Smaller iPad Pro revealed

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Apple finally updated the 9.7″ iPad and for some reason named it iPad Pro.

The new iPad gets many of the Pro features from its bigger brother. Apple Pencil support and the Pro display are on board but there are some new features as well. For example the new Pro has the least reflective display glass on any iPad. It also packs a 12MP camera with 4K video recording for those who like to be that guy.

Pricing starts at $599 for the 32GB model and goes all the way up to $899 for the 256GB model. The iPad Pro will be available on March 31st and preorders start on March 24th. The new Pro will be available in four colors, grey, silver, gold and rose gold.

iPad Air 3 case promises quad speakers

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iPad Air 3 is probably going to get some iPad Pro features. This 3rd party case has some new holes in it. 

It’s been a while since Apple has updated their regular size iPad. The iPad Air 3 is rumored to be released during the first half of 2016 and now we have some images of a 3rd party case. A Japanese Apple blog Macotakara has revealed photos of a case that has cutouts for quad speakers and the new Smart Connector introduced with the iPad Pro.

The speakers are still side firing but at least there’s four of them. This will create much better sound much like in the iPad Pro. The Smart Connector will allow accessories like keyboards to be connected without Bluetooth. There is also a cutout for a flash on the back. It would be a first time an iPad has a flash but do you really want to be the one taking pictures with an iPad?

Source: Macotakara

Huawei releases a premium midrange tablet

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The Huawei MediaPad M2 has a premium design but average specs. The CES 2016 is on and we are following.

Huawei has released a new 10″ tablet, MediaPad M2 which features a beautiful industrial metal casing and quad speakers for a little premium. The display is a 10″ 1920×1200 16:10 LCD with 226PPI and it’s run by a Kirin 930 octa-core CPU and 2 or 3GB of RAM. The 16 or 64GB storage is expendable via a 128GB MicroSD card. The battery Huawei calls giant is rated at 6600mAh. The more expensive 3/64GB model also comes with a pressure sensitive stylus which is available for the 16GB model as an accessory.

The pricing and availability are unknown, because of, according to some sources, Huawei’s effort to launch the device with Marshmallow. At CES its running Lollipop.

Source: CES coverage around the internet

iPad Pro is now available

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Apple has finally launched the iPad Pro. The first reviews are out and the device gets a decent welcome. 

After the release at the iPhone event, the iPad Pro finally launched yesterday. The 12.9″ iPad is available in three configurations, 32GB WiFi ($799), 128GB WiFi ($949) and 128GB WiFi + Cellular ($1079). Color options are the usual Space Gray, Silver and Gold.

The first reviews are mostly positive. The best part is the 12.9″ 2732 x 2048p display. Also the performance is quite spectacular easily beating the 12″ MacBook. The new speakers are said to be OK but the large volume chambers also make the device vibrate on high volume. The Apple Pencil and the keyboard case are not available at launch but the few that have got their hands on the pen have said that the latency is a real issue. iFixit has already gave the iPad Pro their teardown treatment and with it, a 3/10 Repairability Score.

Apple has made great job marketing the iPad Pro as a productivity tablet but the reviews are not agreeing too much. The iOS is not just made for productivity and many reviewers would rather have the OS X running in the huge iPad especially as the performance is not an issue.

iPad Pro is a great device but who needs one? That’s a question we want an answer. Probably it will still sell like crazy as the holidays are coming.

Samsung Galaxy View is a giant tablet

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Samsung has released a very questionable device, the Galaxy View. The 18.4″ tablet is neither a powerful computer nor a portable tablet.

What is the Galaxy View supposed to be, you might be asking yourself. You are not alone. Probably the only good way to describe it is a portable TV. The device measures at 451.8 x 275.8mm and 2.65kg and it packs a kickstand and a carrying handle.

The tech specs are not that impressive but with the 18.4″ display, the viewing distance should be enough to keep the 1080p display crisp. The 1.6GHz octa-core chip is helped by 2GB of RAM and the battery capacity is 5700mAh. The 32 and 64GB storage options are expandable via microSD card. There will be WiFi only and LTE versions available but the pricing and availability are unknown.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Microsoft releases Surface Pro 4 and a Surface laptop

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Microsoft has updated the Surface lineup. The new Surface Pro 4 now has a laptop brother, Surface Book.

Surface Pro 4 is a significant update. The Pro 3 was still running on oldish 4th generation Intel chips and the new Pro 4 uses the much more power efficient 6th generation Skylake processors. The display is slightly larger than previously at 12.3″ and has 5 million pixels. The tablet now has a fingerprint scanner and support for Microsoft Hello face recognition. The pen now has 1024 pressure states and an eraser. The keyboard is better with the better spaced keys. Prices start at $899 and shipping starts on 26 October.

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Maybe the more interesting Surface is the new Surface Book. It is a direct MacBook Pro competitor with slim magnesium body, great display and lots of horsepower. The Book is a convertible laptop which means that the display is removable and can be used as tablet. It uses a clever hinge design that allows the display to be removable but the laptop still feels like a laptop and not flimsy or unstable like some other convertibles. The Verge has a great article about the hinge.

The Surface Books has some serious hardware inside. The 6th generation Intel chips and NVIDIA GTX graphics cards makes it two times faster than the same size MacBook Pro. The display measures at 13.5″ and has 6 million pixels. The keyboard is backlit and hides the graphics card which is not available in tablet mode. The Surface Book ships on 26 October and prices start at $1499.

Pixel C brings Android to Pixel lineup

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At the Nexus event, Google also unveiled an Android-based tablet called Pixel C. The premium tablet competes with Surface and iPad Pro. 

So there’s no Nexus tablet this year. Instead we get the Pixel C, a Google designed and built premium tablet running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a 10.2″ 2560x1800p LCD display, NVIDIA Tegra X1 SoC, 3GB of RAM and a USB Type-C charging port. The industrial design is inspired by previous Pixel products with boxy angles and understated details. The bezels are relatively large and the back has the light bar previously seen in Chromebook Pixel. The bar shows battery charge when double tapped.

The keyboard is a paid accessory but a major selling point. It connects with strong magnets and can be adjusted to an angle between 100° and 130° without a kickstand. The keyboard charges wirelessly when folded against the tablet and doesn’t need to be charged via cable.

The Pixel C starts at $499 and the keyboard costs $149. Both will be available for holidays.

Source: Google