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Huawei MateBook E Carries Original MateBook’s Legacy

Eliane Fiolet May 23, 2017

Just announced, the Huawei MateBook E is the follow-on model to the original Huawei MateBook which we reviewed last year. The new model features a more powerful processor Core i5 option, and more importantly: a completely redesigned keyboard.

Gallery: Huawei MateBook E Gallery

Let’s start with the keyboard since it was a friction point last year: the new design is much better: it is simple and works the way one would expect it to. Huawei was quick to realize the shortcoming of the first one, and we did criticize it for a good reason in our review. Huawei listened and redesigned. We are looking forward to taking this second version for a spin in the real world. If you are curious, the stand hinge is adjustable to 160 Degrees now.

Although the concept is similar to the previous model, the industrial has changed, and Huawei has shrunk the display bezels a bit to increase the 12” display to body ratio to ~84%. This is an IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160×1440 (216 PPI density). It has a view angle of 160 degrees and a maximum brightness of 400 NITs. It has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and reproduces 85% of the NTSC color gamut, which doesn’t sound too fancy, but OK.

With dimensions of 6.9×278.8×194.1mm and a weight of 640g (no keyboard) to 1100g (with keyboard) it is rather thin and light. If you compare it to the MateBook X, it is clear that they serve a different purpose. This MateBook E is intended to be a tablet-first computer with some productivity capabilities, while the “X” model is a laptop-first computer with no tablet mode capability. They have comparable weight.

The Huawei MateBook E also has a digitizer pen (as a separate purchase), a trait that it shares with its competitor from Samsung. It will be interesting to see how both compare this year. It is nice to see the competition heat up between two giants in this super-thin tablet PC category.

The CPU options for this computer go from a Core m3 (7Y30) to a Core i5 (7Y54) with 4-8GB of RAM and 128/256/512GB SSD.  There’s a single USB-C port here, and it is not clear what its full capabilities are, but we expect at least USB 3.1, if not Thunderbolt 3.

With 33.7Wh (~4430 mAh at 7.6V), the battery size is decent relative to the internal volume. We expect competitors to be of a comparable size, although we will see what comes out in the coming months. This year, the MateBook E will come in blue, brown and pink.

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Alleged 10.5-inch And 12.9-inch iPad Pro Cases Revealed

Tyler Lee May 22, 2017

Word has it that Apple has a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro in the works that could be unveiled this coming June at WWDC 2017. In terms of design we’re not sure what to expect – could it be that Apple will stick to the current iPad Pro design? Or will the new iPad Pros start to adopt some of the rumored iPhone 8’s design features?

According to a tweet by Benjamin Geskin, maybe not. Geskin’s tweet claims that the new iPad Pro will not be adopting a bezel-less design and that the home button will still be present. This means that for all intents and purposes, the new iPad Pros should look similar to their predecessors and that the changes will most likely be under the hood.

iPad Pro 10.5′ WON’T be bezel-less.
Still bezels. Still home button.
7mm side bezels. 19mm up & down. (approx)
Render coming soon

— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) May 22, 2017

We suppose that’s not the worst thing to hear, plus we can only assume that Apple would want to keep the iPhone 8’s design features a secret (or as much as possible) before the reveal. Another tweet by Geskin also revealed alleged cases for the iPad Pro, both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models.

What’s interesting about these cases is the camera cutout which seems to be similar to what we’ve seen with the iPhone 8, but some have speculated that this is to make room for one camera lens and one flash unit, as opposed to the iPad Pros sporting a dual camera system. Either way take it with a grain of salt and check back with us in a couple of weeks where hopefully we’ll have the details to share.

2017 iPad Pro 10.5′ & iPad Pro 12.9′ cases.

(No new iPad mini this year) pic.twitter.com/Ft3FH48Yzy

— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) May 22, 2017

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Possible Render Of The Verizon Ellipsis 10 HD Tablet Leaked

Tyler Lee May 22, 2017

When it comes to tablets, there are probably a dozen or so manufacturers who have such devices available to consumers in varying sizes and price points. Now if you’re looking for a new tablet and think that maybe Apple’s iPads are a bit too expensive and dear on your wallet, you might be interested in Verizon’s upcoming offering.

