Metal clad Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE tablet with Snapdragon 650 CPU, 4GB RAM announced

Asus has already announced the upcoming availability a couple of Android smartphones earlier this year, the ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom. More recently, the Taiwanese company introduced to the world its new premium tablet, the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE.

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The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL) is not to be mistaken with the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500M), which was launched last year with a 2.1GHz hexa-core MediaTek MT8716 chipset inside.

The new slab comes equipped with a much different 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, coupled with and Adreno 510 graphics processing unit, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory.

The premium tablet features metal finish and it’s only 6.75mm thin. It weighs around 490g since it’s powered by a generous 7,900 mAh battery, which should provide users with up to 16 hours of usage or 150 hours of standby.

As the name suggests, the tablet comes with LTE support and sports a 9.7-inch (not 10-inch) display that supports 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution. Those who wish to take photos now and then, will be able to do so since the slab packs an 8-megapixel rear camera, which, sadly, lacks LED flash.

There’s also a secondary 5-megapixel camera in the front for selfies and video calls. The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it will be available for purchase for around $405.


Bezel-free iPad Pro to arrive without home button

Apple’s rumour mill has been the source of many an iPhone leak but the iPad has seen far less coverage, until now. A new leak suggests that Apple is preparing to release a new iPad with a greater screen to body ratio than ever before.

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According to supply chain sources of Macotakara the next iPad Pro will be a 10.9-inch display toting unit sat in the same sized body as the current 9.7-inch version.

The sources claim that this new iPad Pro will have a near bezel-free edging thanks to the lack of home button. Rumours have also pointed to a new iPhone 8 due soon that ditches the home button in favour of a single piece of glass which can still detect fingerprints. Adding that to the iPad line also, makes sense.

This should mean it grows in thickness to 7.5mm, which is a bit more than the current Pro’s 6.1mm depth. The bezel that remains will be enough at the top to house a FaceTime camera, says the source.

Previous rumours have pointed towards a new iPad Pro of around this size suggesting these new details could be accurate.

iPad Pro line-up may expand in 2017 with a 10.5-inch model

Rumors from Apple’s supply chain in Asia are indicating that production of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro will begin next month, in time for an early 2017 debut.

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To accompany what will be a fourth screen size option across the iPad line, the 10.5-inch model will allegedly be the first Apple product to feature an enhanced A10X CPU, basically a beefed-up version of the A10 chip running in the current iPhone 7.

What might we owe a such move for the iPad? Apple has not given up on pushing iPads into the education or enterprise sectors. However, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is too large, in size and in price for schools. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is apparently not big enough for the enterprise. A 10.5-inch tablet could be the “just right” size being sought.

With a spec-ed out 10.5-inch iPad in the stable, the rumors further point to a cheaper 9.7-inch tablet, with the goal of competing against the wide array of Android tablets.

The initial report is coming from DigiTimes, which is not always on target when it comes to rumors. However, industry analysts have floated similar ideas prior to this latest round of rumors, up to, and including the adoption of AMOLED panels.

Given all that, we will take the rumors with a pinch of salt, but remain interested in how Apple might position part of its iPad line to compete with lower-cost Android tablets. That would be an interesting day, indeed.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge 2017 of the Most Buzzing Features of the Upcoming Phablet

The current generation Galaxy S7 Edge is an outstanding phone. Having a larger battery and an eye catching design, it has become one of the hottest devices of this year. But still, there is a room for improvement. Hopefully, the next-generation Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge will do that. The rumors about its potential features have generated a massive buzz. In this article, you will find 5 of its most buzzing features.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge Features: 4K Display  

The Galaxy S8 Edge is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch display supporting 4K resolution, which is a step forward to the current generation QHD display. It will have an extremely high pixel density of 806 pixels. So, it will be incredibly sharp. It might sound overkill. But it will definitely bring the best out of the VR technology.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge Features: Fingerprint Scanner Integrated with the Display

According to the Chinese website Weibo, Samsung is planning to integrate the fingerprint scanner with the 4K display. It will result in the removal of the home button. It will enable Samsung to increase the display size without changing the dimension.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge Features: Iris Scanner

The iris scanner has already been introduced in the Galaxy Note 7. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge will also have the particular component. It will allow you to perform user authentication with your eyes. It will definitely give the hacker a very tough time to intrude to your device.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge Features: 6 GB RAM

Well, it sounds whopping! But the Galaxy S8 Edge is very likely to feature the massive 6 GB RAM. When it will be coupled with the upgraded processor and GPU, you will get a furiously fast gaming performance.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge Features: Mini Projector

The Galaxy S7 Edge rumored to feature a mini projector. But that didn’t happen. However, we strongly expect to see it in the Galaxy S8 Edge. It will transform the device into a great tool for dealing with the presentation at the office or watching movies during the leisure.

