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SlashGear’s Best of MWC 2016

SlashGear’s Best of MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016 is coming to a close, and this year it's been more than just smartphones making their pitch as virtual reality in all shapes and sizes carve out a chunk of the mobile space. Devices and platforms that blur the distinction between what's real and what's digital are finally - with the help of potent processors and innovative hardware - reaching the point where they're convincing enough, not to mention affordable enough, to make a splash in the mass market. Read on for SlashGear's Best of MWC 2016 award winners.

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9.7-inch iPad Pro tipped for March 15th launch

9.7-inch iPad Pro tipped for March 15th launch

We are drawing close to the date of Apple's event where new products will be launched. That event is set to happen on March 15 and rumors are swirling that suggest the new iPad Apple will unveil at the event won't be an iPad Air 3 as previously rumored, but will be a new smaller screen iPad Pro tablet. This new tablet is tipped to be a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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Alcatel Xess “tablet” to run multitasking Android flavor Phoenix OS

Alcatel Xess “tablet” to run multitasking Android flavor Phoenix OS

Google designed the Pixel C hardware for productivity, but the Android software running on it didn't seem to get the memo. Excellent for smartphones, tablets, and even TVs, "vanilla" Android has not scaled well to PC-like use cases. Companies like Jide, not to mention some crowdfunded projects, have dared to go where Google still refuses to venture. One such attempt is Phoenix OS, which, like Remix OS, spins Android into a more traditional desktop form. Now, it seems that Phoenix has gained a major backer, with Alcatel showing off the OS running on its equally odd Xess "tablet".

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Android N features: starting with menus

Android N features: starting with menus

Google's next version of Android has been spotted - sort of - in a developer preview for a simple function. This simple function allows developers to switch the operating system's "Dark" and "Light" themes on or off - or dark to light, however you want to say it - and contains a clue. This clue is the hamburger menu button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This button will allow the everyday user to open a drawer to the left of the screen, switching between sections in Settings menus with swiftness.

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Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ tablets are practically phones

Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ tablets are practically phones

Those familiar with Panasonic's mobile devices might be aware of the existence of its Toughpad line of rugged tablets. Strangely enough, not all of those tablets are actually tablets, at least as far as size and functionality are concerned. Take for example the new Toughpad FZ-F1 and FZ-N1. These two "tablets", running Windows 10 Mobile and Android 5.1.1, respectively, actually come in 4.7-inch sizes, some even with voice capabilities. In short, these tablets are pretty much tough and rugged smartphones built for industrial use cases.

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How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

Lenovo and Google couldn't have picked a more impressive venue to demonstrate the latest iteration of Project Tango at MWC 2016 nor, indeed, one more suited to its indoor mapping capability. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya isn't short on fine art, and like most museums you could easily imagine getting lost in its various rooms and corridors.

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Hands-on with ZTE’s Spro Plus, a tablet that’s also a projector

Hands-on with ZTE’s Spro Plus, a tablet that’s also a projector

If you thought the days of squeezing a projector into a relatively unexpected place were over, think again. ZTE has brought its latest tablet to MWC 2016, the Spro Plus, and inside its tubby little chassis lurks a straightforward way to inflict PowerPoint presentations and home movies on the innocent.

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ZTE Spro Plus is a laser projector turned full-fledged tablet

ZTE Spro Plus is a laser projector turned full-fledged tablet

ZTE may not be a household name at this point, but its line of Spro smart projectors have been well-received, with their dual functionality as a mobile hotspot and projector, all in a compact size. Their latest model, the Spro Plus, continues to be an Android-powered, feature-loaded projector, but it's been transformed into a fully functional tablet with a 8.4-inch touchscreen display.

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Lenovo TAB3 10 Business kicks off new tablet lineup

Lenovo TAB3 10 Business kicks off new tablet lineup

As part of its MWC 2016 announcements, Lenovo has taken the wraps off its new line of TAB3 tablets, the most notable of which is the TAB3 10 Business, an Android slate designed specifically for businesses. Joining it are the more general TAB3 7 and TAB3 8 tablets, the latter two of which Lenovo describes as its first “series of family-friendly tablets.” All three tablets will be launching this upcoming summer.

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Lenovo ideapad MIIX 310 offers detachable hinged keyboard

Lenovo ideapad MIIX 310 offers detachable hinged keyboard

Joining the phones and tablets it has introduced this weekend comes Lenovo’s ideapad MIIX 310, a hybrid device that includes a 10-inch tablet that serves as the display when attached to the bundled keyboard. This, like others before it, allows it to function as a laptop when needed and as a tablet other times, giving the best of both worlds in a single device.

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The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

Windows 10 tablets with detachable keyboards are clearly A Thing here at Mobile World Congress this week, with Huawei revealing its MateBook PC. Aiming, so the Chinese company promises, to bring about the age of Business 3.0, the super-sleek 12-inch tablet sets the iPad Pro in its sights, but for those who want full Windows app support.

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Alcatel’s PLUS 10 Windows 10 tablet packs a 4G keyboard

Alcatel’s PLUS 10 Windows 10 tablet packs a 4G keyboard

Alcatel may be particularly pleased with its Idol 4S smartphone at MWC 2016 this week, with packaging that doubles as a VR headset, but it also brought along a convertible Windows 10 tablet. The Alcatel PLUS 10 is a combination tablet and laptop, the company's first 2-in-1 to run Microsoft's latest OS, and one of a rare breed of such models with integrated 4G.

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