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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands-on (Video)

“But Sony, you make big tablets!” The Tablet Z, Xperia Z2 Tablet – even old models like the Xperia Tablet S all came in well north of nine inches. Perhaps the Tablet P bucks the trend, but with its weird dual 5.5-inch folding layout, it hardly seems like it should count at all. But now Sony has come to IFA 2014 with an eminently portable tablet, the eight-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Come with us as we go hands-on with the Android slate.

Like its 10.1-inch predecessors, this guy is thin. Measuring-in at just 6.4mm thick, the Z3TC (as the cool kids call it) still boasts a 4500mAh battery. The eight-inch screen manages a better-than-1080p 1920 x 1200 resolution, complete with all of Sony’s TRILUMINOS goodness. Of course, it’s difficult to convey just how nice a display looks when you’re viewing it through your own computer’s monitor, so that’s why we’re on the show floor in Berlin to give you our first-hand impressions.

Throw in a little waterproofing, some compatibility with PlayStation 4 streaming, and you’re looking at a pretty nice little package. Check our the clip below to get caught-up with what we saw.


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HTC Nexus Tablet date, Windows 9 date, Gear 3 leaks & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Moto X+1 and some new renders of what to expect. Then we talk about an exclusive leak regarding the Samsung Gear 3, and what to expect. Nokia follows as we get the first leaked photos of the Lumia 830. HTC then takes the stage with new reports on when we can expect its Nexus tablet for Google. We end today’s show talking about Windows 9, Windows Phone 9, and when we can expect them.

All this and more after the break.

Stories:
Smartphone giveaway: win a Blackphone from Pocketnow, GSM Nation, and Fight for the Future
New Moto X+1 renders leaked, confirming some earlier suspicions
Exclusive: Samsung Gear 3 details leak, curved display expected
Lumia 830 gets pictured in official government certification
HTC Nexus tablet could be just over a month away
Microsoft to unveil Windows 9 and WP9 on September 30?


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HTC Nexus Tablet date, Windows 9 date, Gear 3 leaks & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Moto X+1 and some new renders of what to expect. Then we talk about an exclusive leak regarding the Samsung Gear 3, and what to expect. Nokia follows as we get the first leaked photos of the Lumia 830. HTC then takes the stage with new reports on when we can expect its Nexus tablet for Google. We end today’s show talking about Windows 9, Windows Phone 9, and when we can expect them.

All this and more after the break.

Stories:
Smartphone giveaway: win a Blackphone from Pocketnow, GSM Nation, and Fight for the Future
New Moto X+1 renders leaked, confirming some earlier suspicions
Exclusive: Samsung Gear 3 details leak, curved display expected
Lumia 830 gets pictured in official government certification
HTC Nexus tablet could be just over a month away
Microsoft to unveil Windows 9 and WP9 on September 30?


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HTC Nexus Tablet date, Windows 9 date, Gear 3 leaks & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Moto X+1 and some new renders of what to expect. Then we talk about an exclusive leak regarding the Samsung Gear 3, and what to expect. Nokia follows as we get the first leaked photos of the Lumia 830. HTC then takes the stage with new reports on when we can expect its Nexus tablet for Google. We end today’s show talking about Windows 9, Windows Phone 9, and when we can expect them.

All this and more after the break.

Stories:
Smartphone giveaway: win a Blackphone from Pocketnow, GSM Nation, and Fight for the Future
New Moto X+1 renders leaked, confirming some earlier suspicions
Exclusive: Samsung Gear 3 details leak, curved display expected
Lumia 830 gets pictured in official government certification
HTC Nexus tablet could be just over a month away
Microsoft to unveil Windows 9 and WP9 on September 30?


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HTC Tablet gets WiFi Certification

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August 15th, HTC certified a device in the category “Tablet (Wi-Fi and other) suggesting that it will also come with LTE connectivity. The interesting part is that the listed Operating System is “Android, version: L” suggesting that this would be the next Nexus tablet that is expected to accompany the release of Android L.

The Nexus device to accompany Android L has been rumored for a long time to be manufactored by HTC under various names including Flounder, Volantis and Nexus 9.

