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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be sold in Gold color variant (at least for Taiwan)

Despite the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 was leaked in various forms for months on end, it was just a few weeks ago that the Korean conglomerate took the wraps off the product officially. It has long been established that the device in question will come in two color variants: Black and White. Now it seems however, that Samsung will in fact be releasing a Gold color variant, at least in select markets.

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White or Gold? Taiwanese consumers seemingly will be unable to chose a Black color option.

Samsung Taiwan has a dedicated product page for the upcoming device on its website, and indeed there is a gold option. Curiously absent, however, is any trace of a black variant. It is possible that in select Asian markets, where Gold colors tend to do quite well, the Tab S2 is receiving the special color treatment, similar to how the Galaxy Tab A has a Blue variant in the United States.
As has already been discussed, while the tablet’s frame is made of aluminum, the back side is decidedly plastic. This will hardly be the first time Samsung has released a gold colored frame, as both last year’s Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 were offered in the precious metal-themed tint. For more pictures, have a look at some press renders of the smaller size variant below:

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Also present on Samsung Taiwan’s website, the official book covers for the device, which snap into place using the two mounts on the tablet’s rear. There are five color options present, including white, black, gold, red, and blue. The white color looks to be more of a beige, and the gold looks to be much lighter in tone than the bronze-esque shade from last year’s Book Cover. No pricing is available, however based on last year’s offerings we would expect them to retail in excess of $60+.
The Galaxy Tab S2 comes in an 8-inch, and 9.7-inch variant, both of which employ a 4:3 aspect ratio 2048×1536 SAMOLED display, and will be available in LTE and Wi-Fi-only configurations. It features an Exynos 5433 Octa-core SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage, and an 8-megapixel rear, 2.1-megapixel front camera set-up (no flash, sorry). It will ship with Android 5.0.2 and features the same “touch-based” fingerprint sensor used in the Galaxy S6 and has support for microSD. The 9.7-inch variant will include a 5,870mAh battery, and the 8-inch variant a 4,000mAh power-cell.
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Galaxy Tab S2 Book Cover

Pricing is still unknown in most markets, however yesterday in connection with the official announcement of South Korea’s variant, we know that the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 will cost KRW 599,000 (approx. $513), while the larger 9.7-inch model will cost KRW 719,000 ($685). Samsung will also sell the larger tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard case for KRW 799,000 ($685) in South Korea.
For those interested in more coverage of the Galaxy Tab S2, make sure to read our opinion piece, as well as comparison feature.
It remains to be seen as to which territories the Gold color variant will be released in, however now that the existence is basically a reality, is anyone interested in this new option? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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NVIDIA issues a recall of 8-inch SHIELD tablets

Owners of the 8-inch SHIELD tablets may have been having some issues with their devices overheating a bit. Because this has been an ongoing problem, NVIDIA has announced a recall for the 8-inch SHIELD tablet. If you purchased one between July 2014 and July 2015, you are eligible for this recall.

NVIDIA is recalling these units because of the fact that these devices can overheat to the point that they have become a fire hazard. In order to make sure that you qualify for this, there are a few things that you need to do.

Press Release

SANTA CLARA, CA – NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today announced a voluntary recall of its SHIELD™ 8-inch tablets that were sold between July 2014 and July 2015, which the company will replace. NVIDIA has determined that the battery in these tablets can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The recall does not affect any other NVIDIA products.

NVIDIA is asking customers to visit for information on how to obtain a replacement device. NVIDIA is also asking consumers to stop using the recalled tablet, except as needed to participate in the recall and back up data. Consumers will receive a replacement tablet after registering to participate in the recall.

NVIDIA is coordinating with appropriate governmental agencies to ensure that the recall follows established industry practices.

First of all, you should check to make sure that you have the latest firmware update. If your device reads July 1st or later, then you meet the first requisite. Secondly, your SHIELD must have a Y01 battery. You can find out this information by simply going to your Settings and About Tablet information.

If you meet both of these requisites, head on over to the NVIDIA site to submit a claim so that you can get the process rolling. NVIDIA also recommends that if your SHIELD tablet falls within the realm of the recall, to not use your device any longer to avoid any potential hazards.

If you’re an owner of the 8-inch NVIDIA SHIELD, be sure to check out the information on your device to be certain that you won’t have any issues. If you have been having issues with your SHIELD, hit us up in the comments below and let us know what’s going on.

