MWC: Tablet market just got a lot more crowded (photos)

MWC: Tablet market just got a lot more crowded (photos)

Summary: At Mobile World Congress, several big-name companies either revealed their new tablets or their upcoming plans for one. Should Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Samsung be worried?

TOPICS: Tablets

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    Lenovo A1000, A3000, S6000

    At MWC 2013, Lenovo unwrapped a trio of new tablets — a pair of 7-inch models, the A1000 and A3000, and a 10-inch slate, the S6000.

    The 7-inch A1000 model is geared for first-time buyers and packs a dual-core processor, plus up to 16GB of internal capacity. But it's possible that there will be 8GB and 16GB versions. It also will include amicroSD card slot for additional storage.

    The more powerful 7-inch A3000 will be powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor and a promise of " extensive memory". Its screen has a resolution of 1,024x600 and the option of 3G connectivity.

    The 10-inch S6000 promises a quad-core MediaTek processor and a "substantial battery" in a 20-ounce package. Resolution is 1,280x800, but the price tag is expected to be very competitive.

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    ASUS PadFone Infinity

    Asus introduced a new quad-core smartphone, which comes with a docking station that turns it into a tablet.

    The 5-inch PadFone Infinity is powered by Android 4.2, along with a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. It also includes 64GB of storage and it can connect via 100Mbps LTE and 42Mbps DC-HSPA+.

    The phone can be docked with a station to turn it into 10.1-inch tablet. The Infinity can also output 1080p video via its micro-USB compatible MyDP interface.

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    Fujitsu Stylistic M702

    At MWC in Barcelona, Fujitsu took the rugged route with its new Android tablet for business, the Stylistic M702 tablet. Fujitsu said that the tablet can survive under water for 30 minutes and is sealed to prevent dust from reaching its interior. It also has scratch-resistant glass.

    The tablet is powered by a Tegra 3-chipset from Nvidia and can connect to 4G/LTE networks. Fujitsu claims that its battery life is up to 15 hours. It also sports an integrated fingerprint sensor, full-disk encryption, and remote device tracking and recovery help.

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Topic: Tablets

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  • why would "Microsoft, Google and Samsung" be worried?

    all 3 have their products represented here. and Apple is doing just fine.
    • Because

      You cant write for ZDNet, unless you use irrelevant headlines.
  • More choices = Very good!

    Happy to see that Microsoft, Google and Samsung are not stuck into an Infinite Loop and innovate.
  • they all look the same

    I know that the rounded corners square form is the most appropriate for touch devices but its a bit boring. Anyone that can make a tablet or a phone with a different shape will at least get brand recognition. But the thing I really want from a tablet or a phone is having the front facing camera in the middle of the screen, I suppose that's a technical impossibility but it would be really nice for video calls. Also why on tablets do they not have the best camera on the front?
    richard in norway
    • We'll make yours look like a pizza pie

      How's that.
  • Exterior accessories

    Nice tablets. Hope for the best.
    China Name Plate Co. Ltd.