Category Archives: Tablets

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Samsung releases Jelly Bean update for Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 2 series

Note_10.1_updateSamsung has officially announced that it has started rolling out the much awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Wi-Fi versions of Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 series tablets in the United States.

According to Samsung, the Jelly Bean update brings the premium suite improvements as well as Android 4.1 performance enhancements to the Note 10.1. The Premium Suite update for Note 10.1 tablet includes improved S Pen support, ability to easily open and resize multiple apps, Air View, Quick Command and more. The detailed look at these features is given below.

Full Change-log of Premium Suite update for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Multi-tasking & Productivity:

Enhanced Multi Window feature

Cascade View: The feature allows users to freely resize, move and pin selected applications in multiple views, running them simultaneously or while operating the home-screen.

Air View: Allows users to use S Pen to conveniently and quickly preview content without having to open it.

Quick Command: With Quick Command, the S Pen quickly activates applications and services that are used most often by allowing you to write command shortcuts using customized and preset S Pen strokes.

Enhanced Personalization:

Enhanced handwriting: Users can quickly and easily send personalized handwritten notes and memos to friends and family via email, as well as hand-write directly into their S Planner

Enhanced S Note: S Note now features additional ready-to-use templates; allows users to add effects to their digital content with Idea Sketch; and enables the insertion of video directly into not only Note templates but also other templates.

Easy Clip: Allows users to select and clip content to save, paste or share in seconds.

Photo Note: Add personalized handwritten notes on the back of your photos to help capture the moment.

Creativity:

Paper Artist: Besides enabling users to enliven sketches or content with different color or pencil styles, Paper Artist enables over 30 artistic effects that can be applied to images or media.

A smarter S Pen: The S Pen now allows users to select writing or color modes at the touch of a button, or unlock the home-screen simply by removing the S Pen.

On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will also get the Jelly Bean improvements including more intuitive user interface, faster performance and response times and an overall smoother user experience.

You can further read about the update at Samsung USA.

The updates can be downloaded both OTA and via Kies application on PC and Mac.

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Apple iPad Mini, 4th-gen iPad now on sale in China

ipad_launchAs announced by the Cupertino based Apple, the iPad Mini and 4th-gen iPad are now on sale in China. Company is only selling Wi-Fi and Cellular versions of these iOS powered tablets in the country.

With the launch in China, iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad are currently available in more than 100 countries worldwide including the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, noted Apple in a press release.

If you already don’t know, Apple iPad mini is the smaller and cheaper iPad and comes with features like 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras, and 10 hours of battery life. On the other hand, the fourth generation iPad features a 9.7-inch Retina display, A6X chip, and FaceTime HD camera. Both iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6.

According to Apple, iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad will be available through Apple retail stores, apple.com and select Apple Authorized Resellers in China.

Coming to the pricing:

  • iPad mini WiFi + Cellular  16GB: RMB 3,488 (US $561)
  • iPad mini WiFi + Cellular 32 GB: RMB 4,288 (US $690)
  • iPad mini WiFi + Cellular 64 GB: RMB 5,088 (US $818)
  • Fourth generation iPad WiFi + Cellular 16GB: RMB 4,688 (US $754)
  • Fourth generation iPad WiFi + Cellular 32GB: RMB 5,488 (US $882)
  • Fourth generation iPad WiFi + Cellular 64GB: RMB 6,288 (US $1,011)

Apple has also revealed that iPad 2 is available at just US $399 in the country.

Image Credit: Xinhua

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Samsung to launch 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet to counter iPad Mini

Samsung-GALAXY-NOTE-10Samsung seems to be readying its second Note series tablet to counter the Apple’s cheaper iPad Mini. This tablet from South Korean manufacturer carries the model number GT-N5100 and will be called Galaxy Note 8.0.

According to a report in Sammobile, this alleged Android tablet will be sold in Wi-Fi and 3G versions, same as company’s earlier tablets and feature S-Pen stylus support, which is a highlight of Note series smartphones and slates.

The report further adds that Note GT-N5100 will come with 8.0-inch 1280×800p Super Clear LCD, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 16/32 internal storage and microSD card slot.  There is no word on the processor, but we expect it to be at-least quad-core, considering other specs.

Other specs include 4600 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and Jelly Bean Android 4.2. These specs are pretty decent and it would be interesting to see how Samsung prices it to counter Apple’s iPad Mini, which retails for $329 (cheapest model). This Note 8.0 launch would also be interesting as rumours suggest that Apple is planning to announce second-gen iPad Mini in March, which if true, will be the real target of Samsung than the current-gen iPad Mini.

Samsung is most likely to introduce the Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress late next month.

More Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 details:

  • Codename: Kona
  • Dimensions: 211.3×136.3×7.95mm, 330 grams
  • GSM networks: EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1Mbps,
  • HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)

Image Credit: Wired

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AT&T offering $100 bill credit with Nexus 7 3G (Catch: 2-year contract)

nexus-7-3g-google-play-att-dealIn order to get some of the Nexus 7 3G buyers sign up for a two-year contract, US telecom operator AT&T is offering $100 bill credit. Even from the first look, it does not really look like a decent offer and is more like a rip-off.

If you grab a Nexus 7 3G from Google Play US (until Feb. 14, 2013), you will have an option to call-up AT&T and sign-up for a two-year contract with postpaid mobile share or standalone plans and you will get $100 in return as bill credit. The tablet will be needed to be bought from Google Play for the full price of $299.

To remind you, Nexus 7 3G is currently in stock at Google Play with 3-5 days of shipping time, so even though you might not want this offer, the tablet is still a great option for anyone looking to buy an Android tablet with on-the-go data connectivity.

Nexus 7 3G features a 7-inch 1280x800p display, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, HSPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, Android 4.2.1 and front camera.

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Asus UK now taking orders for Nexus 7 dock, to ship in a fortnight

Nexus 7 dock has become this elusive accessory that does not want to reach consumers, but looks like it is going to change soon. Asus UK has now started taking orders for the dock on its official website. Priced at £24.99, it is still almost a fortnight away from reaching normal consumers, as Asus clearly states on its website that the delivery time for this product is 14 days after the receipt of payment. May be, they are waiting for the actual stocks?

Anyways, you can always head over to Asus UK and place your order before it sells out or something.

Here are the specifications:

  • OS Support: Android 4.2
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions; 220(L) x 65(W) x 30(H) mm
  • Weight: 280g
  • Power: 5V 2A
  • I/O Ports: 1 x Audio out port, 1 x Micro USB port
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Next-gen iPad Mini, iPad launching in March: Report

ipad-mini_mainiPad launch rumours re back and now Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White has revealed in a research report that Apple might be planning to launch the next-generation iPad and new iPad Mini in March 2013, which seems possible considering all the iPads apart from 4th gen iPad and iPad Mini were announced around March.

He apparently got this idea from his observations and meetings at Consumer Electronics Show.

White wrote in his report:

Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.

The fruity company, which has typically kept a yearly cycle of product launches, surprised many with the iPad Mini and 4th gen iPad release in October. It would be interesting to see if Apple launches next iPads in March, which will again be a short gap between last and new iPads, but it would again allow the company to get back on its usual March to March launch cycle or may be six-months gap is the new update cycle for the company.

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In related news, Fortune has asked several independent as well as professional analysts to forecast iPad sales in the last quarter. Here is a look at their estimates.ipad-ests-q1-2013