Just this morning a set of photos of the box for the Verizon version of the Nexus 7 were leaked, now here in the afternoon we're seeing the real deal. Verizon will be releasing the Nexus 7 (2013) starting on the 13th of February where the device will be available for the cool $349.99 online and in real-life store locations. This price is off-contract, while attached to a 2-year contract the device will cost $249.99 USD - placing it in a rather interesting place amongst the rest of the Verizon-bound tablets today.
Barnes & Noble has made further cuts to its NOOK engineering division, taking a scythe to the hardware team responsible for its ereader in the aftermath of slumping holiday sales. Sales fell more than 60-percent over the 2013 holidays, B&N admitted last month, and has now confirmed that more staff losses have taken place, though it still insists it's committed to NOOK.
Sometimes in the lead up to the official unveil of a product there are plenty of leaks that tip some of the specs about the device. That was definitely the case with the Asus VivoTab Note 8 tablet last month. The tablet was confirmed by a leaked user manual early in January, only a few days ahead of CES 2014. At CES 2014, the tablet made its official debut.
During CES 2013 Panasonic launched a new rugged tablet called the Toughpad FZ-G1. That tablet offered no physical keyboard from Panasonic and was a touchscreen only device. There are plenty of keyboard accessories on the market that might work with that Toughpad, but there are few rugged options that can survive the environment the FZ-G1 is meant to live in.
Back in December 2013, we learned that Samsung was working on a couple new tablets that were aimed at pro users. The new tablets were the Galaxy Note Pro and the Tab Pro series. A few days after we heard the tablets were coming this year, we heard that there would be two size options offered. Samsung has now announced the official launch date for both of the new tablet series.
VeryKool is a company that makes Android tablets that are aimed at people on a budget. It has been a while since we talked about the company. One of the last times was back in 2012 when the company unveiled a new R800 outdoor tablet. The company is back with a tablet called the T742 KolorPad.
Amid the news that Lenovo had indeed purchased Motorola from Google this week, the tips and suggestions for their next steps have flown in. In a chat with the Wall Street Journal this morning, Lenovo Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing spoke up on what their next moves actually, really would be. Turns out they want to move further into the global smartphone business, believe it or not.
Samsung has announced an upcoming Galaxy Tab designed specifically for educational purposes, which will launch in time for the next academic school year and will bring with it integration with Google Play for Education. There's no word yet on pricing or a specific launch date, but Samsung says the tablet will be available to channel partners in April.