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All posts tagged "Tablets"

  • New Surface Pro announced, but is it coming to SA? (probably not)

    The Microsoft Surface lineup popularised the hybrid form factor, resulting in Apple, Google and Huawei all copying the "it's a tablet with an optional keyboard dock/cover" design. Now, the latest Surface has been announced, and it's called the Surface Pro 5. Well, not really, it's actually just called the new Surface Pro. It doesn't seem like a massive difference at first glance, but Microsoft says it contains over 800 new parts and that they've used 99% of the space inside the design. As for specs, you're looking at a device running the seventh generation Intel Core M3, i5 and i7 family. Interestingly, the...

  • New iPad to hit South Africa on Saturday

    Tablet sales may have been declining over the last few years, but that hasn't stopped the iStore from bringing the refreshed 9.7-inch iPad to South Africa anyway. The company announced that it would be launching the device in the country on Saturday 8 April, being available in silver, grey and gold. Apple's new iPad starts at R5999 for the 32GB WiFi-only model, with a jump to R7999 for the 128GB WiFi-only variant. Need cellular connectivity on your tablet? Then the 32GB WiFi/cellular variant will cost R8299, while the 128GB WiFi/cellular model has a R9999 price tag. In terms of upgrades over the last...

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 revealed: is it a worthy follow-up though?

    Xiaomi's Mi Pad was one of the more impressive Android tablets upon its 2014 release, featuring an Nvidia Tegra K1 chip and 2048x1536 display. The Mi Pad 2 wasn't a massive step up in power though, with the first-gen model more than holding its own. Now, the company has revealed the Mi Pad 3, which doesn't have a Tegra X1 unfortunately. Still, it's a relatively solid piece of kit from the looks of it. In the horsepower department, there's a MediaTek MT8176 processor (dual-core A72 and quad-core A53 cores), 4GB of RAM and a PowerVR GX6250 GPU that's several steps behind the latest...

  • Apple quietly introduces new 9.7-inch iPad

    In what could be a sign of its shifting priorities, Apple has stealthily announced an updated version of its 9.7-inch iPad. The company quietly revealed the new tablet on its website this week, being available in selected markets from Friday 24 March. Expect to pay US$329 for the 32GB WiFi-only model and US$459 for the 32GB WiFi and cellular variant. Want the 128GB model? It'll set you back US$429 for the WiFi-only model and US$559 for the cellular version. As for upgrades, the new iPad packs 2016's A9 processor, originally found in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE. So those expecting...

  • Alcatel Plus 10: the new budget hybrid king?

    It's tough to find decent Windows laptop/tablet hybrids at the sub-R5000 price point, but TCL's new Alcatel device might just pack the goods. At a suggested price of R3559, you get a budget-minded Intel Cherry Trail X5 processor (T3 Z8350), 2GB of RAM, 10.1-inch 1280x800 display, dual front speakers and 32GB of expandable storage. In the camera department, we've got a 5MP main camera and a 2MP shooter with flash for video calling and selfies. However, TCL has also spiced things up with the addition of a keyboard dock, featuring an extra 2580mAh battery over and above the tablet's 5830mAh pack. The keyboard dock...

  • Surprise, surprise: tablet sales decline, but Apple increases market lead

    The world's consumer buying habits are extremely odd, and highlighted even further thanks to new data by research firm IDC. This week, it released world tablet sales figures, and unsurprisingly, they're steadily declining. In Q2 2016, tablet sales topped 38.7-million, but that itself is a drop of 12.3% over the same quarter a year ago. That's enormous. IDC's senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani suggests that users don't consider tablets as a "productive form factor". "The market has spoken as consumers and enterprises seek more productive form factors and operating systems – it's the reason we're seeing continued growth in detachables," he explains. However,...

  • HP Spectre X2 review: a Microsoft Surface by any other name

    HP's been on a rather impressive streak with laptops lately, delivering the snazzy Elitebook Folio and its latest Pavilion Gaming notebook (review) in recent months. But what if you value a versatile form factor and battery life above snazzy graphics and truckloads of power? Well, then you'll need to take a peek at the HP Spectre X2. Let's start with the hardware Unbox the HP Spectre X2 and you'll instantly notice the distinct form factor, being a convertible tablet akin to the Microsoft Surface line. So that means a tablet with a kickstand and a lightweight keyboard cover. It's not quite a cut-and-paste job...

  • Huawei South Africa confirms new Nexus is coming this year

    Huawei might've just launched the P9, P9 Lite and P9 Plus in South Africa, but the company also revealed some more interesting device details relevant to the industry at large. "We’re doing the Nexus again this year, by the way," Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei SA's consumer business group, said in an interview. The Chinese company developed its first Nexus device at the end of last year in the form of the Nexus 6P, alongside LG's smaller Nexus 5X. The Nexus 6P enjoyed a very positive reception for the most part, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, a...

  • Family-friendly Samsung Galaxy Tab A10.1 announced for Europe

    Samsung has today announced a new tablet for European audiences, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Tab A10.1. The Korean company's punting this particular slate at "users who are looking for a device at a good price-performance ratio". Largely, the tablet aims to keep with the Samsung Galaxy A smartphone series, which aims to grab the youthful yet trendy crowd (or at least its marketing materials state). In terms of feature coverage, Samsung's done a good job. Practicality in focus, the tablet measures in at 8.2mm thick, and weighs just slightly over 520g. As you might've gathered from the name, it boasts a 10.1-inch screen...

  • 5 of the worst tablets ever made

    Increasingly, tablets are becoming the dominant form of portable computing. Although only a few currently on the market offer decent processing power sufficient to use in lieu of a laptop, it’s entirely probable that these devices will progress in leaps and bounds to the point of market domination. The high end tablets perform well, but also have a high price tag attached to their brand, which paves the way for cheaper tablets making their way into the market. With the good, comes the bad and the rather ugly. There are tablets that occupy the hideous waste of space category, those...