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It’s back-to-school season, which has traditionally been a good time to pick up a laptop or tablet at a decent price. Asus just released a low-cost Chromebook that is worth a look, but Windows users are getting some love, too. The Acer One 10 is a 10.1-inch Windows tablet (with a keyboard) that rolls in at just under $200. The One 10’s hardware is understandably light, given the tablet’s price tag, but the tablet comes across as a fairly competent 10-incher, at least on paper. It combines an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. There’s also a microSD... Read more...
Adding to its portfolio of "Rugged" Latitude notebooks, Dell has just announced the release of a tablet that falls into the same series. The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet's goals are obvious: it's designed to work in a variety of environments and handle a bit of abuse - should some come its way. This Windows-based tablet features Intel's fifth-gen Core M processors under-the-hood, and with its dual 2-cell batteries, it can last for up to 12 hours. Its screen is 11.6-inch and can be viewed outside, although the press release doesn't mention a resolution. It's probably safe to say that it will be 1080p,... Read more...
The tablet world is shifting quickly. While arguments for and against the need for a "third device" have been raging since the early days of the iPad, we're seeing tablets emerge that are far more potent and capable than ever before. In fact, it's tough to lump products like Dell's Venue 10 7000 in with bargain-bin slates that are clearly built to be used primarily for mobile Internet browsing and other strictly consumption-based use. This device we're testing here is cut from a different cloth. In many ways, it's paving a new path for tablets, and at first blush, you may assume that such a well-engineered... Read more...
Whether your old tablet is starting to spit and sputter or you're looking to buy a slate for the first time, you have a lot of options to choose from. And if you can hold off until next month, you can add Samsung's newly unveiled Galaxy Tab S2 in two different size options -- 9.7 inches and 8 inches -- to the list of potential candidates. The ongoing trend among mobile device makers is to build increasingly thin and light models, and according to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size on the market. It has a thickness of just 5.6mm and checks in at just... Read more...
Two new Asus tablets hit shelves in the U.S. this week, giving shoppers some interesting (and fairly inexpensive) new options. The Asus ZenPad 7 and ZenPad S 8.0 aren’t available on U.S. version of Asus’ website just yet, but Best Buy already has them for sale online. It appears that neither tablet is available in brick and mortar stores, though you can walk into any Best Buy to order a tablet and have it shipped to your store.  One of the ZenPad 7’s most attractive features is its price. Just under $100 gets you a reasonably thin (0.35 inches) tablet running Lollipop. It has an Intel... Read more...
Microsoft's third iteration of the Surface Pro was a monumental improvement over the first two incarnations. For many, the third time really was the charm. It was powerful enough to replace most laptops, and versatile enough to serve as two device types without major compromises on either side. A year later now, and Microsoft presents us with the third iteration of the standard Surface. You know, the one without the "Pro" dangling from the end. It's cheaper, slimmer, and toned down, but it's also aimed at a broader swath of consumers. The base Surface 3 checks in at an alluring $499, but that's... Read more...
At Google's I/O conference, held late this week, Qualcomm announced that the next-generation Project Tango platform is going to sport its Snapdragon 810 processor, which packs in the very capable Adreno 430 GPU. As we've covered before, Project Tango is Google's upcoming smartphone and tablet platform that revolves around using the device for 3D purposes. With it, you could capture and turn the environment around you into a 3D model, something that multiple cameras and infrared sensors would help with. With its Snapdragon 810 processor, Qualcomm says that it will allow Project Tango to deliver... Read more...
There hasn't been a lot of excitement in the tablet world, though Samsung may change that. Based on some pretty impressive benchmark scores that popped up on Primate Labs' Geekbench 3 page, it appears that Samsung is readying an Android 5.1 slate called "Chopin LTE" that's powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 quad-core processor (Cherry Trail) and 4GB of memory.The Atom processor is clocked at 1.44GHz with a burst frequency of 2.24GHz. It doesn't support Hyper Threading, but with four physical cores and 2MB of cache, the 14nm CPU is no slouch in the tablet world. The Geekbench scores prove it -- Chopin... Read more...
If you don't want to pay full price for a Surface Pro 3 tablet, then all you need is a little patience. We say this because Microsoft is pretty good about running sales and promotions on a fairly consistent basis, though some have a tendency to slip under the radar since there's usually no announcement. For example, you can currently score a select Surface Pro 3 for $150 off retail, though you won't find a press release or Microsoft blog post promoting the sale.At present, it's the Core i5 model with 256GB of storage that's on sale. It's currently marked down to $1,149 versus its normal selling... Read more...
The tablet market may have seen better days, but fresh entries will soon be making their way to the market. We talked this morning about the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and the rumors persist about a 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro. But AT&T today announced its first self-branded tablet: the Trek HD. The Trek HD is about as basic the come with regards to entry-level tablets, and includes a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8-inch HD display (AT&T doesn’t specify, but we’re assuming 1280x720), 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, 2MP front- and 5MP rear-facing cameras,... Read more...
It's getting increasingly difficult to keep a secret on the Internet. Just ask Samsung, which is planning to release a Galaxy Tab S2 tablet. We know this because a leaked render that looks like an official press image (minus the giant watermark) has made its way to the web courtesy of Twitter user @OnLeaks, who posted an angled top-shot of the forthcoming slate.Samsung has yet to officially announce or acknowledge the Galaxy Tab S2, the successor to the Galaxy Tab S that won our Editor's Choice award last year, though based on leaked information up to this point, it looks like the Korean hardware... Read more...
Asus unveiled its latest addition to the Transformer series at CES in January, the Transformer Book Chi. Available in three sizes, the new Transformer Book Chi Series features a 2-in-1 detachable laptop design. Their flagship Transformer Book T300 Chi offers a 12.5-inch screen, an Intel Core M processor, and a fanless cooling solution. The more compact T100 Chi is a 10.1-inch model that promises all-day battery life. Prices for the Transformer Book Chi Series range from $399 to $899. Today, we’re going to take a hands-on look at the T300 Chi which is offered in two models starting at $699. We have... Read more...
It wasn't all that long ago when analysts were envisioning a world dominated by tablets and largely devoid of traditional PCs. In the immortal words of Alicia Silverstone from Clueless, "As if!" Now that the hype train is no longer racing down the track at breakneck speeds, we're starting to see what happens when you saturate the market -- a drop in shipments. According to data compiled International Data Corporation, tablet shipments recorded an annual decline for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015. Taking into account both tablets and 2-in-1 hybrid devices, shipments... Read more...
I love my mobile phone, but one thing that drives me nuts is having to tap out a message to someone. If my connection is good, I always go the voice-to-text route, but sometimes, that likes to conk out. It's at that point that I will swipe a message out - something else that drives me a bit nuts, as it doesn't always get the sentence correct (and, as a Grammar Nazi, I have no choice but to go back and correct it manually). It kind of sounds like SwiftKey's latest product is right up my alley. Currently in beta, Clarity is a new swipe keyboard that changes some of the... Read more...
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