In a post by Evan Blass on Twitter, the famed leakster shared a rendering of the upcoming Verizon Ellipsis 10 HD tablet. This isn’t the first time that the carrier has launched a tablet of its own so it really isn’t that surprising to see that they might have another device in the works. Unfortunately in terms of hardware it’s hard to say what we can expect, but Verizon’s previous Ellipsis tablets weren’t exactly high-end offerings so maybe we shouldn’t really expect too much from this particular model

Ellipsis 10 HD for Verizon pic.twitter.com/ZuYKrWXTrD

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 21, 2017

There is also no word on when the tablet will be announced, but given that the previous model  was officially announced in November 2015, perhaps we might see this model launch later this year as well, although admittedly if that is the case seeing a render pop up this early is a bit unusual, so maybe we might be hearing about it earlier than we think. As for pricing, the previous tablet was priced at $199 upfront with a contract, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Verizon were to stick to a similar pricing model for this device.

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Possible Render Of The Verizon Ellipsis 10 HD Tablet Leaked

Tyler Lee May 22, 2017

When it comes to tablets, there are probably a dozen or so manufacturers who have such devices available to consumers in varying sizes and price points. Now if you’re looking for a new tablet and think that maybe Apple’s iPads are a bit too expensive and dear on your wallet, you might be interested in Verizon’s upcoming offering.

In a post by Evan Blass on Twitter, the famed leakster shared a rendering of the upcoming Verizon Ellipsis 10 HD tablet. This isn’t the first time that the carrier has launched a tablet of its own so it really isn’t that surprising to see that they might have another device in the works. Unfortunately in terms of hardware it’s hard to say what we can expect, but Verizon’s previous Ellipsis tablets weren’t exactly high-end offerings so maybe we shouldn’t really expect too much from this particular model

Ellipsis 10 HD for Verizon pic.twitter.com/ZuYKrWXTrD

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 21, 2017

There is also no word on when the tablet will be announced, but given that the previous model  was officially announced in November 2015, perhaps we might see this model launch later this year as well, although admittedly if that is the case seeing a render pop up this early is a bit unusual, so maybe we might be hearing about it earlier than we think. As for pricing, the previous tablet was priced at $199 upfront with a contract, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Verizon were to stick to a similar pricing model for this device.

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Report Claims 10.5-inch iPad Pro Production Is Ramping Up For June

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

Apple’s iPad Pros were rumored to undergo a refresh earlier this year, but clearly that did not happen. However recent rumors have suggested that the refresh could take place in June where it could debut alongside the rumored Siri speaker (Apple’s answer to Amazon’s Echo and the Google Home).

Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen, but a report from DigiTimes (via 9to5Mac) has suggested that production of the tablet is currently ramping up where it is expected to be launched and made available in June. Assuming it’s true, the 10.5-inch model will not only represent a new size option, but also another addition to the iPad Pro lineup which features  12.9-inch and 9.7-inch models.

According to DigiTimes, “The upstream supply chain’s shipments for Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro have been increasing recently and the device’s monthly shipment volume is expected to grow to 600,000 units in July, up from around 500,000 units currently, helping its annual shipments to reach five million units in 2017, according to some market watchers. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro began mass production in March-April.”

Over the years DigiTimes has had a pretty spotty record when it comes to Apple-related rumors, so maybe you should take this with a grain of salt, but it definitely seems to in line with what we’ve heard so far.

Report Claims 10.5-inch iPad Pro Production Is Ramping Up For June , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Possible Next-Gen Surface Pro Leaked Ahead Of Announcement

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

When Microsoft announced their Surface series of Windows tablets, it was met with quite a bit of success as it has been a while since Microsoft made their own hardware, and many were suitably impressed with what Microsoft had announced. Now if you’re looking forward to the next iteration, you’re in luck.

In a post on VentureBeat by Evan Blass, it seems that renders of the upcoming Surface Pro refresh has been leaked ahead of its official reveal. Microsoft is expected to be hosting an event on the 23rd of May in Shanghai, China where they will supposedly reveal the next-gen Surface tablet, which we guess has since been revealed in this leak.

From what we can tell, Microsoft has largely kept to the same design as its predecessor, so if you’re hoping for a design overhaul or if there are design aspects of the previous Surface that you did not enjoy, we guess they will continue to be there. However if you liked the previous design then this is probably good news.

We expect that the official specs, pricing, and availability will be revealed, but right now it has been suggested that this is merely a “tock” upgrade, meaning that for the most part the changes will be made under the hood, but either check back with us next week for the details.

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Amazon Launches New Fire Tablets

Adnan Farooqui May 17, 2017


Amazon has announced the addition of two new tablets to its Fire tablet lineup today. The new Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are now available from the online retailer. The new Fire 7 has a thinner and lighter design, comes with an improved 7 inch display, and promises a battery life of up to 8 hours with mixed use. The new Fire HD 8 comes with an 8 inch HD display, a quad core processor with up to 12 hours of battery life, 16GB of storage, and Alexa.

