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Sony Xperia XZ2 Tablet Could Become a Thing, Leak Shows

By James A.

It’s been a while since Sony released a tablet, especially an Xperia model, but they may just get back in this segment, with a so called Xperia XZ2 Tablet. The last slate they released was the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and since then they hedged their bets on smartphones, more than slates.

A teardown of the Sony camera app has shown that Sony is going to launch two new tablets within the Sony Xperia XZ2 lineup. The APK data shows two potential devices, an 8 inch and 10 inch model. According to insiders, the tablets are going to come this summer, most likely announced with a future flagship the Sony Xperia XZ2 Pro. That one was actually expected to come at MWC 2018, but it didn’t make it.

If you ask me, “summer” may well turn into IFA 2018. Sony Xperia Z tablets were never big hits, except for maybe a Compact model or two coupled with a PlayStation joystick, that was actually a pretty swell gaming machine. It’s also true that many other Android device makers have abandoned the market, letting Apple have all the pie and the likes of Microsoft, Samsung and Lenovo struggle to dominate convertibles and detachables.

 

Judging from previous releases, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Tablet is probably going to be a Snapdragon-based machine, with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and a 6000+ mAh battery. For some reason I also have great expectations from the device’s camera system.

There should also be an Xperia XZ2 Tablet Compact, with 8 inch screen and I’m sure both models will have LTE versions and Oreo on board.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 Reaches USA, as New Rugged Tablet Priced at $420

By James A.

While Samsung has yet to launch the long expected Galaxy Tab S4 this year, they’re making good on their promise to debut new rugged devices. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 has just reached the USA, priced at $420. It’s actually styled as “Active2” and it was announced last year for select markets.

It’s available in USA now, in WiFi and LTE versions, priced at $420 and $520 respectively. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is an 8 inch Android tablet that has midrange specs. Those include an octa core processor of unknown identity, probably an Exynos, as well as 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

It runs on Android Nougat and uses a 4450 mAh battery, charged via USB Type-C port. Of course, this is a rugged machine, that being its primary appeal. It can take on water, dust and shocks with ease. Since it’s made to be used in areas that are dirty, dusty, foggy, it comes with physical buttons, which let you access the core features. It can also be used with gloves.

An S Pen stylus is included, itself resilient to water and dust. The LTE version works on Verizon and AT&T without problems. This is a MIL-STD-810 certified product and it also comes with an 8 megapixel back camera. Samsung provides here functions like IBM Maximo for asset management, Scandit for retail and Omnitracks XRS for the transport business. Facial recognition is also in the mix via a 5 MP shooter.

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MWC 2018: Huawei MediaPad M5 Now Official, in 8 inch, 10 inch and Pro Version

By Radu Iorga

After a bunch of leaks and specs unveiled online, the Huawei MediaPad M5 tablets finally came to life today at MWC 2018. We did get an 8 inch, 10 inch and Pro model as rumored. The Pro even bundles an M-Pen stylus and the exciting novelty is the Harman Kardon set of acoustics.

Huawei MediaPad 5 8 is an 8.4 inch tablet, while the MediaPad M5 10 is a 10.8 inch slate. The MediaPad M5 10 Pro takes everything up to the best config possible, complete with LTE, M-Pen stylus, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. All the slate share Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 on top and a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. Harman Kardon acoustics are here, as quad speakers included at least on the big unit, but I also expect the small one to get some action.

The M-Pen provides 4096 levels of pressure and plays nicely with photo editing and drawing software. Huawei MediaPad M5 8 packs a Kirin 960 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and its 8.4 inch IPS LCD display has a 2560 x 1600 pixel res. There’s a 13 MP back camera and an 8 MP front shooter, which are shared by the 10 inch model too. Both have metal chassis and Quick Charge.

 

The smaller unit has a 5100 mAh battery, while the biggie goes with a 7500 mAh unit. All models have WiFi and LTE versions and the 10.8 incher measures 7.3 mm in thickness and weighs 498 grams. An interesting feat for the M-Pen is the fact that it offers special shortcut buttons, for screen capture, deleting images, starting apps and more. There’s also an optional keyboard for the 10 inch tablet.

Huawei MediaPad M5 8 starts at $428, MediaPad M5 10 at $490 and the M5 10 Pro at $613.

 

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Chuwi Hi8 Air Now Selling on GearBest, With Special Discount; Gaming Tablet Chuwi Hi9 Also Discounted With Coupon

By Radu Iorga

It’s time for fresh Chuwi gear and the company just made available the Chuwi Hi8 Air tablet, with a special discount during the first week of availability. The device is offered with “rock bottom pricing” between February 5th and the 12th. It’s priced at just $119.99 on GearBest and the offer is detailed below.

500 units were reserved at this price and the first 200 units come with a free protective cover. Then there will be a flash sale period, with a price of $129.99, that will grow to $139.99 after a few days. So basically the $119.99 deal is pretty hot for an 8 inch Full HD tablet with 16:10 aspect. It’s got the Intel X5 Cherry Trail Z8350 CPU inside, a full metal body and 2 GB of RAM.

There’s also 32 GB of storage, a microSD card slot and even a micro HDMI to output FHD video. The big appeal is that this is a dual boot tablet, with bot Android 5.1 and Windows 10 on board.

 

In the meantime a device we’ve covered before, the gaming tablet Chuwi Hi9 gets a special coupon for discounts. You just use the coupon code “CHUWIHi9” and you’ll pay $169.99 for the device. Usually it’s $189.99, so it’s a welcome discount. The device is an 8.4 inch slate with Quad HD resolution, a MediaTek 8173 quad core CPU and 4 GB of RAM, plus 32 GB of storage.

There’s Android 7.0 Nougat as the OS and the whole thing measures just 7.9 mm in thickness. A glass screen protector is included. You can apply the discount coupon here.

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LG’s Latest ThinQ WK9 Tablet is Actually Not a Tablet At All, But Rather a Smart Speaker

By Radu Iorga

Remember when LG was getting crazy on the tablet market? When they made a tablet that had a 3D camera and 3D display? Those times are long gone and now they’re only flirting with the segment through cheaper 8 inch models, or some experimental devices, like the one below. This device shown here is the LG ThinQ WK9 Google Assistant Touchscreen Speaker and it combines the attributes of a tablet with the ones of a smart speaker.

This year’s CES 2018 brought us quite a few smart speakers with Google Assistant, many of them based on Google’s latest platform of the short. Among the partners we find names like Lenovo, LG, JBL and many many more. Setting the LG ThinkQ apart from the crowd is a high sound quality system from Meridian Audio. Two such speakers are flanking an 8 inch screen and there’s also built in Chromecast here.

There’s a front facing camera for video calls via Skype or Duo. WK9 uses AI technology to learn the way the device is being used in a way that makes it smarter as you use it more often. It can remember usage habits and data, plus anticipate your needs and activities. You can also control it via a smartphone that has the LG ThinQ app preinstalled.

We don’t have a price yet, but I expect something closer to $300 than $200.

 

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