Smartphone & Tablet Briefs


Dell Unveils Slimmest Tablet

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS — Dell unveiled what it calls the world’s thinnest tablets and an HDMI adapter that casts Dell-tablet content to a TV and large monitors.

The 6mm-thick Android KitKat tablets in the Venue 8 7000 series start at $399. They feature 8.4-inch display and are 0.1mm thinner than Apple’s iPad Air 2, which has a 9.7-inch display. Key features include 2,560 by 1,600 OLED display and Intel Atom Z3580 processor. It’s the first tablet with Intel’s RealSense Snapshot Depth camera, which captures a depth map for every picture taken.

To mirror the display of Dell tablets on a TV or desktop PC, the company unveiled the $79 Dell Cast HDMI adapter and companion app for Dell Venue tablets. Both a keyboard and a mouse can be connected to Dell Cast to create an Android tablet-based PC.

TCL To Revive Palm Brand

IRVINE, CALIF. – TCL Communications, which markets smartphones and other mobile devices under the Alcatel One Touch brand, plans to resurrect Palm as a mobile device maker.

TCL said it ‘’will create a new Palm Inc.” based in Silicon Valley to “take ownership of the Palm brand.

“ If Palm adopts a high-end focus, the brand would complement TCL’s Alcatel One Touch brand, which focuses on affordable smartphones and tablets. Palm was an early pioneer in the PDA (portable digital assistant) market.

Arbor Adds Rugged Tablet

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Arbor Solution of North America will expand its line of ruggedized Android tablets with the May shipment of the 10.1-inch Gladius 10.

The price starts at $1,030 for the version with bar code scanner. It’s designed for applications such as warehousing, transportation, medical and mobile point of sale (mPOS).

AT&T Readies LTE iPad Case

DALLAS – AT&T plans to offer what it called the first U.S. “smartcase” to add LTE capability to Wi-Fi versions of the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini.

The AT&T Modio smartcase will be offered with a Mobile Share plan. Pricing and availability dates haven’t been announced. It will be available in AT&T stores and

The case incorporates a 4,600 mAh battery, which provides up to 10 hours of continuous use, and a 32GB microSD card slot.

Sprint Expands Leasing

OVERLAND PARK, KAN. – Sprint expanded its device-leasing program to LG’s G3 and Samsung’s Note 4.

The models join the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung S5 Sport.

New and existing Sprint subscribers and businesses pay $15/month for two years to lease the LG G3 and $25/month to lease the Galaxy Note 4 for two years, excluding taxes and fees. Qualified customers pay nothing up front under the program.

Sprint is the only carrier offering leases for unsubsidized phones. Leasing is available only through Sprint-owned stores and Sprint-brand stores operated by retailers.

Alcatel OneTouch Does Web Sales

IRVINE, CALIF. – Alcatel OneTouch is supplementing smartphone sales to carriers and MVNOs with the launch of direct-to-consumer sales of unlocked phones, unlocked cellular-equipped tablets, smart watches, and accessories. The Amazon-powered site,, will be followed in the first quarter by online direct sales in Canada.

 Deezer, Cricket In Exclusive Pact

ATLANTA – The Deezer music service, currently available through Sonos and Bose wireless multiroom-audio systems, will really go wireless at the end of January when it becomes available to Cricket Wireless subscribers.

The deal marks the first time Deezer will be available to U.S. wireless subscribers, and Cricket will be Deezer’s exclusive prepaid carrier, said Cricket president Jennifer Van Buskirk.

Service is available for Apple, Android and Windows at $6/month, billed by Cricket, after a free trial.


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