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Lenovo has unveiled not one but FOUR new tablets that are all aimed at those on a tight budget, which is great news for cash-strapped consumers who desperately want a tablet device but just couldn't justify (or even pay for) an iPad.

The four new devices unfortunately don't have names as appealing as Lenovo's Yoga just yet, the A7-30, the A7-50, the A8 and the A10 slates are all expanding on the Chinese company's A-series range and run on Android OS - but there are no official details on which version at the moment.

The A7-30 and A7-50 both have a 7" display, the A8 has an 8" and the A10 has a 10". All of them have quad-core processors and Dolby front speakers. The A7-30 is the only one with a standard display and no camera, but the rest have a HD display and cameras on the front and the back.

From Lenovo's official release it's clear the smaller A7-30 is for those who are looking for a super compact device who want decent sound quality, the A10 is for watching movies and TV shows and its bold colour range suggests the A8 is aimed at a slightly younger consumer.

Lenovo VP and head of the company's mobile business unit, Shao Tao, says the new "tablet family is designed to meet the demands of today's young, active users who are always on the go, and have lifestyle requirements that are as diverse as their own personalities."

The tablets are set to be released at some point in the second quarter of 2014 (we'll keep you posted about exact dates) and for now the prices range from £99.99 for the A7-50 to £169.99 for the A10-70.

cheapest-android-tablet-big.jpgYes it won't be anywhere near as good as an iPad, yes it looks a bit lame and plastic-y, yes it says "refurbished" on the side, but that doesn't mean that at under £20 the UK's cheapest Android tablet isn't more than capable of getting you on the internet and allowing you to play some of your favourite games on-the-move.

The 7" Scroll from Storage Options is running on Android 4.0, has an 800 X 480 resolution capacitive screen and 4GB of memory. This means it's a great option for those on a budget who want a simple tablet to carry around and browse the internet with. It's also ideal for those with kids who are pestering them for a tablet but are reluctant to invest too much in something that'll either be buried in the garden or thrown from a great height within 24 hours.

Although the product is refurbished, it's guaranteed to have been repaired and cleaned to a standard and does come with a three month warranty to cover your back.

Only a select few of the Scrolls are available from Aria for £19.98, so move fast!

So far we've been focusing on the newest wearable devices and smartwatches from the big names at Mobile World Congress, but let's not forget about the stars of the show: the mobile phones.

Here's our rundown of the best smartphones and tablets that have been unveiled this week:


Huawei wants you to be better at taking selfies
The Ascend G6 is a 4.5" phone with a 960X540 pixel resolution, a 1.2GHZ processor and, oh yeah, a front-facing 5 MP camera built to totally make your selfies look better.

The handset is due to launch here in the UK at some point during April and although there's no word on exact pricing details just yet, we expect it'd have to be a lower-end smartphone given it's geared up to a young, selfie-loving audience.

Sony launches the camera king of all Xperias
The Xperia Z2 is Sony's latest version of its flagship phone and packs a 20.7 MP camera complete with new image sensing technology and 4K video capturing capabilities, which basically means all of your photos and videos will look awesome.

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Samsung launches its latest flagship Galaxy handset
The Galaxy S5 has landed and although there's no big headline feature to shout about, it's packing all kinds of interesting bits and pieces, like a finger print scanner, heart rate monitor, advanced camera tools, a water and dust resistant exterior and the clever ability to make downloads faster by combining regular signal coverage with Wi-Fi power. Its release date is set for the 11th of April.

Nokia announces a wave of Android smartphones just called X
Shortly after being sold to Microsoft, Nokia has announced the launch of a range of Android smartphones, being referred to collectively as Nokia X. The devices may be running on Android but have some Microsoft services, like Skype and OneDrive.


Sony unveils a flashy, show-off tablet
Sony has a lot to shout about when it comes to its latest tablet, the Z2. Not only is it the slimmest device on the market at 6.4mm, but it's also the only waterproof one. Not content with these impressive feats, Sony also claims its tablet is the world's most powerful as well, as its packing a Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.3GHZ quad-core Krait CPU and an Adreno 330GPU.


Huawei shows off its tablet phone hybrid
Although the term 'phablet' is becoming overused and a little annoying, the Huawei MediaPad X1 is, undoubtedly, a phablet.

The Android device is being officially labelled a smartphone, but with a huge 7" screen and a SIM card slot we can't be so sure it knows what it wants to be. The X1 also boasts a full HD display, a beautiful edge-to-edge screen, a 1.6GHZ quadcore processor, a 13 MP camera and an interesting metal body. No details on cost or availability from Huawei just yet.

