HP Slate 7 Is A Sub-Par Budget Tablet That No One Is Going To Care About

Last night at MWC, HP announced its first Android tablet – the Slate 7. However, the 10.7mm thick Slate 7 fails to impress in every way. The 7inch tablet sports mediocre specs – a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 1024*600 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.1, shooters in the front (VGA) and back (3.1MP) and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

The Slate 7 also packs in a couple of front-facing stereo speakers with Beats audio branding and is capable of providing up to five hours of video playback. The suggested retail price of the Slate 7 is around $169, and will be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Compared to the Nexus 7, the Slate 7 may be slightly cheaper and sport a microSD card slot, but is inferior in every other way. Plus, the Nexus 7 successor is just around the corner, which makes the Slate 7 a not so tempting deal. If anything, HP’s Slate 7 is going to meet the same fate as all other recent offerings from HP in the mobile market.

Lenovo Announces A Trio Of Low-End Budget Oriented Android Tablets

Lenovo today kicked off the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by unveiling a trio of low-end Android tablets. The S6000 is the highlight of the three with Lenovo touting it as a “Home Entertainment” center.The tablet has a sleek design with a disappointing 10.1-inch screen with 1280*800 resolution screen.

Internally, the S6000 packs in a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek SoC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro HDMI port and optional HSPA+ connectivity. The press release states that the tablet is capable of providing more than 8 hours of battery life. Lenovo was pretty vague in its press release and at the moment, this is all we know about the S6000.

Next in line is the A3000, which sports a 7-inch 1024*600 IPS screen, a 1.2GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, and is “only” 11mm thin. Apart from optional HSPA+ connectivity, there is also a microSD card slot and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options. Lenovo states that the A3000 has been optimized for web browsing, gaming and video playback.

Last but not the least is the A1000. The tablet sports the same screen as on the A3000 (7-inch 1024*600 IPS), and comes with large speakers surrounding it in the front. The device is also certified as Dolby Digital Plus thus being “perfect for music lovers and those seeking a pocket studio”. The tablet will also come with 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot that will be expandable up to 32GB. Out of the box, the A1000 will be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

All the three tablets from Lenovo are expected to be available sometime in Q2 of this year. The company did not mention anything about the prices of these tablets, but expect them to be cheap.

Samsung Finally Unveils The Galaxy Note 8.0

It was already rumored that, Samsung might announce an 8 inch tablet to compete with the Apple’s iPad Mini. The rumors turned out to be true. Samsung has finally unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy Note 8.0 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. This device runs on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It also comes with the S-Pen, which was previously bundled with Galaxy Note 10.1. Removing S-Pen from the device will automatically launch innovative features such as Pen Detection that will suggest adapted menus.

JK Shin, President of the Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung Galaxy Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life. The Galaxy Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity – the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 7 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS + GLONASS, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB/ 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 4600 mAh battery.

This device measures 210.8 mm x 135.9 mm and weighs 338 grams. The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with S Note templates and S Planner app which helps you to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries. It also comes pre-loaded with content and apps, including the upgraded ChatOn, which provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats — images, video and voice. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will go on sale from Q2 of 2013. The price of this tablet will be announced soon.

Google Announces The $1299 Chromebook Pixel With 2560×1700 Touchscreen Display

After releasing quite a few budget oriented Chromebook from Acer, HP and Dell, Google has unveiled a higher-end variant of the Chromebook, the Pixel. The Chromebook Pixel sports a 12.9-inches screen with a whopping 2560*1700 resolution and an aspect ratio of 3:2. The Pixel is also the first Chromebook that comes with a touch screen.

Other specs of the Pixel include a 32/64GB SSD, free 1TB of cloud storage space on Google Drive, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a miniDisplay port, a SD card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 4GB of RAM, a 1.8GHz Core i5 processor, a multi-touch glass trackpad and an front facing HD camera.

Optionally, the Chromebook Pixel comes with LTE connectivity and free 100MB of Verizon LTE connectivity for 2 years. Google states that the Pixel has a 5-hour battery life.

The only downside to the Chromebook Pixel is its $1299 price-tag and an $1499 price-tag for the LTE variant. The Pixel will be up for sale in the Play Store with the LTE variant landing in the U.S sometime in April.

 

Samsung Announces WiFi-Only Galaxy Camera

Last year, Samsung launched its first Android powered digital camera. This device offers various connectivity options including 3G as well as 4G LTE in select markets. The Samsung Galaxy Camera was shipped with the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Today, Samsung went ahead and announced the new WiFi-only Galaxy Camera.

As the name suggest, the latest variant of Galaxy Camera won’t pack a cellular radio. You will need to find a stable Wi-Fi connection before uploading your photos to Facebook, Instagram and other social networking sites. Apart from that, there are no major changes in the specs of this device.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a 1650mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device. However, the price is expected to be much lower than the previously launched Galaxy Camera with 3G/4G connectivity. This handset will go on sale in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Wi-Fi Goes On Sale In India For Rs.13,900

Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 2 3G as well as Tab 2 Wi-Fi at the Mobile World Congress (2012) in Barcelona. The South Korean manufacturer has already launched the 3G variant of this tablet in India, however the company failed to launch the Wi-Fi variant due to unknown reasons. In the meantime, Indian as well as global manufacturers has launched a number of Android tablets in the Indian market.

Exactly one year after its official announcement, Samsung finally launched the Galaxy Tab 2 P3110 Wi-Fi in the Indian market. Thankfully, this device is shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. If you don’t want to spend a few thousand bucks for the 3G Connectivity and looking for an great Android tablet in the sub-15k range, then you should definitely have a look at this device.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3110 Wi-Fi features a 7 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Full HD (1080p) video playback, VGA front facing camera for video chats and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies and a 4000 mAh battery.