Source: NVIDIA

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Nvidia recalls Shield Android tablets over battery fire fears

Nvidia has issued a recall for the Shield Android tablet after determining that its battery “can overheat, posing a fire hazard.” Although the recall is voluntary, Nvidia is asking users to back up their data and fill in the relevant online form to receive a replacement. The issue pertains to tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015. You can check to see if your tablet is affected by heading to the Settings menu, clicking “About tablet,” then “Status,” and looking at the “Battery” section. If you see “B01,” you can carry on using the Shield as normal. If you see “Y01,” though, your tablet is at risk of overheating and you should arrange a replacement ASAP.

Filed under: Gaming, Mobile, NVIDIA


Source: Nvidia


Dell’s Venue 7 3741 Tablet with voice calling and 6.95-inch display launches in India for Rs. 7,999


There’s a vast array of mobile devices available in India, with the budget segment being particularly congested. Adding yet another choice to the mix is Dell with the launch of its Venue 7 3741 Tablet for Rs. 7,999 ($125).

The Venue 7 3741 offers a solution for those that want the ability to make calls on a device with a larger screen, larger than the usual 5.7-inch phablets that have become the norm. Of course, this pits it against the likes of the Asus’ FonePad 7 and Micromax’s Canvas Tab P690.


  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 6.95-Inch TN Display with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z3735G Quad-core processor (1.33GHz with burst to 1.86GHz)
  • PowerVR G6400 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 64GB)
  • 2MP Rear camera
  • VGA Front camera
  • Connectivity: 3G with Voice calling/WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0/ GPS
  • Dimensions: 199 x 103 x 9.85mm
  • Weight: 315 grams
  • Battery: 4,100 mAh
  • Available in black

As you can see from the list of specifications above, the Venue 7 3741 isn’t going to be setting any benchmark records. But, it is firmly in the sub-Rs. 10,000 market, and may just appeal to tablet users wanting the call function.


Source: FoneArena

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Argos now lets you trade-in old phones and tablets

What do you do with old gadgets that you no longer use? Give them away to relatives, or throw them in the bin? Argos is the latest UK company to jump into the trade-in business, offering cash for your unwanted phones and tablets. Plenty of smartphone trade-in companies operate on the web, such as Envirofone and Mazuma Mobile, but few have a high street presence like Argos. The company hopes that customers will prefer the convenience of walking into a store, getting a quote and then immediately receiving a gift card that can be used to buy something new. As the Guardian reports, Argos wants to expand the scheme to include cameras, laptops and other electrical devices in the future. Just like Game and CeX, however, its success will inevitably hinge on the prices being offered to consumers. If Argos is too stingy, the convenience will be irrelevant — people will simply hold onto their devices or offload them through other avenues such as eBay.

Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets


Source: The Guardian


Qualcomm ‘realignment’ includes job cuts and a possible split

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 reference device

The rumors of Qualcomm planning a huge reorganization were true — and unfortunately, that means a lot of people are about to lose their jobs. The mobile chip maker has announced a “strategic realignment” plan that will see the company slash 15 percent of its full-time jobs (the company has about 30,000 total employees) as part of a bid to cut $1.4 billion in costs. It’s also considering the possibility of splitting into separate businesses. That may well happen, since a hedge fund calling for the split just got spots for two of its nominees on Qualcomm’s board of directors. You’ll hear about the company’s direction by the end of the year.

There’s certainly a lot of pressure to shake things up. Qualcomm’s latest quarterly results show that it’s facing trouble if it doesn’t act quickly — its net profit has dropped almost by half in the space of a year, to $1.2 billion, and it’s losing customers and left and right. MediaTek now manufactures a large portion of the chips for low-end and mid-range mobile devices (particularly in China), and Samsung’s decision to ditch Qualcomm for the Galaxy S6’s processor is hurting sales of high-end Snapdragon parts. Simply speaking, Qualcomm has to scale back and acknowledge that it’s no longer the unquestioned market leader in smartphone silicon.

Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Wireless, Mobile


Via: Reuters

Source: Qualcomm (1), (2)


Last Chance: Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway

It’s time to leave the kid’s table and upgrade to something a bit formidable. With today’s Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway, we’re giving you the chance to step up to the major leagues.

One winner will choose between a Google Nexus 6, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, OnePlus Two or an LG G Flex 2. All brand new and ready to impress anyone who might feast their eyes upon it. One of these phone/tablet hybrids is already be calling your name. Can you hear it?

