Random Google 7-inch “Tablet” Shows Up at FCC With NVIDIA Chip, Tiny LG Battery

While we were busy flying around the country last week, checking out the new goodies from Samsung and Motorola, a reader of ours noticed that a “7-inch tablet” that is “powered by NVIDIA Tegra” and running an LG battery, stopped by the FCC under Google’s ID. The device is odd, to say the least.

The device falls under FCC ID A4R-NX74751, in case you want to go digging through the listing. It features some sort of NVIDIA Tegra chip, global roaming with LTE (bands 2, 4, 5, 7, and 17), and an LG-made battery that only weighs in at 2,480mAh.  (more…)

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Will Leverage Spark LTE Technology

It is well-documented that Sprint’s LTE network is not the fastest in our country, but the carrier’s tri-band Spark technology has been helping to mitigate shortcomings by leveraging less congested bands during peak times. So far, the technology has been restricted to smartphones, but that’s changing, as the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 will be the first tablet to sport a compatible radio. (more…)

Xiaomi Announces Mi Pad, Android-powered Tablet with NVIDIA Tegra K1 Processor

Late last night, Xiaomi announced a new Android-powered tablet, the Mi Pad, featuring specs that will make you turn your head. Xiaomi’s iPad Mini look-alike, is headlined by NVIDIA’s newest Tegra K1 processor, as well as a design which is sure to stir up Apple’s legal team.

As if the quad-core Tegra K1 wasn’t enough to keep our interest, the Mi Pad comes packed with 2GB of RAM, 16GB (up to 64GB) of on-board storage , a microSD card slot, 7.9″ IPS display (2048 x 1536), 8MP rear-facing shooter, and a 5MP front-facing camera.  (more…)

ASUS Tablets That Dual Boots Android and Windows Spotted at the FCC

When it comes to Android tablets, ASUS has had a lot of success. Its Transformer series was one of the most popular Android tablet lineups before Google decided to launch the Nexus 7, which was also made by ASUS. Today, a line of new ASUS tablets were spotted heading through the FCC to get their certification, one of which looked like it was capable of running Android alongside Windows. (more…)

DirecTV Releases Tablet App for Android

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An official DirecTV app for tablets has finally landed on the Google Play store, bringing with it what appears to be a hell of a feature set. While taking advantage of the added screen real estate of a tablet, you’ll find all sorts of panelled views showing favorites, what you are currently watching, a channel guide, sports scores, news, and more. You can set your DVR, filter sports by matchups and leagues, discover new shows, see what’s hot this moment, and find the best goodies for your kids.

I’m not a DirecTV subscriber, but this app certainly looks impressive. A reader has already called it “amazing.” Got get it.  (more…)

Is HP Planning on Manufacturing an Android Tablet and Smartphone Sometime Soon?

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Up until today, the only reason HP and Android would be in the same device is if you jumped on the TouchPad fire sale and hacked Android into the thing. However, The Verge and ReadWrite are reporting that HP and Android might be making things a bit more official. Citing multiple unnamed sources within the company, HP is working on an Android tablet and maybe even a phone that we should see sometime this year. (more…)

Android and Ubuntu Powered Kite Tablet Shows What Future Tablets May Be Like

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To start off this story, let me give you the list of specs and you can decide if it sounds good or not to you. 10.1″ 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display that is powered by a Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor underneath. It boots Android 4.0 and Ubuntu 12.04 and runs 2GB of RAM alongside 32GB of storage. Quite an impressive spec sheet, and the price is only around $415.  (more…)