? They start at a pretty remarkable $299 for the WiFi-only 16GB version, while the 32GB LTE option will run you $100 more.

That’s a small price to pay for the hardware you’re getting, though we’re sure those costs are being recuperated from the accessories being offered up. The controller will come with its own cost of $60, while a cover that doubles as a tablet stand is also coming for $40. Pre-orders begin today (we’ll have the link in this post as soon as we get it) and will begin shipping in North America starting this month, Europe next month, and the autumn season for everyone else.

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Two more HTC tablets on the way? http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/two-more-htc-tablets-on-the-way/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/21/two-more-htc-tablets-on-the-way/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:14:23 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145246 HTC logo misc

We still have yet to hear much about HTC’s supposed plans to bring a Nexus Tablet soon, but rumors are already swirling that they have more planned for the pipeline. Murmurings of “T7″ and “T12″ tablets are said to be in the works by the Taiwanese company according to @evleaks.

And that’s pretty much all we know for now. The model number trend of “T” followed by a number follows the HTC Volantis / Nexus tablet’s “T1″ internal codename being thrown around. We’re not sure if the numbers themselves are hinting at anything, or if there’s any solid reason that the numbers increase by five.

We imagine HTC won’t want to return to the tablet scene with too many options of similar ilk so it wouldn’t be odd to suggest one of these could be a palm-ready 7-8 inch option while the other one stretches the it out to the traditional 10-inch mark. I’d ponder whether the numbers correlated to size, but we somehow doubt the “T1″would come with a 1-inch display.

All that said, though, we don’t really know much of anything about any of these devices at this point and it’s starting to make us antsy. We don’t care which tablet we hear about at this point — we just hope we hear something before the cows come home.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and controller specs, pricing, and release date leaked in full detail http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/nvidia-shield-tablet-controller-leaked-slides/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/nvidia-shield-tablet-controller-leaked-slides/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:10:27 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145185 NVIDIA-SHIELD-Tablet-leak-2

It was only yesterday we got what could have been our first look at the upcoming NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet thanks to a “leaked” press render. Today, it seems the cat has fully escaped from its bag as the tablet — and official controller — have now been made public.

Leaked in a variety of product slides, the images show everything from specs, to performance benchmarks, even the retail box it will likely come inside. While none of this is official just yet, here’s what we can most likely expect from the Android tab when it hits stores later this month.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet specs

  • 8-inch 1080p IPS display w/ support for NVIDIA Direct Stylus 2
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor (A15 quad-core CPU w/ 192 core Kepler GPU)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB (WiFi) / 32GB internal storage (LTE)
  • 5MP front facing MPIX camera

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The tablet — which is scheduled to be announced on July 22nd — is said to go on sale on July 29th in the US and Canada. This will be followed shortly after by a European release on August 14th (additional regions later this fall). The 16GB model (WiFi) will run $300, while the 32GB version with LTE support will be available for $400. The official NVIDIA Shield controller will be sold for a cool $60 (no word if it’ll work with other platforms).

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This could be our first look at the upcoming NVIDIA Shield Tablet [LEAK] http://phandroid.com/2014/07/17/nvidia-shield-tablet-press-render-leak/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/17/nvidia-shield-tablet-press-render-leak/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:04:16 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145079 nvidia shield tab EVLEAKS

After the rumored NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet appeared in a Global Certification Forum database earlier this month, we were curious to see what NVIDIA had up their sleeves for the upcoming gaming tablet. Today, we may finally have our first look.

Rumored to usher in the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, there’s no question the tab would be able to handle Android’s current crop of high-end games. But how will the thing look? Well, @evleaks is once back again doing the honors, presenting an alleged press shot for the upcoming tablet. In the render, you’ll notice stereo front facing speakers housed in what could be an aluminum body. Other than that, well, there’s really not much else.

Evleaks mentions the tablet is due out sometime this year (2014), but no word on exact timing of release. It was only a year ago NVIDIA launched their Shield handheld to lackluster sales. We suppose now is a good time as any to introduce something new. We’re sure to learn more about the NVIDIA Shield Tablet as the weeks progress, so stay tuned.

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 now available http://phandroid.com/2014/07/15/att-galaxy-tab-4/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/15/att-galaxy-tab-4/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:34:12 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144908 Galaxy Tab4 8.0 (SM-T330) White_1

AT&T users have a new option for tablets if they’re in the market for one. The company has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is available starting today, and you can get it on either one of three pricing structures:

  • $0 down and $18.50 per month for 24 months
  • $270 with a new two-year contract
  • $370 outright

It definitely isn’t the most impressive tablet under the hood, though considering the price tag you can’t expect it to be. It features an 8-inch 1280 x 800 HD display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, 1.5GB of RAM, a 3 megapixel rear camera, WiFi N, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, a 4,450 mAh battery and more.