Keep in touch with us to get more features of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge.

VTech InnoTab MAX Kid’s Tablet

Kids nowadays are quite fortunate. They now have access to a wide variety of tech toys that they can play with and use as educational tools. The toy market has relied on technology in order to make kids more interested in new toys. Even tablets nowadays are considered toys, especially those designed specifically for kids. The new VTech InnoTab MAX Tablet is just one of them.

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The VTech InnoTab MAX Tablet is a new tablet coming out designed for kids. After all, tablets nowadays are not just a gadgets for adults. Even the kids know how to use them. It is just natural to designed tablets that cater to kids for a host of different reasons.

The VTech InnoTab MAX Tablet features a powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and a high resolution 7-inch multi-touch screen. It also comes with 8GB of storage with an available microSD card slot for expandable memory of up to 40GB. It also comes with a 180 degree rotating camera.

More than just an entertaining toy, the VTech InnoTab MAX Tablet is also an educational tool that combines the VTech extensive library of age-appropriate educational apps along with learning games from Google Play. The wealth of progressive learning content will enable kids to look at the VTech InnoTab MAX Tablet as a valuable toy and educational tool even as they advance in age. Parental controls also ensure that kids can only access kid-friendly apps and websites as well as limit the time kids spend using the tablet.

The VTech InnoTab MAX Tablet also comes with a tough protective cover as well as a flip and fold stand to make it easy and convenient for kids to use. It is ideal for kids as early as 3 TO 9 years old. For interested parents, the VTech InnoTab MAX Tablet is now available at the VTech site for $100.

Apple iPad Pro vs iPad Air 2 Bigger Faster More Productive

It seems a long time ago now, but back before 2010 was, at least for mass consumers, the time before tablets; that year the iPad lurched unexpectedly onto the scene and completely changed the game. Apple’s then CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs boldly stated (as he so often did) that the 9.7in display was the perfect size, insinuating that there would never be a need to tweak the design or introduce different sized iPads.

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But, as we’ve often observed with Apple over the years, such statements don’t always stick, and it wasn’t too long before the 7.9in iPad Mini appeared. Perhaps you’d thought it would end with a shrunken iPad? You’d have been wrong, however. iPad (and tablet sales in general) started tanking–iPad sales have been declining 20% year over year as most people find that, unlike iPhones, there’s not a lot of point in getting a new tablet each year.

The reason for this is simple: people use phones and tablets very differently and the latter degrade nowwhere near as quickly as the former. For instance, you’re less likely to drop a tablet while walking around town and with a phone you’re constantly hammering the battery with applications, texts, push email, calls, games and music. Tablets get it far easier and, therefore, usually last much, much longer — especially if all you’re using it for is the odd bit of browsing on the sofa in between episodes of Narcos.

For a detailed breakdown of the iPad Air 2’s specs, hardware and performance be sure to check out what our sister site Expert Reviews made of Apple’s tablet.

And this might sound like a good thing — which it actually is, obviously – but for Apple it STINKS. Apple wants you buying new gear every year. This is why it releases new iPad models every year — it wants you to buy them and start building a collection of dusty iPads in your office drawer. But in order to shock and awe people Apple needed something, well, BIG. That’s when Apple rolled out the big one – the 12.9in iPad Pro. It is an iPad, the company hopes, that will bring life back into the iPad line and convert the all-important enterprise and creative people from laptops to tablets.

