Do you remember that mysterious Samsung tablet that leaked a few weeks ago? Well, we got some juicy details about it today. Looks like Samsung created a whale of a tablet, and we’re not yet sure who the market audience will be.
The latest leak was courtesy of GFXBench, listing several specs for the Samsung SM-T670 (assumed to be marketed as the Galaxy View). The star of the show is the monstrous 18.5″ screen size.
The other specs are a mixed bag. There seems to be a beefy processor – octa-core Exynos 7580 (bumped up from the 7420 in the current Galaxy phone) with Mali-T720 GPU, but only 2GB of RAM. The 1080P panel means that this tablet won’t be a pixel-density champ.
We’re also looking at 32GB of on-board storage (no word on microSD expansion), 2MP front camera (strangely, the specs for the rear camera didn’t come through), and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Samsung could be targeting more productive uses for a huge tablet, such as in a classroom or office. Hopefully, because I don’t think I could live through seeing a tourist taking pictures with it on my next trip.
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For ages, Polyphony Digital has been promising a Gran Turismo 6 track editor that lets you build the race course of your dreams. Well, it’s finally here… if not quite in the form you might have expected. Download the Track Path Editor app for Android and iOS and you can design circuits for the PlayStation 3 sim on your tablet. It’s not so detailed that you’ll recreate every nuance of your local raceway, but you can trace paths with your finger, choose themes and add scenery. Think of it as a way to extend the life of GT6 beyond the occasional new concept car — you don’t have to settle for driving on Autumn Ring or Brands Hatch for the hundredth time.
Now that Apple is blurring the lines between its mobile tablets and PCs with the iPad Pro, it’s tempting to imagine iOS and OS X merging into a single operating system (Windows 10-style) that works on virtually every device the company makes. You’ll want to put any such ideas on hold, though. In a chat with Box’s Aaron Levie, Apple chief Tim Cook dismissed the prospects of unifying iOS and OS X. It “subtracts from both,” he said, arguing that you “don’t get the best experience from either.” This isn’t a completely new idea from Apple (it once explained in detail why OS X doesn’t have touch), but it’s clear that Cook doesn’t feel any pressure to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps on this front.
Not that Cook and crew are giving Microsoft and its ideas the cold shoulder — just the opposite, in fact. The exec said he doesn’t believe in “holding grudges” against Apple’s frequent rival, and that the two tech giants can “partner on more things” than they compete in. Witness the slew of iOS-friendly Office updates that were unveiled in tandem with the iPad Pro and iOS 9, for example. The enterprise crowd, Cook adds, would rather see Apple and Microsoft collaborating than fighting.
On that note, the CEO contended that Apple isn’t nearly as work-phobic as it used to be. The company is big on enterprise deals (it made $25 billion in enterprise revenue in the space of a year), and that there’s no real distinction these days between personal and office-focused devices. You don’t buy enterprise smartphones any more than you buy enterprise cars, he said. We’re sure that BlackBerry won’t be happy with that last statement, but it’s hard to dispute — with occasional exceptions, software is the only thing distinguishing an off-the-shelf smartphone from a locked-down corporate handset.
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So looks like the leak yesterday turned out true. Today, along with a handful of other exciting devices, Google announced the Pixel C – an Android-powered Pixel-branded tablet.
So what’s so special about it? Well, a lot actually. Firstly, being a “Pixel” device, we have superb build quality. It’s wrapped with an all-metal aluminum chassis.
From certain angles, the Pixel C will be familiar to Microsoft Surface users, and that’s not a bad thing. We’re looking at a modest 10.2″ sized display, which is said to be considerably bright, capable of 500 nits. The resolution is at a fantastic 2560×1800 (308ppi).
Running the show is Nvidia’s latest SoC – the quad-core X1 with Maxwell GPU and 3GB of RAM. You’ll have the option for 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage. The latest USB Type-C standard is also incorporated, along with Android 6.0 Marshmallow
But the real fancy part comes in with the keyboard attachment.
The build is just as thought-out as the Pixel C and attaches seamlessly via a very strong magnetic (you have to slide the tablet off the keyboard to separate them). The keyboard is chiclet style and has a kickstand mechanism for the tablet, which you can adjust from 100 to 135 degrees.
While the keyboard accessory is said to last 2 months on a full charge, it can also charge inductively through the tablet when they’re attached.