There’s no purchase necessary and no complicated forms to fill out. All you’ll have to do is visit our giveaway page and submit an entry for your chance to take home a free big-boy toy. It’s as easy as that. Plus, sharing with your friends via social media gains you more entries. Good luck!

Check this deal out, and many others at!

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Nextbook Ares 11 2-in-1 Hybrid Android tablet/laptop review


he division in device computing is no longer just the battle between PC and Apple, or Android vs Apple. It is now also tablet versus laptop. When tablets first hit the scene, they were a breath of fresh air. Tablets provided a convenient easy carry option and the ability to interact with a touch screen making for an awesome user experience. Like any new product, you have early adopters, new platform haters, and cross-genre copycats.

After being around for a few years and the need to push the tablet platform to new levels we have begun to see new fresh iterations of the tablet genre. Further adding fire to the battle of who will prevail keeping users computing experience.

Nextbook has created a hybrid tablet The Nextbook Ares 11 2-in-1 Android Quadcore Tablet.

The Nextbook Ares 11 2-in-1 comes preinstalled with Android 5.0 Intel Atom Quad-Core 1.8GHz processor, 64GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot that expands to an additional 64GB of storage. The Nextbook Ares is also equipped with an 11.6-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and resolution of 1366×768. Given it is a hybrid, the Nextbook has an additional feature – a detachable keyboard making the device a tablet and laptop combination similar to the Microsoft Surface.

The Nextbook Ares 11 Features

11.6 inch High-resolution 1366 x 768 IPS Screen
• Intel® Atom™ Quad-Core /1.8GHz (Z3735F)
• 1GB DDR3L; 64GB onboard storage
• WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
• Bluetooth 4.0
• Front facing 2.0 camera
• Back Camera 2.0 M
• Micro HDMI Port
• Blue Trim and Backlit Keyboard with two standard 2.0 USB Port
• Micro-SD card slot for expansion to 64GB
• Support 3 -axis G-sensor
• Built-in microphone
• 9000MAH Internal rechargeable battery
• Charging indicator light
• Android OS 5.0 Lollipop

I’ve spent the last 15 days using the Nextbook Ares casually some days, and other days forcing myself to use it for all of my computing, social, and entertainment needs.

The tablet itself is light weight (2.97pounds with the keyboard) and durably made of a smooth rubber finish that provides ample grip and feels good in the hand. Even though the tablet totes a huge 11.6-inch screen, and I have moderately small sized hands, I was still able to hold it comfortably and reach all the screen real estate that I wanted to swipe or touch. The button placement is baffling to me being this device is new.

The buttons are camouflaged on the back of the device, not along the edges like the majority of today’s devices. In order to access the buttons, I had to turn the device over or peek my head over the screen, to figure out the button’s location. The buttons are nearly flush with the device, and have the same smooth finish as the backing. The button placement makes it difficult to make a selection quickly because you have to first find the placement fiddle with them to make sure it is the desired button then press it wasting time unnecessarily.  When you have hunted down where the buttons are located, the buttons are very clicky and respond well. After overcoming being baffled, I assume the thought process of placing the buttons on the back of the device is  to prevent possible accidental touches. Although over the past few years, the button placement has been almost standard for today’s devices where you have an up and down volume rocker on the side, and a power button on the side of the device. As a consumer, I have enjoyed that feature because I know exactly where the buttons are located and can easily control them one handed as needed.

The tablet packs underwhelming front and back facing 2-megapixel cameras. The quality of the photos are lackluster and grainy, and nearly not worth using. If you are competing with tablets and laptops, you are giving your product a disadvantage as most laptop cameras are now HD quality and tablets are ranging from 4MP and up. If you are going to give a device a 2MP rear camera it isn’t even worth adding it to the device.

Attaching the keyboard enables a whole new user experience. I have never used a touch screen laptop so I was anticipating  what I could do with the Nextbook Ares. Attaching the tablet to the keyboard is effortless and clicks in place nicely.  The keyboard itself is constructed durably, has a smooth textured finish that also feels comfortable in the hand and looks sleek. The keyboard is a  shrunken down laptop keyboard and has top number rows but does not include 10 keys. For the most part  when I pressed a function or key with the keyboard it responded intuitively  with the tablet. Although I did notice multiple times when I used the keyboard button to brighten or dim the tablet or control the audio with speaker buttons it stopped video playback which I found annoying.