Apple changed things up again in 2016. At the firm’s big media event on March 21 it not only unveiled a 4in iPhone SE, but also a new iPad Pro. The new model is again simply called the iPad Pro, but is smaller than the original 12.9in model, instead being the same scale as the iPad Air 2 with a 9.7in display. On the whole the iPad Pro 9.7in shares a broadly similar design with the iPad Air 2, while spec-wise incorporating the majoriy of the larger 12.9in iPad Pro’s hardware. There are one or two important distinctions, however, and we’ll fill them into the sections below.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Design and Specs

iPad Air 2

  • Display: 9.7-inch 2048×1536 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold
  • Storage: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB
  • Processors: 64-bit A8X and M8
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Touch ID: yes
  • Cameras: front 1.2MP 720p HD camera and a rear 8MP 1080p HD camera
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, optional 4G
  • Size: 238.8 mm × 167.6 mm × 6.1 mm
  • Weight: 437 grams

iPad Pro (12.9in)

  • Display: 12.9-inch 2732×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold
  • Storage: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • Processors: 64-bit A9X and M9
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Touch ID: yes
  • Cameras: front 1.2MP 720p HD camera and a rear 8MP 1080p HD camera
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, optional 4G
  • Size: 305 mm × 220 mm × 7 mm
  • Weight: 710 grams

iPad Pro (9.7in)

  • Display: 9.7-inch 1536×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Rose Gold
  • Storage: 32, 128GB, and 256GB
  • Processors: 64-bit A9X and M9
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Touch ID: yes
  • Cameras: front 5MP 720p HD camera and a rear 12MP 4K HD camera
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, optional 4G
  • Size: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm
  • Weight: 437 grams

We’ll get to the big difference (the display) in just a bit. But first let’s take a look at the some of the major internal differences between these tablets. The biggest differences are in the RAM and CPU department. Apple has packed 4GB of RAM into the iPad Pro models–the most RAM Apple has ever used and TWICE as much as the 2GB of RAM found in the iPad Air 2. That extra RAM combined with the A9X processor found in the Pro models means these things will wipe the floor for the Air when it comes to processing power. Apple says the A9X chip has 1.8 times the CPU performance and 2 times the GPU performance of the A8X chip found in the Air.

But besides the RAM and CPU, many of the internal specs of the tablets are the same. The iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 12.9 have the exact same cameras. Each features a paltry 1.2MP 720p HD camera front FaceTime camera and a slightly more powerful 8MP 1080p HD rear iSight camera. Each iPad also includes the same Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Touch ID and Bluetooth (though the iPad Pro has slightly newer Bluetooth 4.2, but you won’t notice a difference).

However, the new iPad Pro 9.7in has quite an impressive camera setup, borrowing the same refined module from the iPhone SE. This includes a 12MP sensor for the primary with a wide f/2.2 aperture and 1/3″ senor size, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED two-tone flash, simultaneous 8MP still and 4K video capture. The secondary camera is also uprated with a 5MP sensor.

“Let’s go over the basics first: Geekbench reports that the A9X is a dual-core chip running at about 2.25GHz. The A8X used three CPU cores to boost performance, but the A9’s “Twister” CPU architecture and the big boosts in clock speed that Apple is squeezing out of it (up from 1.84GHz in the iPad Air 2) both apparently made that third core unnecessary,” notes Ars Technica.

The report added: “The A9X can’t quite get up to the level of a modern U-series Core i5 based on Broadwell or Skylake (see the 2015 MacBook Air and Surface Pro 4 results), but it’s roughly on the same level as a Core i5 from 2013 or so and it’s well ahead of Core M. And despite the fact that it lacks a fan, the A9X shows little sign of throttling in the Geekbench thermal test, which bodes well for the iPad Pro’s ability to run professional-caliber apps for extended periods of time.”

As far as storage goes, the iPad Pro 12.9 in came in two models to begin with: 32GB or 128GB, but with the introduction of the iPad Pro 9.7in this has been expanded. The 9.7in model adds a 256GB upper-tier model to the mix, and Apple has added this storage option to the 12.9in variant too. Meanwhile, the iPad Air 2 comes in three models: 16GB, 64GB, or 128 GB. It’s also worth noting both iPad Pro types have four internal speakers, so the sound quality of audio should be much improved over the Air.

