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Sony Xperia Z4 tablet to receive Android Nougat soon

Sony Xperia Z4 tablet to get Android Nougat update soon

In addition to various smaller Xperia handsets, this 10.1-inch tablet that arrived back in 2015 with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board is on its way to Nougat. The new software has just been spotted receiving its certification from wireless device certification forum PTCRB.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

January 2017 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7" faces charger issues so sales have been stopped

Charger problems cause Barnes & Noble to stop NOOK Tablet 7" sales

Although this $50 USD, 7-inch slate is one of the most affordable tablets currently available in the US, a few malfunctions of the charging adapter prompted Barnes & Noble to stop sales until the problems are solved.
Gole1 Plus mini PC/tablet with Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor

Gole1 Plus mini PC coming soon

This mini desktop PC with an 8-inch touchscreen IPS display comes for about $200 USD, packing the quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
Sony Xperia X Performance Android smartphone, its successors could feature OLED displays soon

Future Xperia Android devices to use OLED displays

Although the company's phone sales are no longer as high as they used to be, Sony seems to have plans for the future and insiders familiar with this matter claim that the Xperia devices would soon get OLED displays.
Nintendo Switch hybrid video game console launches worldwide for $300 USD on March 3

Nintendo Switch launches on March 3

The long-awaited hybrid game console by Nintendo comes with a 6.2-inch 720p display, a pair of detachable Joy-Con controllers, 32 GB internal storage, is powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra chip and has a price tag of $299.99 USD.
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 rugged Android tablet with Intel Atom x5-Z8550 SoC

Panasonic launches Toughpad FZ-A2 rugged tablet

Expected to arrive back in July in Europe, this 10.1-inch Android Marshmallow-driven tablet is now available for purchase in the US. It uses the Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor and has a list price of $2,189 USD.
The Toughpad FZ-Q2 can dock to a separate backlit keyboard and features a rugged design. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic releases Toughpad FZ-Q2 ruggedized Windows tablet

The Toughpad runs full Windows 10 in a rugged package and is targeted at field professionals that need a sturdy tablet.
Google Android 5.0 Lollipop remains the most popular version as of January 2017

Lollipop remains the most popular Android version

Although Nougat has been around for a while, its usage continues to struggle below 1 percent. Lollipop leads the market with over 33 percent, closely followed by Marshmallow, with nearly 30 percent.
Amazon Fire Tablet Review

76% Amazon Fire Tablet Review

On Fire? Amazon's entry into their tablet ecosystem is inexpensive - in fact, very inexpensive. In Germany, the Fire Tablet (Late 2015) sells for 60 Euro (~$64) via Amazon's online store. What compromises the low-budget 7-inch tablet requires is the subject of our review.
Mediatek MT8127 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 7" | 313 g
The iPad mini 4 will not get an update any time soon, says Ming-Chi Kuo.

Ming-Chi Kuo: Three new iPads to come in 2nd quarter, no iPad mini

Another report coming from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo affirmed, that Apple will release three new iPad models in quarter 2 of this year. The iPad mini 4 will not get an update, but a new 10 inch version with slim bezels will be released instead.
Samsung Chromebook Pro closeup, one of the many Samsung products that got awards at CES 2017

CES 2017 | Samsung wins 120 awards

Next to quite a few media and industry awards, Samsung received no less than 34 CES Innovation Awards at this year's edition of the Las Vegas technology show, including a Best of Innovation award in the video display category.
Ockel Sirius A Windows 10 hybrid tablet/desktop PC with Intel Atom processor, up to 8 GB RAM, 128 GB storage

Ockel unveils Sirius A and Sirius A Pro Windows 10 tablets

These Intel Atom-powered Windows 10 tablet/mini desktop PC hybrids come with 4 GB RAM/128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM/128 GB storage in silver, gray, or gold. Prices start at $699 USD, and early Indiegogo backers should get the first units by the end of May.
Dell introduces Latitude 7285 detachable with wireless charging

