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...

Android 4.3 Update Brings TRIM to All Nexus Devices

One of the common complaints late in the life of the original Nexus 7 was slow storage I/O performance, leading to an inconsistent user experience. After a fresh flash...

46 by Brian Klug on 7/29/2013

ASUS MeMO Pad HD7 Review: $149 Nexus 7.1 Successor & Our First Look at MediaTek's MT8125

The tablet market is presently caught in a race to the bottom, at least in terms of pricing. The shift from the initial crop of 10-inch tablets to 7/8-inch...

75 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/29/2013

Nexus 7 (2013) - Mini Review

At an event in San Francisco, Google announced an updated version of the popular Nexus 7 tablet which first appeared at last year’s Google I/O. The big new features...

253 by Brian Klug on 7/27/2013

What's New in Android 4.3

As expected, today Google made a management release for Android 4.2 official at their breakfast with Sundar event, bumping the release up to Android 4.3 and introducing a bunch...

69 by Brian Klug on 7/24/2013

Google's Breakfast With Sundar Pichai Event - Live Blog

We're in San Francisco again for Google, and this time we're expecting news about the next release of Android, and perhaps some news on the Chrome OS front, and...

27 by Brian Klug on 7/24/2013

NVIDIA Demonstrates Logan SoC: < 1W Kepler, Shipping in 1H 2014, More Energy Efficient than A6X?

Ever since its arrival in the ultra mobile space, NVIDIA hasn't really flexed its GPU muscle. The Tegra GPUs we've seen thus far have been ok at best, and...

141 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/24/2013

NVIDIA Confirms Ship Date for Shield - July 31

After a bout of recent bad news regarding Shield's launch date slipping due to a mechanical issue with a third party component supplier, comes news that NVIDIA will meet...

14 by Brian Klug on 7/21/2013

Aptina Announces AR1331CP 13 MP CMOS with Clarity Plus - We Take a Look

Earlier this week, Aptina invited me out to their San Jose office to take a look at their new Clarity+ CFA (Color Filter Array) technology and 13 MP AR1331CP...

14 by Brian Klug on 7/17/2013

NVIDIA Shield Delayed, Now Ships In July

After a steady stream of positive Shield updates, NVIDIA just dropped a bit of unfortunate news by regarding an issue which has resulted in a delay to the Tegra...

18 by Ryan Smith on 6/26/2013

Ask AnandTech: Ideal Tablet Specs & Form Factor for Work?

We've done a couple of posts now on using tablets in business/enterprise settings. In our final post in this series we're soliciting ultimate feedback. There's an interesting trend going...

80 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/26/2013

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 200 Additions - MSM8x10 and MSM8x12

Last week, Qualcomm announced two new members of the Snapdragon 200 tier. As a reminder, Qualcomm has moved to a tiered structure split between 200, 400, 600, and 800...

11 by Brian Klug on 6/24/2013

Samsung ATIV Q Hands On: 3200 x 1800 13.3" Tablet Running Windows 8 and Android

We just finished playing with Samsung's newly announced ATIV Q, a convertible tablet that runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2. The display is the main attraction. The 13.3"...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

Samsung Premiere 2013: Galaxy & ATIV London Launch, Live Blog

We just got seated for Samsung's Galaxy & ATIV event in London, the event should begin in 5 minutes - check back here for live updates!

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

NVIDIA Shield Gets a Launch Date and a Price Cut: June 27th for $299

Earlier this morning NVIDIA sent out a press release offing an update on the launch of their forthcoming handheld console, Shield. When Shield was first made available for pre-orders...

8 by Ryan Smith on 6/20/2013

NVIDIA to License Kepler and Future GPU IP to 3rd Parties

Earlier today NVIDIA announced that it would begin licensing its Kepler GPU architecture to 3rd parties. This is a sensible next step for NVIDIA, but an unprecedented one among...

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/18/2013

Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) Performance Preview: Qualcomm Mobile Development Tablet Tested

We’ve written about Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) before, for those unfamiliar, this is Qualcomm’s new flagship SoC with four Krait 400 CPUs at up to 2.3 GHz, Adreno 330 graphics...

115 by Brian Klug on 6/18/2013

Ask AnandTech: Tablets at Work, How Important is Backwards Compatibility?

Last week you guys did an awesome job with the discussion around the role of tablets in the workplace. There are a good number of you who have already...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/18/2013

CPUID's CPU-Z Arrives on Android via Google Play

About three years ago, I remember one of the biggest problems I had while sorting out phones was figuring out what SoCs were inside them. Manufacturers weren't yet open...

28 by Brian Klug on 6/16/2013

N-trig DuoSense Pen2: Who Needs a Stylus?

With the dawn of capacitive touch displays and the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc., some might think the day of the stylus is past. N-trig has been around since...

33 by Jarred Walton on 6/12/2013

Ask AnandTech: Tablets at Work, What are Your Experiences?

The tablet market has grown tremendously over the past few years. What started as a content consumption device for consumers has transformed into a device that has started to...

148 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/12/2013

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