More savings are entitled if you happen to buy one of these alongside a Samsung Galaxy phone as you’ll get $50 off the tablet when you bundle the purchases. Not a bad way to “go Samsung” if you haven’t already. Check it all out at their site right now if you’re thinking of getting one.

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NVIDIA readying an Android gaming console of their own? http://phandroid.com/2014/07/14/nvidia-gaming-console-rumor/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/14/nvidia-gaming-console-rumor/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:17:36 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144810 Nvidia Grid Cloud Gaming

It’d be naive of us to think NVIDIA isn’t working on a successor to the SHIELD gaming handheld, and rumors are already swirling that NVIDIA is prepping a Tegra K1 gaming tablet. Another device could be headed our way if the BBC is to be believed, though.

NVIDIA is reportedly looking to launch an Android-based console not unlike the OUYA, one that can be paired with a special console controller for home gaming. The device would use NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset, though we can’t imagine that’s too much of a surprise for anyone.

We imagine the console will highlight Tegra-optimized games from the Google Play Store, but if the currently available SHIELD is anything to go by you should be able to play pretty much anything that runs on Android (granted, those games would probably require controller support if there’s no touch-based input embedded somewhere). NVIDIA will also likely use the console as a vehicle for GameStream, their home streaming service that allows you to stream games from your GeForce-equipped PC to compatible devices (which only includes the SHIELD as of the time of this writing).

NVIDIA Shield Gamepad Mapper

While you might first assume NVIDIA is looking to compete with OUYA and MadCatz, their scope likely reaches far beyond that arena. We imagine this set-top box will be more about challenging the Linux-based Steam Box PCs Valve is planning to launch. It’s a necessary development for NVIDIA if they really want to push their GRID-powered GameStream service as the SHIELD hasn’t exactly taken the gaming market by storm since its launch.

Things shift into a multiple front battle when you consider how this could help NVIDIA in other markets. This move would give folks more incentive to equip their gaming computers with NVIDIA hardware instead of AMD, an especially important factor in a GPU war that’s starting to become a lot less one-sided in the past few years. We won’t say everything is riding on this strategy for NVIDIA, but it certainly should prove to be an important cog to help the Santa Clara company keep up with this fast-evolving market.

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Verizon exclusive Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet available for pre-order tomorrow, in stores July 17th http://phandroid.com/2014/07/09/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-4g-lte-verizon-wireless/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/09/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-4g-lte-verizon-wireless/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:31:26 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144537 sony-xperia-z2-tablet-1

We got a hands-on look at the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet during this year’s Mobile World Congress 2014 and had nothing but good things to say about the tab. In terms of build quality, the Xperia Z2 Tablet was one of the most premium and sleek Android tablets money can buy and starting tomorrow, you can officially pre-order the 4G LTE equipped model from Verizon Wireless.

A shift allegiance for Sony who traditionally makes available their devices on carriers like T-Mobile or AT&T, the Verizon exclusive Xperia Z2 Tablet will run $600 (or $500 with a 2-year agreement). Here’s a quick look at the specs the Xperia Z2 tablet offers:

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
  • Stereo front facing speakers

Sony says the Xperia Z2 will be in Verizon stores on July 17th, and if you make haste, you can even get a free pair of Sony’s MDR-NC31EM noise cancelling headphones (while supplies last). Sony’s North American president Ravi Nookala says their new relationship with Verizon is key to Sony building momentum in the US and if rumors prove correct, this is a just a hint of things to come (see Sony Xperia Z2 leaks).

You can check out our hands-on video with the tablet below.

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Is Google testing the Nexus 8 in India? http://phandroid.com/2014/07/09/nexus-8-prototypes-india/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/09/nexus-8-prototypes-india/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:23:00 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144519 New Nexus 7 wm

Will we or won’t we see the Nexus 8? That’s the question that has been on our minds for what seems like an eternity as we await any sort of official word on the rumored followup to Google’s popular Nexus 7 slate. The general consensus is that the tablet does indeed exist; could we be closer than ever to its big reveal? According to import/export records, prototype units have already arrived in India for testing.

If the database entry we are looking at has any truth to it, two separate shipments of two Nexus 8 tablets each have arrived in the country over the past two weeks. The latest entry dated July 4th simply reads “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE TABLET” while an earlier entry for June 30th went a bit farther. Its description reads “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE TABLET SIMILAR TO NEXUS(7).” Not the most revealing description, but a Nexus 7-esque slate was about what we expected.

