The other big announcement for the day is of course Apple’s new iPads, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. As signaled by their names, neither is intended to be a massive departure from their (still for sale) predecessors. But both of them, the iPad Air 2 in particular, pack a number of improvements over the 2013 models. In-hand, the iPad Air 2 is not as significant a departure from its predecessor as the original Air was from earlier iPads, but if you are familiar with the original Air then you can appreciate the fact that Apple has taken it down from 7.5mm thick to 6.1mm thick. The weight is roughly the same (437g vs. 469g) so it’s not much lighter in the...

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 (TF300T) Review

Before the $399 iPad 2, before the $199 Kindle Fire, there was the $399 Eee Pad Transformer from ASUS. Like nearly all first attempts in the tablet space, the...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/22/2012

NVIDIA Plots Mobile SoC GPU Performance, Surpassing Xbox 360 by 2014

Qualcomm was the first to tell us that it expects to offer console level GPU performance in the not too distant future, generally hinting that its Adreno 3xx GPUs...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/19/2012

Apple's iPad 2,4 also uses 32nm A5 S5L8942 SoC

Through Chipworks, we recently learned that Apple's revised A5 SoC (S5L8942) is built on a 32nm Samsung HKMG process. While its presence in the Apple TV (3rd generation) which...

28 by Brian Klug on 4/11/2012

Apple TV A5 SoC is 32nm, Harvested dual-core A5

The 3rd generation Apple TV ships with what Apple tells us is a single-core A5 SoC. After delayering the chip to the transistor gate layer in the new Apple...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/11/2012

Toshiba Teases New Notebooks, Tablets

We recently had a chance to take a meeting with Toshiba representatives in San Francisco, California, where we were previewed their upcoming releases for 3Q12. Toshiba is essentially targeting...

21 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/11/2012

Lenovo shows off Android 4.0 ICS powered 9.7-inch IdeaTab S2109

Just a few months after announcing the IdeaPad S2, Lenovo has brought the Android 4.0 ICS powered 9.7-inch IdeaPad S2109 to light. In a YouTube video, Lenovo teased some of...

19 by Amman Sood on 4/9/2012

The 2012 iPad Followup: Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE Comparison

As with all things in life, the job of reviewing a product spans a spectrum of options. At one end of the spectrum you have the quick hands on...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2012

Microsoft Talks Windows 8 Touch Experience on Windows 7 Tablets

Microsoft's Jerry Koh and Jeff Piira gave some insight into the Windows 8 touch experience in yet another Building Windows 8 blog post yesterday. They talked specifically about the...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/29/2012

The Apple iPad Review (2012)

It has a display resolution that dwarfs most high-end desktop displays. The panel also puts a real emphasis on quality, not just resolution. For a computing device targeted squarely...

233 by Vivek Gowri & Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2012

Acer Iconia Tab A510: Tegra 3 Hits $450

Asus's Transformer Prime just got some company. Available for pre-order today, the Acer Iconia Tab A510 brings the price of entry for a 10.1" Tegra 3-powered tablet down to...

21 by Jason Inofuentes on 3/22/2012

Tested: Battery Life on the new iPad

Hot on the heels of our Retina Display analysis we have some more data for you: battery life of the new iPad. The chart above is our revamped web...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/19/2012

The new iPad: Retina Display Analysis

We're hard at work on our review on the new iPad but with a fair bit of display analysis under our belts I thought a quick post might be...

173 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/19/2012

Archos 80 and 101 G9 Turbo 1.5 GHz Available Now In US

Quick update, to the Archos news we've had rolling lately. US buyers can now pick up the Archos G9 Turbo line of tablets at their promised 1.5 GHz; the...

6 by Jason Inofuentes on 3/19/2012

Apple's A5X Floorplan

Apple's A5X SoC Today has been pretty exciting. Not only did we confirm the die size of Apple's A5X SoC (162.94mm^2) but we also found out that it's still built...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/16/2012

Apple A5X Die Size Measured: 162.94mm^2, Samsung 45nm LP Confirmed

Contrary to what we thought yesterday based on visual estimation of the A5X die, Chipworks has (presumably) measured the actual die itself: 162.94mm^2. While the A5 was big, this...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/16/2012

Archos Shipping 1.5GHz 80 G9 Turbo Across The Pond

UK readers have one more thing to lord over their colonial cousins. Starting today, Archos has made available the long promised Archos 80 G9 Turbo in its full 1.5...

8 by Jason Inofuentes on 3/16/2012

Apple's A5X Die (and Size?) Revealed

iFixit saved us all a whole lot of trouble and performed a teardown of the new iPad announced last week. The internals were mostly what we expected, down to...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/15/2012

The Frequency of Apple A5X in the New iPad Confirmed: Still Running at 1GHz

While Apple's new iPad won't be available until Friday, some users have gotten their hands on the new models and done some preliminary benchmarks. A Vietnamese site, tinhte.vn, posted...

48 by Kristian Vättö on 3/13/2012

Analysis of the new Apple iPad

Yesterday Apple unveiled its third generation iPad, simply called the new iPad, at an event in San Francisco. The form factor remains mostly unchanged with a 9.7-inch display, however...

161 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/9/2012

Archos Rolls Out ICS Update to Entire G9 Line

We saw a preview build at ICS and now it's here. Archos announced today a worldwide rollout of its Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the G9 line...

15 by Jason Inofuentes on 3/8/2012

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