CES 2017 | Dell introduces Latitude 7285 detachable with wireless charging

The Latitude 7285 will carry a similar 3:2 touchscreen as the upcoming Latitude 5285 with a special keyboard dock capable of wireless charging from WiTricity.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 at TENAA, now gets its WiFi certification as well

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 gets its WiFi certification

This tablet has been mentioned by multiple rumors and leaks in the last few months and now, not long after surfacing on TENAA, the Galaxy Tab S3 gets its WiFi certification from the WiFi Alliance.
Chuwi's Hi13 2-in-1 sports a 3000 x 2000 resolution and a keyboard dock, much like the Surface Book. (Source: Chuwi)

CES 2017 | Chuwi announces Hi13 tablet powered by Apollo Lake

The Hi13 sports a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 display, which is the same resolution as Microsoft's Surface Book. Could the Redmond made 2-in-1 be facing stiff Chinese competition?
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air ultrabook, Xiaomi India revenue exceeded $1 billion in 2016

Xiaomi India's revenue exceeded $1 billion in 2016

Back in October, Xiaomi sold over one million smartphones in India in 18 days. Now, the local division reported over $1 billion in revenue in 2016, thanks to its focus on online sales and the creation of an entire ecosystem of companion products.
LG G Pad X 8.3 Android tablet, LG G Pad X 8.0 gets Android Nougat update on T-Mobile

LG G Pad X 8.0 on T-Mobile gets Android Nougat

Not long after the LG V20 launched as the first new handset to come with Android Nougat on board, LG launches the first Android 7.0 firmware update for one of its tablets, namely the G Pad X 8.0 V521.
RCA 12.2 inch Android 2-in-1 convertible tablet with quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB storage

CES 2017 | RCA launches a 17.3-inch AiO, a 7-inch tablet, and two 12.2-inch convertibles

The Voyager III tablet is a low-end device with a $50 USD price tag, while the convertibles come with up to 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (the Windows-driven one) and prices up to $450 USD.
The aluminum construction and backlight give the Brydge keyboard a premium look. (Source: Laptop Mag)

CES 2017 | Brydge Keyboard turns your Surface Pro into a laptop

The Brydge 12.3 keyboard is a 0.7-inch aluminum backlit keyboard cover that is designed to make the Surface Pro feel more like a laptop. The key feature of the keyboard is that it allows the attached tablet to be opened to any angle without using the kickstand for support.
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 is expected to power top flagship smartphones and tablets. (Source: Qualcomm)

CES 2017 | Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon 835 SoC

The flagship SoC from mobile giant Qualcomm is the first mobile platform to be manufactured using a 10 nm FinFET process. Specifically tailored for VR experiences and UHD media, the SoC promises improved power in a smaller, more efficient package.
Lenovo: Updated ThinkPad X1 familiy announced (X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, X1 Tablet)

CES 2017 | Lenovo: Updated ThinkPad X1 familiy announced (X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, X1 Tablet)

Right before the start of CES, Lenovo is announcing the new ThinkPad X1 models. The highlight: The redesigned X1 Carbon. Aside from that, X1 Yoga and X1 Tablet are also updated with the newest Kaby Lake CPUs.
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 (Z500M-1H006A) Tablet Review

86% Asus ZenPad 3s 10 (Z500M-1H006A) Tablet Review

Pleasant sounding elite of tablets . Asus' ZenPad 3s wants to be a serious competitor for Apple and aims to attract iPad owners. Thanks to a high-quality casing and hi-res sound, this might even function - were it not for some strange happenings during the test...
Mediatek MT8176 | PowerVR GX6250 | 9.7" | 430 g
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T Convertible Review

86% Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T Convertible Review

Serious Surface Competitor? Convertibles with strong performance are always a crowd favorite. Asus packs a Skylake i7 processor in a flat case and hopes for the best, but there are a few problems. In our extensive review, we will discuss the Transformer 3 Pro and its place in the competitive convertible market.
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 12.6" | 1.1 kg
The Galaxy Tab Pro S might get a successor and a little brother during CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S: The next generation might be introduced at CES 2017

The Galaxy Tab Pro S, an Intel Core-M 2-in-1 device shipping with Windows 10 might get a successor during CES 2017 and Samsung might introduce a smaller sidekick version as well.
According to new rumors out of Taiwan, Microsoft will the release the successor to the Surface Pro 4 in the first quarter of 2017.

