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Samsung this morning announced two new Android tablets to the Galaxy Tab lineup. The additions are a 10.1″ and 8″ model.
Specs for the 8-inch Tab 3:
- WXGA resolution display
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 16GB or 32GB storage
- 5-megapixel rear camera
- 4,450 mAh battery
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
The 10.1-inch model includes the above with these differences:
- 1.6GHz dual-core processor
- 3-megapixel rear camera
- 6,800 mAh battery
Both devices will be available later this month. Pricing has not been released.
Verizon Wireless has announced that consumers will no longer have to worry about purchasing a smartphone or tablet on Big Red’s network for full cost anymore, sort of. Consumers will now be able to activate service and pay for their smartphone or tablet in monthly payments.
Like everything in the wireless industry there is a lot of fine print. Here is an overview of what is required.
- Full retail priced smartphone or tablet price must be a minimum of $349.99.
- Pay for the full retail priced smartphone or tablet in 12 payments.
- Finance charge of $24, which is $2 per month.
- Device Payment Plan customers can take advantage of Share Everything pricing and data sharing.
- First payment, including $2 finance charge, due at time of purchase. Your next payment will appear on your next Verizon Wireless bill.
- Maximum of two open Installment Plans per customer.
- $1000 combined Installment Plan balance limit per customer
To find out more check with your local Verizon Wireless store. This program can be very beneficial to someone wanting a new phone but not qualified for an upgrade.
Samsung has introduced the newest member to the Galaxy line-up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is an 8-inch tablet that can be used as a phone as well. Yes an 8″ phone. Imagine making a call on your iPad Mini of Kindle Fire HD.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 looks like a pretty good device. It offers all the same functionally as the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II, but with a new age of S Pen intelligence. Not to mention, it’s 8 inches. We are pretty sure this 8″ size, ability to be used as a phone and has a better screen than the iPad Mini was nothing more then marketing. Everyone wants to claim the best and brightest display and it appears for now, size does matter.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is has a 8 inch WVGA display (1280 x 800 resolution 189 PPI), 1.6 GHz quad-core A9 processor, 2 GB or RAM, with your choice of 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage and will be running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The Note 8.0 will also have a 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
No prices or an official date have been given, but we can expect to see the Galaxy Note 8.0 in the 2Q of 2013 worldwide in EUR, KOR, NA, SEA, SWA, MEA, CHN, TW and LA.
HP has introduced the HP Slate 7. When the company launched their first tablet back in 2011, the TouchPad was running WebOS. The TouchPad ended up just taking up warehouse space and faded away over seven weeks.
The HP Slate 7 will be the company’s second attempt to break into the tablet market. Is Android the saving grace for HP? We won’t know for a while, but the tablet market is already crowed with Android devices.
HP is hoping Beats Audio will help sell this device. Users will get good sound quality and a rich audio experience with the tablet. HP is also touting their ePrint app that lets you easily print while at home or on the go. Also there is also a native print capability that enables you to print directly from within most applications.
The Slate 7 specifications:
7-inch LCD display
1.6 GHz ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 processor
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
1 GB of RAM
3-megapixel rear-facing camera
VGA front-facing camera
8 GB of internal storage
The HP Slate 7 will cost $169 and is expected to arrive in the U.S. come April. That is a great price point to help HP get some solid tablet sales under their belt.
The Ubuntu countdown had nothing to do with HTC but at least sparked some good speculation. Canonical has announced that a tablet OS is also on the way. Most likely to hit in early 2014. Developers will have the chance to start playing with the tablet version of Ubuntu on either the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 starting this Thursday, February 21st when they also open up the developer preview of their smartphone OS.
Below is a video of Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical who goes into great detail of what Ubuntu will have to offer.
Ubuntu is a company that is gearing up to release their very own smartphone OS come October. They’re even set for a developer preview of the OS in three days. The only piece of the puzzle that was missing was a tablet. According to Ubuntu’s homepage, they also have a tablet in store for us tomorrow.
If you head to Ubuntu’s web page you will see: Tick, tock, tablet time! with a timer counting down from hours until their announcement tomorrow.
Now, also tomorrow is HTC’s event with CEO, Peter Chou in New York City. I don’t know about you, but both companies with the same countdown heading into tomorrow raises a flag. We know Ubuntu is currently able to run on the Galaxy Nexus 4, but no device manufactures for the OS were given.
HTC has also posted on their Instagram account, a picture of what appears to be smartphones and tablets covered. Could one of those be an HTC tablet running Ubuntu? Does this mean HTC could be the first official company to run Ubuntu?
Check back tomorrow morning, starting at 10AM EST to find out.
Apple has two new iPad ads for both the iPad and iPad Mini. The ads are named “Together” and “Alive”. In both ads there is music playing in the background with a series of words flashing and different apps explaining the words.
The ads are little different from other Apple ads, but like Tim Cook said, “We wouldn’t do anything we consider a great product” and with Apple’s new ads they let the product do the talking. We are just happy they haven’t brought back those “Genius” ads.