Yes, the model name can be a little bit confusing, but what we're dealing here is an 8-inch Android tablet that's in its 4th generation. Out of the box, the most intriguing thing about the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is the design. For something priced modestly at $229.99, it features a svelte chassis consisting of a front glass panel and a soft touch back cover. Surprisingly, the construction feels solid in the hand, assuring us that this thing will hold up long-term.
Next up, the 8-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display looks reasonably sharp and offers exquisite clarity at all angles. If you're into watching videos, you'll be satisfied by the experience here with the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus. And the experience is complemented by the fact that it features dual front-firing speakers that are backed by Dolby Atmos technology. Trust us, this thing doesn't disappoint in the audio department.
As for the rest of the tablet, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C connection, 5MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera, fingerprint sensor, 4850 mAh battery, and it's running Lenovo's custom skin on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. Interestingly enough, Lenovo is touting the tablet's appeal to kids, just because you can pick up the optional Kids' Package that includes a shock-resistant bumper case, screen filter for sensitive eyes, and fun stickers.
This week, Microsoft issued a firmware update for Surface Pro 3 that aims to protect the device against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.
“We’ve released a new driver and firmware update for Surface Pro 3,” Microsoft’s Brandon Records notes. “This update includes new firmware for Surface UEFI which resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002.”
It’s not clear if Surface Pro 3 users will get the update via Windows Update automatically, but if not, you can download this update, called SurfacePro3Win101506318010023.msi, via the Surface Pro 3 software, firmware, and drivers download set. Microsoft describes this update as Surface UEFI version 3.11.2350.0 and says that it “resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002.”
Security advisory 180002, meanwhile, targets Spectre, Meltdown, and other potential “speculative execution side-channel attacks.”
Tablet mobility meets notebook productivity in the Fujitsu Tablet STYLISTIC Q738, leading a new line-up of ultra-mobile multimode tablets for business users
Extra-durable design ensures the tablet is suitable for varied working environments
Comprehensive Fujitsu 2 in 1 tablet portfolio powered by 8th generation Intel® Core™ processors suits wide range of mobile business needs, from all-round flexible mobile office to specialist applications
Fujitsu introduces its latest flagship 2 in 1 detachable device – the Fujitsu Tablet STYLISTIC® Q738. Outstanding durability combined with the mobility of a tablet, in tandem with the power and productivity of a notebook, make the STYLISTIC Q738 an ideal choice for high-performance, mobile working1.
Designed to be tough, the STYLISTIC Q738 can resist damage from accidental knocks and bumps while on the move, thanks to a robust magnesium housing and reinforced edges. The multi-touch, 13.3-inch Full HD anti-glare wide-screen display can be used in direct sunlight, while the 8th generation Intel® Core™ processor provides notebook-matching performance. With weight starting from just 789 grams (1.74 lbs.), the STYLISTIC Q738 is an easy-to-carry yet powerful device, and all-day battery life gives users the freedom to work anywhere, anytime.
Thanks to its robust design, the STYLISTIC Q738 is ideal for office work and is especially suitable for industries such as healthcare and financial services, where devices are carried around all day long, and used in a wide variety of environments. Delivered with a choice of Microsoft Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home operating system, the 2 in 1 comes with state-of-the-art enterprise-class security, including optional fingerprint and smartcard readers.
When it comes to connectivity, the STYLISTIC Q738 offers a rich feature set. In addition to an optional 4G/LTE module, it features USB type C for use with port replicators. A cradle and backlit keyboard docking enable ergonomic working and easy integration into corporate networks.
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It was only recently that we wrote our iPad buying guide for 2018 and noted that, if you are out looking for an Appletablet, it's a good idea to spend some time fishing for the right iPad Air 2 deal. See, the iPad Air 2 was discontinued and is now replaced by the plain iPad 9.7, but while the latter has a newer processor, it lacks some "oomph" that the Air 2 has. After all, the Air 2 was the actual flagship tablet by Apple when it launched in 2014.
