It’s been nearly a couple of months since HTC started rolling out the Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ update for HTC One X and looks like the wait is finally over for the UK SIM-free models as ours just got updated. Hope everyone else gets updated soon as there have been a few welcome features that you will probably appreciate. Check the screenshots and what’s new after the break.
Microsoft Surface tablets have created quite a lot of buzz when announce couple of months ago due to the built-in kick-stand and touch cover. Not much was known about it back then but now Microsoft has finally placed it in their online store for pre-order along with all the accessories and pricing and a video ad. The entry-level model with 32 GB of internal storage starts at £399 the same as the new iPad 16 GB. Now some may think that at this price point most people will rather go for an iPad or Android tablets due to the enormous selection of quality apps but the Surface will come with Office 2013 pre-installed which Microsoft hopes will be enough to draw in the masses. Not to mention a microSD card slot and a full size USB 2.0 port. Check the full specifications, video ad and photos after the break.
HTC One X owners in Europe can now finally get their smartphones updated to Android 4.0.4. Yes, we know it’s not as nearly an exciting update that a Jelly Bean update would be. System and performance enhancements aside the latest update also brings improved Beats audio experience which includes automatic detection of headset profiles and a EA Games app along with a full version of Dead Space. Check the screenshots and more info after the break.
When nVidia’s chief mentioned that we can expect Tegra 3 quad core tablets to go on sale for less then $200 we couldn’t believe or at least we thought that they will feel cheep but Google proved us wrong. Meet the 7-inch Google Nexus 7, a co-branded tablet with Asus. Suddenly the Amazon Kindle Fire doesn’t look like a bargain of the century anymore as the Nexus 7 pretty much beats it in every way. Faster processor, better quality and higher resolution screen (1280x800px), bigger storage at 8/16 GB and weight. Not to mention the brand new Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. More info and a video review by Engadget after the break
We were positively surprised when a second software update within the past month popped-up on our HTC One X. It’s not that there is something horribly wrong with it but a new update can’t hurt. Being optimistic we then checked if there was an update for our HTC One S available as well and it was indeed. Read on past the break for more info and screenshots.
We have already seen a healthy helping of both Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on smarpthones and the Asus Transformer Prime tablet but this is the first the we saw Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in action on a tablet and what a tablet it is – a quad core nVidia Tegra 3 processor that nVidia figures is as powerful as a bottom shelf Intel Dual Core mobile processor. A bold claim that might be but looking at a game shown off in the below demo this definitely is a capable platform. Aside from the game we can also have a look into couple of new features of the Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on tablets. First one being the new transition effect when sliding through app list and the second one is the capability to easily group the shortcuts on the homescreen into folders. Yes, we know nothing really new here ;) Still worth checking the below video. Continue reading >
After announcing the consumer oriented IdeaPad K1 tablet Lenovo announced another tablet but this time around is aimed at the business users. Internal hardware is pretty much the same as the IdeaPad K1 with a 10.1 inch screen (1280 x 800 px), 1 GHz dual core nVidia Tegra 2 processor, 16/32/64 GB internal storage and 1 GB RAM. Where the ThinkPad Tabled really differentiate itself from the IdeaPad K1 is the optional Keyboard Folio case which sports a ThinkPad class keyboard wrapped in a case. The concept of a dedicated keyboard is very appealing as Asus has shown with Eee Transformer which has been the most popular Honeycomb tablet so far. We’ll have to wait and see how will Lenovo’s business alternative be received. If all goes as planned we won’t have to wait long as the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet should hit the stores next month with starting price of $499 in the US. Check the hands-on video by Engadget and official press shots after the break.
It may be one of the last major manufacturers to the join the tablet market but Lenovo is hoping to make an impact with the launch of Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet that runs Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system. It will sport a 10.1 inch screen (1280 x 800 px), 1 GHz dual core nVidia Tegra 2 processor, 16 or 32 GB internal storage and will come in WiFi only and WiFi + 3G flavours. All this goodness wrapped in a rounded chassis measuring 264 x 189 x 13 mm and weighing in at 750 g. Lenovo reckons it will run 8 hours on a single charge and should be available worldwide in the next month or so with RRP starting at $449 for the 16 GB WiFi and ranging up to $599 for the 32 GB WiFi + 3 G model. Hands-on video by Engadget and official press shots after the break.
Perhaps you remember Toshiba’s first entry into the tablet market with Toshiba Folio 100. If you don’t we can’t blame you as it was a complete dud with underwhelming screen, slow performance and its battery ran out of juice sooner that one would desire. This time Toshiba is back with Thrive – a 10.1 (1280 x 800 px) inch tablet running Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system while a dual core nVidia Tegra 2 processor will be in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly. It is set to be available in the US in July with prices starting at $429 for 8 GB, $479 for 16 GB and $579 for 32 GB version – all being WiFi only. There was no mention of a 3G version of tablet but be sure if WiFi tablets will prove success Toshiba will be quick to stick a 3G module into them. Check the hands-on video by Engadget and official press shots after the break.
Samsung continues battle with Apple for the top spot. When Apple released the first generation iPad Samsung was the closest of all the rivals with Samsung Galaxy Tab and that Apple has iPad 2 on the market Samsung is again after it with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and by the looks of things it came even closer to nabbing the top spot this time around. Specifications at glance are 10.1 inch screen (1280 x 800 px), with weighing in at 1.33 lbs is even lighter then the iPad 2 and also a tiny bit thinner at 0.33 inch. Continue reading >