SourceVia


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Galaxy Note 4 special buttons, iPhone 6 128GB, Moto tablet & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Nook, but on a Galaxy Tab 4 chassis. HTC follows with details on how the One M8 for Windows can last longer than the One M8 for Android. Motorola then takes the stage with a promise of new tablets and smartphones. Samsung is next with a very unique feature that might make it to the Galaxy Note 4. We end today’s show talking about the iPhone 6, its storage options, and some leaks of the 5.5-inch model.

All this and more after the break.

Stories:
Smartphone giveaway: win a Blackphone from Pocketnow, GSM Nation, and Fight for the Future
The new Nook: more Galaxy than ever before (Video) 
HTC One M8 for Windows can last twice as long as its Android sibling?
Motorola could be working on multiple new tablets
Rumor names octet of new Motorola phones due this year
Galaxy Note 4 may get a touch-sensitive shutter button
5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell compared in photos
iPhone 6 storage options leaked, 128GB may happen this time


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Samsung and Barnes & Noble introduce Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet

Back in June, we learned that Barnes & Noble was planning something different for its line of Nook tablets, and rather than continuing to put out its own hardware, the retailer would be partnering with Samsung for the release of some co-branded tablets. We were told that a seven-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook would be the first fruit of this partnership, debuting in early August. Well, the month may be on its way out by now, but at an event this morning, Samsung and Barnes & Noble have gone ahead and introduced that promised Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.

Essentially, we’re looking at Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 hardware, running software that ties you in to Barnes & Noble’s media ecosystem. That may not make for the most exciting tablet, but it’s pretty much what we were told to expect, so no surprises there.

But what about pricing? This had been one of our larger concerns when first getting the news of this partnership, especially with the old Nook HD selling for just $ 130 while also featuring a higher-res (and correspondingly, more pixel-dense) display than the much newer Tab 4.

The good news: the Tab 4 Nook comes in shy of the Tab 4 7.0′s $ 200 MSRP – well, at least when we factor-in the “instant rebate” being applied here. That said, it’s still nearly $ 180, and we’re still looking at a resolution downgrade for the Nook line. Are we harping too much on pixel count alone? Perhaps, but keep in mind that this is intended as an e-reader, where crisp, high-res text is paramount.

Sales of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook begin today at Barnes & Noble retail locations. Beyond the hardware itself, shoppers will get $ 200 worth of media goodies with their purchase, including trial subscriptions to a few magazines, TV shows, and a $ 5 credit to be spent on content of their choice.

Source: Barnes & Noble


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Sony paperwork hints to an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in the works

Sony has done an amazing job at regaining its popularity for cutting-edge smartphones, though we wish we could say the same about its tablets. We can’t deny that we loved the Xperia Tablet Z at the time of our review, but neither this tablet, nor its successor gained a decent level of popularity. We do know that Sony is working on an Xperia Tablet Z3 for a possible launch at IFA, but it seems there’s probably more to look forward to, or less if you look deeper.

Some documentation of the Sony BSC10 Bluetooth speaker has emerged, and within the listing of compatible products, we see that there is a Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Yes, we know the usual name is Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact, but we’re following the Sony listing. Another interesting thing is that there is no Xperia Z3 Tablet mentioned in the list, making all the speculation ever more interesting.

Sony just barely unveiled its Xperia Tablet Z2 at MWC 2014, so it’s not hard to assume that the company might want to leave its bigger tablet for a yearly cycle, and add a smaller tablet for a fall launch going forward. We wish we could give you some specifications as well, but at the moment, this leak is based on a listing, which could be a typo as well.

Source: Sony via Techtastic
Via: Phone Arena


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Bridging the gap between phablet and tablet

I’ve been tossing around an idea lately and I think now is the time to talk about it. I’ve also got the perfect OEM to do it, and frankly I’m surprised it hasn’t already. So, here are my thoughts, and of course, you’re free to debate this. It’s a bit of a twist on an old debate, so here goes.

