There isn’t much choice among 7-inch Android tablets with high-resolution screens — the Nexus 7 is frequently the only practical option. However, it’s about to get a proper challenger. China’s TENAA has certified the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0, a small slate with a 1,920 x 1,200 display. It’s not clear that the X1’s 1.6GHz quad-core Hisilicon processor will outperform the Snapdragon S4 Pro inside the Nexus, but the device will be a featherweight at just 8.4 ounces and 0.3 inch thick. There’s also 3G inside. About the only clear setback is the use of Android 4.2 — where’s KitKat, Huawei? The company hasn’t said when it might reveal the new MediaPad, but certification raises the possibility of an announcement in the near future. Filed under: Tablets Via: The Droid Guy, Android Community Source: TENAA (translated)

Been considering a slate-style purchase? Well, today may be the time to make the leap. While Microsoft’s Surface Pro (no, not the deuce) gets a massive discount, and may very well be the most attractive tablet/hybrid buy of the week, we’ve nabbed a few other options too. Take a look at the other side of the break for discounts on the rest of the lot. Just window shopping? No worries. Join us and add the gadgets you’re shopping for to your “Want” list; every time there’s a price cut in the future, you’ll get an email alert! Filed under: Tablets

Leaks and rumours about ‘Normandy’ – known also as the ‘Nokia X’ – seem to just keep on coming. We take a look at what’s been revealed and what to expect from the company’s first Android handset. Read more…

It looks like Samsung and Google are back together. With patent licensing deals, Google dropping Motorola, and Samsung coming back to Android’s design ethics the two companies are closer than ever. Read more…

Dell has finally launched its Android-based mini-PC designed to connect to a display via HDMI. It was previously known as “Project Ophelia” and now is being sold as the Wyse Cloud Connect for $129. Read more…

A special version of BlackBerry Messenger is being developed by the company for Android 2.3.3, in an effort to target the 21% of Android users still stuck on the older version of the OS. Read more…

Whether you like it or not, tablet photography is here to stay — it’s only fair that slate owners get a fair chance at taking nice pictures. Sony certainly thinks so, since it has unveiled a new mount, the SPA-TA1, that attaches its QX lens cameras to tablets. The peripheral isn’t just for small devices, either; it includes six adjustable arms that accommodate larger hardware, like the Xperia Tablet Z and VAIO Tap 11. Sony ships the camera accessory to Japan this April for a suggested price of ¥3,675 ($36). There’s no word of a US release, but we wouldn’t rule out an eventual stateside launch. Filed under: Cameras, Peripherals, Tablets, Sony Via: Xperia Blog, Talk Android Source: Sony (translated)

Brits won’t have to wait long to (barely) get their hands on Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. A WiFi-only version of the massive tablet is now available for pre-order in the UK at an equally large price of £649 ($1,076), with shipments due to start on February 4th. That’s certainly expensive compared to what many are used to paying for Android devices, although Samsung is tossing in a free gamepad to sweeten the deal. As for cellular models or an American launch, the company isn’t talking just yet — however, we won’t be shocked if either of them comes relatively soon. Filed under: Tablets, Samsung Via: Phone Arena Source: Samsung (1), (2)

A new story claims that Amazon’s previously rumored game console is still in development and is planned for release sometime in 2014. The Android-based console will reportedly cost less than $300. Read more…

Hardware specifications for the unannounced Android smartphone from Nokia, reportedly called Nokia X, have been revealed by a prominent source, confirming that it is indeed a low-end device. Read more…

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