Microsoft: The Surface Pro 5 might be released in the first quarter of 2017

Microsoft might release the successor to the Surface Pro 4 as early as March 2017 according to rumors out of Taiwan. Changes will include a magnetic charging stylus and (optional) 4K displays.
JDTab J01 Android tablet with MediaTek MT8173 and 4 GB RAM

Foxconn-made JDTab J01 tablet hits the market next month

Previously leaked as a Meizu slate, this tablet made by Foxconn comes with Harman Kardon audio, a MediaTek MT8173 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, all for around $215 USD.
E Fun Nextbook Flexx 12 Flip 7.9-inch Windows tablet with Kaby Lake processor

CES 2017 | E Fun Nextbook Flexx 12 Flip coming next year

This affordable 12.2-inch Windows tablet will launch powered by a Kaby Lake processor, offering 5G connectivity and up to 256 GB storage space (up to 128 GB internal and 128 GB via microSD).
TSMC says that the 10 nm process is "totally on track" (Image: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)

TSMC says that 10 nm-process is "totally on track"

Countering news-reports that yields of chips manufactured in the industry's advanced 10 nm process are below expectations, TSMC has said today that the process is on track and will contribute to sales revenue in the first quarter of 2017 as expected.
HP Pavilion x360 15t X3W72AV Convertible Review

76% HP Pavilion x360 15t X3W72AV Convertible Review

Flip Flop. HP now offers Kaby Lake processors in their 15-inch Pavilion x360 convertibles. In addition to the upgraded 7th generation Intel chips, a few other changes have been made. Are these improvements enough to make us flip over the Pavilion, or does it fail to stick the landing?
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Both Cyanogen OS and CyanogenMod are dead. The team has produced a fork and named it Lineage.

Cyanogen OS and CyanogenMod are dead: Long live Lineage!

After Cyanogen announced that it will suspend all services by years end, the CyanogenMod team decided to let the Open Source project die as well and continue work under a new fork named Lineage.
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB Convertible Review

86% Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB Convertible Review

Silver Award. Despite the rather high price, Lenovo's ambitious, long-lasting 14-inch convertible doesn't quite make it across the 90 percent mark. The margin is very narrow though, as the new convertible is thoroughly impressive in most areas. The whistling fan system and the lack of physical ports prevent a better score, however.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.9" | 1.4 kg
CUBE iWork8 Air tablet with Windows 10 and Android 5.1 Lollipop

CUBE iWork8 Air dual-boot tablet available for less than $90 USD

This 8-inch tablet comes with Windows 10 and Android 5.1 Lollipop on board, its hardware specs including an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.
Google Nexus 9 tablet gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat update on T-Mobile

Google Nexus 9 tablets on T-Mobile get Android 7.1.1

Since this is not the first Nougat-based firmware for the Nexus 9 tablets on T-Mobile, the update is tiny, weighing only 52 MB. Even this way, the update comes with a few noticeable changes, such as support for sending GIFs from the keyboard.
LG G Pad III 10.1 Android tablet with 4G LTE now official in South Korea

​LG launches G Pad III 10.1 Android tablet

The successor of the 8-inch G Pad III that arrived back in May comes with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, comes with Android Marshmallow, and has a price around $360 USD in South Korea.
Lenovo's innovative Yoga Book caught the eye of many techies in 2016. (Source: Douglas Black/UltrabookReview)

Lenovo announces upcoming Chrome OS variant of popular Yoga Book

Lenovo has announced that a variant of the Yoga Book running Chrome OS is in the works and should be available mid-2017.
Apple iOS 10.2 update is now available, iOS 10.2 new features

Apple releases iOS 10.2

This new update is the second major one received by iOS 10 since its October release. The list of new features includes more than 100 new emojis, additional support for RAW digital cameras, new full-screen effects in Messages, and more.
Odin2 mini tablet projector coming in June 2017

Odin2 mini tablet/projector coming in June 2017

This mini tablet/projector hybrid surfaced on Indiegogo, where its campaign already reached the goal. Now, the 5-inch Android Marshmallow-driven device is almost ready to hit the market, but shipments are expected to start in June.
Google Drive now allows for a limited glimpse into the Android device backups.

