Microsoft Surface Mini vs Surface Pro 3: Would Mini be Able to Leave its Mark?

According to the latest leaks, US-based tech company Microsoft is likely to launch its much-rumored Surface Mini tablet this summer.Microsoft Likely To Launch Surface Pro 3 On May 20 Alongside Surface Mini

This was revealed by @evleaks in a new post on Monday, July 7 that “Microsoft Surface Mini is back in production, in anticipation of a summer release.”

The company was highly expected to launch its Surface Mini tablet along with the Surface Pro 3 slate, but there has been no progress so far related to the launch of the smaller tablet. The company showcased its Surface Pro 3 during the BUILD 2014 developer conference held in June 2014 without mentioning anything about the smaller Surface tablet.

However, Microsoft accidentally confirmed the existence of its elusive Surface Mini tablet in the user manual guide of its new Surface Pro 3 last month. The user manual guide of the new Surface Pro 3 User has several references to the smaller tablet.

 There are several mentions in the user manual, such as “If you want to do more than take a quick handwritten note, unlock Surface Mini.”. “When you do, you’ll get the full functionality of OneNote.”. “Before you use your Surface Pen for the first time, you’ll need to install the AAAA battery. You’ll pair your new pen with Surface Mini a little later during setup.” Meanwhile another reference mentions the Surface Pen’s interaction with “your Surface Mini or Surface Pro 3.”

According to a recent report appearing on Bloomberg, Microsoft initially did not had any plans to launch the Surface Mini alongside the new-generation Surface Pro 3. But the company changed its mind after figuring out that the smaller tablet are not equipped with all the features required to be a successful product in an increasingly-competitive tablet market. Consequently, the company decided to stop the launch of the Surface Mini and launched the Surface Pro 3 alone instead.… Read the rest

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LG All Set To Launch Its G Pad 10.1: Pricing Details Yet to Come for The Budget Tablet

The LG G Pad 10.1 is all set to be launched worldwide, making its commercial availability in the U.S. and other markets worldwide in July 2014.

LG All Set To Launch Its G Pad 10.1
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The tablet is equipped with a screen size of 10.1 inches and is the largest one in the company’s line-up of latest G Pad series. The tablet sports several mid-range specifications as well as high-end features, and it is being largely seen as an entertainment hub for music, video, gaming and such.

LG CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park has been quoted saying in a press release on July 7 that “Consumers use tablets differently from smartphones and we wanted to highlight the important role of entertainment in the new LG G Pad 10.1. Tablets are increasingly being used as companion devices, which is why we made connecting the LG G Pad 10.1 to other devices so easy and convenient and why LG G Pad 10.1 offers the best core technologies of our G series smartphones.”

The tablet offers a pixel resolution of 1280 x 800 and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage capacity. The device is also equipped with a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MPl front shooter along with an 8,000mAh battery.

However, the company has not yet revealed any pricing details, but more information is most likely to be released soon.

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HTC Nexus ‘Volantis’ Tablet Launched Ahead Of Big Google Event

A new tablet of Taiwan-based manufacturer HTC has been leaked online ahead of the Google I/O 2014. The launch rumours of HTC-made Google Nexus tablet have been appearing since long, suggesting that the slate is likely to replace the LG-made Nexus 7.

A new report has now provided more information related to the tablet’s design, specifications and pricing. While the Google tablet from HTC has been named as the Nexus 8 so far, however, the new report has some different claims.

HTC Nexus ‘Volantis’ Tablet Launched Ahead Of Big Google Event
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 The Android Police has reported that Google is working in association with HTC for the manufacturing of a new tablet codenamed Volantis or Flounder having a screen size of 8.9 inches.

 The report also claimed that the tablet is likely to have a pixel resolution of 2048 x 1440 with a pixel density of 281 ppi. It would also be equipped with a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor under the hood, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal storage capacity. The handset is also likely to sport an 8-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), stereo front speakers and LTE connectivity. The tablet would be made up of premium zero-gap aluminum.

 The 16GB Nexus 9 model is likely to have a price tag of USD399, while the 32GB version would cost USD499. The tablet will reportedly be available with LTE on board as well, priced at slightly more than USD600.

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Google Offering Three-Month All Access Subscription On Purchase Of 16GB Nexus 7

Google is offering its customers a three-month All Access free subscription to Google Play Music upon the purchase of 16GB Nexus 7 through the Play store. All Access is the premium music streaming subscription of Google Play Music and has a collection of thousands of online songs in its inventory. Google is now looking to make the deal more impressive for customers who make a purchase of a 16GB Nexus 7 through its Google Play store.

