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- New Samsung Tablets
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 lineup launches in the US tomorrow, July 7th, with three screen sizes (7, 8 and 10.1 inches) available from retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and Fry’s. The new tablets are priced at $199, $299 and $399 for the Galaxy Tab 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1, respectively. The company is designing its tablets to look more like its popular Galaxy phones in the anticipation of boosting crossover tablet sales.
- Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
The 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is an Android 4.2.2 based tablet with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 5MP auto-focus camera. This new tablet is very thin, light, and features a very thin bezel, making it easy to hold. Included is Adapt Display, allowing for screen fine-tuning capabilities, plus Reading Mode (available in some apps), that can make text easier to read.
- Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
The largest tablet in the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 line, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, closely resembles the 7- and 8-inch versions, but the Home button on the bottom bezel provides for a "landscape-centered" orientation. The specs of the new tablet are sub par in comparison with top, high-performing Android tablets.
- New Google 7-inch Tablet
Although no official word yet, the Google Nexus 7 Gen 2 reportedly will be coming to market at the end of this month. Rumored to have a 7-inch 1980 x 1200 LED display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, this second generation 7 inch Google tab should, once again, separate the Nexus 7 from most or the other similar sized and priced Android Tablets on the market.
- Nexus 7 GEN II (2)
A refresh of the popular Nexus 7 is on its way, according to unofficial reports. The 2013 7 inch Google-branded tab will reportedly ship with Android 4.3. The original Nexus 7 came out July 2012, followed four months later by the Nexus 10 Tablet. No word yet on if the 10-inch device will be refreshed. Although the 7-inch Google Tab has been a hit, sales of the 10-inch model have reportedly been quite low since its introduction.
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- Windows RT & 8 Pro Tablets
Microsoft Windows 8 Surface Tabs will initially be available in two versions — one running an RT version of Win 8 using ARM-based chips, and the other outfitted with an Intel Core processor for running Windows 8 Pro. Both versions of Surface will feature 10.6-inch HD displays and have front and rear cameras. Microsoft is positioning the Surface as a hybrid tablet/ultrabook.
- Windows RT Surface Tab
Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, which is expected to be released before Christmas, will come pre-installed with MS Office 15, allowing for writing and editing documents and making presentations. The Surface RT has 2 speakers and dual microphones plus microSD, USB 2.0 and Micro HDMI ports.
- Razor Thin Cover & Keypad
The Touch Cover for the Microsoft Surface Tab also serves as an ultra-thin (3 mm) full qwerty touch keyboard. the cover snaps into a magnetic latch on the tablet. Another cover (5 mm-thin), called the "Type Cover," provides tactile feedback and a multi-touch trackpad. The Touch Cover will be available in five different colors: white, black, red, cyan, and magenta.
- Integral Kickstand
Surface Tab's built-in kickstand allows transitioning the tablet from active use to passive consumption. The kickstand fits flush into the back of the tablet and disappears when not in use, adding no additional weight or thickness. Microsoft says the integral kickstand has been designed to provide the tactile and audible feedback similar to a door being opened and closed on a high-end automobile.
- VaporMG Casing
Microsoft Surface casing is made out of a material the company calls VaporMG ("Vapor Mag"). By using magnesium liquid metal, Microsoft says parts for its Surface Tablet can be molded as thin as .65mm, thinner than a credit card, however much lighter, stronger and more rigid.