Samsung is known for, among other things, making a phone or tablet for just about every form factor on the planet. So if there is an OEM willing to take a flyer on this, it’s Samsung. Phones are becoming bigger and bigger. The Lumia 1520 comes to mind as just a massive device that is still classified as a phone. The word “phablet” exists because of this phenomenon. As the line become more and more blurry, is there room for one other kind of device? I argue there is.

asus-fonepad-intel-80Blazing the trail

Asus made a phone/tablet/hybrid machine called the Padphone. Once of the more interesting features this padphone had was a stylus that doubled as an earpiece. This is a feature that hasn’t been explored thoroughly enough in my opinion and should be. What I’m proposing is a 7” tablet with phone radios that uses a stylus as an earpiece/headset.

When you think about it, this makes a lot of sense for a lot of different reasons. I will outline below.

So crazy, it just might work

First, and foremost, 7” tablets are reasonable in size and still pocketable, albeit barely. My 2012 Nexus 7 with Targus case fits into my back pocket, relatively easily. I wouldn’t sit with it in my pocket, but it does fit. So it’s not like a bag would be mandatory equipment when toting this guy around.

Second, the biggest reasons, at least in my opinion, as to why the Bluetooth earpiece isn’t far more popular than it is today are storage and social stigma. You look like a d@#$ @ walking around with a headset that you’re not talking into. You look slightly less d$ %ey (more like nerdy) if you carry the earpiece in a belt pouch. Earpieces in pockets don’t really work because most people don’t want to put something that was just in their pocket into their ear. Or at least I don’t.

But a tablet that uses a stylus as an earpiece, and has a place to store that earpiece, such as the Galaxy Note series, would solve that problem. The introduction of smart watches also solves the problem of having to fish a tablet out of your pocket/bag to see who’s calling before answering the call with such a stylus.

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The large battery on the tablet would keep a “phone” going for potentially several days without breaking a sweat. Plus, there is the question of device reduction. A 7” tablet is more than capable of doing much of what 10” tablets can do, plus you no longer have to carry around a phone.

Finally, the Bluetooth earpiece solves the weight problem. You won’t have to hold a phone book up to your head to take a call. Rather a slim stylus that charges while in its tablet holster would always be charged and ready to go. Battery life on the earpiece wouldn’t have to be marathon worthy because it starts to charge as soon as it’s holstered. You are all allowed to gawk at my brilliance.

And yet…

The reason 10” tablets exist is because there are tablet experiences that just don’t belong on a 7” screen, so this is not going to solve the problem of having to carry a phone and a tablet. In fact, it may create the problem of having to carry two tablets. This is not exactly a compelling argument for a sales rep to be making while standing in the Verizon store.

And speaking of the Verizon stores, there isn’t much of a proof of concept for subsidizing tablets. Sure, some carriers try to do it – usually for free w/ contract – so this concept may not be the best of US buyers. Which isn’t to say it won’t work in other markets, but still.

moneyShow me the money

The other major pit fall to this is the cost of the radios and certifying the radios with the various carriers. These all add to the cost the consumer has to pay out, and let’s be honest here – which would you rather buy – a $ 230 Nexus tablet, or a $ 350 Samsung tablet/phone with a weird earpiece? And speaking of the earpiece…

I don’t know about you, but I occasionally have long phone calls. An earpiece/stylus that is slim enough to be held within the tablet is not going to have a huge battery. I already mentioned that this will be fine since the thing will charge in the holster, and that’s cool for “Honey, I’m getting on the train now, I’ll be home in an hour” phone calls. But anything that requires more in depth conversation if going to result in you holding a bulletin board to your face, or sacrificing privacy to switch to speakerphone. Neither of these are very good prospects for a concept phone.

Sound off

So what do you think dear reader? Is this the gold concept that OEMs have been missing out on? Or is this just some weird hybrid that is best left on the drawing table? Would you buy this tablet? Go ahead and sound off in the comments and let’s see if we can figure this out.

Leader image source: Gstyle Mag


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Bridging the gap between phablet and tablet

I’ve been tossing around an idea lately and I think now is the time to talk about it. I’ve also got the perfect OEM to do it, and frankly I’m surprised it hasn’t already. So, here are my thoughts, and of course, you’re free to debate this. It’s a bit of a twist on an old debate, so here goes.

