LG are in the Windows tablet/convertible market now after releasing the Tab Book Duo, a slate none of us saw coming and one that boasts a battery life that rivals iPads and Android tablets. The Korean company has surprised us with the Tab Book Duo, but we are hardly complaining as it seems like the kind of product that could work.
Jolla easily managed to reach its crowdfunding target on Indiegogo and the campaign has now come to an end with the company able to build its Sailfish running Jolla Tablet. The company managed to raise $1,824,055, much more than the $380,000 the Finnish brand was originally asking for. Due to the extra cash Jolla can spruce up the tablet even more with a micro SD slot supporting expansion up to 128GB and a split screen feature.
Panasonic are one of many Japanese electronics giants who completely missed the boat with mobile and let other companies steal a march on them in the market. The company still makes smartphones though and some of its efforts are very good, like the Touchpad FZ-E1, a handset that is perfect for the kind of person who like to go toe to toe with Mother Nature.
Big tablets have never quite worked, at least on the Android platform. I played extensively with the HP Slate 21 and while I like the concept, apps on Android were just not ideal for such a big screen, but Windows is of course another matter. The latest product to prove that is probably the Toshiba TT301, a slate that has a huge 24-inch screen.
Xiaomi has made its presence felt this year by putting a considerable thorn into the side of Samsung by taking a chunk of its Android sales in Asia. The Chinese company is going to go after Samsung again in 2015 and the first product to do that will be a new tablet. Of course, Xiaomi already makes a slate, but this device will chart a course for Samsung's market share once again.
LG has become a mobile powerhouse this year and the company is spreading its wings with confidence, filling niches with numerous products. The brand already has a solid tablet range thanks to the G Pad, but it seems LG will add a new slate of a different kind. Reports today suggest the company is working on a new tablet that will be productivity focused and will arrive with a detachable keyboard.
You maybe remember that we told you last week about the Jolla Tablet that will be rocking the company's Sailfish OS and is looking for crowdfunding backing. The Indiegogo funding campaign was such a success that Jolla has said it will be able to begin production because the campaign drew in much more than a million dollars (the company was asking for $300,000).
Dual-SIM handsets that allow the user to have two networks loaded onto one device are pretty common, especially in emerging markets. However, dual SIM tablets have yet to really make their presence felt, with not many device springing to mind that have the feature (The Asus Fonepad 7). Chinese brand ZTE is changing that with a slate that it is developing with dual-SIM functionality.
We previewed Nokia's new N1 tablet earlier in the week and like everybody else in the tech press were instantly drawn to how much the device looks like Apple's iPad Mini, a slate that it is a direct competitor to.
Jolla has decided to turn its hand to tablets as the company has confirmed that it wants to build a slate that will have some good specs and come with an enticing price tag. Known as the Jolla Tablet, the device will run the company's own Sailfish operating system, which may be a deal breaker for many people.