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IFA 2012: Maxell Shows Off Two New Budget Tablets

Maxell is often a name that conjures up thoughts of old-school VHS tapes and CD-Rs for burning. The truth is that the company does a whole lot more than that, as was shown at IFA 2012 this year. The most exciting items shown off were two budget tablets, both under $300.

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Your 3-9 Year Old Wants a Tablet? LeapPad 2 Might be a Good Starter Device

While many of us use devices like the iPad and Nexus 7 on a daily basis, tablets aren’t just for adults. The children’s tablet market is continuously growing and adding new devices. Some of these offerings have the full power of Android in a tough child-proof shell, while others are specialty devices with custom operating systems. One such locked-down kid’s tablet is the LeapPad 2 from Leap Frog.

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Is there a Market for a Family targeted 13.3-inch Tablet? Archos Seems to Think so

When it comes to sharing a tablet for the whole family, 7-inch, 9.7-inch or even 10.1-inch might be a little restrictive. Most families tend to stick to these sizes though because they are readily available and are the most affordable option. Sure, bigger screen tablets like the Excite 13 do exist, but at a premium price. This is where Archos steps in. Archos might not be the most popular brand around, but they are known for sticking to relatively budget-friendly price points. A new FCC filing suggests that Archos is preparing for a larger-screen tablet with family sharing and use in mind- the 13.3-inch Archos FamilyPad.

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Leaked: New Sony Xperia Tablet With MS Surface-Style Keyboard

Leaked information from internal slides seem to have hit German news site, Mobiflip, painting a picture of a powerful new Sony Xperia tablet. The new Sony tablet features pretty impressive specs such as a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.0, 3G connectivity and storage choices of 16, 32 or 64GB.

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Microsoft Acknowledges That Surface Tablets Represent A Potentially Risky Move

When the Microsoft Surface was first unveiled there were many in the tech world that felt it was an attractive looking tablet design, but it also raised up questions including whether or not it could potentially affect Microsoft’s Windows OEM partner relationships. Microsoft of course was quick to shrug this all off when talking directly to the public, but according to new government filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission it seems that the boys and girls at Redmond understand a true risk does exist with their new tablet initiative.

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Google Warned Samsung That Galaxy Tablets Were Too Similar To The iPad

A set of documents have leaked out that Apple plans to use in court, in which Google warned Samsung that the design for the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 were too similar and even famous designers apparently cautioned Samsung that the Galaxy S looked too much like the iPhone because of its shape and overall design elements.

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Rumors Claim Microsoft Surface Tablet Could Sell for $1000+

Microsoft did tell us that the RT version (ARM) of Surface would be price competitive with similar ARM-based tablets and the Pro line should fall in with Ultrabook pricing, so at least we have a vague price tag in mind. Despite all of this, a Swedish website has posted the Surface and all four of its variants at prices that translate roughly to $1,001 and up.

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Fujitsu Reveals Q702 Hybrid Tablet And Lifebook Convertible Laptop

There seems to be an increasing number of devices in recent times that tout themselves as the perfect tablet experience for those that also want a laptop-like productivity experience, Windows Surface included. That being said, Fujitsu seems to do one better, creating a true hybrid tablet/laptop experience that is targeted at the business crowd, and best of all they are offering two different hybrids, the LifeBook T902 and Stylistic Q702.

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Google Nexus 7 Tablet Confirmed

Recently the Google Nexus 7 was leaked out as a supposed $199 Asus/Google tablet that everyone had been talking about for the last few months. Today, Google confirmed that the Nexus 7 was indeed real.

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Is Microsoft’s Surface Tablet A MacBook Air And iPad Killer?

In a very lengthy, yet compelling read, Gizmondo produced an article that essentially applauds the new Microsoft Surface tablet and welcomes it as a game changer that makes the Air and iPad look obsolete in comparison. The article goes on to state that the system follows the ten design principles that folks like Apple’s Jonathan Ive seem to live by.

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Microsoft Announces The Microsoft Surface Tablet

Recently the web has been ablaze with rumor and speculation regarding a big upcoming Microsoft announcement that was scheduled for Monday- which is now today. The wait is over, and it turns out that what was announced is part of the Microsoft Surface brand. No, this isn’t another massive Surface table, it’s a tablet.

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Microsoft Entering The Tablet Market With Its Own Hardware?

