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.
While we still wait for Xiaomi?s arrival in Europe and the USA, the company has made its way to India and has enjoyed the kind of success that put it on the map in China. The company launched the Xiaomi MiPad in India on Tuesday and the device has been a runaway success.
The LG G Pad F 7.0, the tablet that was released through Sprint last Friday, could be making its way to rival networks AT&T and T-Mobile. The Sprint device comes with the model number LG LK430, while two model numbers (V495 and V497) recently passed through the FCC and were described as "Multi-band WCDMA/LTE Tablet with WLAN and Bluetooth."
Sony may not have had a flagship smartphone to launch at MWC today, but the company did usher in the Xperia Z4 series with announcement of the high end Xperia Z4 Tablet. The flagship slate continues Sony's recent stellar output in this market and will undoubtedly be among the best Android tablets available. It also has a unique calling card as it is the thinnest slate that your hard earned money can buy.
Samsung has lost considerable market share in the smartphone world over the last year, something that has been well documented. The company's slide is only really put into perspective when you see individual countries in isolation and Sammy has lost huge ground in key markets such as China, South Korea, and Japan. However, it seems the company's troubles in these important huge regions are not specific to smartphones.
HTC rolled out its first full tablet last year, the problem is, the Nexus 9 is more associated with Google and Android than it is the Taiwanese company. That's because HTC produces the table to fly Google's Nexus banner. However, the smartphone maker is going to enter the slate market on its own two feet in 2015 using the Nexus 9 as a blueprint, according to reports.
Right from the start you can color us sceptical about the following news, but it seems someone on Chinese social network Weibo has leaked the specs and even an image of the upcoming iPad Air Pro. Apple's oft rumored large version of its all-conquering iPad is thought to be nearing the end of development for a launch sometime this year and these are apparently the specs.