Android Police presents a fictionalized account of the creation of the Verizon Ellipsis 8 tablet.
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, November 5th, 2014
Verizon Wireless corporate headquarters
"I can't believe those jerks at Motorola. A week, a freakin' week after we debut the most powerful, spec-heavy phone in the country as a Verizon exclusive, they go and scrape our magnificent paint off the case and sell it themselves!"
"The Moto Maxx is only being sold in Latin America, sir. It actually doesn't compete with any of our-"
"Shut up, Blithers. Get me China on the phone."
"Um, all of China, or just an embassy or something? Read More
So far Samsung's "Active" mini-series has exactly two devices, the Galaxy S4 Active and the Galaxy S5 Active. (Three, if you count Sprint's S5 Sport variant.) At IFA 2014, the company is expanding its ruggedized horizons into the tablet world with the Galaxy Tab Active, an 8-inch device with the same IP67 water and dust protection, plus a chunky body that can resist drops of up to 1.2 meters (four feet). The Tab Active also includes a "C-Pen" stylus, physical navigation buttons, and Samsung's first removable tablet battery.
Samsung is aiming the tablet at businesses which perform in rugged environments, with additions like a dockable POGO pin charging option and the KNOX encryption system. Read More
With the introduction of the Galaxy TabPRO series earlier this year, you might expect the older Galaxy Tab line to continue to occupy the lower end of the market. And you'd be right: the Galaxy Tab 4 (or, stylized, Tab4) devices roughly follow in the footsteps of the Tab 3 hardware with 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch varieties. And yes, they still have physical navigation buttons.
All three Tab4 models will be offered in WiFi, 3G, and LTE flavors, though the mobile versions probably won't make it to America any time soon. They also share a few common specs, including an identical 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, a 1280x800 screen for all three models (an improvement over the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0's 1024x600 screen), 1.5GB of RAM, 3MP rear cameras, MicroSD card slots, and Samsung's TouchWiz-touched version of Android 4.4. Read More
Tablets are in a bit of a rut as far as form factors go. Aside from ASUS' Transformer models and imitators, they're basically all monolithic slates with very little in the way of variation. Lenovo is trying to buck that trend with its new Yoga tablet line, which borrows the name from the company's flexible and well-received convertible laptops. These tablets feature an exaggerated curve on one side of the case (sort of like a more pronounced version of the Notion Ink Adam). The tablet hits retailers tomorrow in 8 and 10-inch versions.
The curve has multiple functions, according to Lenovo: it works as a handy reversible grip in portrait mode and props up the tablet when it's lying flat. Read More
Remember the LG Optimus Pad? It came out back in 2011, a time when seeing Android running on a tablet was relatively new. I bring it up now because that was the last time LG released a tablet in the US. Today the company has announced the immediate availability of its successor, the LG G Pad 8.3, a slightly smaller tablet that will retail for a lower price of $349.99. Best Buy has pre-orders available online in both black and white. It will appear in stores a few weeks later, on November 3rd.
We provided a hands-on look at the G Pad 8.3 back at this year's IFA, but here's the gist: LG's latest tablet doesn't do all that much to distinguish itself from other similar sized tablets, but it's currently the most powerful option in its class. Read More
We knew it was coming. After the rather disappointing reveal of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung unveiled two new models today. The 8-inch Tab 3 bears a striking resemblance to the Galaxy Note 8, while the 10.1-inch version extends the design language first introduced in the Galaxy S III smartphone to the 10.1-inch form factor... buttons and all. Both models are mild refreshes of older Tab variants (though the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 could bee seen as a mix of the 8.9 and 7.7). They'll be available internationally in early June, but Samsung unaccountably forgot to include the prices. Read More