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Lenovo Tab2 A8-50F Android Lollipop tablet to launch in Japan

July 31, 2015 by Tom in Android Tablet, Lenovo, Tablet with No Comments.

Lenovo will release the Lenovo Tab2 A8-50F Android tablet in Japan - a not too bad spec tablet at a relatively cheap price. The A8-50F runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and runs on a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT8161 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It sports an 8-inch, WXGA IPS display at 1280 x 800 pixels and packs 1GB of RAM an comes in 8GB or 16GB storage size options. It has a 5MP rear cam and a 2MP front-facer, and the whole thing is powered by a 4290mAh battery. Connectivity support includes LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and WiFi 802.11 b.g.n 2.4GHz. It comes in two colours - pearl white and midnight blue - and costs the not too bad for Japan price of $187. Via tablet-news

Tough it out with the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged tablet

July 23, 2015 by Tom in Dell, Tablet with No Comments.

Dell has announced the first tablet in is Latitude Rugged line of devices designed for extreme conditions. Other Rugged products have been laptops but now there's a slate ready for war, knocks and smashes. More portable than a tough laptop, it's still not quite a pocket device due to all the armor: it's an inch thick and weighs 3.6lb, but can laugh off a 4-foot drop, a rainstorm, a dust cloud and all manner of knocks. Dell's even gone so far as to say it's suitable for use in a hurricane (for when you really need to get that bid in on eBay or show your friend that dog video). The 11.6-inch display has a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and a 10-finger multitouch screen that will register commands even when wearing gloves. The screen's built for the dark (and sunlight!) with its 1,

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 official announcement: two size options and more

July 22, 2015 by Tom in Android Tablet, Samsung, Tablet with No Comments.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has officially been announced and it will launch in 8- and 9.8-inch variations, both with 4:3 aspect ratios. Both size displays are 2048 x 1536 resolution and both models run on an octacore processor, which measure up as four 1.9GHz cores and four 1.3GHz cores. The S2 comes with 3GB of RAM and storage options are 32GB and 64GB, expandable up to 128GB via microSD. The rear camera is 8MP and it has a 2.1MP front-facer. It will launch with Android Lollipop out of the box and connectivity options are WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS. For security there's a fingerprint scanner beneath the home button and the unit measures 5.6mm thick. The two sizes have their own batteries - the 8-incher has a 4000mAh battery, while the 9.7-inch model carries a 5,870mAh

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Y1 is a monster Intel-powered 20-inch 4K tablet

July 21, 2015 by Tom in Tablet, Windows Tablet with No Comments.

Combining 4K graphics with a super-sized screen is the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Y1, a 20-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with an IPS LCD 15:10 panel and a 5th gen Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.9GHz. The tablet, which is essentially a flat portable PC, comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage. If 20-inches isn't enough, it also has  HDMI 2.0 an a Mini DisplayPort, as well as a USB 3.0 socket. It will be out at the end of August at the premium price of $2,888. Via tablet-news    

IK Multimedia has the power: iRig PowerBridge charges as you play

July 20, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Phone, Tablet with No Comments.

The latest innovation from IK Multimedia is the iRig PowerBridge - a device that acts as a musical interface for instruments and tablets/phones but now adds power to keep devices alive. The original iRig has been a relatively affordable, quick and easy solution for using the likes of guitars and basses with tablets and phones for recording and effects. With the PowerBridge attached, the Lightning Port or 30-pin adapter of iPads, iPhones and iPods receive power to ensure they don't cut out during the eight-minute of your killer improvised solo. AS it's powered, it now also offers support for 1/4-inch phantom power mic inputs and MIDI inputs, both of which need a power source to work. It's out now for $69.99. Via sonicstate

Four variants of Huawei MediaPad M2 tablet out in China

July 17, 2015 by Tom in Android Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

The Huawei MediaPad M2 has launched in China in four variants, two with WiFi and two that support 4G LTE connectivity. The tablet has a uni-body metallic shell and it sports an 8-inch Full HD display at 1920 x 1200 pixels and runs on an octacore HiSilicon Kirin 920 processor clocked at 2.0GHz. It packs in 3GB of RAM and comes in 16GB or 64GB storage options. There's also a microSD card slot and the cams are 8MP (rear) and 2MP (front). For audio it runs a Harman Kardon chip to allow for surround sound audio and it runs Android 5.0 skinned wih EUI 3.1. The four models are WiFi, 16GB and 64GB ($255/$303) and 4G LTE 16GB and 64GB ($303/$368). Via tablet-news  

Crack the Xiaomi code: mysterious “PK” product launch set for July 16

July 12, 2015 by Tom in Tablet with No Comments.

Xiaomi's gearing up to release a new product this week. A teaser image has appeared, which features a slim device in profile, the letters P and K, and the 16th of July date. Speculation suggests this could be the long-awaited Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, the followup to their popular tablet. We'll be on it as soon as it's announced. Via tablet-news

Colorfly i808 3G tablet with Intel Atom X3 Processor

July 8, 2015 by Tom in Android Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

The dependable Chinese tablet maker Colorfly has announced another new tablet - the Colorfly i808 3G. Sadly not a tie-in with the classic Roland 808 drum machine, its number name instead refers to the 8-inch display. The i808 3G has an 8-inch HD IPS display and runs on a 64-bit, quad-core Intel Atom X3 SoFia processor (X3-X3220RK) with a Mali 450 MP4 GPU. On the memory front it has 1GB of RAM and 16GB storage. The rear camera is 2MP and the front-facer is 0.3MP. Connectivity options include 3G and WiFi. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and packs in a 4,000mAh battery. The i808 will come in blue or white colour options, price and availability TBA but we're expecting a pretty low launch price as the specs aren't dazzling. Via tablet-news

Ryan Seacrest’s Typo iPad Air keyboard is a pricy but impressive cover/keyboard combo

July 2, 2015 by Tom in Tablet with No Comments.

The Ryan Seacrest co-founded company Typo has put out a new iPad keyboard / cover combo that has a neat, sleek design and the feel of a good laptop keyboard. Top build quality comes at a price, however. $189 to be exact. That puts this product in the upper-end of the accessories scale but should be the only one you need until iPads change shape again. Models are available to fit the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 and connect via magnets and sport a soft plastic wrist rest which will keep typing comfortable and make sure the screen’s not got too much hard plastic against it.   The keyboard pairs via Bluetooth and is rechargeable via USB. For true laptop emulation, a fold-down kickstand at the back/bottom of the case keeps the screen upright. Via engadget  

Meet the dedicated Google TouchBot lag-checker

July 2, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Hardware News, Phone, Tablet with No Comments.

While the technology we carry in our pockets is just amazing - it’s easy to take it for granted and fly into a rage when touchscreen commands get a bit laggy for a few milliseconds. Rather than taking a step back and trying to get some perspective, we can rest assured that somewhere in the world Google has a robot tapping and swiping screens in a never-ending effort to eliminate this first world problem. The Chrome TouchBot is an OptoFidelity-made robot that is dedicated to gauging latency on Android and Chrome OS touchscreen devices. Its findings are recorded and hardware and software are adjusted accordingly. Via engadget

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