Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tablet Takeover

Tablets are taking over the Mobile World Congress

At the 2014 Mobile World Congress tablets have been coming in full force. Many companies have brought re-vamps of their previous models, while some have rolled out the red carpet for new models entirely. Here's a look at a few of the new releases and what consumers can expect from them and when and where they will be available.

Huawei MediaPad X1 and Media Pad M1

Image from The Next Web 
The Chinese company rolled out what they are promoting as the thinnest tablet on the market. The MediaPad X1 has a 7-inch HD display with an impressive battery life according to The Next Web blog. The device also has rear and front cameras better than most seen on its competitors. Unfortunately for U.S. consumers, the MediaPad X1 will only be available in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia and Latin America.

Huawei also released the MediaPad M1, which is an 8-inch tablet centered around entertainment according to a blog by Chris Hall on Pocket-lint. Hall also says that this tablet could be considered Huawei's "budget device" and compares the tablet visually to the HTC One.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Image from: NDTV
Another Chinese technology company also released a tablet at this year's MWC, but this one was more focused on fixing an earlier version. The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ follows the same design as the last model, but has a better HD screen. It will even come with its own set of apps called the DOit series according to a review from Digital Trends. The Android tablet comes in either 16GB or 32GB and according to NDTV it will have up to 18 hours of battery life. It will be available in April for $350.

Sony Xperia Z2

Image from: AnandTech 
The Sony Xperia Z2 tablet was released on the first day of the MWC along with a whole line of other devices including a smartphone and midrange device under the same name. The tablet is a second generation of its previous model and has a 10.1-in HD display with Live Color LED. The tablet has noise canceling technology and better battery life much like its competition and it will be offered in either black or white. The company says they will be releasing the tablet in March of this year globally according to NDTV

HP ElitePad 1000 and ProPad 600

Image from: NDTV 
The California based company brought their tablet A-game to the MWC with the release of the HP ElitePad 1000 and ProPad 600 both to be released, the first in March and second in April, in the U.S. Both business tablets have 10.1-inch displays and come equipped with Gorilla Glass according to NDTV. Both tablets are being released with the Pavilion X360, which is a tablet/PC combo. 

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