Android backups are now manageable in Google Drive, sort of

Google released new versions of the Google Drive Android app and the Google Drive web interface, that allow you to take a glimpse into your Android device's backup with limited functionality.
Apple led this quarter, accounting for 21.3% of unit sales. (Source: Apple)

Tablet sales down 21.5% on year, up 7.3% on quarter

Digitimes research shows that tablet shipments for 2016 are down 21.5% on year, but up 7.3% on quarter. It could be the end of a long downturn for the tablet market.
Chuwi Hi10 Pro Tablet Review

83% Chuwi Hi10 Pro Tablet Review

1-with-2. Android or Windows? Users of the Chuwi Hi10 Pro don't have to make that decision, since the Chinese hybrid tablet comes with both operating systems preinstalled. If the tablet is worth buying is the subject of our review.
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) | 10.1" | 562 g
New rumors suggest that the successor to the Surface Pro 4 will receive welcome enhancements.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 rumors: Thunderbolt 3, Kaby Lake and more

New rumors suggest, that the successor to the Surface Pro 4 might come with Thunderbolt 3 port, more storage, Kaby Lake processors and possibly an integrated fingerprint sensor. It might be released as early as Spring 2017.
The Teclast X5 Pro looks remarkably similar to the Microsoft Surface line of Hybrids. (Source: Gearbest)

Teclast unveils Kaby Lake powered X5 Pro

The 2-in-1 device looks similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro, right down to the built in kickstand, and is powered by a Kaby Lake Core m3 processor.
It might not be a good idea to save a few bucks on a cheaper charger. (Source: International Configurations, INC)

Study shows over 99% of counterfeit Apple chargers dangerous: watchdog group

UK watchdog Trading Standards tested 400 counterfeit "Apple" chargers for basic safety violations. Only 3 passed.
MediaTek announced new processors as part of their Helio X20-lineup: The Helio X23 and X27.

MediaTek announced the launch of the Helio X23 and Helio X27 mobile processors

Both new Helio chips will offer more speed over the current X20 and X25 processors and introduce support for dual-cameras thanks to an updated Image signal processor. They will also be more power efficient.
Virgin Media's new TellyTablet is a TV focused Android tablet with access to the Google Play Store. (Source: Virgin Media)

Virgin Media releases TellyTablet and 4K-capable V6 Box

Virgin Media has announced two new products in the UK, the TellyTablet and V6 Box. Both devices will run Virgin's TV services, including their updated TV Anywhere and TV kids apps.
The malware can gain root access on Android phones, exposing the entire device to the hackers. (Source: Android Recovery Mode Screen)

Hackers compromise over 1 million Google accounts

Malicious software disguised as legitimate Android apps have breached over 1 million Google accounts. The software can then install additional apps or even post content online.
"The paper tablet for people who prefer paper." (Source: reMarkable)

"reMarkable" e-ink tablet with full stylus support available for pre-order

Something of a cross between a Kindle and a Wacom tablet, the reMarkable tablet seeks to replace your trusty pen and paper for reading, writing, and sketching.
Will Qualcomm release the Snapdragon 830 as a scaled down version of the Snapdragon 835?

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 might come after all

When Qualcomm released the Snapdragon 835 recently, it was widely expected that this would be their flagship processor for 2017. However, according to new rumors out of China, Qualcomm might also release the Snapdragon 830 just a few months after the Snapdragon 835 as a slightly scaled down version.
Cube's Mix Plus is a low-powered, low-cost laptop/tablet hybrid. (Source: Cube)

Kaby Lake powered Cube Mix Plus now available for pre-order

The 10.6 inch 2-in-1 sports a Core M Kaby Lake processor. Is the Chinese manufactured hybrid a good value?

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