Customers who want a tablet with cellular connectivity don’t have too much of a choice, at least when it comes to Verizon Wireless. Today, however, two new devices joined the carrier’s portfolio. In addition to the LG G Pad 8.3 4G LTE, Verizon also launched another Android tablet, the 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note Pro LTE. Unlike the LG offering which for a limited time is offered at a pretty affordable price of $99, the Galaxy Note Pro LTE is considerably way more expensive. The tablet will set you back a whopping $749.99 and mind you that this price includes a two-year contract. If you want the slate with month to month service, it will cost you $100 more, that is $849.99.
Remember the LG G Pad 8.3 Android tablet that debuted last year with two versions, which one of them was Google Play edition? Up until now the tablet was available only with Wi-Fi at a price of $349. Today we have good news for those users who need cellular connectivity on the go. Verizon Wireless has released its own version of the LG G Pad 8.3 with 4G LTE radio on board. Need an alternative to Google Nexus 7 LTE or iPad Mini Wi-fi + Cellular? Here is one.
The Toughpad family of devices made by Panasonic has two more members, the FZ-E1 and FZ-X1, both of which were announced this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Due to their durable design, the devices are made with such users as construction workers and delivery staff in mind as well as those who like outdoor activity. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 will hit the stores in Japan in June while the Toughpad FZ-X1 will go on sale two months later, in August. Panasonic promises to expand availability on other markets. Both models are expected to cost around ¥130,000, or $1,268 at launch.
This year’s Mobile World Congress is abundant in Huawei devices. This week, the company announced the Ascend P6 smartphone, the TalkBand B1 wearable and two tablets: the MediaPad M1 and the MediaPad X1 – the lightest and narrowest 7-inch tablet available in the market. Today we focus on the latter one. Before we move on to technical details, let’s make it clear that the tablet will go on sale in various markets including China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America starting in March for a price of €399, which would be about $550 at today’s exchange rate.
It is widely believed that the slimmer the smartphone the better, but when it comes to tablets, it seems that the competition is not very fierce in this aspect. This, however, may change soon, since we have a new record holder in the category of the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablets. The winner is the newly announced Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 which was just unveiled at MWC in Barcelona. We can expect the tablet to hit the stores some time in March at a price range yet unknown.
Last year’s Lenovo Yoga tablets were in a way novelty on the market thanks to their built-in kickstands. Hardware, however, was far from being impressive and even though pricing was affordable, the Yoga tablets were left behind competition. Apparently, Lenovo got the message and its next-generation slate, Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, is much better equipped. The tablet was announced today at MWC in Barcelona and will arrive in stores in April starting at $349. The device will be available in two versions, with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, though only the former will make it to the US.
In addition to the Ascend G6 smartphone, Huawei also announced today at Mobile World Congress the MediaPad M1 LTE Android tablet featuring Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of it and SIM card support allowing users to make phone calls. As of now, the slate is confirmed for launch next month in the UK and is expected go on sale also in other European markets, Russia, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and Latin America starting in first quarter of 2014. We are still waiting for official word on pricing, but we expect the tablet to cost under £200, which would be about $330.
In addition to three smartphones, Archos also announced a new Android tablet, the 80 Helium 4G. Just like the phones, the tablet is a budget-friendly offering, presumably one of the cheapest among 8-inch slates. The Archos 80 Helium 4G LTE is yet another addition to the Helium lineup announced by manufacturer at Consumer Electronic Show in January. The Archos 80 Helium will hit the stores with a starting price of $249 some time later this year.
It took some time for Verizon to bring the Google Nexus 7 LTE to its network but no complains, the tablet is finally here and is available for purchase directly from carrier’s store. For now, you can buy Verizon’s version of the slate online only; however, it will be available in retail stores soon. The Verizon Nexus 7 4G LTE will set you back $349.99 with month-to-month service, which is exactly how much you would pay for the tablet at the Google Play Store. Another option is to sign a new two-year contract and grab the device for $100 less, that is $249.99.
The Asus VivoTab Note 8 Windows tablet was officially unveiled at Consumer Electronic Show in January this year. The announcement was just a technicality, however, since the whole list of specs was already known thanks to a leaked user manual. The tablet was expected to cost $299 at launch, but it appears that its value increased a tad on the way to the store. The slate is now available directly from Microsoft online and will set you back $329.
