Mobile Devices

HP Updates Elite x2 Hybrid

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HP presents the latest generation of Elite x2 notebook-tablet hybrid-- the 1012 G2, a Microsoft Surface Pro rival featuring the usual tablet-plus-keyboard form factor.

Elite x2The 1012 G2 features a 12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 resolution display complete with Gorilla Glass 4 protection and Active Pen support. Inside the aluminium chassis is a choice of 7th generation Core i3, i5 or i7 CPU (maxing out at the Core i7-7600U), up to 16GB LPDDR3-1866 RAM, up to 1TB SSD storage and a 47 watt-hour battery promising up to 10 hours of use on a single charge (with quick charging powering the battery to 50% capacity in all of 30 minutes).

Connectivity comes through UCB-C with Thunderbolt 3 port, USB-A 3.0 port, microSD reader and a SIM slot for cellular connectivity. Also included are dual-band 802.11ac wifi, Bluetooth 4.2 and various options for connecting to 4G LTE and WiGig networks. Security comes through 5MP front-facing camera with IR for facial recognition and a fingerprint reader.

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A Lighter, Simpler Light Phone

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Light PhoneStartup Light presents what it claims is a "phone away from home"-- the Light Phone, a credit card-sized phone that strips down all features making a smartphone smart, leaving a device able to solely make and receive calls.

The result of a 2015 Kickstarter project, the Light Phone is the ultimate in minimalist mobile design. An almost Apple-like slab of white plastic, it simply has a keypad, simple display, speaker, microphone, USB port (for charging), storage for up to 9 numbers and an own SIM card slot.

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Sony's Digital Paper Tablet

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Sony is famous for releasing unusual devices in its home Japan, and the DPT-RP1 is one such example-- a 13.3-inch tablet featuring an ePaper display one can write or draw on via included digital pen.

Sony digital paper tabletTechnically a successor to a similar device, the DPT-S1, the DPT-RP1 offers a "non-slip" panel Sony says makes use of the aforementioned digital pen better. It also has a thinner and lighter design that is as thick as a stack of 30 sheets of paper, while the processor is also improved.

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Apple Presents... The iPad

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Apple announces an unnumbered tablet refresh-- the simply named iPad replaces the iPad Air 2 while promising "best in-class performance at its most affordable price ever."

iPad refreshThe iPad features a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina display (one lacking full lamination or anti-reflective coating, curiously enough) and runs on a faster A9 processor. It also includes 32/128GB storage, 8MP rear-facing iSight camera, 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime camera, dual speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack and Touch ID built into the Home button. Wireless connectivity comes via 802.11ac wifi and Bluetooth 4.2.

Being a basic iPad model it lacks iPad Pro features such as the Smart Connector, support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and 4K video recording.

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Samsung Intros Galaxy Tab S3, Book at MWC

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Samsung launches a pair of tablet offerings at Mobile World Congress 2017-- the Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book, with the first designed for media consumption while the other is aimed at professionals.

Samsung Galaxy Book Both tablets feature HDR video support, as well as Samsung Flow biometric authentication and improved S Pen support, together with 13MP rear-/5MP front-facing cameras, expandable storage via microSD card, fast-charging capability and support for Pogo keyboards with no separate charging or pairing required.

The 9.7-inch Tab S3 is an Android Nougat-powered number promising a "cinema-like experience" with a Super AMOLED 2048 x 1536 resolution display and a quad-stereo speaker setup tuned by Harman's AKG. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and includes 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, integrated 4G connectivity and a 6000mAh battery. A next-generation S Pen stylus is included in the package.

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