So, why do we like it so much? Well, it's slightly thinner and lighter than the iPad 9.7 and it has an anti-glare coating applied to the display — something that the new unit does not have. The Air 2's hardware is still plenty adequate and it can be found on the cheap thanks to the wide second-hand and refurbished market out there.
And that's exactly what we have here today — a refurbished Apple iPad Air 2 64 GB + Cellular for $299! Just make sure to use the discount code AP64 while checking out over at the RefurBees website. Usually, for that price, you can find a unit with the same storage but no cellular modem. Refurbished LTE variants of this iPad sell for about $399 - $449. So, that's a definite steal!
Five years? Really? I find it hard to believe that it has already been five years since Microsoft launched the original Surface Pro. In honor of the fifth anniversary of the device that launched the Surface line, Microsoft is offering $200 off the Surface Pro over the President’s Day weekend. The sale ends today, but you still have time to take advantage of this deal.
I made the switch to the original Surface Pro and never looked back. The concept has continued to evolve and mature—and expand into additional form factors like the Surface Book, Surface Laptop and Surface Studio—and each iteration of the Surface line has impressed me more than the last.
The tablet market is facing a huge slump now as the days of Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy tabs are fading off.
Users may not be buying these large devices in bulk but there is still a specific market where tablets allow you to watch movies, browse and enjoy apps in a larger display.
The number of models available in stores is very less compared to the past as manufacturers have stopped focusing on the tablet market and are working on pushing more smartphones to buyers. Besides, even if you are planning to buy one you don’t need too many options but just a select few should meet the requirement without much difficulty.
For Apple iOS lovers, there is no need to look further as the cheapest version of the iPad 9.7-inch version will easily suit all your needs but if you feel Android is a better option because of its versatile design, there are some options to pick from.
The tablet/laptop combo started as a bold gambit to shake up the PC industry—and established a new class of device that turned out to have staying power.
FC: As you look back upon this journey—not just to the original announcement, but to the origins of the whole Surface project—what’s been most surprising to you?
Panos Panay: My brain goes to two places. I don’t know if it’s the word “surprising” as much as “humbling,” but they’re right in line with each other. The adoption across the industry of the vision that we were so anchored on from day one has been inspiring at every level. And the other side is that the team and the culture that was here day one are still here today. That’s the emotional part. It’s super inspiring, because you have a team that’s been through ups, downs, and—through it all—believe. Ninety percent of the people who started that project with me are still here.
FC: You mentioned Microsoft changing. Obviously, it was quite a different company five years ago. How has Surface been part of that change, and how has that change influenced where Surface is going?
PP: The evolution of how we make Surface, why we make Surface, has grown with the company and its change. It also has been one of the catalysts to inspire how we make products across the company. I think you see that in the latest products. The idea that this device sits in the middle of the table across all teams. The Microsoft culture that Satya [Nadella] talks about in “One Microsoft,” this is the epitome of that: where you put the product in the middle of the table, metaphorically—but maybe not even metaphorically, we physically do it—and cross-company, teams sit in a room, inspired by the direction we want to take the products with a collection of hardware and software.
The importance of that feeling that the customer gets when they get a complete product is so critical.
MIcrosoft is rolling out new firmware updates for both the Surface Book and the Surface Pro (via Windows Central.) As usual, these updates are not major and mainly improve the overall stability of both the systems.
The Surace Book is picking up two updates, focused on improving relability, performance, and battery life. See more about these updates below.
Surface Embedded Controller Firmware: Firmware
90.2098.256.0 improves system stability.
Surface Integration – System device:
1.1.339.1 improves battery stability.
Interestingly, both the Surface Pro and Surface Pro LTE Advanced are picking up firmware updates also. The updates carry different version numbers but both improve the overall system realibility. See the changelog for these updates below.
Surface Pro LTE Advanced (Model 1807:) Surface System Aggregator Firmware: Firmware
233.2102.1.0 improves system stability.
Surface Pro (Model 1796:) Surface System Aggregator Firmware – Firmware
233.2099.256.0 improves system stability.