The Pixel C has a couple more neat tricks. The Pixel light bar isn’t just for show. When you double tap it, you’ll get a battery indicator. Also, there are 4 mics to make sure you make the most from video chatting, and they’re said to work across the room.
Being that this tablet is a “Pixel” device, you may be worried to hear about the price. Fortunately, it isn’t as exorbitant as previous Pixel devices. The Pixel C will start at $499 for 32GB and $599 for the 64GB of storage. The keyboard accessory will be priced at $149. As far as availability, Google said that the Pixel C will arrive in time for the holidays.
Are you gonna keep your eye on the Pixel C, or is it still too expensive?
*A special thanks to our own Derrick Miyao for attending the Google event and getting us a hands-on look.
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You may have tuned into Google’s event expecting Nexus phones, but Google just threw a big (if not entirely unanticipated) wildcard into the mix: meet the Pixel C. The 10.2-inch Android Marshmallow device is the first tablet Google has designed completely in-house, and it’s a not-so-subtle attempt at competing with Microsoft’s Surface line, Apple’s iPad Pro and other high-end tablets that turn into makeshift laptops with the right add-ons. In this case, there’s an optional smart Bluetooth keyboard ($149) that docks with the Pixel C when you’re bent on getting work done, clings to the back of the tablet when you’re not using it, and charges when closed with the tablet attached. And much like the similarly pro-minded Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C is using a USB Type-C connector — you can even share chargers with the new Nexus phones if you’re so inclined. Slideshow-323771
As you might guess, the device is a beast under the hood. As leaks revealed earlier, it’s powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 (the same chip you find in the Shield TV), and you’ll be looking at an extra-bright (500 nits), 308 pixels-per-inch display. Google is shy about saying just when and where the Pixel C will be available, other than that it should arrive in time for the holidays. However, the pricing is about what you’d expect for a slate in this class: it’ll cost $499 for a version with 32GB of storage, and $599 for a 64GB version.
Anxious to know when Android 6.0 Marshmallow will reach your existing devices? Google is more than happy to oblige. Existing Nexus devices will start getting Marshmallow next week, including the 5, 6, 7, 9 and Player. And of course, if you spring for the shiny-new Nexus 5X or 6P, you’ll get Marshmallow right out of the box. There’s no word on third-party device updates just yet, but we’d expect news from some manufacturers in the near future. Be prepared to wait longer than Nexus owners, though — other companies’ customized takes on Android typically require more time in the oven.
According to a new rumor, Google is planning on launching an Android-powered tablet variant of its Pixel Chromebooks. The new device will be called the Pixel C, currently codenamed Ryu, and will sport a 10.2″ display at 308ppi, and will be powered by the NVIDIA X1 quad-core processor and Maxwell GPU with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
The tablet will also come with two attachable keyboard accessories to chose from, one made out of leather and one aluminum. The tablet will have the same aluminum frame that current Pixel Chromebooks have to keep that premium feel, and will keep the glowing lightbar on the back to show remaining battery life. Finally, the Pixel C will come with a USB Type-C charger, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed.
Although this is just a rumor, it seems like a very smart move for Google to be developing a new Android-powered premium tablet with an attachable keyboard. This will definitely be a great competitor to other tablets, such as the recently released iPad Pro that focus on productivity. As discussed in a previous post, the iPad has a big price tag, while you can get the same productivity for less elsewhere. In fact, the Pencil and Smart Keyboard cost $99 and $169, and there isn’t a point of getting the iPad Pro if you’re not getting those heavily priced accessories (You might as well get the iPad Air 2 if you’re not planning on getting these accessories). Anyhow, the point is if you’re thinking of getting a tablet to increase productivity, the Pixel C is just an example of what you could get alternatively.
Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, and more details will come as the end of the year approaches.