Google Offering Three-Month All Access Subscription On Purchase Of 16GB Nexus 7
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The LG-made Nexus 7 was made commercially available in 2013 and is the latest tablet in the Nexus line-up. The slate impressed many as a result of its neat specifications and features, affordable pricing and much-touted Nexus experience that ensure timely updates as soon as a new Android version becomes available. The Nexus 7 is termed by many as the best value-for-money tablet in the 7-inch category.

 

The introduction of three months of free Google Play Music All Access by Google will make the purchase of the tablet priced at USD299 even more attractive. The promotion is applicable for a period of until September 30 2014, and for only the residents of the US who make their purchase through Google Play. After making the purchase, Google will send a code that will make the three-month subscription free.

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Microsoft Confirms the Existence of Surface Mini Tablet

US-based tech company Microsoft has accidentally confirmed the existence of its elusive Surface Mini tablet in the user manual guide of its new Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft Confirms the Existence of Surface Mini Tablet
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 Reports about the Microsoft Surface Mini have been appearing online since long, and it was rumoured to be launched in May 2014, but the Surface Pro 3 hit the market with no smaller version by its side. The company has never mentioned any plans to launch a Surface Mini slate, but the user manual guide of the new Surface Pro 3 User has several references to the smaller tablet.

 There are several mentions in the user manual, such as “If you want to do more than take a quick handwritten note, unlock Surface Mini.”. “When you do, you’ll get the full functionality of OneNote.”. “Before you use your Surface Pen for the first time, you’ll need to install the AAAA battery. You’ll pair your new pen with Surface Mini a little later during setup.” Meanwhile another reference mentions the Surface Pen’s interaction with “your Surface Mini or Surface Pro 3.”

 According to a recent report appearing on Bloomberg, Microsoft initially did not had any plans to launch the Surface Mini alongside the new-generation Surface Pro 3. But the company changed its mind after figuring out that the smaller tablet are not equipped with all the features required to be a successful product in an increasingly-competitive tablet market. Consequently, the company decided to stop the launch of the Surface Mini and launched the Surface Pro 3 alone instead.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Release Date: New Details Leaked

Some interesting details have leaked online regarding the partial specifications and features for five different configurations of the rumored Microsoft Surface 3, along with their respective price tags.

Microsoft Likely To Launch Surface Pro 3 On May 20 Alongside Surface Mini
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Microsoft is scheduled to conduct an event on May 20 2014 where it is most likely to launch a Surface Mini tablet. However, it has been recently rumored that the company will reveal a new-generation Surface Pro tablet as well.

The third-generation Microsoft Surface Pro tablet is likely to be equipped with a larger screen size, possibly 12-inch, along with sporting slimmer bezels and placing the Windows button on the vertical side rather than the horizontal one. WPCentral has reported that the company will unleash at least five Surface Pro 3 configurations.

The cheapest and most basic Surface Pro 3 model will be having an Intel Core i3 chip, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage capacity at a price of USD799.

The next version will be equipped with an Intel core i5 chip, 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage capacity carrying a price tag of USD999.

The next variant will boast the same Intel Core i5 chip, 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage capacity available at a price of USD1,299.

A higher-end version will sport an Intel Core i7 chip, 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage capacity, priced at USD1,549.

Lastly, the top model will be having an Intel Core i7 chip, 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage capacity and will cost a much higher USD1,949.

Microsoft entered into the tablet market back in 2012 with the launch of its own-brand slates – the Surface RT and the Surface Pro. However, the tablets were not successful in the market, especially the RT model, but the company again launched a second generation in 2013 with its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. The company is now planning to enhance its tablet market presence with the launch of a new Surface Mini and Surface Pro 3.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Release Date on May 20 Alongside Surface Mini

US-based tech and IT company Microsoft is likely to create a lot of buzz and news in the coming week as it is expected to launch Surface Pro 3 tablet in its upcoming event.

Microsoft Likely To Launch Surface Pro 3 On May 20 Alongside Surface Mini
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When Microsoft started inviting people for the event scheduled to be held on May 20 2014, it was highly predicted that the company is all set to launch a Surface Mini tablet. While the company is expected to launch the Surface Mini at the event, it is highly possible that the company would announce the launch of a new-generation Surface Pro tablet.

According to a Twitter user post on May 14, Microsoft has initiated a new Support page on its website that is featuring the “Surface Pro 3 camera.” The page in question gives a detailed description of how to add recording support for H.264 with the Surface Pro 3.