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Apple is planning on bringing Animojis and a new tabs feature to the iPad with the release of iOS 12, according to Bloomberg. However, iPad owners will have to wait until 2019 for any major iPad-focused features to land on their tablets due to a new cultural shift inside of Apple.
Apple will still release iOS 12 in the spring as usual, but the company is allowing its engineers to delay the release of some features so they can instead focus on reliability and performance. According to people familiar with the change, Apple will begin focusing on the next two years of updates for its iOS devices, instead of forcing engineers to cram tons of new features into an annual update . The change came after too many new features were being released with bugs due to the demanding schedule.
“This change is Apple beginning to realize that schedules are not being hit, stuff is being released with bugs – which previously would not have happened," one person familiar with the company told Bloomberg.
The biggest change coming to all iOS devices will be the ability to use third-party apps across all devices including Macs. There are also plans to improve the Do Not Disturb feature and Stocks app in the initial iOS 12 release.
Apple is planning to launch a new iPad equipped with a Face ID camera for support of Animojis, and FaceTime integration for the animated animal faces.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a design patent for an original iPad that carried a second connector on the left side so that it could sit on an iPad dock in landscape mode. The second patent covers an iDevice display that includes a notch to accommodate components such as a camera and more.
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to one of Apple's original iPad designs that didn't make it to market. The design had a left side USB connector. Years later it was acknowledged as an iPad prototype. However, the 'concept' was actually fulfilled with the iPad Pro by introducing the Smart Connector.
Survey finds more consumers are ‘proud’ to be seen with a Surface
Microsoft has always been keen to promote its Surface range when it comes to comparisons with Apple’s MacBooks, for obvious reasons, but now it appears that users may be coming round to hold this opinion in some measure, as well – at least according to a new piece of research.
A survey of some 1,300 consumers in the US from Creative Strategies questioned folks about their PC preferences at home and work, and found that 72% of those who use one of Microsoft’s convertibles in the office wanted to use the hybrid all the time (i.e. when they’re at home as well).
The interesting point here is that when asked the same question about MacBooks, only 65% wished to use the notebook at home. Meaning Microsoft is edging out Apple in terms of overall popularity here.
According to the survey, the main strengths of Surface devices are perceived to be in productivity, where the hybrids scored 8% higher when it came to ‘empowering users to be more productive’ compared to Apple’s laptops. The two brands were roughly equal when it came to empowering creativity.
The research also found that folks who are considering replacing their traditional notebook with a 2-in-1 machine favored the Surface Pro over Apple’s iPad Pro to the tune of 11%.
Microsoft jumped into hardware in a big way with the first Surface Pro back in 2013, and the line-up of premium Windows devices has only got stronger since then, expanding to include laptops and even all-in-ones as well as the original 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid.
The only difficulty is in picking which one is going to be your next computer – Pro, Book, or Studio? We've scoured the fine print on the Microsoft website to bring you the definitive ranking of all the Surface computers Microsoft currently sells direct, so let's dive right in.
1. Surface Pro 2017
t's hard to pick a "best" Surface when everyone's looking for something different and working to a different budget, but we went ahead and did it anyway – the brand new 2017 Surface Pro is our top choice, offering plenty of flexibility and a 2-in-1 form factor.
You can configure the latest 12.3-inch Surface Pro in all kinds of different ways depending on your needs and budget, and at the premium end of the scale you've got an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD hard drive. That's basically going to be able to cope with whatever you throw at it.
And despite those high-level specs (if you want them), the Surface Pro remains eminently portable. Use it as a tablet (with the option of the Surface Pen stylus), use it as laptop with a Type Cover, or prop it up and watch movies on it.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 is an operating system that powers devices ranging from phones to consoles to tablets to laptops. While it has been argued before that an operating system that tries to do too much will inevitably be mediocre at most things, Microsoft touts Windows 10 as an example. Indeed, the best selling device that the firm puts out hardware wise is the Surface Pro hybrid device which is by all accounts a tablet-focused device.