Source: Android Police
Come comment on this article: Google reportedly launching the Pixel C 10.2″ Tablet with Android 6.0 Marshmallow later this year
Fans of Apple’s smaller iPad Mini caught a tough break last fall when the company unveiled its new tablets for the year. Although Tim Cook & co. lavished plenty of attention on the faster, slimmed-down iPad Air 2, the upgraded iPad Mini 3 was regarded as a mere afterthought. The list of changes was so short, in fact, that some of us wondered why Apple would introduce a performance gap between the Air and Mini lines. Still more people wondered when they’d get a Mini with enough power to match its larger sibling. Turns out, the answer was “a year later.” I’ve been testing the new iPad Mini 4 for over a week now and can say with confidence this is the Mini we should’ve gotten last year.Slideshow-323041
Apple’s design team did most of the heavy lifting with the iPad Air 2 and now we’re finally seeing that sleek aesthetic trickle down to the Mini. The 4’s fit and finish is still first-rate and, more importantly, the whole package is about a tenth of a pound lighter than last year’s model. That might not sound like a dramatic difference, but when you’re building a device with a bigger-than-phone-sized screen, every ounce and gram matter. The iPad Air 2 felt almost unnaturally light for its size, so you can imagine how light the even smaller Mini 4 feels — holding it aloft and watching YouTube videos for hours was none too painful.
The Minis were never exactly tanks, of course, but this year’s thinner and lighter model (0.65 pound and 6.1mm, the same thickness as the Air 2) makes prolonged, one-handed use a pleasure. The Air-ification of the Mini line also means that handy rotation-lock switch — part of the iPad’s hardware formula for years — has been excised. Keeping your screen from spinning around now requires you to swipe up the Control Center and tap an icon down there. This is one of those little changes that most people won’t notice until they start feeling around for that familiar nubbin. Despite not using it that frequently, I still miss having it there.
It’s easy to imagine Apple just took a shrink ray to an iPad Air 2 and called it a day, but there’s more going on here than meets the eye. You see, rather than carry over the modified A8X from the Air 2, Apple kitted out the new Mini with the same A8 processor that’s currently powering the iPhone 6, albeit except it’s paired with 2GB of RAM instead of one. I’ve never had much reason to complain about the iPhone 6’s performance, and the combination of that chipset and the extra RAM means the Mini 4 is, unsurprisingly, a snappy performer (more on that later). My review unit was a 128GB model, although Apple also offers 16GB and 64GB options with prices starting at $399 for a WiFi-only configuration. Toss in an updated 8-megapixel rear camera, not to mention faster 802.11ac WiFi and 20 LTE bands, and we’ve got a much-improved device on our hands.
Display and sound
The iPad Air 2 might give you more screen real estate, but the Mini 4 wins on pixel density, hands down. Like the Mini 3 before it, the newest generation squeezes 326 pixels into each linear inch of the device’s 7.9-inch screen, making for crisp text and eye-popping visuals. Even better, Apple finally got rid of that tiny gap between the Mini’s display panel and the slate of arsenic-free glass covering it; it’s all been combined into a single, laminated panel.
What sounds like an exercise in LCD screen minutiae makes for some dramatic changes: It means less glare, better viewing angles and a touch more crispness. When we tested the Air 2 and the Mini 3, the difference in color clarity and saturation was pretty pronounced, but that’s thankfully now a non-issue. Oh, and a brief aside: Older Minis also made a bit of a hollow thunk sound when you tapped them a certain way, an issue that’s been addressed on the new model.
If you’re hell-bent on using the Mini as a media machine, you’ve probably got a decent pair of headphones to go with it. Thankfully, you needn’t fret if you accidentally leave them at home: The speakers housed on the Mini’s bottom edge are impressively loud for their size. You won’t be able to fill a room with the mid-heavy sound they churn out, but I discovered I could leave a video playing in the kitchen and still hear it while folding laundry downstairs.
iOS 9 is such an important step forward that we just published a few thousand words all about it. Assuming you don’t have the time to sift through our full review, here’s a quick rundown on what iOS 9 means for the new Mini. In short, Apple’s latest software update is focused more on stability and thoughtfulness, using Siri’s new proactive smarts to surface information and apps when you might want them. Throw in plenty of neat design changes — like a revamped app switcher and a fantastic “Back” button that lets you follow the breadcrumb trail of apps you were just using — and we’ve got a more smartly put-together update than we initially gave Apple credit for.Slideshow-322375
iPads got plenty of attention in this update, and fans of mobile multitasking should be especially pleased. Consider Slide Over, which lets you swipe open a drawer full of first-party apps that can be opened in a smaller, separate window that takes up about a quarter of the screen. By jumping into any of those apps, you’re effectively putting the other, primary application you were just using on pause until you’re done texting or checking Apple News. You can go a step further and drag the line that divides those apps; that resizes both of them until they each take up 50 percent of the screen. Why hello, Split View. Honestly, as neat as this trick is, it feels sort of silly on a screen this small. Running two apps side by side makes sense on a larger display — say, on a full-sized Air 2 or an enormous iPad Pro. Shoehorning two apps onto an 8-inch screen can feel a little claustrophobic after a while.
