Tablet News Week of January 13th

Not as much Tablet news this week around now that CES has wrapped up. All external links go to Tom’s Hardware unless otherwise stated.

Tablet Announcements:

Other Tablet News

    • Phablets Are Here to Stay, Says Samsung – Phablet, a hybrid between a smartphone and tablet. It seems in the US people wanted voice calling with Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tablet.
    • Google Nexus 7 Tops iPad in Japan – While I liked the display on the iPad, I did not like the $500 price tag. One of the reasons I opted for the Google Nexus 7 back in December. Plus, I am not a real big fan of Apple products.
    • World’s First Tablet That Can Grow Lumpy Keys Revealed – This is rather interesting and kinda cool. It is much easier to just follow the link and watch the video, than to try explain the concept.
    • Judge Rules Samsung Tablets Don’t Infringe iPad Patents – A court in the Netherlands concluded “We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples,” Samsung said in a statement. All this ‘patent abuse’ litigation is getting rather old now.

and while on the subject of Samsung and iPad…

    • Samsung May Launch 8-inch Galaxy Note to Rival iPad Mini – Samsung will preview this Android based tablet at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. This 8-inch Galaxy Note (codenamed Kona) will sport a 1280 x 800 TFT (Super Clear LCD) display, a 5MP camera mounted on the back, a 1.3MP camera on the front, and a 4600 mAh battery, 2 GB of RAM, and either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot to expand storage up to an additional 32 GB. No word at this time of the price.