The tablets of IFA 2013

The tablets of IFA 2013

Summary: While Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are still keeping their new tablets under wraps, many other manufacturers chose the Berlin convention to show off their latest Android and Windows 8 slates. Here are a number of notable ones.


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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

    Most of the Samsung hype went to its Galaxy Gear "smartwatch," but it also showed off a refreshed Galaxy Note 10.1 that features some powerful specs. Those include an eight-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 2,560x1,600 Retina-like screen. Samsung uses that display for what it calls a "magazine-style" interface, along with what it says is enhanced multitasking. It's also updated the S Pen digital stylus and given the Note a faux leather back cover for a little style boost. No pricing info or a specific release date beyond the third quarter of 2013, but you can get some hands-on info from our sister site CNET.

  • Sony Vaio Tap 11

    Sony is finally joining the Windows 8 tablet fray with the Vaio Tap 11, which will use an Intel Haswell processor and come with up to 4GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The 11.6-inch slate includes a detachable wireless keyboard complete with touchpad that doubles as a cover when attached. Other specs include 1,920x1,080 resolution, 8-megapixel camera, a digital stylus, NFC support, and a Windows 8 Pro option. Like Microsoft's Surface, the Tap 11 has a built-in kickstand to make it easier to see what you're typing on the keyboard. Again, no specific pricing or availability (beyond "autumn") has been announced yet, but you can learn more from CNET's hands-on.

  • Asus Transformer Pad TF701T

    Like the Tap 11, the Transformer Pad TF701T comes with a detachable keyboard and touchpad that also contains a USB 3.0 port, SDXC slot, and built-in battery to extend the tablet's time between recharging. It runs Android, however, and is powered by Nvidia's Tegra 4 quad-core processor. The 10.1-inch screen has an ultra-high resolution of 2,560x1,600, and it can be propped up for easier viewing with the optional TransCover case. Though price and release dates are still forthcoming, the premium quality of the Transformer Pad TF701T means Asus won't sell it cheap.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Lenovo, Mobility, Samsung, Toshiba, Windows

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  • Tap 11 looks awesome.

    If they can just get more then 6 hours from a charge and start prices at about $600 then Sony are well in the hunt for my holiday cash. If, on the other hand, as I expect both of these numbers are out by about a third I will have to keep looking for something to replace that old hunk of junk laptop with.
    • the tap 11 has one flaw

      the screen resolution is too small. Look at the new galaxy 10.1 and ipad retina screens. I will never use a low res screen again. Especially when the screen is nearly 2 inches bigger and only offers your run of the mill HD screen. plus it will probably be more expensive than just about everything else, including 11" laptops.
      Justin Watson
      • Re: the tap 11 has one flaw

        The problem is limitations of Microsoft Windows. The only reason people are forced to run Windows is because it is a requirement of legacy apps that their business is locked into. But those legacy apps don't take kindly to anything less than 100% compatibility. That includes avoiding higher-pixel-density screens.
        • Err... wrong

          Windows can handle high pixel-density, and 8.1 is improving it even more.

          Please know what you're talking about before you start posting.
          Michael Alan Goff
      • Resolution.

        1,920x1,080 resolution is too small for a 11" screen? I beg to disagree. 1366 x 768 is adequate for an 11" screen. 1,920x1,080 is far more than adequate. I really don't understand this obsession with absurdly high-definition tablet screens. Sure the text looks crisp and pretty, but it's a purely aesthetic concern. If your goal is to do real work (and that's likely how devices like these will be used) aesthetics take a back seat to functionality.
      • Way wrong

        I have a Samsung 700T with a 1080p 11.6" display running windows 8.1. At 190dpi you have to really strain yourself to get up close and tell there are pixels. You can fit 4x the number of pixels in a square inch as in a 22" monitor.

        Plus, windows 8 and 8.1 have improved dpi scaling a lot. If that doesn't work : program properties -> disable dpi scaling.
  • GovComm 16f

    Love it! Win8 is the best PRISM softare ever!

    We are your government .... we are here to help!
  • Yawn

    For the most part I was seriously underwhelmed with the offerings this time around.
    ASUS did have some decent stuff though.
  • Hisense Plus at Walmart

    Logic says Walmart won't stock something that breaks much.
    So for $130 for quad core, 5MP rear camera with autofocus, memory card slot, usual ports, and more I hiked Walmart.
    Absolutely the standard to beat. Very responsive browsing, camera works well under our app's program control, screen is lovely, ...
    Why talk about $250 and up tablets unless you are just giving away money ?
    And there's a $79 Hisense Lite for the browsing only. A house guest tablet if you will. Same quality build as the Plus.
    I own no stock.
    • Your logic is flawed,

      the phrase "WalMart fall apart" didn't come about by accident.
  • Gadget for men

    Mini tablet are as useful as shaving stick to a gorilla. With mobile phone reaching 3.8" to 4.5", it begs a question of why do I need it? I can do absolutely everything on my 4.3" mobile and they are 20% cheaper than 10" tablet
  • Perhaps . . .

    . . . . because I was a loyal Toshiba user for about 15 years in my one-man consulting business, I like the look of the Encore 8 and assume it has an active digitiser pen as did my Portege convertible tablets in 2004 and 2008.

    As I have the Galaxy Note 2 (smartphone and pocket notebook), Note 8 (for notes at meetings, Kindle reading in flights and beds, and Note 10.1 (used to use for work notes, now used for sofa surfing, may sell it soon), I am not interested in anything without an active pen.

    So Toshiba has a couple of years at least to refine it's offering, I might even be tempted to go back to OneNote (which was so poorly marketed, it's been overtaken by Evernote).

    Tablets without active digitiser pens are most for play and undemanding users.
    AN O'Nymous