While there is a high possibility that the page is actually pointing out to the Surface Pro 2 camera and the Surface Pro 3 appeared as a typo, there may be a possibility that Microsoft is all geared up to unleash a new flagship tablet.

Microsoft entered into the tablet market back in 2012 with the launch of its own-brand slates – the Surface RT and the Surface Pro. However, the tablets were not successful in the market, especially the RT model, but the company again launched a second generation in 2013 with its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. The company is now planning to enhance its tablet market presence with the launch of a new Surface Mini and Surface Pro 3.

The company has not yet disclosed any plans related to the launch of a Surface Mini or a third-generation Surface Pro, so take everything as a rumor. The clear picture will be out on May 20 when the company will conduct its event.

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Top 3 Tablets To Look Forward In 2014: Huawei MediaPad X1 Vs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 Vs Sony Xperia Tablet Z2

At present, the market is flooded with a range of tabs that have one thing or the other that make them unique in their own category. Some play on their price point, while others have the latest and advanced features and applications to lure the customers. It sometimes becomes very difficult to decide that which tab to choose and which to leave. To ease your tension, we bring to you the top 3 tablets that you must look forward in 2014.Micromax CANVAS-TAB-P650

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2: The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is just 6.4mm thin and it is also waterproof. The tablet is equipped with lots of exciting features, such as aluminium and glass chassis, 3GB RAM, a powerful Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a 6,000mAH battery. The tablet is having a new 10.1-inch Full HD Live Colour LED display with an improved colour performance over previous Xperia devices. The tablet is packed with surround sound technology for the speakers. In terms of camera, the tablet has an 8.1MP Exmor RS sensor along with HDR, Superior Auto Mode and a 2.2MP front-facing camera.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10+: Lenovo has also announced to upgrade its innovative Yoga 10-inch tablet, ditching that old low-res screen and putting a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution version in its place. The tablet is also equipped with a Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB RAM and an 8-meg camera. Additionally, it has the quoted 18-hour battery life.

Huawei MediaPad X1: The MediaPad X1 has been termed as a very compact 7-inch tablet, which has the pixel resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, similar to that of the Nexus 7. The tablet also allows users to make calls. The tablet has a large 5,000mAh battery, 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear facing snapper and a MicroSD card slot. It has a weight of 239 grams and a width of just 103.9mm.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 Speculated Release Date and Expected Features : The Detailed Description

Apple has not announced the official release date of  iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 yet ,but it is speculated that they will be hitting the market soon. Rumors of their early release have ripened since Best Buy dropped iPad Mini and iPad Air prices (both cellular and Wi-Fi variants) to $ 100. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Apple has discontinued the iPad 2 and has also lowered the cost of iPad 4.Apple iPad Mini

Many reports are claiming that these devices are seeing the light of the day in October 2014 since it has been kind of a tradition on part of Apple to release its tablets during the autumn season. Moreover, features of both the devices have also become topic of constant media speculation.

People are expecting these devices to be available in larger sizes, which clearly mean they want bigger screen with better display resolution. They would not mind if they get HD display. It is interesting to know how people can get creative with their expectations. Some even want iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air to have Bluetooth mouse support. The next feature that the user would love to have is facial recognition software. iPad Air needs to have touch ID as it is missing this feature found in iPad Mini.

The rumors and expectations are increasing and getting more interesting day by day. Guess, we have to wait till the official announcement and see whether the expectations are met this time or we need to wait for yet another innovation by Apple.… Read the rest

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Google Nexus 10 2 Release Date in Fall with Nexus 8: To Go Up Against iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3

The release date of the Google Nexus 10 2 is going to juxtapose the release date of Nexus 8 tablet so as to battle against the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. As per the latest discussions, Nexus 10 2 is said to release during the later part of this year. The iPad Mini as well as the iPad Air  are also launching at the same time

Google has not yet clarified as to which company will they rope in for manufacturing of Nexus 10 2. It is known that the first generation was designed and made by Samsung. Reports suggest  the South Korean company is planning to shake hands with HTC and Asus for its upcoming line of tablets. As per the previous reports, it is suggested that Google will work with HTC for creating of the Nexus 10.

As far as specs of the tablet goes the Nexus 10 2 will be 10.1 inch  in size and it will have a display resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The new Google smartphone would be featured with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and it will be equipped with 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. It will be available with 16 GB and 32 GB variants. It is also said to be featured with an 8 megapixel camera and a front camera of 2.1 megapixel

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