On the design front, all the iPads feature the same aluminum body and both come in Space Grey, Gold, or Silver – the iPad Pro 9.7in also comes in Rose Gold. The iPad Air 2 is still the thinner than the 12.9in iPad Pro at 6.1mm thick, but the iPad Pro 9.7in has closed this gap and is the same proportions as the iPad Air 2.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Display

Of course the most noticeable difference between the iPad Pro 12.9in and the other two iPads is the size of their displays. The iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7in both feature a 9.7-inch display of 2732×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch. The iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch 2732×2048 pixel display at 264 pixels per inch. You’ll note that their PPIs are the same, meaning the displays look identical to the naked eye–the bigger iPad Pro’s is just larger.

The logic behind the iPad Pro 12.9in larger display is simple: by giving you more screen room you can be more productive and do more work. This is helped in part by iOS 9’s split screen mode, whereby you can run two applications side by side, say Safari and Pages, for instance.

Apple wants you to use the iPad Air 2 as a consumption device and the iPad Pro as a work tool. In order to do this Apple has developed a keyboard and stylus for the iPad Pro, borrowing heavily from Microsoft and Samsung in the process.

Apple’s Grand Plan is to make people question WHY they need a PC. The iPad Pro 12.9in is designed to replace MacBooks, but, oddly, Apple is still selling MacBooks. And the reason? Again, simple: Apple wants people to question what they want from a computer too and REALLY push the boundaries with its PC line as well and basically confuse the hell out of everybody as to which product they actually need to do the stuff they’ve been doing for years on things like tablets and PCs anyway.

The iPad Pro 9.7in has a few key differences from the others, though. While the iPad Pro 12.9in features Apple’s pressure-sensitive 3D Touch, this is absent on the 9.7in iPad Pro (and the iPad Air 2, in fact), however, the iPad Pro 9.7in instead features a much more advanced display using an oxde TFT “True Tone” panel; Apple says it is considerably brighter and less reflective than previous iPads and in fact any other tablet on the market, while the “True Tone” label refers to the display ability to use on-board sensors to measure the ambient light colour in the room and adjust the display colour gamut accordingly.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Key Features

But of course the iPad Pro isn’t just called the Pro because it has faster specs and a bigger display. It also has a few advanced features that the iPad Air two doesn’t have. These features, however, come in the form of optional accessories. The iPad Pro works with the new Apple Pencil, an advanced stylus that allows artists to work on the iPad as never before. The reason the Pencil only works with the iPad Pro is because of a new Multi‑Touch subsystem built directly into the iPad Pro’s display.

The less cool unique feature is the optional iPad Pro Smart Keyboard accessory. This is essentially an Apple-made keyboard cover for the iPad. I say this feature is less cool because there are plenty of third-party keyboard covers.

The iPad Pro 9.7in also features Apple Pen support and its own smaller Smart Keyboard accessory.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Price

Here’s the rundown of the various costs for the different models of each iPad:

iPad Pro: Wi-Fi 32 GB $799, Wi-Fi 128 GB $949, Wi-Fi + Cellular 128 GB $1079.

iPad Air 2: Wi-Fi 16 GB $499, 64 GB $599, 128 GB $699; Wi-Fi + Cellular 16 GB $629, 64 GB $729, 128 GB $829.

As you can see, the iPad Pro is significantly more expensive than the iPad Air for the comparable storage size.

Apple iPad Pro 9.7 Review

The iPad Pro is ambitiously touted as Apple’s new tablet that has the guts to replace your laptop, and it now comes in an ideal size that perfectly demonstrates bigger isn’t always better for everyone.

Even though I was thoroughly impressed with the grunt behind the powerful iPad Pro 12.9, I longed for that standard 9.7-inch display and form factor with the same pro-level features.

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It’s taken Apple a year and a half to launch a proper iPad Air 2 successor and, in that time, it fit almost everything from the giant iPad into a smaller frame. It’s way more than an iPad Air 3 upgrade.

I can now listen to amped up music through its four loud stereo speakers, doodle away with the Apple Pencil and seamlessly attach a keyboard without fumbling with Bluetooth. Its Smart Connector port may be my favorite new feature inherited from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

It’s not all hand-me-downs. The iPad Pro 9.7 actually strikes out on its own with a few advancements. Its True Tone display technology adapts to my environment by subtly adjusting the white balance, and there’s a much wider color gamut behind its anti-reflective coated glass.

