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All posts tagged "Tablet"

  • Vodacom launches Smart Tab 3G 7-inch tablet aimed at the masses

    Two months after the launch of the Smart Kicka, an entry level smartphone retailing at R549, Vodacom has launched a 7-inch 3G tablet that will cost less than R1 000 and will, if the cellular giant is to be believed, also bring mobile connectivity to a whole new section of the South African population. “Providing access in South Africa is not easy, but our strategy is to deliver access to everyone,” says Vodacom Chief Officer for the Consumer Business Unit Phil Patel. The Vodacom Smart Tab 3G is available from today and can be purchased on a 24 month contract, starting...

  • The next best Android tablet: Nexus 9 expected to arrive Q4 2014 says HTC (accidentally)

    Who’s keen for another Nexus tablet? Well, the Nexus 9 is coming, if this report from Focus Taiwan can be trusted. One of HTC’s presidents, Jack Tong, mentioned during a New York press event that the 8.9″ Nexus 9 is “HTC’s commitment” for reentering the luscious tablet game. HTC launched the first Nexus device (the One) back in 2010, with others following due to the tablets roaring success. The Nexus 9 though, is reportedly being launched 16 October and will arrive first in Taiwan sometime in Q4. A rather prominent Android developer also tweeted the launch date, adding further credence to...

  • Amazon launches new tablet family: 7.8mm thin Kindle Voyage, low-cost 6″ Fire tablet

    On Wednesday evening, Amazon, the online retail tech giant, in a bid to retain its current users and court new buyers, refreshed its Fire tablets and e-readers with some nifty hardware improvements and updated software features. Amazon showed off a total of six upgraded devices, including a high-end e-reader called Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever 6″ tablet. The refresh is on its tablet computer and e-reader devices including a child friendly version of its HD tablet. New Fire HDX tablet is said to have been designed to compete with the iPad Air will start shipping in October. The Fire HD...

  • Sony launches sleek smartphone & tablet Z3 series: fat cameras, waterproof, beefy batteries

    Just confirming rumours of old, Sony just launched a fresh duo of sleek smartphones — the 5.2” flagship Xperia Z3 and the 4.6” Compact. Both phones scream premium with their aluminium frames and snazzy tempered glass panels. There’s also the Z3 Tablet Compact which is a slim 8-incher. As presented in the press video (see below), the Z3 series focuses on a couple of key features: the devices are waterproof, have fat cameras, and strong battery life. Before we discuss the specs and features, just look at that design: Unlike most of Sony’s earlier devices which were usually water and dust...

  • netsurferDUAL 8 review: local pride

    South African gadgets aren’t great, or memorable. Can you name three, or even one smartphone/tablet developed in South Africa? No? Allow me to assist. The Netsurfer range of tablets are South African-developed and have been knocking about for years. They’re low-cost, aimed at the mass-market and are ideal entry-level Android machines for those who’re unfamiliar with technology because oddly enough, Netsurfer tablets come with thick, detailed instruction manuals that walk first-time users through every step of the Android setup. Yeah, most of us can knock out an Android setup without even thinking, but for the Luddite, desperate to learn the ways...

  • VAIO launches first post-Sony laptops dubbed the Fit and the Pro

    Sony, since selling its VAIO laptop brand in February, has undergone a transformation of some sorts, becoming something of a ultra mobile device company. But VAIO has also rose again as a separate corporation owned by Japan Industrial Partners, debuting its first duo of post-Sony devices called the Pro and the Fit. Although the VAIO website is only helpful for those who are fluent in Japanese, the laptops’ specifications are nevertheless highly respectable. The Fit (pictured below) is perhaps more of a conservative touchscreen laptop than an a traditional hybrid. It can switch between laptop and tablet mode by filpping on...

  • Intel’s fanless Core M CPU to power tablet hybrids of tomorrow

    While Apple’s currently getting all the attention at WWDC, Intel has made a big announcement of its own, revealing that it will showcase its “world first” Broadwell range of 14nm CPUs at Computex. According to Intel, the CPU will be unveiled in a 12.5″ reference hybrid machine that is just 7.2mm thick and weighs a mere 670g. It will be the company’s “most energy efficient Core processor in the company’s history.” Dubbed the Core M series, the company’s new range of processors, “purpose built for 2-in-1s,” will allow manufacturers to produce even thinner hybrid machines with spades of processing power. This...

  • Windows RT’s failure equals Surface Mini no-show

    When Microsoft launched its ultra-thin, ultra-expensive Surface Pro 3 during a presentation in New York earlier this week, the internet was left wondering where the rumoured Surface Mini was. While a few of us hoped for a Nexus 7 or iPad Mini-version of the Surface, it was simply not meant to be. The reason could be down to a few factors, but blame can chiefly be placed on the shoulders of Windows RT and its failure to grab the publics interest. According to a Bloomberg report, ex-boss CEO Stephan Elop and current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn’t want to release a...

  • LG debuts 7, 8 and 10.1-inch G Pad tablets

    LG has revealed three new G Pad tablets. These tablets join its 8.3″ tablet. The new devices will ensure the Korean company gets a firmer foothold in the rather overcrowded tablet market, competing with the likes of Samsung, Apple and Sony. The company will add a trio of tablets: 7.0″, 8.0″ and 10.1″ models will be added thanks to LG’s response to consumer needs says Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO LG “Customers tell us that they want a wider range of devices that offer sizable screens without compromising portability. Unlike smartphones, tablets are not one size fits all. So we designed...

  • Sony smashes out Xperia Z2 phone and tablet, plus mid-range Xperia M2

    Sony’s been a busy little bee at Mobile World Congress 2014. Today sees the launch of three new devices, so far. The self-described “mid-range” Sony Xperia M2, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia X2 Tablet. Xperia Z2 Tablet The Z Tablet is something we loved, so we’re glad to see its sequel. The display is a 10.1-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS stunner with front Surround Sound, a weight of 439g which beats the air and it’s waterproof. That alone is the Z2 Tablet’s strongest selling point. But this is billed as the world’s fastest tablet, and for good reason. We’ve got a...