The tablet market doesn’t look very different than it did a year ago from the perspective of who’s doing well and who’s not. As we move closer to the end of the year everyone’s moving to refresh their lineups in preparation for the lucrative holiday season. To summarize: Apple just announced a new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Microsoft pushed out the second generation Surfaces, Amazon hedged its bets on high-end hardware and real-time support for the Kindle Fire refresh, Samsung did its own thing with numerous Android devices at different price points and sizes, and Google is set to refresh the Nexus line later this month.
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition boasts the same 10.1-inch screen size as its predecessor. It is powered by 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, an 8,220mAh battery, options for 16GB / 32GB / 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front shooter and will ship with Android 4.3. The Note 10.1 2014 Edition will ship in three different models: Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi with 3G and Wi-Fi with LTE.
The HDX 7 is part of Amazon's refreshed Kindle Fire tablet lineup. The new Kindle Fire HDX tablets consist of a 7-inch 1920×1200 display, powered by Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2 GHz, 2GB of RAM and Fire OS 3. Last but not least, the HDX 7 packs a "Mayday" button that gets you free tech support 24x7.
The Surface Pro 2 is the follow up of last year’s Surface tablet from Microsoft. The Surface Pro 2 is powered by an Intel Haswell processor and comes in different versions, 64GB and 128GB of storage with 4GB of RAM, as well as 256GB and 512GB editions with 8GB of RAM. Last but not least, the Surface Pro 2 sports USB 3.0 and a mini DisplayPort.
The Google Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) is the revised version of last year's Nexus 7. The tablet features the same 7-inch display as the model it replaces although the screen resolution has been boosted to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. A 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chip powers the device alongside 2GB of RAM. Other features include a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing shooter, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI out, wireless charging, NFC and optional LTE
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