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The 2-in-1 and convertible PC space has changed significantly over the past couple of years. What was once a cluttered mess of kludges is now a well-defined market segment packed with refinement, power, and plenty of options. You could partially credit Microsoft's Surface line for making 2-in-1s an object of desire, but it's also products like the Dell XPS 12 that make today's line-up of convertible devices so much more interesting. Dell's XPS 12, which was first announced last fall, is just as capable as a laptop as it is a tablet. That's no small feat, and it's multifaceted abilities are largely... Read more...
If you like the idea of using a stylus with your mobile device, then you probably prefer the precision and additional functionality over the convenience of a fingertip. That, or you've picked up a brand-new HP Pro Slate 8, a tablet targeted at working professionals that includes a rather useful and unique accessory dubbed the "Duet Pen" that enables some pretty interesting features. In the HP Pro Slate 8's case, you can still poke its 7.9-inch screen all you want with a finger. The stylus, an accessory that ships with the $470 tablet, isn't an absolute necessity. You don't need it for everyday... Read more...
At what point does a device become too big to use as a mobile phone? If you don't want to look silly to passersby, the cutoff point would be well before 8 inches, but that didn't stop Samsung from injecting support for voice calling into its new Galaxy Tab E 8.0, an 8-inch Android tablet that just launched in Taiwan.To be fair, the Galaxy Tab E 8.0 is a tablet-first device, though not a very excitable one. It has an 8-inch TFT display with a ho-hum 1280x800 resolution powered by a 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor (quad-core), Adreno 306 GPU, and 1.5GB of RAM. There's a modest 16GB of storage... Read more...
When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4 tablet, the world took notice. In the months since the Surface Pro 4’s release, we’ve seen other manufacturers mimic some of the design and goals of Microsoft’s popular tablet. Although there are similarities among these clones, there are also distinct differences that make them better for different types of users. One of those Windows 10-based tablets is Toshiba’s new 12-inch dynaPad which is designed to give you the feel of writing with pen and paper. In order to deliver a natural handwriting experience that feels like writing... Read more...
Usually when there's talk of Samsung releasing a Galaxy device, the mind wanders to Android, Samsung's go-to platform in the mobile space. Not this time. Samsung is prepping a Windows 10 tablet called the Galaxy TabPro S, and while nothing is yet official, the first press renders of the forthcoming device have been leaked to the web. They come courtesy of Evan Blass, otherwise known as @evleaks on Twitter, and let's just say he has a solid history of leaking legitimate photos and accurate specs to the public before they become official. In this instance, it's just a set of pictures, which show... Read more...
When Microsoft first launched its Surface line of products, it caused quite a stir in the mobile PC market. It may have taken a couple of iterations to get things dialed in to the point they are today, but simply entering the market with its own branded hardware put Microsoft in the position of essentially competing with its partners. Microsoft had a specific vision for the future of Windows-based mobile products, however, and decided to develop hardware that embodied that vision. Now that we’re a few years removed from the introduction of the original Surface and Surface Pro, it’s clear that Microsoft’s... Read more...
Periodically, Amazon updates and revamps its lineup of tablets with upgraded models and new names. While the company's tablets have kept the Fire branding over the years, the combination of letters and numbers that follow have changed. This year, for example, Amazon removed the HDX tag and now offers tablets with simply “Fire” or “Fire HD” branding. As its simpler name may suggest, Amazon’s latest Fire tablet is a more basic model that doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of the HD series, which is available in three sizes. Instead, the all-new 7-inch Fire tablet has an ultra-low $50 price... Read more...
Are you the type of person who has to read a chapter or two of whichever book you're engrossed in before hitting the pillow for some Zs? If so, you're a prime candidate for a new bundle from Amazon that packages its previously announced Fire HD 8 tablet with some tantalizing extras, including a year of Kindle Unlimited. That right there gives you access to over 1 million books. The bundle also includes a limited a edition rustic leather cover. Packaged together, the Fire HD 8 Reader's Edition, as Amazon is calling it, costs a cool $250. If you were to purchase each item separately, the retail cost... Read more...
Rumblings around the web from iPad Pro owners who report a bizarre issue with their newfangled Apple tablets are growing in number. Complaints are coming in through various forums on the web and social media sites that the 12.9-inch slate stops responding after long charging sessions, and the only recourse is to hard restart the device. That's not a good sign for a tablet that, as Apple CEO Tim Cook expects, is supposed to cannibalize traditional notebook and desktop sales and kick start the post-PC era. We're paraphrasing a bit, but not really exaggerating. Even without the crazy talk, a frozen... Read more...
If you purchased a higher-end smartphone in the past two years, chances are good that it has an SoC under its hood that packs ARM's ARMv8 architecture. It's what made 64-bit mobile processors possible, and with that comes increased performance as well as the ability to utilize lots of memory, among other processing efficiencies. Today, it's not hard to find ARMv8 in even modest smartphones, some of which could cost under $100. But in emerging markets, the architecture has been nonexistent. This is a problem ARM is planning to solve. It plans to do that with its brand new Cortex-A35, a microarchitecture... Read more...
Security firm Lookout has just revealed what could be one of the most hard-hitting pieces of malware to ever hit Android. It doesn't have an official name, except to be referred to as "trojanized adware", and right from the top, we can tell you that if you only stick to downloading apps through Google's Play Store, you have nothing to worry about. There are two things that make this piece of malware so severe. First, it's effectively wrapped around legitimate apps. Users can download these, such as Facebook and Snapchat, and install them normally. Nothing will look out-of-the-ordinary, and Google... Read more...
Microsoft is fond of referring to the Surface Pro as a tablet that can replace your laptop, and based on our experience with them, it's not an incorrect statement, at least from a performance and usability standpoint. But as a teardown of the Surface Pro 4 reminds us, there is in fact a difference between tablet PCs and laptops at large.The folks at iFixIt put Microsoft's new Surface Pro 4 tablet on the operating table and carved into it like a pumpkin being prepped for Halloween. Well, eventually they did -- like the Surface Pro  3, the new model proved difficult to disassemble right from... Read more...
Samsung's going big with its next Galaxy tablet -- way big. We're talking about the oft-rumored Galaxy View, a slate with a monstrous 18.4-inch display powered by Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 7580 System-on-Chip (SoC) and 2GB of RAM. How do we know this? The specs come courtesy of an overeager online retailer. The Galaxy View was spotted for pre-order on Adorama's website. Apparently Samsung wasn't ready to let the cat out of the bag on this one, as the listing is no longer live. However, this is the web we're talking about, and as we've said on many occasions, there are no mulligans on the Internet... Read more...
It may be a bit too early to be shopping for the holidays just yet, but doing a little research never hurts, particularly if you’re in the market for a new mobile device. Tablet makers are continually in the process of slimming down their devices and boosting battery life, even in the entry-level space, where products like the Android-based Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8 play. Lenovo gave this tablet an aggressive price point of $169.99 and designed it for entertainment use, which ought to make the Yoga Tab 3 8 appealing to a broad range of potential consumers. So, we decided to take the tablet for a spin... Read more...
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