Amazon has the means to go head-on against the swarm of sub-$100 entry-level tablets, most of which are driven by Android. The company is reportedly planning a $99 7-incher featuring 720p resolution, a similar TI SoC as its siblings, and the brand's market standing.
Samsung's upcoming premium 5.9-inch smartphone/tablet intermediate, the Galaxy Note III, earned itself an audience with AT&T top-brass later this week, which includes senior execs, and most likely, the company's CMO. It's just that they'll be toying with a mock-up.
The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has become even more available. Amazon just announced that the tablet is available to users in the UK, Japan and in many more places in Europe. Along with this announcement, Amazon also dropped the price of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
With iWatch on the horizon, it looks like Apple is biting the wireless-charging bullet after all, and in a big way at that. Cupertino filed a patent application for "integrated inductive charging in protective cover," which aptly describes what smart covers could do.
Back in January, Dell released an updated version of XPS 13 which got a Full HD display. The company continues to expand its XPS line by introducing XPS Tablet/All-in-One computer. The XPS 18 is an 18-inch Windows 8 All-in-One computer that can be used as a tablet.
Point of View rolled out a trio of 7-inch entry-level tablets under the ONYX series, including the basic single-core/single-SIM equipped ONYX 506, and dual-core/dual-SIM equipped 517 and 527. The cellular lends two major feathers to its cap -- phone and navigator.
Point of View, the Dutch company known more for its NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, unveiled the Mobii 945. This tablet features a couple of curious similarities to iPad with Retina display: the same screen size (9.7-inch) and the same resolution (2048 x 1536).
The Galaxy Note II is only six month old, but apparently Samsung is working on introducing a new phablet. According to the Korean times, the new phablet will feature a massive 5.9-inch AMOLED display screen and probably Samsung's new Exynos 5 octa-core processor.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Foxconn has already begun mass production of the successor to the Apple iPhone 5. The Apple's next-gen smartphone, the iPhone 5S, is expected to come in August, while a new series of iPads may get unveiled in April.
There's no end to the troubles for Samsung's Windows RT-based ATIV Tab. After refusing to launch it in the US, the company is now looking to pull it out of Europe, beginning with Germany, citing weak market demand. ATIV Tab is one of few Surface RT alternatives.
ASUS updated its Transformer Pad TF300 line of 10.1-inch tablets with Google's newest Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system. The update is first being released to US customers, with other regions receiving it at various dates before the end of this month.
Micro-Star International, a Taiwanese electronics company, has released the successor to the Enjoy 7 tablet. The Enjoy 71 is a 7-inch tablet which is powered by a 1.5 GHz AML8726-MX dual-core processor combined with the Mali-400 GPU and runs on an Android 4.0.
Over at the MWC, NVIDIA has revealed benchmarks to compare the Tegra 4 to Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800. After NVIDIA posted the results, Qualcomm's Senior Vice President of Product Management said that their upcoming Snapdragon 800 easily beats NVIDIA's Tegra 4.
Microsoft released an update on the global availability of its Surface family of tablets. By late-March, Surface RT will have spread to six potentially high-volume markets; while Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro reaches seven, with an appetite for $899 tablets.
Over at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Lenovo announced their new lineup of entry-level tablets. The IdeaTab lineup comes in at 7-inch and 10-inch with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. All devices will be available in the second quarter of 2013.
NVIDIA's CES launch of the Tegra 4 may not have been its most memorable one, for which it spent considerable resources in arranging performance tests at MWC. The SoC is getting a helping hand from SanDisk's iNAND chips, which handles the usually neglected sub-system.
At the Mobile World Congress 2013, Intel announced three new Atom SoC chips for smartphones and tablets. Based on 32 nm process, the processors have clock speeds up to 2.0 GHz. The company also teased with its third-generation 22nm tri-gate Atom SoC processor.
NVIDIA had Tegra 4 premier at Consumer Electronics Show, but a few weeks after, there have been plenty of speculations that Tegra 4 is not that powerful as NVIDIA is saying. Over at the MWC, NVIDIA has revealed benchmarks to compare the Tegra 4 to Qualcomm Snapdragon.
In addition to FonePad, ASUS announced the PadFone Infinity, its latest addition to the series of smartphones that transform into tablets by docking into large touchscreens. The new model ups screen size on the phone, and resolutions on both its screens.
You might be familiar with the PadFone, a smartphone that docks into a large touchscreen to transform into a tablet, but could you turn the concept around? ASUS thinks it managed to do so, with its new FonePad, a 7-inch tablet with smartphone functionality.