When all is said and done, however, there’s no denying that Microsoft has left the Windows 10 tablet mode in a dire state, and there’s no sign of that changing in the near future.
The Start Screen is the home-screen of the Windows 10 tablet mode and is the first point of contact for every tablet user when they launch their device. With Windows 10, Microsoft’s lack of attention is a harbinger of what you can expect from the rest of tablet mode.
Take folders for instance. On any other platform, the implementation of folders would naturally mean that you could name those folders — as folders are inherently a form of categorization. It would have been absurd to imagine a software maker shipping an app folder feature for its operating system, but deny users the ability to name them.
Yet, that is what Microsoft has done with Windows 10’s Start Screen. It is a perplexing omission, considering that Microsoft managed to implement the feature on its very first release with the Windows Phone 8.1 Update. Perhaps one could offer them the benefit of the doubt, but the operating system is in the process of receiving another major update, and Microsoft has done nothing to improve the start experience save a transition to acrylic.
Microsoft's original Surface Studio is a beautiful yet imperfect Windows 10 AIO. It's been over a year since the original Surface Studio was announced, so now it's time to start thinking about what might be next for Microsoft's unique AIO.
Factoring in all the issues the first Surface Studio had, here's my wish list for what I'm hoping Microsoft will address with the Surface Studio 2, which we're hearing could make an appearance at some point this year.
On the subject of price, I'm hoping the baseline Surface Studio 2 is a little more affordable so more people can buy one. The original Surface Studio starts at $3,000, which is simply out of the question for many people. I know the Surface Studio is a niche product designed for a low-volume market, but it can't hurt making that market a little bit more approachable with a lower price.
Microsoft could make a base-line Surface Studio 2 with a smaller screen, and less powerful specifications that could rival the pricing of Apple's iMac series. For example, $1500 starting for an Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM, 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) and a smaller, perhaps lower-resolution screen.
I'm hoping Microsoft makes a beefy, all-out version for those who want to pay lots of money for the best hardware possible. With the latest processors and the latest graphics cards, for example. Microsoft could do a similar thing it did with the Surface Book 2: create a wide range of models ranging from mid-range performance to super high-end performance, and priced accordingly.
Where the NFL brought Surface to the mainstream, Surface modernized football by increasing efficiency for coaches, players, and referees on the sidelines.
For instance, the near real-time delivery of color images to the Surface replaced black and white photos that had to be printed, sometimes laminated, bound in a binder and delivered to the sidelines in the past. Additionally, referees can view instant replays right on the field increasing the game's speed.
Microsoft outfitted these "gridiron" Surfaces to endure the hardships of the 8,000-square-foot "offices" they're used in, as Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's corporate vice president, refers to the NFL sidelines. The abilities to endure temperature extremes, rain, glare, drops, and holding a charge for the entire game were all basic expectations.
The on-field NFL Surface are also unable to connect to the internet (since a local network connection for photo and video transfer of the game's plays to the Surface is all that's required for the pre-configured app), can't install additional apps and are all configured the same way to ensure no team has an advantage. Flawless connection to the stadium's network is also essential. Sadly, even the best-laid plays can be fumbled.
Microsoft is rolling out a new firmware update for Surface Pro 3. The latest firmware has been numbered as 3.11.2350 and is rolling out currently to only Surface Pro 3 devices.
Unfortunately the update doesn’t come with any notes to indicate the changelog or the fixes. The Microsoft’s “Update History” page also doesn’t have any information regarding the update. However Microsoft does take a day or two to update firmware details on the “Update History” page.
We will update once we have more information on this latest firmware update. This is of course the first update rolled out by Microsoft since the Spectre patch so we are guessing this might be related to the same.
Microsoft is bringing its smart assistant Cortana to Apple’s iPad devices on iOS today. The addition of support for iPads on Cortana isn’t anything huge, as it includes the same functionality as Cortana on iPhones.
