Samsung's Galaxy Mega stretches the boundaries of phablet design.
You better have big pockets if you have any notion of treating Samsung's Galaxy Mega device as a smartphone. It's actually a phablet -- a phone and tablet hybrid -- though even in that category, the Galaxy Mega stands out because of its massive 6.3-inch HD display. That's not a typo; the Galaxy Mega's display is 6.3 inches, or just over half-an-inch smaller than a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD.
Samsung is going after the mid-size tablet market.
Mid-size tablets seem to be all the rage these days, and Samsung doesn't intend to miss out on the craze. With that in mind, Samsung announced today that its Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming to the U.S. market on April 11. The Galaxy Note 8.0 was initially unveiled at Mobile World Congress a couple of months ago, and in just a couple of days, you'll be able to pick up one up in stores and online at places like Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, and other retailers/e-tailers.
We have a couple of rumors to report on. The first is that Acer is prepping an Iconia A1-810 tablet model to compete with Apple's iPad mini device, our sister site TechRadar reports. It's a 7.9-inch slate with a 1024x768 resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera, and 0.3MP front-facing camera all wrapped in Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform. The biggest surprise, however, could be the price.
Decline in PC sales isn't a temporary trend, Gartner says.
Four years from now, most of us will have traded in our desktop and notebook PCs for a tablet, or maybe we'll all just use smartphones for computing chores. Don't believe it? Neither do we, though that's the picture the forecasting artists at Gartner painted today by predicting a steady decline in traditional PC sales over the next several years, only to be leapfrogged by tablet shipments in 2017.
One of the rumors floating around the web today is that Google is planning to launch an upgraded version of the Nexus 7 this summer (specifically, in July). The next generation Nexus 7 is said to feature a thinner bezel and a higher resolution than the current model, which wields an IPS panel with a 1280x800 resolution.
The Durabook CA10 doesn't mind short drops up to four feet.
GammaTech on Tuesday announced that its semi-rugged and ultra-mobile Durabook model CA10 tablet is now available to purchase. That's provided you're willing to spend $1,299 (MSRP) on a slate that's built for people who don't work in typical office environments. Unlike your run-of-the-mill tablet, the Durabook CA10 meets various military standards for dust, water, drops, shock, and temperatures as low as 0 degrees.
Microsoft has lowered the minimum resolution requirement for Windows 8 devices
When it comes to tablets, the ferocity of competition seems to be inversely proportional to the screen size. But ignoring smaller form factors is not easy — as was all too obvious when market leader Apple launched the 7.9-inch iPad Mini despite being indisposed to the idea initially. Now, a new development suggests that Microsoft also wants Windows 8 OEMs to join the sub-eight-inch tablet fray.
At least you won't have to worry about installing Steam.
Razer is pretty stoked to let the world know that its Edge tablet for gamers will soon come pre-installed with Valve's Steam software, enabling users to more quickly tap into their existing games library. Of course, you could always download Steam yourself, but hey, we'd rather see Steam sitting there than a bunch of trialware and other bloat that OEMs sometimes like to load their systems with. Still, we have reservations about the Edge.
It's never been more affordable to own a name-brand tablet than it is now, especially with the recent price cuts. To further sweeten the pot -- and to remind everyone that yes, it too offers a tablet -- Barnes & Noble recently announced that anyone who purchases a Nook HD+ tablet between March 24, 2013 and March 31, 2013 is eligible to receive a free Nook Simple Touch eReader. That might seem a bit redundant, but if you look at it from the angle of shopping for yourself and for someone else at the same time, you can kill two birds with one stone.
A new Kindle Fire HD is in the cards, but it won't cost $99.
Tablet prices have fallen sharply in the past year or so, and Amazon is a big reason why. It wasn't until the original Kindle Fire debuted that there was an affordable, name brand alternative to the iPad, along with proof positive that there does indeed exist a market for 7-inch slates. Fast forward to today and there are rumors of $99 tablets on the horizon, including one from Amazon, though don't hold your breath waiting for a lower priced Kindle Fire HD.