With professionals in its sights, German company TQ has announced the InCover One, an 8.3-inch full HD Bay Trail tablet that supports Windows 8.1, Android 4.4 and Linux. It boasts a waterproof and dust proof housing, a removable battery and will bounce back from a 1.8 metre drop in the optional MIL case. The tablet runs on an Intel Atom quad-core Bay Trail-T CPU, has 2GB RAM, 64GB storage as standard (with 32GB and 128GB options also available) and support from WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS and optional 3G and 4G connectivity. The cameras are 8MP (rear) and 2MP (front) and the ?SDXC card slot takes up to 2TB expansion. The battery runs for 10 hours and the processor options are Intel Atom Z3745 and Atom Z3746 Bay Trail chips.
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The 8.1-inch T800 from Getac is the next contender for the ultimate rugged tablet. Upping the ante for outdoor work, the screen is sunlight readable and it can survive drops from up to six feet, as well as knocks, spillages, an vibrations. It's powered by an Intel quad-core processor that's clocked at a respectable 2.16GHz and can push through to 2.58GHz. You'll not get lost out in the wilds either, thanks to the 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi, GPS and WLAN. There's also an additional battery in case you're out longer than expected. For all this extra might, however, there's a price to pay. The hardy tablet will be available in June for US$1599 (3G) and $1999 (LTE). Via tablet news
Switzerland looks set to be the first country to get access to the new Acer Aspire Switch tablet, which runs Windows 8.1 and can transform into a notebook when the keyboard's attached. It also features the ability to flip the screen to display behind, which'll prove handy for presentations or sharing viral videos. The SW5 is a 10-inch tablet with a 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display, that runs on an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail quad-core CPU with Intel HD graphics. The OS is Windows 8.1 and it comes with a nice 64GB of storage. Other specs include WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI output, microUSB 2.0 support and a front-facing HD camera. Via tablet-news
Winding its way onto retail sites is the latest Lenovo tablet, the 10-inch Windows-running ThinkPad 10, which is powered by the upcoming high-power Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3795 processor. The new Lenovo tablet features an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front cam, as well as purpose-built stylus support. It also has microSD card expansion, a 33 Whr battery and WiFi connectivity. It's geared toward the multipurpose user, honing in on business types such features as a FingerPrint Scanner, Smart Card reader and Windows 8.1 Pro. It's expected to cost around $1300. Via tablet-news
The quad-core, Bay Trail-powered Ramos i8 Pro tablet has received the hands on treatment. In new pics, you can get a good look at the 1280 x 800, 16:10 ratio screen and slim body. It has a matte brushed metal finish and looks slim. The Ramos i8 Pro comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB flash storage and Windows 8. Via tablet-news (links to gallery)
Microsoft's teamed up with the terribly-named online show Geek & Sundry for a Surface Pro 2 bundle aimed at gamers. It includes an XBox 360 controller and two games - War Thunder and Farming Simulator 2013. Excited about tackling a big wheat field with a controller? While you answer that, check out this Portlandia sketch. Portlandia - Nerd PSA Via engadget
The tough and hardy tablet made for the great outdoors the Panasonic Toughpad has spawned a budget little brother, the FZ-M1 Value. Aimed at those working in transport, logistics and warehousing, they hard-as-nails tablet would also suit clumsy butterfingered tech fans. The 7-inch tablet runs on Intel Celeron N2806 dual-core processor, and comes with a choice of 2 or 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 8.1 OS, 4G LTE, GPS and LAN. Fending off smashes, the 7-inch WXGA display is made of strengthened glass and has a Panasonic anti-reflection layer. The two cameras are 5MP on the front (8MP option also available) and 2MP (front). Fighting the final fight in tablet protection, it also comes with IP65 ISO certification for dust and water resistance. Via tablet-news
More official info is out on the Ramos i10 Pro, which we previewed recently. Full details of the 10.1-inch i10 tablet are now available, as well as info on its five colours. It comes with Intel's Bay Trail-T Z3740D chip and boots to both Win 8.1 and Android 4.2 operating systems. The i10 Pro features 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB eMMC storage, a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display, 3G connectivity with the Huawei UltraStick, GPS, OTG and WiFi. It's a colourful thing, too. Initial release seems to be coming out in white, red, baby blue, green and yellow. Via imp3
Tablet-news has unboxed the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 Windows 8.1 tablet and committed the results to video. The 8-inch VivoTab Note 8 has a Wacom stylus and more than 1000 pressure levels. It runs Windows 8.1 on a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 1.86GHz processor and has 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and the choice of 32 or 64GB storage. It's also got Intel HD Graphics with Direct X11 support, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, Mircast and two cameras (5 and 1.26-megapixels. Check out tablet-news for the video.
Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet gets networking with the release of an LTE edition. The Windows RT tablet now features 4G LTE connectivity alongside its NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. It also comes with Mircrosft's Touch and Type cover, as well as 200GB of cloud storage with Microsoft OneDrive. The Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, 4G LTE edition, costs a big $679. Via liliputing