Then there’s picture-in-picture mode, which, yes, is exactly what it sounds like. Any time you play a video in Apple’s stock media player, you can tap an icon to shrink it down and stick it in a corner so you won’t miss a moment of JK Simmons being an epic jerk in Whiplash. Give that small window a quick pinch-zoom and it’ll roughly double in size; the default view on the Mini 4 is pretty tiny, so you’ll probably spend most of your time in this mode.
Moving on, the Notes app also now supports richer text formatting (heck yeah, subheadings) and packs a reasonably thorough sketching tool for adding drawings and diagrams to your text. The smaller screens on iPhones make random doodling tricky, but that’s not a problem with the Mini’s nearly 8-inch screen. All told, iOS 9 is a must-have download, and the Mini 4 gives it plenty of space — and power — to shine.
I’ll be the first to admit I sometimes glare at people shooting tab-photos in public, but the appeal is pretty obvious. For one, it might be the only camera folks have on them, and we all know the adage there. A bigger screen also makes it easier to frame shots, and really, who among us couldn’t stand to be better at that? What I’m saying is this seemingly silly habit isn’t going anywhere, and the iPad Mini 4’s rear-facing 8-megapixel camera does a fine job of capturing the world around you. Slideshow-323032
Tablet photos are hardly ever outstanding, but the Mini 4, like the Air 2 before it, is capable of capturing crisp colors and reasonable detail when the light is right. White balance is generally more accurate now too, which is especially apparent since the Mini didn’t get left in the display quality dust this time. Things obviously get muddier in dimmer conditions, but really, if you’re using a tablet to take photos in the middle of the night, you might want to rethink your strategy. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera is stuck at 1.2 megapixels, but it now has an f/2.2 aperture lens to help suck in the light bouncing off of your face. Still, I haven’t noticed much of a difference between this camera and the one in last year’s Mini.
Other changes include the ability to shoot in burst mode thanks to the A8 chipset thrumming away inside, and improved support for HDR photos and video. The iPad Mini 4 isn’t going to be anyone’s first choice for mobile photography, but it’s a solid, if unremarkable, performer.
Performance and battery life
I sort of alluded to this earlier, but let’s be clear: The Mini 4 is not just a shrunken-down Air 2. The difference in the chipsets powering these things is apparent in our benchmark tests below, but the Mini 4 is still no slouch compared to its more premium cousin. It’s buttery smooth as you leap in and out of apps and swipe through web pages. The only time I noticed the Mini’s A8 chipset struggling was while running two apps in Split View, and even then, it was only when I was trying to fiddle with both simultaneously. While I’m comparing the Mini 4 to other iPads, it’s noticeably quicker to react than last year’s Mini. In fact, Apple says the A8’s CPU is 30 percent faster than the Mini 3’s A7, and that graphical performance is up 60 percent from last year. That helps explain why Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5: Blackout ran like a dream, but I’ll let the numbers do the rest of the talking.
|iPad Mini 4||iPad Air 2||iPad Mini 3||NVIDIA Shield Tablet|
|3DMark IS Unlimited||16,291||21,659||14,595||30,970|
|SunSpider 1.0 (ms)||349||303||439||463|
|SunSpider: Lower scores are better.|
So, pretty much exactly what I expected: The Mini 4 strikes an appropriate balance between the Mini 3 and the Air 2 (which has the edge thanks to an extra CPU core). Usually it performs just a hair better than last year’s iPhones too. Of course, horsepower means nothing without battery power, and the new Mini has that in spades. The usual Apple refrain is that the Mini is rated for about 10 hours of continued use, but that might have been understating things a bit. In our usual video rundown test (video looping with the screen brightness set to 50 percent), the Mini 4 lasted 13 hours and 4 minutes before needing an emergency trip to the power outlet. That’s just short of the 13 hours and 45 minutes on last year’s model, which isn’t bad at all considering the new Mini 4 actually has a smaller, 5,124mAh battery.
