Tablets

Apple iPad 5 due September, iPad mini in bezel-less design

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Rumours continue to grow that tablet giant Apple is on schedule to launch its fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad in September, according to latest reports.
While the specifications are still a closely guarded secret (as usual), sources have told Taiwanese news site digitimes.com that component suppliers are ready to begin production and that there should be no further changes to the Apple iPad 5′s configuration.… Read more

New CUBE U30GT2 test ROM firmware with RK3188 SDK2.0 upgrade

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Firmware updates based on improvements made by Rockchip to its RK3188 software development kit (SDK2.0) have been slowly making their way to the busload of devices using the popular quad-core SoC CPU.
Now it’s the turn of CUBE’s U30GT2 to receive what’s being described as a ‘test’ version of its upcoming Android 4.2.2 ROM firmware.
According to Geekbuying.com, the new firmware provides more than 60fps frame speed at full HD (1920×1080-pixel) video playback.… Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, 10.1 available from July 19

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Korean giant Samsung has begun taking pre-orders now on its up-coming Galaxy Tab 3 tablets in the US with delivery by July 19.
The three new models are the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 models.
The cheapest model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, runs a 1.2GHz dual-core SoC CPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board flash preloaded with what we believe is Android 4.1.2.… Read more

VTech InnoTab 3 toddler tablet to tempt techie three-year-olds and up

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Hong Kong electronics company VTech produces a decent range of educational tablets for kids and its about to launch a new third-generation VTech InnoTab 3 toddler tablet to tempt techie three-year-olds and up.
It runs off four AA-sized batteries and features a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen panel along with two styluses (in case one gets lost we presume). At the top, there’s a 2MP image sensor capable of rotating through 180-degrees and capturing video although VTech does say much about its specs.… Read more

VIA V7 the latest $65 Android dual-core tablet

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Low-cost tablets running MediaTek, Rockchip or Actions Semi SoC CPUs seem to be everywhere, but there’s another chip maker that’s also out in the budget tablet market – VIA, and its about to release a new entry-level tablet called the VIA V7.
This 7-inch tablet comes with VIA’s own WM8880, a dual-core Cortex A9 design running at 1.5GHz.┬áThe tablet itself features a basic 800×480-pixel resolution panel pretty much in keeping with its low $65 price tag.… Read more

AllFine Fine7 Genius does quad-core tablet for just Y399 $(US65)

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The Chinese tablet market is no place for the feint-hearted but it now seems to be getting to almost manic proportions with news that Chinese tablet brand AllFine has come out with what has to be the cheapest quad-core tablet of all time in the AllFine Fine7 Genius.
The new 7-inch tablet comes with a 1.2GHz Actions Semi ATM7029 quad-core SoC CPU for just Y399 ($US65).… Read more

Tablet price fall: HP Slate 7 to $140, Kindle Fire HD to $169

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While there’s plenty going on in the entry-level Chinese tablet market at the moment, you may not even have to go that far to find yourself a bargain tablet.
Some of the world’s big tablet brands are taking the axe to their prices as competition becomes white-hot.
US computer giant HP has sliced the price of its entry-level Slate 7 tablet to just $140 and Amazon has taken note, cutting the price of its entry-level Kindle Fire HD to $169.… Read more

ViewSonic ViewPad 7Q 7-inch tablet features GPS module, quad-core CPU

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US-based visual technology brand ViewSonic is about to release a new 7-inch tablet on the market called the ViewSonic ViewPad 7Q.
Inside, you’ll find a decent mix of options, such as MediaTek’s 1.2GHz MTK8389 quad-core Cortex A7 processor and 1GB of DDR3 RAM to run your apps.
The display is a 7.0-inch/1024×600-pixel resolution LCD touchscreen panel that gets some decent gaming performance thanks to the MediaTek chip’s build-in PowerVR SGX544 graphics core.… Read more