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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  • Asus Memo Pad 8 and 10

    More budget Android options come from Asus, which displayed two new Memo Pads tablets. Going up from the Memo Pad 7, the Memo Pad 8 provides more screen real estate, though it's saddled with 1,280x800 resolution. You also only get 8GB of built-in storage, but the microSD card slot gives you a way to add capacity. The Memo Pad 10 offers a choice of 8GB or 16GB models, though the 8-inch flavor gets a 5-megapixel rear camera compared to its larger sibling's 2-megapixel cam. Either version comes in a choice of white, gray, or pink color choices. and Asus is selling an optional TriCover case, which, like the Transformer Pad TF701T's optional case, allows you to stand the Memo Pad up for hands-free viewing. No pricing yet, but given that the Memo Pad 7 was introduced at $149, don't expect iPad-like -- or even Nexus-like -- price tags.

  • Toshiba Encore

    Like LG, Toshiba hasn't yet made a serious dent in the tablet market, but it's going to try its luck again with the Encore. This time out, the company is choosing Windows 8.1 -- instead of Android like for its Excite line of tablets -- and the Encore will use Intel's forthcoming Bay Trail-T Atom processor. The Encore is also noteworthy for its 8-inch size, which is smaller than typical Windows 8 slates but is part of the "mini" tablet trend. Resolution, unfortunately, is limited to 1,280x800, though the Encore does come with a decent 32GB of built-in storage. Priced similary to the iPad Mini at $329.99, the Encore will have the advantage of coming with a full version of Microsoft Office when it's released in November. 

  • Lenovo IdeaTab S5000

    One more 7-inch Android tablet rounds out our IFA round-up. Lenovo hopes thin is in with its IdeaTab S5000, which tips the scale at just 0.54 pounds (a tenth of a pound lighter than the Nexus 7). Other specs aren't as impressive, ranging from a quad-core MediaTek 8389 processor to 1,280x800 resolution to 16GB of storage. At its announced price of 199 euros (roughly $262) for the base Wi-Fi-only model (due in the fourth quarter), the IdeaTab S5000 isn't the cheapest 7-inch Android tablet around (it's pricier than the new 16GB Nexus 7 with its far superior specs), but keeping skinny always requires some sacrifices.  

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