Just last month, we saw FCC filings for the LG G Pad 8.3 and Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 indicated that both tablets would be bringing an LTE version to the U.S. market, equipped with support for Verizon’s network. Thanks to a newly leaked memo, we now have word that both of these devices will be hitting Big Red on March 6th. Of course it’s important to point out that we can’t guarantee the validity of the memo. While it looks legit, there’s also the possibility the date could slip, so we’d take all of this with a healthy dose of salt for now. If the memo is accurate, Verizon customers will soon have two very good tablets to choose from. The NotePro is powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, and packs a 12.2-inch display with a 2560×1600 resolution. Other specs include 32GB storage, microSD, S-Pen support, 8MP rear cam, 2MP front cam and a 9500 mAh battery. As for the LG G Pad 8.3? You get a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and an 8.3-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. There’s also a 5MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam and a 4600 mAh battery. Unfortunately, no word on pricing for either LTE model just yet. What do you think, interested in getting the Verizon LTE version of the G Pad or Note Pro?

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Instapaper’s already broad device support has just grown a little bit broader. The service’s updated iOS app lets you send articles to Kindle for reading on one of Amazon’s devices, and you can push videos to your big-screen TV through AirPlay. Even if you’re happy with catching up from your iPad or iPhone, you may also like a new option to auto-renew your Instapaper subscription. It’s not the most life-changing Instapaper update we’ve seen. Stay tuned, though — the developers promise that their next release will be the biggest since Betaworks acquired the app last year. Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Mobile Via: The Next Web Source: App Store, Instapaper Blog

According to the latest data from IDC last year’s record growth in smartphone sales will be followed by a sharp decline in the following years, with focus switching to emerging markets and low prices. Read more…

Days after revealing that its “perfect smartphone” with “flagship specs” will launch for under $500, OnePlus now says it will in fact cost far less – under $400 – but the device itself remains unseen. Read more…

Even though the Nexus 7 (2013) was announced way back in July now, Asus has just released an official wireless and wired dock for Google’s popular 7-inch tablet. Although many of you have probably have picked up third-party dock already, those that have held out waiting for an Asus-made Nexus 7 dock can now pick up the wireless model from Amazon and a few other retailers. There’s also a wired version, though it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere yet. The new docks have their own distinct designs, with the wireless above and the wired model seen below. While both of the docks are fairly attractive looking, neither of them come cheap. The former is $90, while the latter comes in at $50. Paying these prices for official docks might be a little hard to swallow, especially when you consider that many 3rd party wired docks are only around $20-$30, and you can find wireless 3rd party docks somewhere around the $50-$60 mark. Of course, there’s something to be said for the quality and reliability that usually come from 1st party accessories.  What do you think, anyone planning on picking up an official wired or wireless dock?

MWC 2014 Coverage brought to you by: Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android. Huawei unveiled a couple of tablets this week at MWC 2014, and while the MediaPad X1 is facing an identity crisis as to whether it’s a small tablet or a smartphone, the other tablet announced, the MediaPad M1, with its 8-inch display, falls squarely in the tablet category, albeit also with voice-calling and text messaging capabilities. Here’s our first look at the Huawei MediaPad M1! Design The design of the 8-inch MediaPad M1 borrows a few design cues from the HTC One, but does so graciously, with the end result being and overall good looking tablet. The MediaPad M1 is just 7.9 mm thick, which is less than most devices competing in this class, and at 329 grams, is also quite light for an 8-inch tablet. The MediaPad M1 is an all metal device with a clean design that has a premium feel beyond its mid-range specification sheet. Available in grey and white, this tablet looks a bit like someone stretched an HTC M8. The front of the tablet is especially pretty, with the thin vertical bezels that more and more manufacturers are favoring lately. Display The 8-inch IPS LCD display of the MediaPad M1 has a 1280 x 800 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of about 189 ppi. That’s pretty low by most standards, but is understandable if you keep in mind the price tag of this device. This is really just an average display that could be just fine for some categories of users. Performance and Hardware The MediaPad M1 is powered by an in-house HiSilicon quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz. Combined with the 1GB of RAM, the processor does a good job at powering the user interface, though we won’t vouch for […]

Tesla isn’t the only automaker with a tablet-like center console. Volvo’s latest “human machine interface” will debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show — however, it could be a bit simpler than what we’ve seen from the competition. The screen is divided into tiles, with navigation, media and vehicle info up top and secondary features including phone and climate controls further down. As Volvo tells it, this reduces visual noise, keeps typical controls where you would expect them to be and makes using them while driving safer as a result. Climate control remains the default screen but should you select another function, you’ll still have access to it onscreen. In fact this goes for all functions: when another tile is selected, it expands to cover a bigger area, but other controls remain accessible on a smaller scale. The outfit says the tech will arrive in its XC90 crossover SUV this fall. Filed under: Tablets, Transportation

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Barnes & Noble’s tablet range was on ice; while the firm did promise to work with third parties on new models, it went through all of 2013 without fresh devices. The bookseller will soon reward patient fans, however. It just revealed that there will be a new “Nook color device” early into the company’s fiscal 2015, which roughly translates to this summer. However, we don’t know what the new Nook slate will offer, or even who’s making it. Barnes & Noble says it’s still talking to multiple “world-class hardware partners” about development and distribution, so it could be a long while before we know what to expect. The company does have some breathing room to implement its Nook strategy, though. It swung to a $63.2 million net profit for its fiscal third quarter versus a $3.7 million loss a year ago, and it now has more than twice as much cash in the bank. Even though the company is making half as much revenue from its Nook business as it did at this point in 2013, it’s not facing a dire financial crisis. Filed under: Tablets Via: GigaOM Source: Barnes & Noble

Archos CEO quickly finds out that dunking a water-resistant phone in a jug of water isn’t going to end well for anybody. Read more…

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