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.
Huawei has officially raised the curtain on its tablet version of the P8 flagship, the MediaPad M2, a slate that is an interesting blend of premium looks and high end specs. The M2 is certainly a major upgrade over its predecessor, as Huawei said it would be when the Chinese company first revealed the device last month.
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.