Since Apple launched the iPad Pro (Apple Pencil and all) at the start of last month, the trail has gone a bit cold for the tablet come laptop wannabe. Cupertino has not said when the device will launch, but a report out of Japan points to an early November launch for the iPad Pro, with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard landing at the same time.
We are expecting Microsoft to launch the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones alongside Windows 10 Mobile next week. However, the company will also be launching a new Surface Pro, the fourth edition of the tablet come full on laptop PC. The latest information suggests that the Surface Pro 4 will come with a razor thin bezel that will make it look like an all-screen device.
The LG G Pad 10.1 has been launched in South Korea today, a few weeks after it was unveiled prior to the IFA trade show in Berlin. The flagship slate will not be staying in LG's homeland exclusively for long though as its launch in the United States and other regions should happen at the end of this month.
Retail giant Amazon is apparently going to update its tablet lineup with a 10-inch model, which will be the company's largest slate so far.
Apple has launched the iPad Pro today, the large screen tablet that the company says revolutionizes the slate market, although really it?s just Apple's take on the Microsoft Surface Pro. That's not a flippant comment either as the Surface Pro is excellent and from what we have seen of the iPad Pro so far, it is also excellent and very feature rich.
While Apple's iPad Pro remains merely a rumor, major rival Samsung is readying its own business oriented tablet, a device that has been leaked several times over the last month. Apparently the South Korean company is now shopping its 18.4-inch tablet to major carriers in its homeland, with a view to mass producing the slate in the fourth quarter of this year.
LG is launching a new phablet flagship later in the year, but the so-called G4 Pro is unlikely to be unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin next month. Instead the Korean company will keeps itself busy by launching a new tablet, the G Pad 2 10.1, a larger version of the 8-inch G Pad 2 that the company launched in South Korea last month.
The idea of an iPad Pro has been with us for a few years now, but since Apple tied up a deal with IBM last year that will probably expand enterprise, the iPad Pro rumor have gained even more traction. Now sources in Apple's supply chain are suggesting that the iPad Pro will be announced this year, during November in fact.
We sniff a PR disaster. NVIDIA has opened a voluntary recall of every single Shield Tablet that has been purchased in the last 12 months due to a safety issue. The battery used inside the slate can apparently overheat enough that it becomes a fire hazard, making the overheating issues of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 seem tame in comparison.
It is hard to class Microsoft's Surface Pro line as true tablet products because they are essentially PC's instead, but either way they are fantastic. The trouble is Microsoft cannot sell many of them, which is a shock considering how good the Pro is; it seems the price tag is just a touch inhibiting for the casual consumer. That said, Redmond is committed to the series and will prove it again when it launches the Surface Pro 4 in October.