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The only other revelation coming from this find is potential pricing information. While the value per unit varies slightly between the two shipments, both are listed in the range of 16,500 INR. The number shakes out to about $275 when converted to US currency. A pricing of $250-275 makes sense for a Nexus Tablet featuring a slightly larger screen and beefed up specs over the last iteration, especially if we are looking at a variant with cellular radios onboard (info we can’t decipher from this listing).

What we can’t gather from the entries is any info on the Nexus 8’s potential hardware array. We can’t glean the manufacturer of origin. We definitely can’t decipher a release date. The presence of multiple instances of a Nexus 8 in the database lend some credence to the possibility that the entries aren’t simply being spoofed, but without much more to go on we’d say take this little bit of info for what it is. Will we see the Nexus 8 by the end of the summer? Or will Google hold the tablet back to coincide with the official rollout of Android L? You guess is as good as ours.

 

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LG G Pad 10.1 now available http://phandroid.com/2014/07/07/lg-g-pad-10-1-now-available/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/07/lg-g-pad-10-1-now-available/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:32:42 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144333 lg-g-pad-10-1

Today LG has announced the global availability of its G Pad 10.1, the largest member of a the Korean company’s revamped G Pad lineup announced earlier this year. The news follows the release of the LG G Pad 7.0 last week. The G Pad 10.1 will first be available in the United States before making its way to Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Much like the 7-inch version, the G Pad 10.1 doesn’t feature the most compelling compliment of specs ever seen on an Android tablet. This includes a display with a resolution just north of HD (1280 x 800), quad-core Snapdragon processing, and 1GB RAM. What does add to the tablets appeal is the inclusion of several features that debuted on the stellar LG G3 smartphone — a refined user interface, Knock Code security, and dual window multitasking, to name a few.

Specific pricing was not initially announced by LG, but that should be following along shortly when we catch wind of retailer plans for the various regions where the tablet will be available. Given the specs (and the G Pad 7.0’s $150 price tag), we’d put money on the G Pad 10.1 launching in the affordable range of $200-300. LG has yet to release word on the pricing and availability of their remaining tablet model, the G Pad 8.0.

The pricing and software enhancements were enough to land the G Pad series a spot on our best tablets list for the month of July. You can read up on even more about the tablet over at Android Forums.

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About those HTC Volantis and One Plus Tablet rumors yesterday… disregard them http://phandroid.com/2014/07/03/fake-rumors-lol/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/03/fake-rumors-lol/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:01:48 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144262 facepalm

The wonderful thing about rumors is that they tell us about forthcoming products and developments well before they happen, giving us insight into the market and helping us make informed decisions based on what we expect to see down the line. The bad thing? They aren’t to be fully trusted, and that fact was reiterated in the latest hoaxing episode.

Yesterday, we ran a couple of stories based on rumors from reputable leakster @evleaks. The first was that OnePlus was working on a tablet, with the second being a leaked set of specs for the rumored HTC Volantis tablet (5GB of RAM should have given off a red flag for that one). We’d go into more detail here, but there’s no need — the rumors are flat out false.

The leakster admitted that he was duped into believing hoaxed documents and information as he sent the following tweet this morning:

Yesterday was not a good day. I got hoaxed 2x. First was OnePlus. Second was Volantis. 14-yr-old posing as a Google engineer. Embarrassing.

And that’s all that needs to be said. Time to move on, folks. If anything, let this serve as a reminder that rumors are to be taken with the smallest of grains of salt, sand and whatever other minerals come to mind, because as I always like to say — nothing is official until it’s official.

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Deal: 20% off WikiPad gaming tablet and a free month of OnLive game streaming service http://phandroid.com/2014/07/03/wikipad-onlive-deal/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/03/wikipad-onlive-deal/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:26:47 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144242 If you’re in the market for a decent gaming tablet that can be docked into a cradle with dedicated controls for getting your digital mayhem on, Wikipad wants to hook you up. They’re taking 20% off the WikiPad tablet, bringing its price from $199 down to a cool $159 with free shipping.

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Adding even more to the value is the new partnership between WikiPad and the folks at OnLive, the online game-streaming service that lets you play console quality games without needing the hardware to run it natively. With it, you’ll get a free month of OnLive’s PlayPack subscription that gives you access to over 250 games to stream to your tablet. That typically costs $9.95 per month so it’s not a bad way to trial their service.

OnLive tablets

They’re also throwing in a month of their CloudLift service (now worth $7.95 after a timely price drop) that allows you to stream select games you already own on Steam and other gaming marketplaces. CloudLift lets you play natively while you’re at home, and will easily serve up your goods over the internet whenever you need to trek away. Cloud saves sync automatically with your Steam account so you can easily pick up where you left off.