The Mini fared similarly well in the battery test called “living with me.” After pulling it off of the charger at around 7 AM, schlepping to the office and using it for emails/reading articles/the occasional game, I’d usually wind up with 10 percent remaining when I returned home at 9 PM.
|iPad Mini 4||13:04|
|iPad Air 2||11:15|
|iPad Mini 3||13:45|
|iPad Air||13:45 (LTE)|
|Apple iPad Mini||12:43 (WiFi)|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10-inch)||12:30|
|Microsoft Surface 3||9:11|
|Galaxy Tab S2||7:30|
If you’re in the market for a sleek tablet, consider Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 (starting at $400 for the 8-inch model). While it lacks the kooky style of its immediate predecessor, the 10-inch screen is one to behold — it is Samsung after all — and it’s only 5.6mm thick. The downgraded battery might sting, though: It only managed 7.5 hours in our tests, down from 12.5 hours for the previous-gen model. Itching for something more portable? ASUS just launched its 8-inch ZenPad S, a $200 Android slate with a waistline similar to the Mini 4’s and a 2,048 x 1,536 display, to boot. Then there’s the iPad Air 2 itself, which is still the most powerful tablet in Apple’s roster. It’s incredibly sleek and can be held one-handed for longer than you might expect, but its size means it’s just not going to fit into some lifestyles. The thing is, it’s almost worth trying to see if the size can work for you; prices for the Air 2 start at $499, and sales or buying refurbished can bring that base price down even lower.
Some might gripe about the Mini 4’s year-old internals, but after my week of testing, I feel confident saying that it doesn’t matter much. The tablet’s entire package, from the still-snappy A8 chipset to the beautiful and almost-pocketable screen, to the incredibly sleek chassis, makes it worthy of your consideration. If you’re on the lookout for a super-portable tablet with strong fundamentals and great app support, you probably won’t find a contender better than this one. That said, if you can fit a bigger tablet into your life, you could easily upgrade into an iPad Air 2 for not much more money and get even more processing power.
You could have a go at Android Auto and get a full blown headunit in your car for that Android experience, but what about if your car isn’t supported, or the headunits are just too much money? Well then a tablet is a good alternative to run a car dashboard app, but of course you’ll need a tablet. Here is the AnyGrip Universal Tablet car holder that should do just that.
The AnyGrip holder is extremely strong, as you can see from the pictures. It has 3 pivot points that are tightened and loosened using screws with big handles on to make it extremely easy to adjust.
The suction cup is very solid – so much so that be sure to place it where you want it from the start as it’s extremely hard to remove once it’s secured onto a surface. A combination of air suction and sticky adhesive means the AnyGrip is not falling off anywhere.
With the pivot points on the AnyGrip, it means that the holder can reach extremely far and has a reach of around 40cm when fully extended. Alternatively, you can contract it like I have in the pictures for a shorter reach.
I found I had to rest it on a surface since when suspended in the air it would bounce around quite a lot and would shake with a device in to a point where the screen was very hard to read. However, resting on a surface is perfect and gives an extremely solid and stable stand.
As for the holder itself, the AnyGrip has an adjustable spring-loaded clamp that secures a variety of different tablet sizes. In fact, it’ll provide a full 360-degree viewing experience for tablets up to 11-inches.
The AnyGrip is certainly by far the best in-car holder I have found for tablets, and is the most flexible with it’s extending arm. It is secure, holds the device in place, and find that it is perfect for securing your tablet anywhere in your car. Available from MobileFun, you can grab the AnyGrip for only £19.99.
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The launch of iOS 9 was supposed to be a joyous occasion if you own an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, but it didn’t always work out that way. A bug left some stuck on the “slide to upgrade” screen, preventing them from using their gear unless they rolled back to iOS 8 or started fresh. If you’re one of those glitch victims, you’ll be glad to hear that relief is in sight: Apple has released an iOS 9.0.1 update that (you guessed it) makes sure you get past that upgrade screen. It also tackles a few other hiccups that could sour your initial experience, including one that prevented some alarms and timers from playing. As such, you’ll probably want to check for the update right away. And if it’s too late to avoid the worst, Apple’s support site (linked above) has a guide to getting your device back to normal.