Remember the Galaxy Pro tablets that Samsung unveiled in early January? The company revealed pretty much everything we needed to know about the slates, except for pricing and availability. Since now, these details are no longer a mystery too. Samsung not only let us know how much its Tab Pro tablets will cost and when you will be able to get your hands on the them, but actually started taking pre-orders through its website.
Even though tablets are becoming more and more affordable, prices of top brands still remain relatively high. Luckily for those who don’t have too much money to spare there are companies that let them take a plunge into tablet world for much less cash. One of such companies is Archos famous for making inexpensive electronic devices. The French manufacturer announced a new lineup of tablets, called Neon, which should be even more affordable than its previous offerings. Exact pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, but we expect the slates to cost under $200.
Probably every retailer in the country has at least one or two Windows 8 tablets in its offers; however, if you want to get one at a price lower than usual, Microsoft’s Windows Store is a right place to pay a visit today. The company is currently having on sale quite a few of its offerings, including the Dell Venue 8 Pro, Lenovo Miix 2 or Samsung ATIV Tab 3. The discounts range from $50 to a hefty $350, so if you are interested in a brand new slate running on Microsoft’s OS, the deal is definitely worth checking up.
If you are looking for a new tablet but don’t really feel like getting one of those powerhouses that are packed with advanced features and cost more than you can spend, then Sprint has something you may find interesting – the ZTE Optik 2. The tablet is an upgrade to the original Optik which was launched nearly two years ago, in February 2012. The next-generation Optik 2 is available from Sprint retail locations and online store for just $29.99 with a new two-year contract and on a qualifying data plan.
High-end and advanced tablets are in most cases aimed at very specific groups of users, for example professionals, business, gamers or budget oriented customers. Budget tablets are a whole different story, though. Since the demand for such devices seems to maintain at a steady and rather high level, especially in emerging markets, it looks like there is always a room for another affordable slate. To prove the theory true, Acer has released the Tab 7, which is offered by Chinese retailer JD at just CNY 599, which is an equivalent of $100 or €73. For now the tablet is available only in China; however, it may be launched in other markets too.
The word „phablet” is a quite new term to the tech market. Although it implies some kind of phone-tablet hybrid, it actually is used to describe a huge phone just to emphasize its above-average measurements. True phone-tablet hybrids are yet to be made and thanks to HP we can have a taste of what we can expect in the future. The Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab are what we could actually call a true „phablet”. Both devices are currently destined for Indian market and are scheduled to arrive some time next month. They should be affordable, priced most likely around $200 – $250 before subsidies.
In addition to a whole team of tablets announced at CES 2014, Samsung unveiled yesterday one more slate called Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. Actually, the announcement was more of a confirmation, since most specs have already been known for a few days due to Samsung Poland accidentally publishing user manual for then unannounced Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. Samsung official blog does not reveal pricing but we know what to expect, again thanks to Polish retailer x-kom.pl offering the tablet for PLN 799, which is about $260 or €190. We have no reason to suspect that pricing in other markets will be much different.
Sometimes rumors turn out to be true, other times not so much. The one about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 heading over to T-Mobile is as true as it can be, which is not that much of a surprise. After all, AT&T and Sprint are offering the tablet for quite time, so why T-Mobile would be worse, especially after John Legere’s latest Uncarrier 4.0 announcement. The slate is now available from the T-Mobile website where it is waiting for you priced at $0 down and $13 a month, or $312 if you prefer to pay off the device at once rather than spread the cost over 24 months.
Following the tradition from previous years, Lenovo used CES to introduce a whole team of new tablet / laptop hybrids. Among them are two Miix 2 devices, Flex 14D and Flex 15D. The Miix 2 laptops will come in two size options, with 10.1 and 11.6-inch screens. The smaller model will go on sale in March for $499. The bigger Miix 2 will be available in April and will cost $699. As for the Flex hybrids, both already can be found in stores for a starting price of $499.
The first time we officially heard about the HP Slate 7 Extreme was in September last year. The device looked very promising back then, so we anxiously waited for the launch. And we waited and we waited, and then we waited some more. Four months later, the tablet finally made it to HP store. The slate, which is basically a rebranded NVIDIA Tegra Note tablet with a few HP touches here and there is available from the company’s store and is priced at $199.99.