Thinner (6.1mm) and lighter than earlier Sony tablets, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is quite the beauty with its elegant profile. It’s quite amazing when you consider that the previous generations Z tablets were already remarkably thin and light, and still able to sustain a dunk in water. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 810 which fares better in a tablet than a phone.
ASUS announced the ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG) earlier this week. It’s a 7-inch basic Android tablet that’s priced at S$199. Inspired by stylish clutch handbags and wallets, the ZenPad C 7.0 extends the basic tablet design with embossed leather patterns and a polished metallic frame for a bold and luxurious feel. Edges are rounded to make the ZenPad C more comfortable to hold and carry.
The ZenPad C 7.0 is only 8.4 mm thin and weighs a portable 265g. Bezel size is kept minimum with a 76.5% screen to body ratio. Powered by the latest Intel® SoFIA processor, ZenPad C 7.0 is the first device to be powered by the locally created mobile chipset. Available in Obsidian Black and Pearl White colours, the ZenPad C 7.0 CG will be retailing at $199 at all ASUS authorised retailers and ASUS brand stores.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab S2, the Korean’s tech Chaebol latest flagship tablet and the successor to last year’s excellent Tab S. At just 5.6mm thin and weighing only 389g (9.7”) and 265g (8.0”), the Galaxy Tab S2 is the thinnest and lightest tablet of its size in the market. The Galaxy Tab S2 offers multitasking so you can run two apps simultaneously. Users can easily navigate between multiple apps at once so they can check their emails while catching up on their favourite movies. With a paired Samsung Smart TV, consumers can not only share video or content from the Galaxy Tab S2 to their Smart TV, they can also watch TV through their Galaxy Tab S2 without any apps or complicated pre-settings.
The Tab S2 will hit stores in Singapore on 7 August, but before that, we thought we give our two cents worth on this tablet and how does it fare against the similar Apple’s iPad Air 2.
So after attending the Dell Venue 8 7000 launch a month ago, the things that stood out for me were how Dell managed to compress an 8.4″ screen into a 7″ all aluminium build, the razor sharp screen that offered excellent colour saturation, which bothered on being a little too vivid. Notwithstanding the good points, I called it a quirky looking tablet with a few unique design considerations such as a RealSense camera which was rather gimmicky. So having spend a couple of weeks, I’m back with a a more in-depth look.
On devices where port expansions are limited, a micro USB OTG Hub can come in very handy. Especially so for the HP Stream 7, which only has a single micro USB port for expansion. However, the same USB port is used to supply power to the tablet, and generic OTG Hubs with power capability are not able to support OTG and simultaneous charge on the tablet. This seems to be a common issue across Windows tablet, not just the HP Stream. The Dell Venue 8 was another tablet that faced similar issues, which is also compatible with this particular USB Hub.
After some researching, I identified that the following micro USB OTG Hub (ACASIS H027) was capable of toggling between various modes to suit a range of Android and Windows tablet products. I ordered from Aliexpress for about US$9.50, and although it took a while, it finally arrived.
Samsung today announced the availability of the slim and sleek Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (8.0”) and Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (9.7”). These metal-chassis design tablets are slimmer and lighter than the previous Galaxy Tab 4. The S Pen feature is included, which if as good as the Galaxy Note, would be a useful feature on a large size tablet.
Pricing is also lower this time around. So what gives? Unfortunately, it is the screen and specifications. The screen is a 4:3 display ratio, similar to an iPad, which is a good design for reading and web browsing. However, the resolution is only 1024 x 768, which is the same resolution as the iPad 2, easily 4 or 5 generations ago. The specifications are also reduced, but adequate for mid-range tablets.
Microsoft announced yesterday (April 16) the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will be available in Singapore on April 18 for S$299 and S$429 respectively. The latest Lumia devices are designed to offer more personal computing and increased productivity through seamlessly integrated Microsoft Office experiences, OneDrive storage, and 4G connectivity. Users, who buy the phone before 30 June, will be entitled to a 1 year Office 365 Personal subscription with 1TB OneDrive storage, and monthly 60 Skype minutes.
From now to 30 June, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will also come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) on the Lumia as well as on one PC or Mac and one tablet. With the Office 365 Personal installed, users will receive an additional 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 Skype world minutes. To redeem the offer, users will need to download the Office 365 gift app from the Windows Phone Store by 30 June and activate it by 14 August 2015.