Its camera is 12MP and shoots 4K video, taking cues from the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus camera specs. That’s incredibly rare for a tablet of any size. So is the rose gold color option and debut of a 256GB configuration.

What we have ended up with is a tablet juggernaut – but without looking like a juggernaut. On the other hand it also has a serious asking price to match its power, and several easy-to-spot software limitations.

The iPad Air 9.7 costs $599 (£499, AU$899), higher than the iPad Air 2 launch price of $499, (£399, $699) and even higher than the current iPad Air 2 price of $399 (£349, AU$599).

Is there enough here for Apple to retain its best tablet status? Let’s explore the current iPad that wants to be your laptop-replacement of the future.

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Design

From across the room, I couldn’t tell the difference between this iPad Pro 9.7 and my iPad Air 2 when I was charging both during my battery life tests. They’re nearly identical on the outside, and that’s a good thing.

The new iPad Pro has the same sub-pencil-thin dimensions of 240 x 168 x 6.1mm, making it a natural fit for two hands and easy to stow in a backpack. Surprisingly, its weight matches, too, despite the specs upgrade: 437g for Wi-Fi and 444g for Wi-Fi + Cellular again. The new “Pro” label doesn’t mean bigger, it just means bolder.

You get the same polished aluminum frame, fast Touch ID fingerprint scanning home button and a 9.7-inch Retina display. The lightning port hasn’t moved from the bottom, the headphone jack and sleep/wake button are still on the top, and the volume rocker remains on the right side.

In fact, the only surefire way to tell the difference from afar is to opt for the new finish. There are now four colors instead of three: Silver, Gold, Space Gray and the iPad 9.7-exclusive Rose Gold. This isn’t the only way the tablet matches the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, though.

There’s a slight camera bump on the back that no one likes, but it’s a fair trade off. It makes way for a 12MP rear-facing iSight camera, just like its smartphone counterpart, and now there’s a True Tone LED flash. Yes, that’s right, your tablet camera is as every bit as good as your phone camera. Still, please don’t awkwardly take photos with it in public.

Of course, upon even closer inspection, you’ll see two more changes from the iPad Air 2 by way of new speakers at the top and bottom and a Smart Connector port on the left side. They’re flush with the aluminum frame and almost hidden, but make no mistake, they’ve have acted as game changers for the iPad Pro series design.

Four speakers, two at the top and two at the bottom, give the new iPad Pro 9.7 a proper stereo setup, and they’re loud enough to drown out the bottom-firing, twin-speakers of the iPad Air 2 at full volume. Best of all, they’re not blasting music and Netflix movie dialogue out just one side.

I no longer felt the need to cup my hand around the speaker to get a decent volume for myself without bothering other people around me by cranking it up all of the way. Turning the tablet in landscape mode to watch a movie, I found everything sounded natural. Part of that balance is due to the fact that the upper top speakers always handle mid and high frequencies and they’ll change depending on how you hold the iPad Pro, rotating the sound as the screen orientation does.

Apple smartly refined the iPad Pro 9.7 design, and that’s not the only clever way it changed up its traditional tablet look and feel in its push to the professional leagues.

Samsung Galaxy S2 9.7″ tablet

Want a top-of-the-range tablet but can’t afford to spend US$400 on one? Well, today, you’re in luck. We’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″ tablet. Entry is free, and one of you will walk away with a new way to experience Android.

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It’s not often you get a chance to take a slice of premium Android tablet pie home for no cost what-so-ever. But that’s exactly what you have the chance to do with today’s giveaway.

Running an octa-core processor backed up by 3 GB of RAM means this Galaxy Tab S2 is powerful enough to play games, multitask and watch HD movies on without any trouble, and you get to view those movies on a beautiful Super AMOLED touchscreen, one of Samsung’s fortes.

Top Three Android Tablets to Look forward to in 2016

The year of the Tablet will be here in few more months as 2016 will debut some new innovations from all of the top smartphone manufacturers. Samsung started the trend, and this coming year will see the trend being introduced by the likes of LG, HTC, Sony, and many other upcoming developers. There once was a time when the Phablet was an overlooked device, but now, it’s become something that everyone stops and looks at.

