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Video: Samsung Galaxy Tab A Extra Features

It turns out the new Galaxy Tab A tablets aren’t just cheesy circa-2013 China tablets after all.

Samsung added some custom features that are actually interesting and useful and might justify their Samsung-level pricing.

See the three(!) videos after the break.

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Samsung Brings 2013 Chinese Tablet To 2015 America

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After posting earlier today about the Galaxy Tab A being spotted in the TENNA certification database in China, Samsung USA has decided to pull the ripcord and parachute the new Galaxy A tablets into America too.

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China Envy: Teclast Dual-OS X80HD For US$78

Weibo:

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Teclast is celebrating its sixteenth anniversary with some blowout limited-number sales.

488 yuan is about US$78. For those specs, that’s an amazing price. Even moreso for something that’s dual-OS Windows/Android.

The Taobao listing.

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Samsung’s New Tablets Get Closer

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (SM-T715 and SM-T815) Now Certified by Bluetooth SIG

And from Tablety.pl:

On the Galaxy Tabs S2 but we know much more. SM-T715 is an 8-inch model with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (ie, has a screen aspect ratio of 4: 3), and its bigger brother – SM-T815 has a 9.7-inch AMOLED display with the same resolution. Both tablets feature a 8-core processor Exynos 5344 clocked at 1.9 GHz, 3 GB of RAM. The devices operate based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with a new cap TouchWiz . If you believe the rumors, the new Galaxy Tabs S will be closed in an aluminum housing with a thickness of only 5.4 mm! Tablets also get Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard, 2.1 megapixels webcam for video chat, camera 8 megapixels, memory card reader microSD card with support for up to 128 GB and a battery with a capacity of 3580 mAh (8 “model) or 5870 mAh (a 9.7″ tablet).

It’s going to be interesting to see these compared to the Nexus 9 and Xiaomi MiPad.

I am really, really looking forward to these and hope Samsung doesn’t manage to screw them up.

Previously here:

Samsung Galaxy iPad Mini Tab S2 8.0
Leaks: Samsung’s New Tablets
Rumor: New Samsung Tablets To Be 4:3 Screens

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Pre-Sale Begins

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Smartphone (Unlocked)

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So tempted. But:

1) Never buy the first batch
2) Never buy without user reports
3) There’s still about a month before this ships — anything else can come along

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Chuwi’s “Dreamchaser” Dual-OS Tablet

This will probably be the last of these non-4:3 tablets I post about. They don’t interest me and if I was going to get something like this, I’d stick with a global brand — maybe even the new x7-based Surface 3. Yeah, I know, less powerful than Core-M, more expensive than Chinese x7, but I wouldn’t have to yell all the way to China if something went bad with the hardware.

Weibo:

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WTF: CUBE Crowdfunds Game Tablet

CUBEGameTabFundraisingWho knew Jingdong had a Kickstarter-like site too?

Google Translate: CUBE game consoles tablet suit

The only thing I can think is that CUBE is gauging interest in this.

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Onda V919 4G Air Gets A Review

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Over at IMP3Net [Google Translate].

A 9.7-inch Retina-class screen, 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT8752 CPU at 1.7GHz, 2GBs of RAM, 32GBs of internal storage, 2MP front and 5MP back cameras, GPS, and China-compatible 4G. Android 4.4.4 underneath the OndaROM skin.

This scores near 40,000 with AnTuTu 5.6.1. It’s disconcerting that there are now smartphones with more power!

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Farewell For Now, ZTE Zmax

T-Mobile suspends sales of ZTE ZMAX, just 7 months after launch

The Comments there indicate it was a very hot seller for both T-Mobile and Metro PCS stores. People believed it was pulled due to a lawsuit against ZTE by Vringo.

Well, if ZTE is to believed, the reason was this:

T-Mobile Suspends ZTE Zmax Sales Because People Are Idiots

Which I find difficult to believe. In all my reading about the phone, I’ve never read of someone trying to remove the damn battery.

There’s still the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and, the latest lust object — with an octa-core CPU and a full HD screen — the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3.

Previously here:

ZTE Zmax To Get Android 5.x
ZTE Zmax Update 2
ZTE Zmax Gets A Review
ZTE Zmax Now US$199.99
Google Books PDF Test: ZTE Zmax
ZTE Zmax: AnTuTu 5.1 Test
ZTE Zmax: Size Comparison
ZTE Announces US$250 5.7-Inch Phone

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The End Of 4:3 Chinese Tablets Is Coming

Via PadNews are four reports from the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (HKEF) [Google Translate, Google Translate, Google Translate, Google Translate].

And there’s not a single tablet shown that interests me.

99.9% of them are widescreen and the typical seven, eight, and ten inches that have dominated Android tablets.

The Intel/Rockchip SOFIA stuff puts me to sleep. That’s more about Intel trying to save itself than creating something I’d want. Besides, they’ve brought a 3G knife to a 4G gunfight. Here in America, 4G is now available even via pre-pay services such as Metro PCS. So who’d want to get 3G?

With China seemingly ending production of iPad-like tablets, my interest in what goes on over there will quickly diminish.

As it is, I’ve already made a tentative decision about what tablet I want to buy: One of the new high-end 4:3 tablets Samsung is rumored to be releasing soon. I can’t resist their gorgeous Super-AMOLED screen.

iPad? I don’t like what iOS 8 looks like and the more I read of Android — and the more I fondle it in stores — the more I like the flexibility it offers over iOS. Apple’s tablet thinking is becoming fossilized.

Anyway, those of you who bought a 4:3 tablet from China — you’d better enjoy it because there likely won’t be any replacement by the end of this year if the HKEF trend holds.

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