Wondering what the WikiPad is packing to handle all this gaming goodness? Here’s a look at its now-modest spec sheet:

  • 7-inch HD display
  • 16GB of internal storage (microSD up to 32GB)
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • GPS w/ GLONASS

Decide you want in on this deal? Just head here and use coupon code E3WIKIPAD to get all the aforementioned discounts and bonuses. It might not be the most powerful tablet around these days but it sure sounds like a pretty good value if this is something you’ve been eyeing.

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HTC Volantis tipped with a Snapdragon 810, 5GB RAM, 64GB storage, BoomSound, and more http://phandroid.com/2014/07/02/htc-volantis-tipped-with-a-snapdragon-810-5gb-of-ram-64gb-of-storage-boomsound-and-more/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/02/htc-volantis-tipped-with-a-snapdragon-810-5gb-of-ram-64gb-of-storage-boomsound-and-more/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:40:47 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144178 htc volantis evleaksGoogle Material Design multiplatform

Rumors of a new HTC-made Nexus Tablet — codenamed HTC Volantis — began to escalate recently after a mysterious tablet (picture above) appeared in Google’s official Material design images. Carrying a nondescript form factor, the only standout feature we noticed was what appeared to be a large front facing speaker towards the top, something HTC is all too familiar with in their devices.

Despite initial rumors suggesting this HTC Volantis (Nexus 9?) would launch carrying rather modest specs, along came @evleaks today throwing everyone for a loop. Mr. Leaks revealed a rather unbelievable assortment of specs and even more puzzling “leaked macro image” of the tablet, showing half a camera and some watermarks, one of which reads “Android Silver OS Alpha 1.4.” For the processor, the Volantis prototype is allegedly using a Snapdragon 810 CPU during its testing phase, with the final model switching over to a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 in the future.

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There’s also mention of a aluminum unibody design, 5GB of non-final RAM (overkill?), and an 8.9-inch 2560×1600 display (prototype is using a 1680×1050 display), 64GB of internal storage, and a 5MP camera (although it could ship with an 8MP shooter). Of course, HTC’s trademark BoomSound stereo front facing speakers were mentioned and while the image above looks pretty official, @evleaks mentions earlier renders being “fake.”

It’s a pretty big pill to swallow. If @evleaks “leaked” specs hold true, this tablet could be one of the most powerful 9-inch tablets to ever hit the market, easily rivaling the best from Apple, Samsung, or any other manufacturer for that matter. Can’t wait to see how this one develops. Anyone thinking this might be their next Android tab?

 

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The launch of several new tablets this month has led to a bit of a shakeup at the top of our Android tablet rankings. Where do newcomers like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S and a refreshed LG G Pad lineup land? Read on to find out.

Previously: June | May | April

5. Nexus 7

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Despite persistent rumors, last month’s Google I/O conference came and went without the introduction of a new Nexus Tablet. With no proper successor, the N7 maintains a place on our list almost by default. It’s hard to argue against the tablet’s affordable pricing, solid hardware package including HD display, and direct-from-Google software support (likely including a quick upgrade to the recently previewed Android L). Chances are a refresh is still in the works, but for now Nexus 7 makes a perfectly sensible choice of Android tablet.

4. LG G Pad

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LG’s G Pad refresh is on sale this month, starting with the currently available (in Europe) 7-inch model. Over the coming weeks LG will also introduce the G Pad 8.0 and G Pad 10.1. All three models feature a similar hardware complement, including a 720p display and quad-core processing. The tablets strike a balance between affordability (the smallest model sells for about $150), portability, and utility, and share many software features and enhancement in common with the highly praised LG G3. This includes a simplified user interface and the ability to unlock the slate with a so-called “Knock Code.”

3. Samsung Galaxy NotePro

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Samsung’s tablet strategy is a bit all over the place. It seems that one stellar slate isn’t good enough, resulting in devices like the Galaxy NotePro being pushed to the wayside as even newer tablets are announced only months later. The NotePro reigned at the top of our list for some time, but its high price and potentially unwieldy size are beginning to look less and less appealing. Despite this, the NotePro still offers unique stylus input and high-class hardware that will appeal to a certain niche of users.

2. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

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We’re still amazed at what Sony managed to cram into the 6.1mm-thick frame of the Xperia Z2 tablet. You get a Snapdragon 801 processor, beautiful display, and more in just about the classiest package to ever call itself an Android tablet. Its waterproof design means you can take the Z2 Tablet with you practically anywhere you go.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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Samsung’s latest tablet is one of their best to date. The first to feature a Super AMOLED display — and in the process the first to earn the flagship S designation typically associated with the Galaxy smartphone line — the Galaxy Tab S is a media machine. Regardless of whether you go with the 8 or 10-inch models, the Tab S is equal parts entertainment and productivity device. With competitive pricing, the Galaxy Tab S should be considered right up there with Apple’s iPad line.

Honorable Mentions

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The presence of a couple new tablets on our top 5 means some other great options have migrated to our honorable mentions category. In many cases, deciding between one of the tablets below and one from our main list is a matter of mincing hairs. Here are five more Android slates to consider.

  1. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX — Amazon’s best tablet option features a great HD display and easy access to oodles of digital content via the retailers online storefront.
  2. LG G Pad 8.3 — LG might have recently refreshed the tablet lineup, but the G Pad 8.3 remains an appealing (and readily available) option that an be had for a great price.
  3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 — Samsung’s budget-oriented lineup of tablets, the Galaxy Tab 4’s 7-inch model starts at $199 and offers a modest hardware compliment for those seeking a lightweight companion device.
  4. Samsung Galaxy TabPro — This “pro” version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab most resembles the NotePro minus its stylus.
  5. Lenovo Yoga HD 10+ — The Yoga HD 10+ can contort itself into several different positions thanks to its built-in kickstand.

Tablets to look forward to

The summer months have brought us several great tablets, but the fun ain’t done yet. Here’s a look at what you can look forward to during the second half of the year if you can’t hold off on making that tablet purchasing decision for just a bit longer.

ASUS Transformer Book V

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Five devices in one might seem like a bit of overkill, but ASUS pushes those limits with their upcoming Transformer Book V. While it isn’t a tablet exclusively, the mode will likely be the preferred method of interaction for many users. The Transformer Book V can also act as an Android smartphone or notebook as well as a Windows tablet or notebook.

Rumor Mill

While the below tablets don’t have solid release dates on the docket, the rumors say they will eventually become a reality. While you shouldn’t put too much stock in these devices showing up any time soon, here is a look at what folks have been buzzing about.

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

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Rumors of a new gaming-oriented tablet from NVIDIA are fairly fresh and quickly denied, but a recent sighting at the Global Certification Forum leaves us with little doubt as to the slate’s authenticity. The Shield was NVIDIA’s bold attempt at creating an Android-based gaming device, but it saw little success after launch. Transitioning the concept to a tablet form factor is a wise move that could greatly expand the target audience for the device.

Nexus tablets

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As mentioned previous, Google I/O brought no news of a refreshed Nexus tablet lineup, but the team behind Android isn’t done with the line of pure Google devices. Buzz persists and it’s almost a guarantee we will see a Nexus 8 or similar slate launch at some point this year. The next likely opportunity would coincide with the public release of the recently previewed Android L.

What say you?

Does the newly released Galaxy Tab S earn its place at the top of our rankings? Did we leave out a tablet you think deserves more attention? Let us know your picks for top Android tablets of July in the comments below.

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NIVIDA SHIELD Tablet shows up in Global Certification Forum database http://phandroid.com/2014/07/02/nvidia-shield-tablet/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/02/nvidia-shield-tablet/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:42:38 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144130 shield-ergo

If NVIDIA’s mistaken listing of a “SHIELD Tablet” last month wasn’t enough evidence to suggest they’re working on bringing another powerful gaming device, perhaps today’s certification at the Global Certification Forum will. There still isn’t a ton of information about this thing right now, though today’s certification does reveal that the device will be outfitted with 3G and 4G radios when it does make its way to market.

The SHIELD Tablet is rumored to be equipped with a 7.9-inch 2048×1536 display, a Tegra K1 processor with a 192-core GPU, a 7 megapixel rear with a 4.8 megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, as well as possible game-centric controls on extended bezels. The “tablet” at the end of its name also tells us it might not be a clam shell form factor like the original SHIELD, though the fact that separate rumors say an NVIDIA SHIELD 2 is coming should be enough to believe that.

This all comes at a time where NVIDIA has decided to refocus their efforts on providing silicon for “extraordinary” devices instead of trying to compete with Intel and Qualcomm to get their chipset inside any phone or tablet they can. We’ve seen this with NVIDIA’s Tegra line being the preferred hardware for most set-top gaming boxes, as well as many of the Android TV boxes and televisions set to launch later this year. For now, though, we’re just hoping to get Tegra K1 inside of their own products before the holiday season rolls around.

[via Notebook Italia]

 

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