Don't hold your breath waiting for a smaller size Surface tablet
Leading up to the launch of Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, there were several rumors suggesting the Redmond company was planning to announce a Surface Mini tablet during the press event. Even Microsoft teased such an unveiling by inviting members of the press to a "small gathering" on May 20. Instead, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Mini is still nowhere to be seen. That might not change any time soon.
If you're at all concerned about a part going bad in Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet, you may want to consider an extended warranty. The alternative is to try and fix or replace a faulty component yourself, but unlike a traditional laptop, Microsoft's laptop replacement isn't all that easy to service. Straight to the point, the Surface Pro 3 scored a miserable 1 out of 10 in iFixIt's teardown analysis.
Rumors of an HTC-made Nexus tablet are nothing new. Back in May, there was speculation that the device referred to by the codename “Volantis/Flounder” in a Chromium bug report and an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) changelog was in fact an upcoming Nexus tablet from the Taiwanese company's stable. Even though the long-term future of the whole Nexus initiative has become unclear amid all the Android Silver rumors that are currently doing the rounds, there’s every chance we might see another Nexus tablet.
Surface Pro 3 user guide makes many references to long-rumored smaller sibling
Microsoft was widely expected to lift the curtain on an 8-inch tablet called the Surface Mini at its special event in New York on May 20, 2014. While the event did go through as planned, the long-rumored tablet was nowhere to be seen. What the world got instead was a 12-inch Windows 8.1 tablet called the Surface Pro 3 and a bunch of reports that suggested the Mini had been abandoned by Microsoft at the very last minute.
Today we'll begin to find out if Microsoft is on the right track with its Surface hardware. As the company promised, Surface Pro 3 is available at retail stores, online, and through authorized resellers in the U.S. and Canada today, exactly one month after Microsoft announced the upgraded device during a press event in New York City. The caveat? Only the Core i5 version is available straight away.
If it's a premium Android tablet you're after, you'll want to look into Samsung's new flagahip Galaxy Tab S family. There are two versions up for grabs -- an 8.4-inch model and a 10.5-inch SKU, both of which wield a Super AMOLED display with a 2560x1600 resolution (that's the same as most 30-inch monitors that predate 4K). In addition to the high resolution display, the Galaxy Tab S line is notable for its remarkably thin profile.
The Nook is getting a makeover courtesy of Samsung
Talk of tablets rarely falls on the Nook, which fair or not has been largely overshadowed by competing slates. Looking to change that, Barnes and Noble has teamed up with Samsung to develop co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets featuring B&N's digital reading experience. The new device will mesh Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized Nook software.
The 3-in-one comes with a docking station for desktop mode
Gigabyte is adding a new 11.6-inch convertible laptop to its U-series ultrabook line, the company said Thursday. Powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, the U21MD, as the upcoming device is called, sports a capacitive multitouch panel capable of being rotated 180 degrees.
Acer's newest tablet rocks a quad-core foundation and Full HD 1080p IPS display
The tablet market isn't growing at the same clip it was a year ago, but growing it is, prompting tablet makers to come out with new devices. Acer just launched its Iconia Tab 8, an 8-inch Android slate with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with Zero Air Gap technologies to reduce light reflection and offer higher contrast with brighter, crisper images and better readability under sunlight.
Consumers aren't all that anxious to upgrade their existing tablets
Mobile devices are ultra hot right now, including tablets, though the market for slates isn't skyrocketing like it once was. Instead, consumers are largely content with their current tablet devices, and those who do see a need to pick up a new mobile device are trending towards phablet (large size smartphones) devices. As such, International Data Corporation (IDC) reduced its tablet shipment forecast for 2014.