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T-Mobile Updating Samsung Galaxy Tab E to Android 8.0 Oreo

By Radu Iorga

In the most shocking move of the week, as far as software updates go, T-Mobile has decided to update two rather modest devices to Android 8.0 Oreo. I’m talking about the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and the Samsung Galaxy Tab E. Let’s see what the deal is.

These are both affordable models, priced at $200 or so, maybe even less. Interestingly, not even the Galaxy Note 8 and S8 have Android 8.0 Oreo, but these lower end units do. It’s also true that we don’t have a launch date for the software update, but I expect the software will come till the Spring. The Galaxy Tab E 8.0 was launched in January 2016 with Android 5.1.1 and got bumped up to 7.1.

The Galaxy Tab E 9.6 is even older, launched in July 2016 with Android 5.1 and also updated to Android 7.0. It sounds surprising for me to hear that a 1.5 GB RAM device gets Oreo. They are quad core Snapdragon machines and they also have 3G and WiFi versions. Oreo should bring features like notification badges, snooze for notifications, picture in picture mode, Google Play Protect and so much more.

Project Treble is also in the mix, although I doubt it’ll be useful for future updates in this case.

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This Afternoon’s Video Worth Sharing: Lenovo XiaoXin TB8804F, 8 Inch Android Tablet Review

By Tim

This afternoon we have a review of the  Lenovo XiaoXin TB8804F tablet. This one comes to us from Chris over at TechTablets and is quite positive.

This device has an 8 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 with 64 GB of onboard storage. Along with 4 GB Ram, a microSD card slot and decent audio, this one is quite the desirable tablet.

The operating system is Android 7.1.1 so it is reasonably up to date. However do not expect any updates soon, since this doesn’t seem to be a priority according to the video.

The price is a bit steep, but premium devices, from big brands always cost more.

So let us get right to the video and make sure to subscribe to this channel  to keep up on the latest tech with honest reviews.

This device is currently available at Gearbest for about $249.

That is all for now,

Tim

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CES 2018: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 Laptop Brings 14 Inch Ultrabright Screen

By James A.

Rounding up today’s Lenovo launches at CES 2018 is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018, which is a 14 inch laptop, that offers an ultrabright screen. This is actually the sixth generation of ThinkPad X1 Carbon, if you can believe it.

So, the screen we mentioned… yes, it’s bright at 500 nits, much brighter than most products on the market, that offer around 200 or 300 nits. This is a 14 inch screen we’re talking about, an IPS LCD, but a non touch one. It’s got a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and Dolby Vision HDR certification. Coupled with that there’s Dolby Premium Audio, by the way.

We also see there’s a physical lens blocker, in order to prevent privacy breaches via webcam. There’s also a fingerprint scanner for authentication and the X1 Carbon runs on Windows 10 Pro and uses something called “ThinkPad Crystal Image”, a software profile which reduces the number of preloaded apps, plus it prepares the system for Microsoft AutoPilot, which is a more streamlined way of automatically deploying software to laptops.

 

There’s Amazon Alexa compatibility here and the actual hardware specs include an Intel Core i7 8th generation processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and a SSD with up to 1 TB of storage. The industrial design of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon brings forth minor changes from the previous models in the series. It weighs 2.49 lbs and measures up to 15.95 mm.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018  MIL-STD 810G rugged certification and offers 4 USB ports, of which 2 are USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 and two are USB 3.0. A multi card reader and full size HDMI are here too. WiFi ac and LTE are also in the mix. The price is $1709 and this bundle of joy ships this month.

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CES 2018: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2018 is a Device for the Creatives

By James A.

Lenovo is one of the companies that keep churning out products, especially at tech shows, like MWC, IFA or CES. That’s probably why they’ve been filling our news feed with novelty over the past hours, with a variety of device formats taken on. Those include the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2018, a device for the creative types.

Unveiled at CES 2018, this tablet is supposed to be ideal for graphic designers. Compared to its predecessor it brings forth a new kickstand design, that involves a hinge starting in the middle of the back side. It feels a bit like Microsoft Surface and serves for extra flexibility. The detachable 2 in 1 computer hooks up to a Lenovo removable keyboard, which provides a pretty nifty key travel distance.

The screen is the one you’ll be using the most though, a 13 inch IPS touch display with a great 3000 x 2000 pixel resolution. This is a bump up from the predecessor’s 2160 x 1440 pixels. The panel is compatible with the Lenovo Pen Pro, the digitizer pen that supports 4096 levels of pressure and also tile to shade features. The device has two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side, but it lacks full size USB connectivity for some reason, at least from the preliminary specs.

This year’s model offers an Intel Core i7 7th gen CPU, plus up to 16 GB of RAM, up to 1 TB of SSD (OPAL2 PCIe-NVMe M.2). It all weighs 890 grams and measures 8.9 mm. The price is $1599 and availability happens this month.

 

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CES 2018: GE Debuts Kitchen Appliance Which is Basically 27 inch Tablet

By James A.

Kitchens have stayed the same over the past half a decade basically, give or taken a few smart speakers or big tablets to guide you through recipes. Interestingly, big appliance makers have kept far from the game till now. They’re getting into the biz pretty hardcore it seems, as GE for example has debuted a 27 inch tablet for the kitchen at CES 2018.

GE Appliances want to add a touchscreen tablet right above the stove, as shown in the image above. The device is called the Family Hub and it’s supposed to work as an actual kitchen hub. The slate’s main screen shows control options for other smart appliances around the house, plus smart home gadgets and even video feeds from Internet-connected cameras, that people have around.

This means, that aside from watching the back yard, you will be able to make video calls. The Hub relies on two cameras, one that faces forward for video calls and one that looks down on the stovetop for Instagramming your pot roast. The Family Hub plays a double part, as it’s also used as an exhaust hood. In case you want to know more about GE Appliances, they’re owned by Haier since 2017 and they haven’t yet unveiled pricing for this good looking machinery for your kitchen.

Things are still in preparation and prototype mode and a final product will be released in the second half of the year. Just in case you were wondering, the device runs on the Haier U+ Smart Life Platform, an operating system that can be used to search for recipes, access the calendar and get system updates. You will be connected to things like wall ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, dryers and more.

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