The Fire 7 is Amazon’s cheapest tablet and a pretty good value for a basic tablet since it costs $49.99. It now has an improved IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text. The battery life has been improved as well to up to 8 hours. It can be purchased with up to 16GB of onboard storage with microSD card support up to 256GB.

Customers who want a bit more can pay $30 extra and get the Fire HD 8 for $79.99. It features an 8 inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution HD display, 12 hours of battery life, up to 32GB of storage and up to 256GB expandable storage support.

Both tablets feature Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant which can perform a wide variety of tasks in response to voice commands. Basic front and rear cameras are onboard as well and so is dual-band Wi-Fi and Screen Sharing support.

The new Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are available for pre-order starting today in new color options which include Black, Punch Red, Canary Yellow, and Marine Blue.

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iPad mini Reportedly Being Phased Out

Adnan Farooqui May 16, 2017


If a new report is to be believed, Apple is soon going to phase out the iPad mini from its tablet lineup. The company is apparently taking this step due to cannibalism of its own products as the boundaries between small tablets and large smartphones blur. Previous reports have suggested that iPad mini sales have dropped so it wouldn’t really be surprising if Apple decides to discontinue it.

BGR hears from an alleged Apple source that there has been “fierce cannibalism of our own products” and that the iPad mini has been “sized out of its own category.” The source also adds that the device’s weak sales have been very clear.

What the report doesn’t mention is that whether Apple intends to discontinue this product immediately or whether it will continue to sell the iPad mini for a few months before its discontinued. The company hasn’t released a new model since the iPad mini 4 which came out back in 2015.

The iPad mini’s sales have reportedly been cannibalized by 5.5 inch iPhone Plus models. Even though the iPad mini has a slightly larger 7.9 inch display, most customers would like to have the added incentive of actually being able to use the iPhone as a phone and not just be limited to a tablet that can’t make phone calls.

Apple hasn’t confirmed anything about its plans to discontinue the iPad mini so take this report with a grain of salt until we hear something from Cupertino.

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Alcatel A30 Tablet Now Available From T-Mobile

Tyler Lee May 12, 2017

With so many tablets available in the market today, consumers are really spoilt for choice. However if you’re looking for a tablet for the sake of a tablet and don’t really want to break the bank by buying an iPad or iPad Pro, Alcatel and T-Mobile might have something for you in the form of the Alcatel A30.

The Alcatel A30 is a tablet that has been launched on T-Mobile and it is a rather basic tablet. It sports an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1200×800 which means it probably isn’t the sharpest display we’ve seen. However if you can overlook that or if you think that it probably doesn’t matter, then it should be a non-issue for you.

Under the hood, the A30 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset. It will also come with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of native storage that can be expanded via microSD. There is also a 4,060mAh battery which when combined with its entry-level specs should last users quite a while before needing a recharge.

We’re also looking at a pair of 5MP cameras on the front and back, and to top it off it will run on Android Nougat. There will also be 4G LTE connectivity so if you just want a tablet to read stuff on, surf the web, or watch videos, the A30 should be more than capable. The tablet will be priced at $5 down, and $5 a month on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan.

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iPad Pro Refresh Now Rumored For June

Tyler Lee May 10, 2017

We’ve been hearing rumors that Apple could be getting ready for an iPad Pro refresh soon and that it should have taken place in March/April, but clearly that did not happen. Instead what we got was a refresh of the original 9.7-inch iPad which is basically a slightly more affordable model for those who just want an iPad without all the fuss.

So where are the new iPad Pros? For those wondering about that, it seems that maybe June could be when we’ll be hearing more about them. According to the folks at 9to5Mac, they have gotten their hands on a screenshot of a stock system from an Apple Authorized Reseller which shows that Urban Armor Gear has new iPad cases for “iPad 10.5-inch” in three colors and have listed its availability as June.

As you might have heard, Apple has a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro in the works and if this listing is accurate, the June availability hints that the tablet could be launched then as well. Also given that WWDC 2017 is also taking place in June, it does provide Apple a good platform to announce the device, although to be fair WWDC over the years has largely been focused on software.

An alternate possibility is that maybe UAG are simply guessing its availability as we have seen companies done in the past, but either way we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more info.

iPad Pro Refresh Now Rumored For June , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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