Dell has just quietly upgraded one of its more "unique" Windows devices. One of the first 8-inch Windows tablets in the market, Venue 8 Pro now has a younger but more powerful sibling with a name that takes a page from Apple's branding guide. Simply called the "New Dell 8 Venue Pro", the slab still sports an 8-inch screen, but this time boasts of a Full HD resolution, an upgraded Atom processor, and, in one instance, double the RAM of its predecessor. Sadly, it also boats of a higher price tag as well.
Perhaps spurred by its recent good fortune in the smartphone market, Huawei is being rumored to be interested in entering the PC space, particularly laptops. But it won't settle for any old school laptop, of course. Those rumors make mention of a hybrid laptop, a.k.a 2-in-1 tablets, as well as of dual booting Windows 10 and Android. The idea is definitely nothing new and we've heard the story, even the promise, a long, long time ago. And chances are, just like those old stories, Huawei's tale might meet the same tragic end.
As tipped a few weeks ago, Google is now rolling out the Android ability to install apps from search results. While it's not clear which devices will get this ability, it does seem that it'll be spread to all new smartphones and tablets in releases through the future. If you have Android Marshmallow, you're probably going to be in luck. If you have a Nexus smartphone or tablet or plan on buying one in the near future, you're also probably in luck.
The Acer Switch 12 S is one of the most sophisticated looking 2-in-1 Windows 10 devices we've seen yet. Here at CES 2016 we're getting up close and personal with the device, checking out what it'll mean to roll with an Intel RealSense camera and a 12.5-inch display with IPS LCD tech under the hood. We'll still have to wait a bit to see the final product before we can judge the innards, but for now, the outsides look and feel pretty great.
Making a Surface-style 2-in-1 is all the rage, and Dell isn't to be left out, bringing two detachables to CES 2016 this week. The Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 and its Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 sibling each pack Intel's latest 6th-gen Core processors and Windows 10, and as the names suggest feature a removable keyboard.
Tablets are on the cusp of a renaissance. Long described by analysts as a dying device category, tablets may have stumbled upon a new lease on life, a new reason for being. That will come through a redefinition of sorts, a transformation from content consumption to content creation and productivity. We've already seen that shift starting to turn, with the Microsoft Surface line for a good few years now, to Apple's iPad Pro and Google's Pixel C. But hardware is one thing. Software is a related but different story. And as far as Android is concerned, , and even iOS as well, the software has a bit of catching up to do.
Today we're having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, a Windows 10 tablet that may be a good contender for Microsoft Surface. Back when we saw the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 in 2013, it was beginning to be clear: the "Galaxy" look was expanding beyond the borders of Android. Now here in 2016, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S keeps the name and comes with Windows 10 in a tablet that's made to do basically anything.
Huawei has introduced its’ new MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet as part of its’ CES 2016 lineup. This is the maker’s latest tablet, and it is promised to bring with it a “fantastic audio and visual experience” thanks in part to an aluminum alloy full-metal body and surround sound. Huawei plans to launch a couple different models in the U.S. soon, including a gold version with a bundled stylus.
HP's Pavilion X2 proved to be a budget Windows 10 detachable tablet surprise, and now it's getting a bigger brother. Launched at CES 2016 this week, the HP Pavilion x2 12" bumps the display from 10-inches to 12-inches, but keeps the easily-docked tablet display and removable keyboard section that turns the x2 from a notebook to a slate and vice-versa.
If bigger is better then HP's new Spectre X360 15", a larger version of its coveted X360 convertible, is onto a winner. Scaling up the touchscreen Windows 10 notebook from 13.3- to 15.6-inches, the new Spectre still keeps the machined aluminum body and clever hinge design, but now offers up to 4K resolution.
This week we've been passed a collection of sounds synthesized from the publicly-available Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailers, all sounds made by BB-8. These BB-8 sound effects have been cut down and cleaned and formatted in a way that makes them perfect for whatever odd project the Star Wars-loving public might want to use them for. We'll be using them for ringtones and notification sounds on our smartphones - you can do what you wish.