Samsung is known for, among other things, making a phone or tablet for just about every form factor on the planet. So if there is an OEM willing to take a flyer on this, it’s Samsung. Phones are becoming bigger and bigger. The Lumia 1520 comes to mind as just a massive device that is still classified as a phone. The word “phablet” exists because of this phenomenon. As the line become more and more blurry, is there room for one other kind of device? I argue there is.

asus-fonepad-intel-80Blazing the trail

Asus made a phone/tablet/hybrid machine called the Padphone. Once of the more interesting features this padphone had was a stylus that doubled as an earpiece. This is a feature that hasn’t been explored thoroughly enough in my opinion and should be. What I’m proposing is a 7” tablet with phone radios that uses a stylus as an earpiece/headset.

When you think about it, this makes a lot of sense for a lot of different reasons. I will outline below.

So crazy, it just might work

First, and foremost, 7” tablets are reasonable in size and still pocketable, albeit barely. My 2012 Nexus 7 with Targus case fits into my back pocket, relatively easily. I wouldn’t sit with it in my pocket, but it does fit. So it’s not like a bag would be mandatory equipment when toting this guy around.

Second, the biggest reasons, at least in my opinion, as to why the Bluetooth earpiece isn’t far more popular than it is today are storage and social stigma. You look like a d@#$ @ walking around with a headset that you’re not talking into. You look slightly less d$ %ey (more like nerdy) if you carry the earpiece in a belt pouch. Earpieces in pockets don’t really work because most people don’t want to put something that was just in their pocket into their ear. Or at least I don’t.

But a tablet that uses a stylus as an earpiece, and has a place to store that earpiece, such as the Galaxy Note series, would solve that problem. The introduction of smart watches also solves the problem of having to fish a tablet out of your pocket/bag to see who’s calling before answering the call with such a stylus.

google glass update xe 17.2 low battery warningBattery

The large battery on the tablet would keep a “phone” going for potentially several days without breaking a sweat. Plus, there is the question of device reduction. A 7” tablet is more than capable of doing much of what 10” tablets can do, plus you no longer have to carry around a phone.

Finally, the Bluetooth earpiece solves the weight problem. You won’t have to hold a phone book up to your head to take a call. Rather a slim stylus that charges while in its tablet holster would always be charged and ready to go. Battery life on the earpiece wouldn’t have to be marathon worthy because it starts to charge as soon as it’s holstered. You are all allowed to gawk at my brilliance.

And yet…

The reason 10” tablets exist is because there are tablet experiences that just don’t belong on a 7” screen, so this is not going to solve the problem of having to carry a phone and a tablet. In fact, it may create the problem of having to carry two tablets. This is not exactly a compelling argument for a sales rep to be making while standing in the Verizon store.

And speaking of the Verizon stores, there isn’t much of a proof of concept for subsidizing tablets. Sure, some carriers try to do it – usually for free w/ contract – so this concept may not be the best of US buyers. Which isn’t to say it won’t work in other markets, but still.

moneyShow me the money

The other major pit fall to this is the cost of the radios and certifying the radios with the various carriers. These all add to the cost the consumer has to pay out, and let’s be honest here – which would you rather buy – a $ 230 Nexus tablet, or a $ 350 Samsung tablet/phone with a weird earpiece? And speaking of the earpiece…

I don’t know about you, but I occasionally have long phone calls. An earpiece/stylus that is slim enough to be held within the tablet is not going to have a huge battery. I already mentioned that this will be fine since the thing will charge in the holster, and that’s cool for “Honey, I’m getting on the train now, I’ll be home in an hour” phone calls. But anything that requires more in depth conversation if going to result in you holding a bulletin board to your face, or sacrificing privacy to switch to speakerphone. Neither of these are very good prospects for a concept phone.

Sound off

So what do you think dear reader? Is this the gold concept that OEMs have been missing out on? Or is this just some weird hybrid that is best left on the drawing table? Would you buy this tablet? Go ahead and sound off in the comments and let’s see if we can figure this out.

Leader image source: Gstyle Mag


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