All of the top Android smartphone manufacturers will be looking to compete with the 2016 release of the Galaxy Note 6 as the LG G5 Note, Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra, and many others will become direct competitors. The following will give you a glimpse into things to come in the coming year with the top three Android Phablets for 2016.

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LG G5 Note

The LG G5 Note is one of the most anticipated Android Tablets for 2016, and within good reason. The premium G5 Note is expected to be launched along the LG G5, and will give consumers yet another reason to fall in love with LG smartphones. The G5 Note will be bigger, and will sport some features not seen in the smaller G5.

LG G5 Note rumors suggest it will sport an amazing 4K Sapphire screen. With a resolution that is 4 times full HD, it’s expected to become a multimedia powerhouse. There is also info out on a 3D display as with many upcoming 2016 Android Phablets as well as the LG G Pen Stylus.

Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra

Rumored to be the biggest 2016 Android Tablet as the Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra is believed to be at least 6 inches. Also sporting a 4K display, but a 3D display is less likely. We’ve been hearing that Sony is more likely to go with the QHD display in all of their Xperia Z5 releases. Sony is looking to go big with the premium variant of the Z5 as there hoping the June 2016 release will get them back on top.

A 24 MP rear camera, 6-7 MP front camera, 5 GB RAM, and an octa-core GHZ processor round out the Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra specs. Features include a fingerprint scanner, waterproofing, shockproof, dustproof, and a 4200 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6

The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is expected to be between 5.8″ and 6 inches, and will integrate seamlessly with multiple Samsung peripherals. With the push being towards all that Samsung brings you as far as multimedia including virtual reality, mobile gaming, and data driven smartwatches. We have seen consistency over the years with more features, better specs, and an amazing display in each new Galaxy Note.

Expected to feature a 5.8″ – 6″4K 3D screen display that will take watching movies, surfing the next, and digital photography to a whole new level. A 4200 mAh battery with wireless charging, optical image stabilization plus, and a full metal surround are all rumored in the Galaxy Note 6.

Wrapping up this Preview on the Top 3 Android Tablets for 2016

It will be hard to find a 2016 Android Tablet to live up to the standards of the Galaxy Note 5, but expect there to be a lot more competition than usual. Consumers and analysts alike not only want, but expect to see so much more out of the pioneer for the Phablet, and something that others will try and replicate.

With the likes of LG and Sony expected to release Android Tablets of their own in 2016, it will be interesting to see how they rate against the IOS iPhone 7 Ultra. Stay tuned for much more over the next few months including all there is to know on Top 3 Android Tablets for 2016.

Pixel C and Keyboard Unboxing and Tour

Android tablets are not something we talk much about these days, because unfortunately for Android tablets, most aren’t really worth talking about. In fact, there aren’t many manufacturers even making them anymore, so our job of ignoring them has become pretty easy. But here or there, someone introduces one worth a look. Like, we gave the Galaxy View tablet/TV monitor/wtf-is-that-plastic-stand-thingy a short look because at least it was doing something different. And that’s why we are about to take a short journey with Google’s new Pixel C tablet.

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Originally announced back at the Nexus event in September, the Pixel C is now available from Google at a starting price of $499. As the name suggests, this isn’t a Nexus. This is a Pixel, which means 100% Google. Google didn’t partner with LG or HTC or Motorola to build this thing – they did it all themselves. That’s really what the Pixel family is all about, honestly, a line of products with best-in-class specs and materials that are the vision of Google.

So yeah, we have one in house and are about to unbox it below before getting to a review. Want first impressions? You’ll get those in the clip, but the short version is this. It’s an Android tablet. Android tablets don’t really offer anything particularly interesting on a software front, because Android has never really evolved into a powerhouse tablet operating system. With this device, Google doesn’t seem to have even tried to do anything different as it just runs Android 6.0.1 in a tablet form that we are all used to.

With that said, the hardware is quite nice. It’s an all-metal design with zero logos. If you didn’t know what that multi-colored lightbar was at the top of the back and didn’t know Google made this, you probably would wonder who it was from (HTC, maybe?). Combine that beautiful, mysterious hardware with what may be the real selling point, the sold-separately-for-an-arm-and-two-legs keyboard, and you get a productivity combination unlike anything else on Android at the moment that is in tablet form.

Pixel C and Keyboard Unboxing! – YouTube Video Here