Windows 8 is on its way out at this end of this year and is Microsoft’s way of attempting to enter into the tablet wars. Microsoft’s approach is certainly unique since they are using the existing PC Windows as the basis of their tablet entry, instead of adopting Windows Phone like Apple did with iPhone OS.

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Google 7-Inch Tablet PC Appearing In June?

It seems that Google’s 7-inch tablet PC is schedule for a full release in July, with an initial batch of 600,000 units shipping as early as June. According to the information cited, supposedly from sources within the supply chain, Asus is co-developing the device and the entry-level tablet will be around $200 or less.

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Kindle Fire Now Has More Than 50% Of the Android Tablet Market

Today ComScore introduced a new version of its Device Essentials service that includes improved analysis of mobile devices and operating systems. The biggest take away from this though is that ComScore now reports that the Kindle Fire has managed to capture 54.4% of the Android tablet market, according to information gathered through February of 2012.

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Toshiba’s 13-Inch Excite Tablet Is Not That Exciting

Toshiba’s Thrive tablets were certainly not crowd favorites, and the company, after listening to customer complaints, has introduced a new line of tablets in the Excite line. It’s a good thing that they are changing their designs and bringing out pretty looking devices: the 7.7″ tablet which has the same AMOLED display on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the 10″ Excite with a resolution of 1280 x 800. But why in the world have they decided to include an unnecessarily large 13″ model in the list?

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Rumored Google Nexus Tablet Could Be A Ten-Inch Device

Rumors about a so-called Nexus tablet from Google have been flying around for a while. What you see above comes to us from Pocketnow and the pictured device is purported to be the search giant’s upcoming tablet. Could it be the cheap stock Android Nexus tablet meant to compete against the new iPad?

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Could A Tegra 3 Nexus Tablet Be In The Works For Just $199?

How does a $200 Nexus tablet running a Tegra 3 processor sound to you? Pretty darn good, I’d wager. Is this really happening? Beyond rumor and speculation we really have no clue, but we do know that there has been plenty of rumors and discussion abound regarding a cheap Tegra 3 tablet at some point in the near future.

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Archos Arnova 9 G3 tablet Hits The FCC Website

Archos has done a pretty good job creating a niche of budget devices like tablets, specifically those under the Arnova branding. The Archos Arnova 9 G3 is supposed to continue the company’s tradition of low-price tablets, but this time around it will come packed with Android 4.0 ICS. Today it showed up at the FCC website, which is probably a pretty good sign that it is about to hit stores sooner rather than latter.

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Do You Want The New iPad Or The New $40 Aakash Tablet?

It may not be coming jam-packed with features as the new iPad which becomes available today for the cost of an arm and leg, and it may not be as thin as the teased stainless steel Archos slate, but it certainly is unbeatable when it comes to its price tag. The ridiculously cheap Aakash 2 tablet, which is the successor to the $35 Aakash tablet designed for the students in India, will be launched in the country in the coming month with a price tag of just $40.

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Archos G10 XS Ultra-Thin Tablet Teased (Video)

The new iPad, as you know, has arrived with impressive specs, but all those features have resulted in the device becoming fatter and heavier. That’s certainly not a big problem, but those of you who are dying to see a super-thin tablet should check out the Android-running Archos G10 XS, which is the latest in a […]

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Sony ‘Hybrid’ Prototype Tablet Might Arrive As VAIO U

Remember that tablet/notebook cross which was shown off by Sony at CES earlier this year? The convertible concept tablet dubbed “Hybrid” looked interesting although there was no confirmation whether the company would work on the prototype for market launch. And now a new info suggests that Sony has plans for bringing out the QWERTY-equipped slider.

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What the $399 iPad 2 Could Mean for Android Tablets

Part of the reason why the iPad and iPad 2 continued to dominate the tablet space was that most of the “good” Android tablets cost just as much as their iCounterparts and many people viewed Apple’s tablet as a premium device. The original Eee Pad Transformer made some headway by launching at $399, digging under the cheapest iPad by a full $100, but even that was met with relatively limited success.

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Sony Tablet P Finally Coming To The US Via AT&T

Although all tablet lovers are waiting anxiously to know all about what’s new from Apple, at least some of you are looking forward to play with the Tablet P, Sony’s unique clamshell Android tablet. The dual-screened device, which was announced last year, is finally making its way stateside via AT&T on March 4th.