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.
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."