Samsung has officially raised the curtain on a new tablet, the Galaxy Tab E (SM-T560) which will serve as an affordable option in the company's portfolio. Considering its humble aspirations, the Galaxy Tab E comes with a relatively low price tag, but also packs some decidedly average specs.
Samsung is known to be making replacements for its Galaxy Tab S range, and here's our first look at the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. There is also a Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 in the works, but that has yet to be revealed (aside from leaks). The unannounced Tab S2 8.0 was passed through TENAA (China's telecommunications product body), hence why we are seeing a real deal glimpse of it here.
Lenovo has announced a brand new ThinkPad 10 tablet/laptop replacement at its TechWorld event in Beijing, China. This is a milestone product in some ways as it is the first officially announced device that is being marketed as a Windows 10 slate (although it is running Windows 8.1 for now). As for the slate itself, it is a high end performer that offers PC tasks in a portable package, almost exactly like Microsoft's excellent Surface 3.
LG and Verizon Wireless announced a new slate today in the form of the LG G Pad X 8.3, a true successor to 2013?s original G Pad 8.3. As well as announcing the tablet, Verizon also revealed that it will begin selling LG's new G4 flagship smartphone on June 4, tying up with previous reports for the handsets' launch.
While Xiaomi does have tablets on the market the company has not been focusing on releasing new ones recently, favouring a blitz of smartphone launches instead. Indeed, the Mi Pad (Xiaomi's only slate today) failed to capture the tablet market the way the company?s smartphones did and it has been a while since that product was launched. However, Lei Jun took to the company Weibo page to say that it was still focused on tablets.
ASUS is planning a new tablet line based off its successful ZenFone line up, with the company working on both a 7-inch and an 8-inch slate. The latter product, the ZenPad 8 has leaked online and will be a solidly spec'd machine, whereas the ZenPad 7 will be more modest.
Sharp has had a good week, the company launched the hugely compelling Aquos ZETA SH-03G smartphone and has now followed that up with an equally enticing tablet. The Japanese heavyweight announced the Aquos Pad SH-05G, a slate that on first impressions places itself among the best Android tablets on the market with its premium build and high end specs.
Apple's iPad sales have been tumbling for many quarters, but the company's CEO Tim Cook has said he is not worried as they knew this would happen. He said consumer cycles for tablets are different than smartphones, and also said the iPad would recover. Apple would be a lot more worried if other tablets were increasing sales, but they are not, with slate sales in the United States continuing to decline.
Huawei has launched a new tablet that is called the MediaPad M2, the slate made its debut today with the Chinese company making an announcement. The device is a follow up to last year's MediaPad M1 and like that earlier product it features decent high end specs.
Android 5.1 Lollipop is continuing to make its way out into the wild, coming to Nexus and other devices close to Google first. The next in line is the Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, which is getting its update to the newer software build now. The slate has been rocking Android 5.0 since way back in November 2014, but it is now upgrading to the newer 5.1 through OTA updates.