Category: Tablets

Samsung Announces Two New Galaxy Tab 3 Tablets

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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 Brings Installment Payments For Smartphones And Tablets

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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 Unveils Galaxy Note 8.0 An 8 inch Phablet, Just Because

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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.

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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 Announces The Slate 7

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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.

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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.

Canonical Announces Ubuntu OS For Tablets

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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 Tablet To Possibly Make A Debut At HTC Event Tomorrow

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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 Instagram

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 Airs Two New iPad Ads

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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.

Take A Look At The Microsoft Surface Pro From The Inside

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The Microsoft Surface Pro has only been available for a few days and the team over at iFixit has already taken the $900 tablet / laptop apart. There were over 90 screws that were removed, which lead iFixit to rate the repairing a 1 (most difficult) out of 10 (easy). Even upgrading the SSD card would cause you problems, as there are a number of cables to deal with.

So, handle your Surface Pro with care! You can take a look at some images of the device completely gutted.

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CES 2013: Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 10.1 With LTE on Verizon

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The only mobile technology news to come out of Samsung today and the much anticipated press conference was confirmation of what we all already knew. This month Verizon will be offering the Galaxy Note 10.1 with 4G / LTE.

The Note 10.1 is equipped with S Pen and a suite of apps designed for stylus-based input. You also get true multi-tasking and the ability to display multiple apps side by side. The processor is a 1.4 GHz quad-core, ships with 2GB’s RAM and Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.

T-Mobile’s Holiday Lineup

The holiday season has finally arrived. The time when we to enjoy family, friends, and holiday deals!

Starting today T-Mobile has released their full holiday lineup of smartphones, tablets, and exciting new services. Costumers can now get their hands on the newest devices, including the Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumina 810, Windows Phone 8X by HTC. In addition EA Games and PowerA have partnered with T-Mobile to bring premium gaming experiences to their holiday line up.

To help their customers beat the Black Friday madness T-Mobile is holding their T-Mobile’s free Samsung 4G smartphone sale on November 16 & 17.

Pricing and Availability for all of T-Mobiles holiday line up are listed below.

Windows Phone 8

Nokia Lumia 810:

-Available starting today online and in retail stores

-Value Plan: $99.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans.

-Classic Plan: $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Windows Phone 8X by HTC:

-Available starting today online and in retail stores

-Value Plan: $149.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

- Classic Plan: $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Android

Google Nexus 4:

- Currently available via Google Play and will be available in select T-Mobile retail stores and online starting today

- Value Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

- Classic Plan: $199.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Google Nexus 7:

-Coming soon – available with T-Mobile service via Google Play

Samsung Galaxy Note II:

- Currently available online and in retail stores

- Value Plan: $249.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

-Classic Plan: $369.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

LG Optimus L9:

- Currently available online and in retail stores

-Value Plan: $49.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

-Classic Plan: $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1:

-Available starting today online and in retail stores

-Value Mobile Broadband Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement

-Classic Mobile Broadband Plan: $399.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two year service agreement

Samsung Galaxy S III:

-Currently available online and in retail stores. For more information, visit: http://galaxy-s.t-mobile.com/samsung-galaxy-s3

Windows 8

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook

- Currently available online and in select retail stores

- Value Mobile Broadband Plan: $389.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with  a two year service agreement

Accessories

-The AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory is available in T-Mobile retail stores and at www.T-Mobile.com for $99.99.

-The MOGA  Mobile Gaming System is available at www.T-Mobile.com for $49.99 and will be in select T-Mobile retail stores starting today.