Samsung is selling the out-dated Galaxy Tab 2 Wi-fi in India for Rs.13,900 (approx. $260). We are not sure if anyone will be willing to buy this device, when you can get a much powerful device from Asus, Acer, Micromax and Lava at a cheaper price. Moreover, the next generation of tablets from Samsung is expected to be announced at the end of this month in Barcelona. If you still want to get this tablet, head over to Samsung India’s eStore.

Garnet Red Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Coming To The US For $219.99

Last year, Samsung launched the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2 at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. This device was already available in classic Black and White colors. However, Samsung went ahead and announced the new Garnet Red edition of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. This device will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, instead of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 limited edition is designed for consumers who want to stay connected and entertained on-the-go, and are seeking a unique color offering.

Michael Abary, Senior Vice President, Samsung Electronics America, Inc, said,
“This new eye-catching version of the Galaxy Tab 2 offers endless entertainment in the palm of your hand, while the stylish Garnet Red look will set you apart from the crowd. The Garnet Red version of the Galaxy® S III has been incredibly well-received, so we are happy to make the same brilliant color available for our Galaxy Tab 2 as well.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Garnet Red Edition features a 7 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 4000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Garnet Red Edition comes with a price tag of just $219.99 without any contract. This device will go on sale starting this week at Walmart, Amazon.com, Office Depot, Fry’s, Tiger Direct, Toys“R”Us and other retailers in the US.

More 4K: 110” Monster from Westinghouse, Astounding 30” Monitor from LG, and Handycam from Sony

Ultra HD displays are clearly the next big thing as far as display manufacturers are considered, with 3D being suddenly relegated to the status of a secondary feature. During the first two days, we saw Samsung and LG announce gorgeous 55-inch 4K OLED TVs, Panasonic showcase its massive 20-inch Windows 8 table with a 4K display targeted at designers, and LG and Sony announce affordable (comparatively) smaller 4K displays. Ultra high definition displays represent the next radical improvement in display technology, and the good news is that 2013 looking to be the year where it will finally spread its wings.

Yesterday, LG announced a 30-inch monitor with an astounding resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. Although, we don’t know the price of this little beauty, it will surely put a dent in your pocket. LG is billing the 153 ppi display as a professional monitor aimed at designers and artists. Viewsonic also displayed a 32-inch monitor with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 that will be shipping towards the end of this year.

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Sony on the other hand is displaying a curious prototype that is labelled as a 4K handycam for consumer use. It’s not even known if the prototype works since its currently securely locked in a glass cage, but as per The Verge, it records 4K videos using the XAVC open-source format. To be honest, the 4K video recorder sems to be too big and bulky for most consumers.

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Last, but not least, Westinghouse stayed true to its word, and unveiled the biggest 4K TV in the world. Westinghouse’s 110-inch 4K TV is a good 25 inches bigger than its nearest competition. However, it comes at a price. The world’s biggest 4K TV will only be manufactured to order, and will cost $300,000, which is more than ten times the price of 85-inch and 84-inch 4K televisions from Sony and LG respectively.

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[ via The Verge and Engadget ]

Samsung and LG Announce World’s First Curved OLED TVs

We have been seeing lots of new and exciting televisions in this year’s CES, and the competition is extremely stiff. On Tuesday, Sony’s reveal of the world’s largest OLED 4K TV was matched by Panasonic within hours. Yesterday, we saw the same scenario playing out with Samsung and LG.

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Samsung was the first off the block, with its “world’s first curved OLED TV” announcement. The massive display measures in at 55-inches, and has a curved texture that Samsung reps termed as “IMAX feel”. Being a OLED, the display is expected to offer fantastic color reproduction and crisp and vivid images.The curved OLED is scheduled to be released during the second half of the year. However, other than that, we know precious little about Samsung’s gorgeous new display.

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Soon after Samsung’s announcement, LG announced its own 55” curved OLED TV. The LG EA9800 promises the same panoramic, immersive viewing experience as Samsung; however, it will also be capable of displaying 3D content. Once again, LG didn’t reveal any specifications or release information. However, given the epic rivalry between the two Korean giants, it’s reasonable to guess that LG’s display will hit the markets round about the same time as Samsung’s curved OLED.

More 4K TVs and a 4K Windows 8 Tablet

After dominating discussions on day 0 of CES, 4K continued to be a buzzword on day 1. Panasonic stole the show with its 56-inch 4K OLED TV, which promised rich vibrant colors that we have come to expect from OLED displays on a large form factor with an insanely high resolution. The 56-inch beauty is also stunning to look at, measuring in at less than 0.5 inch thick. Unfortunately, much like its competitor Sony’s offering, Panasonic’s 4K OLED is still in prototype stages. Panasonic refused to divulge either price or release date. However, Panasonic did reveal that, somewhat curiously, it is using 3D printing technology in the manufacture of the displays.

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The other 4K entry from Panasonic was a tablet. At 20-inches, Panasonic’s tablet doesn’t quite fit within Steve Jobs post-PC vision; however, Panasonic has shown before that it is comfortable operating in niche markets that other manufacturers often ignore. The gigantic tablet is meant for artists and designers, for whom the big display with extra-high resolution will really make a difference. Once again, we don’t have a release date or price tag for the product. However, we do know that the Panasonic tablet will be powered by an Intel Core i5, run Windows 8, and ship with a stylus and some sort of a cloud based collaboration tool. The battery is expected to last about a couple of hours.

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LG, which was among the first to introduce 4K displays, is demoing the previously announced 55-inch and 65-inch 4K televisions for the first time. Again, we don’t have any information on availability and cost. However, I would be really surprised if LG takes more than a few weeks to launch its new TVs.

[ Images via CNET ]