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Seoul, South Korea — Samsung is expanding its next-generation of Tab series tablets.
The 10.1- and 8-inch Tab 3 models will be available globally beginning in June, joining a 7-inch Tab 3 announced in May.
The two new models’ prices and availability date by country were not announced.
The new Android 4.2 models feature many of the same software features as the 7-inch Tab 3. Both new models, which will be available in Wi-Fi and cellular versions, are not part of the Note series of tablets, which come with a stylus.
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Hyannis, Mass. – Home automation supplier Savant Systems unveiled a trio of in-wall charging docks that turn Apple mobile devices with the new Lightning connector into Wi-Fi-connected controllers for any Savant home-control system.
One charging dock is for the iPad Mini, a second is for the full-size iPad, and a third is for the 5th generation iPod. All are shipping.
Seoul – Samsung unveiled a scaled-down version of its flagship Galaxy S4 but didn’t announce when the new device would be available or in which countries.
JK Shin, president/CEO of Samsung’s of IT & Mobile Communication Division, said the device offers a “similar look and feel of Galaxy S4 for more compact and practical usages.”
New York — Hisense launched its first branded tablets for the U.S. market here Thursday, announcing two Wi-Fi-only SKUs that will be sold exclusively through discount store giant Walmart.
The tablets include the Sero 7 LT (light), which carries a $99.99 suggested retail, and the Sero 7 Pro, which carries a $149 suggested retail.
Both models will be available starting Friday at more than 3,000 Walmart stores across the country.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Only 12 percent of tablet owners used cellular-embedded tablets to connect to the Internet in the first quarter, an NPD Group survey found.
Nonetheless, the number of cellular-embedded tablets with active cellular subscriptions grew 48 percent in the quarter compared with the year-ago period, NPD said.
Denver — Archos today added the 3G-enabled Archos 80 Xenon to its Elements tablet line.
The $199 80 Xenon is an 8-inch tablet running Android 4.1 and has a Qualcomm quad-core 1.2GHz processor, built-in GPS and an SD slot capable of taking a 64GB card.
The device begins shipping in June.
New York — Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first Android-based, Tegra 4-powered tablet/laptop hybrid today with the introduction of the SlateBook X2.
The company also expanded its Windows 8-based Split X2 tablet/laptop hybrids with the addition of a 13.3-inch model.
The SlateBook X2 is HP’s first venture outside the Windows operating system for a laptop or tablet. The SlateBook has a 10-inch FullHD touch display and a full-size detachable keyboard; it comes with batteries in both the keyboard and tablet sections.
Denver – Archos will begin shipping in June its kitchen-friendly ChefPad tablet.
The 9.7-inch tablet, $209, is a conventional Android 4.1 tablet tricked out with a splash-resistance silicon case and stand. Bundled onboard is Chef Apps Selection, which filters through apps to find those best suited for cooking tips, shopping and recipes.
The tablet is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and has 8MB of internal storage, 1GB of memory, and 2-megapixel front and back cameras.
New York — Barnes and Noble subsidiary Nook Media wants to boost sales of its Nook HD and HD+ tablets by enabling them to access the Google Play store and run other Google services.
Google Play access will substantially expand the number of apps that users can download. The tablets will also run Google’s Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search and Google Maps.
San Diego — Availability of Sony’s 10.1-inch water-resistant Xperia Tablet Z is inching closer.
Sony Mobile Communications has begun taking preorders for the $499 16GB version and the $599 32GB version through its web store at Sony.com/Tablet. The estimated ship date for preorders is May 24.
The company didn’t say when the tablets would be available through retailers.