As for the looks, Microsoft has adapted the layout for Cortana to fit the larger screens of iPads. Cortana on the iPad still looks like a lot like it does on iPhones, but you just get to see more of the content in the display with its improved layout. There’s still a lot of empty space around the design, but that’s something which will require a lot of work to get around as Cortana heavily relies on a list-based card UI.
IDC report states that Samsung and Amazon sold around 24.9 million and 16.7 million tablets, respectively. The total amount comes to 41.6 million units, which is still less than the entire tablet unit sales by Apple last year. This is thanks to seamless integration between hardware and software and a while back, Apple made tablets that came with an expensive price tag. Things are a bit different now.
With the 9.7-inch iPad, buyers can get more with their money and experience a small degree of compromises in the act. Just like the iPhone X, Apple has been rumoured to come up with an iPad Pro model that will take a few tips from the bezel-less iPhone. This will include slimmer bezels and Face ID presence, which pretty much means that we can say goodbye to the home button on the iPad Pro. These iPad Pro models are heavy hitters when it comes to benchmarks and tackling task. We expect to see more powerful chipsets running in future iPad Pro models, and there is a chance that an updated 9.7-inch iPad model is unveiled.
The midrange Miix 520 sticks to that script and also doesn't change much from 2016's excellent Miix 510 ($775.12 at Amazon.com). At a glance, it's still a dead ringer for Microsoft's tablet PC and also looks just like its predecessor. Centered around a 12.2-inch, 1,920 by 1,200-pixel responsive touchscreen, the detachable two-in-one is updated on the inside with an eighth-generation Intel 1.6GHz Core i5-8250U processor that gives it a performance boost above the 510's sixth-gen i5 and even the seventh-generation Core i7 in the Miix 720, the line's premium model.
Microsoft's Surface line of portable machines has made progress in advancing the Windows laptop market, but the sales increases the company likely expected from expanding the lineup haven't come. Redmond is apparently responding to the lack of meaningful sales growth by introducing lower-priced, lower-specced versions of the Surface Book 2 and the Surface Laptop.
The new bottom-rung Surface Book 2 has the same specs are the same as the previous entry-level model with a two-core, four-thread Core i5-7300U processor, and 8 GB of memory. The only cut is that SSD size is reduced from 256 GB to 128 GB. The screen is still the same 3000x2000 13.5" unit from other current 13" Surface Books. The new machine comes in at $1199, so buyers net an extra $300 in their pockets by accepting less storage space compared to the 256 GB model.
The Surface Laptop gets a new low-end model with a more obvious performance reduction. The previous base model bore an Intel Core i5-7200U processor, but it's now undercut by a new version with Core m3-7Y30 chip. The machine still has 4 GB of memory and 128 GB of solid-state storage. The screen is still a fancy 13.5" touch unit with a resolution of 2256x1504. The new Core m3-equipped version goes for $799, which is $200 less than the otherwise-identical Core i5 version.
To get around this problem, or to at least temporarily alleviate it, Surface Pro 4 users are apparently sticking their tablets into the freezer to cool them down. In a statement provided to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “We are aware that some customers have experienced a screen flicker on Surface Pro 4 and are monitoring the situation closely. Customers impacted by this should contact Microsoft support.”
It seems that this is a hardware problem and not a software one, which means that it is unlikely that a software update will be able to address the issue, however thankfully the 1,600 users affected are said to represent less than 1% of all Surface Pro 4 devices, so it isn’t a widespread issue.
In the tablet market today there's Samsung, Apple, and every other vendor. That's the main
takeaway from Consumer Reports' list of the top-rated tablets. Consumer Reports tested the current crop of tablets and assessed them based on display quality, camera quality, and performance, among other metrics. The company then rated the tablets on a scale of 0 to 100. In the latest data, which was released on Jan. 31, Samsung's Galaxy Tab was the market leader. It was closely followed by Apple's iPad Pro.
Although Apple and Samsung dominated the list, they were joined by Lenovo and Asus, which were both able to capture spots in the top ten. This slide show will look at the 10 best tablets, according to Consumer Reports' study. Note that some iPad models were combined for clarity.
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.