Also, the tablet is advertised as back lit which you can enable on or off.  The catch is that the keys are not illuminated just the spacing between and around the keys illuminate, so when the room is completely dark you still have to search for the keys due to the fact the keys are black and not visible in the darkness. The keyboard is equipped  with multiple useful shortcuts just to mention a few camera, calendar, recent apps, and home button. These quick keys are extremely helpful and keep you from having to go into alternate screens or unnecessary move your hands off the keyboard. Keeping your hands on the keyboard is important because even though you have a keyboard you will have to go through a learning curve on how to use it accurately if typing with proper hand placement. Compared to a laptop keyboard the Nextbook’s keys  are undersized and can be difficult type two handed naturally with their smaller  stature.


Playing games and watching video content is enjoyable with the multiple viewing angles provided, with being able to adjust the screen viewing angles while attached to the keyboard. On the other hand, the screen resolution leaves much to desire. The Nextbook Ares screen does not get very bright enabling a flat pixelated screen that lacks definition and color. Be prepared to use headphones or a bluetooth speaker to actually hear the audio from the Nextbook Ares – the speakers are located on the back of the device the audio quality is muffled and low. It would have been nice, that once connected to the keyboard that you would gain added bolder louder speakers that are on the keyboard.

The Nextbook Ares 11 2-in-1 is a good entry level tablet/laptop for young children that are just getting introduced to laptops and is a good transition to having their own device. Since most young children already have experience using their parents cell phones and tablets. The Nextbook is also great for older adults who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a tablet or laptop but need something cheap to use for emails, quick document creation, or streaming digital content.  The Nextbook Ares is also great for an alternate tablet/laptop option for traveling or just office usage due to the fact it’s price point is only $197 at Walmart.

What We Like

  • Price
  • 11 inch form factor
  • Storage space,
  • HDMI and USB ports

What We didn’t Like

  • Keyboard keys are not back-lit
  • Volume is raspy and low
  • Lackluster screen resolution

Final Thoughts

The Nextbook Ares 11 2-in-1 hybrid features a budget-friendly price point and it makes it an attractive device. Although the device has multiple cons I was able to overcome them and enjoy using the device. I found myself using the device more than my Samsung tablet due to the convenience of the Nextbook Ares keyboard feature.  The Nextbook Ares 11 2 in 1 doesn’t do any one thing particularly great, but the size, keyboard, price, expandable memory, and 64GB internal memory makes for a heck of a deal.

If you’ve liked what you’ve read about the NextBook Ares 11 2, be sure to let us know what you like about it below, and you can grab it from Walmart for only $197.


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Surface 3 tablet with LTE reaches AT&amp;T on July 24th

Microsoft's Surface 3 tablet

Microsoft promised that there would be a version of its entry-level Surface 3 tablet with LTE data, and it’s finally here… well, almost. AT&T has announced that the cellular-equipped Windows slate will launch on July 24th for $30 per month on a 20-month Next plan ($600 total), or $400 if you buy one alongside a Lumia smartphone. This is the basic version of the Surface 3 with 64GB of storage, but that always-available internet connection will help a lot if you’re just looking to check email or stream music before you get to the coffee shop. Just be prepared to perform a lengthy software upgrade after you get it — although the Surface 3 LTE arrives mere days before the Windows 10 launch, it’s still shipping with Windows 8.1.

Filed under: Tablets, Wireless, Mobile, Microsoft, AT&T


Source: AT&T


Samsung’s next Galaxy Tab S should be a whole lot wider

Samsung's leaked Galaxy Tab S2

Don’t look now, but Samsung’s widescreen Android tablets might be going the way of the Dodo. Tabletmonkeys claims to have leaked images of the Galaxy Tab S2, and the high-end slate appears to be adopting the same wide, iPad-like aspect ratio as the Galaxy Tab A. In fact, it might lose size and resolution compared to the original Tab S lineup — instead of 8.4- and 10.5-inch 2,560 x 1,600 displays, you’d be looking at 8- and 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 panels. That wouldn’t be so hot for your widescreen videos, but it’d be better for web browsing and anything else that benefits from portrait mode viewing.

Not that they’d be taking steps backwards in any other respect. Both S2 models are reportedly wafer-thin at just over 0.2 inches thick, and they’d be the lightest in their respective classes at just under 0.6 pounds (for the 8-inch version) and 0.9 pounds (for the 9.7-inch device). Not surprisingly, you could also expect Galaxy S6-class guts that include an eight-core Exynos 7420 processor and 3GB of higher-performance memory. Curious? You might not have to wait much longer to give these tablets a shot, since they could be announced as soon as July 20th.

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Via: SammyHub

Source: Tabletmonkeys


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