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Google Assistant Ambient Mode turns some phones, tablets into Smart Displays

Google Assistant Ambient Mode turns some phones, tablets into Smart Displays

There has been no shortage of new Android devices, both phones and tablets, announced head of the formal start of IFA 2019. Some are, of course, more notable than others but seems that there is some underlying similarity between some of those. Almost as if in passing, Google has announced the presence of a new mode for Google Assistant that will turn these new Lenovo tablets and Nokia phones into smart displays when charging.

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Microsoft previews new 2-in-1 tablet UI for bleeding-edge Windows users

Microsoft previews new 2-in-1 tablet UI for bleeding-edge Windows users

Windows convertible notebooks promise the best of a laptop and a tablet, and now Microsoft is testing a new Windows 10 feature to better compete with iPadOS on the iPad Pro. Previewed to a select handful of users brave enough to dip a toe into the Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast ring, Build 18970 (20H1) samples a few new tweaks and enhancements to how 2-in-1s work when you flip between form-factors.

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Lenovo Tab M7 and M8 tablets pack LTE, GPS, and long battery life

Lenovo Tab M7 and M8 tablets pack LTE, GPS, and long battery life

Joining its newly unveiled Chromebooks, IdeaPad, monitors, and other computing devices is Lenovo's new Tab M7 and Tab M8 second-generation tablets. These budget slates give consumers new 7-inch and 8-inch Android Pie tablet options that strike a balance between features and price, offering nano-SIM support alongside up to Full HD displays, long battery life, GPS support, and more.

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Microsoft Dual Screen Surface: what it needs to succeed

Microsoft Dual Screen Surface: what it needs to succeed

Just as everyone is preparing for the IFA 2019 craze next week, Microsoft dropped what may be a bombshell that will have fans and tech pundits thinking about the company all the way to October. There was no mention, not even a hint, of such a device, the Microsoft Courier's spirit once again haunts the Internet rumor mill.

The time might be right, with all the pieces in place for the dual-screen Microsoft device to make its glorious but terribly long-overdue arrival. But if Microsoft doesn't make sure it checks the right boxes, it might end up with more egg in its face than Samsung with the initial Galaxy Fold.

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iPad Pro to sport 3D Time-of-Flight camera even before iPhones do

iPad Pro to sport 3D Time-of-Flight camera even before iPhones do

Samsung's newest Galaxy Tab S6 may seem unique for having two cameras, one of which is has a wide-angle lens, but it's hardly the first tablet to have more than one sensor on its back. Google's Project Tango tablet had a handful of sensors, all of which work in concert to give the device "AR eyes". It seems that Apple will be taking a similar path but with a simpler and less expensive solution, a single 3D Time-of-Flight sensor for its next iPad Pro.

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TCL is making a foldable tablet under its own name

TCL is making a foldable tablet under its own name

You may no longer remember or even consider TCL as a smartphone maker. Once upon a time, the company better known for its TVs did put out rather forgettable handsets in the market. Of late, its name gets mentioned in smartphone news as the actual hands behind the most recent Alcatel and BlackBerry phones. Next year, however, TCL might be back in action with no less than five mobile devices, one of which is a tablet that folds into a smartphone and vice versa.

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Galaxy Tab S6 pre-order begins with YouTube Premium in tow

Galaxy Tab S6 pre-order begins with YouTube Premium in tow

The Galaxy Note 10 isn't the only premium device that Samsung launched within the past 30 days. Paving the way for the phablet and also prefiguring one feature, the Galaxy Tab S6 finally offered a premium tablet option for Samsung and Android users who may have been getting some iPad Pro envy lately. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Note 10 was the first one to actually reach stores but now the Galaxy Tab S6 is close behind and has a few freebies to soften the blow of the price.

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Eve V back-to-school offer sets the tone for V2 debut

Eve V back-to-school offer sets the tone for V2 debut

The Eve V was ambitious and audacious when it challenged Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets at offering value for price. It was, for all intents and purposes, a wild success and the startup was able to deliver on its promises. It wasn't all fine and dandy, though, as users started complaining about unfulfilled orders. Eve Tech has since cleared the air and is preparing for its next big "Version 2". But before that takes off, the company is giving the original Eve V one last send-off, but one that some might find hard to refuse.

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Chuwi MiniBook mini laptop adds an active stylus, stretch goals, perks

Chuwi MiniBook mini laptop adds an active stylus, stretch goals, perks

A rather silent yet steady undercurrent is moving in the PC market thanks to crowdfunding, Three Chinese companies are practically neck to neck in trying to corner a new breed of mini laptops, ultra ultraportables, and whatnot. One Netbook fired the opening salvo but GPD and Chuwi have caught up quickly. With just a week left, Chuwi is sweetening the MiniBook pot by expanding its features beyond the initial spiel, including adding a fingerprint scanner and an active stylus.

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iPad Pros could outdo Samsung with triple camera setup

iPad Pros could outdo Samsung with triple camera setup

Samsung may have kicked off a new tablet trend but Apple will be the one to take it to the next level. The Galaxy Tab S6 launched with what could be the first dual camera system on a tablet but Apple's new iPads could steal the attention away in two months. Not only will the regular iPads gain two cameras on their backs, according to sources the iPad iPad Pros will actually have three sensors. Whether that makes sense or not will largely depend on how Apple will spin the rumored feature.

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Lenovo Smart Tabs gain Amazon Alexa calling and messaging, Drop-in coming

Lenovo Smart Tabs gain Amazon Alexa calling and messaging, Drop-in coming

You rarely hear about Android tablets these days outside of Samsung and occasionally Huawei. There are, however, still a few companies that keep churning out these slates. Lenovo is one of those and while its latest Smart Tab family can't exactly compete with the likes of the Galaxy Tab S6 in terms of high-end features, it does have at least two things Samsung can't boast of: affordable prices and the deep integration of Amazon Alexa.

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iPad shipments remain strong but Android tablets can still recover

iPad shipments remain strong but Android tablets can still recover

Tablets are dead. That has been the mantra that many in the tech world have been chanting for the past years, along with "PCs are dead". Looking at the general statistics for the entire tablet market, that does seem to be the case. But IDC tablet shipment numbers for the second quarter of the year reveals a peculiarity of the market. Despite the slow and steady decline, Apple's iPads remain strong and have, in fact, grown year over year. There is still a tablet market that's just waiting for a renaissance and Google, Samsung, and friends are in a position to take advantage of the path that Apple forged in advance.

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