LG unveils the G Pro 2
MWC has been packed full of smartphone giants (or is that tablet dwarves?), but the LG G Pro 2 is a great-looking device that at 5.9" could just be on the right side of stupidly big. Many have already commented that the plastic exterior makes the device feel a little bit too, well, plastic, despite the fact the price is likely to be high when further details are revealed later in the year.


Lenovo reveals another super bendy Yoga tablet
Lenovo unveiled the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ at MWC this year, the latest version of its flexible tablet laptop hybrid but this time with a full HD screen.

HTC launches a mid-range flagship device
The HTC Desire 816 comes equipped with some impressive specs for what has been officially called the company's mid-range flagship device, such as a 5.5" screen, a 1.6GHZ quad-core Snapdragon processor and 1.5GB of RAM.


Mozilla will make smartphones cheaper than ever for the developing world
Mozilla's Firefox OS is planning on leaving the developed markets to Android and iOS after announcing a partnership with Chinese chip company Speadtrum Communications, which means smartphones as cheap as £15 could be available to those in the developing world. A number of phone manufacturers, like Indonesia-based Polytron, ZTE and Huawei, have already started developing products.

Could the Breezie tablet get your Gran online?

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Whereas we live and breath the internet - it can be easy to forget whilst we're instagraming our latest meal that not everyone lives online. In fact, according to the Office of National Statistics, more than 6.1 million adults over the age of 55 have never used the internet before - with over three million of that group over the age of 75. And whilst we hear about new tablets every day, there's an intriguing new device known as Breezie which is aimed directly at the digitally disenfranchised.


The idea is pretty simple: rather than leave Gran to sit bewildered looking at the new tablet, to offload the difficult stuff to a helpful family member. The device is ostensibly a 10" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 - but the difference is in the software.

As a nominated tech-savvy friend or relative, you can login remotely (from wherever you are in the world) to the Breezie "Hub", and add or remove apps, update the address book and further customise the experience - rather than have to talk elderly relatives through how to do it over the phone. Brilliant.

Breezie have also customised the design of the software to make it more straightforward - stripping out unnecessary features and jargon to make it as easy as possible to use. Within the owner's Breezie account (that the trusted relative can control), the owner can hook it up to Facebook and Skype - to make sure that Gran can stay in touch.

It certainly sounds like a smart solution to the digital divide but we're forced to wonder: though it's great that the interface will be simplified for older users, will this experience translate well to other apps? The tablet still relies on the likes of Facebook and Amazon's Kindle App... so won't some tasks be just as complicated as ever? Still, we applaud the efforts to reach out to the older generation - it could be a great introductory device for them.

The Breezie is available now for £329 - which is £80 more than the cost of a standard Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (at £249) - though the price includes the first year's service fee for access to the Breezie Hub (which costs a fiver a month after).

ipad-mini-retina-iphone-5s-2.jpgIf you are after an iPad Mini 2 with that glorious Retina screen Three may be quite a good bet. The network has quoted the following prices. The iPad mini with Retina screen will be on sale from the network by Friday.

£129 and £25 a month, 15GB data 24 months
£79 and £29 a month, 15GB data 24 months
£419 upfront cost on a one-month rolling contract that is available with either 1GB of data for £7.50 a month or 10GB data for £15 a month.

£199 and £25 a month, 15GB data 24 months
£149 and £29 a month, 15GB data 24 months
£499 upfront cost on a one-month rolling contract that is available with either 1GB of data for £7.50 a month or 10GB data for £15 a month.

£269 and £25 a month, 15GB data 24 months
£219 and £29 a month, 15GB data 24 months
£579 on a one-month rolling contract that is available with either 1GB of data for £7.50 a month or 10GB data for £15 a month.

We are still waiting to see how the other networks respond. The cheapest price for the iPad mini Retina on the Apple store is £319 for the 16 Gigabyte version.

Medion-lifetab-E7312_03_horiz_ASDA.1.jpgIn the market for a cheap-ish Android tablet? Well now you have another model to add to your list. German maker Medion has just launched a £77 7" Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet - the MEDION LIFETAB E7310 - which is going on sale at Asda.

Specs are pretty much what you'd expect, solid but rather basic, It weighs 305g, is equipped with a dual-core processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and front and rear facing cameras. ring outstanding value for money.

Screen-wise the model has a multitouch display with 1024 x 600 pixels. Inside is features an ARM Cortex A9 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 8GB internal memory (which can be expanded by up to 64 GB using a microSD, microSDHC or microSDXC memory card) and a USB 2.0 connection

It features 2 MP camera on the rear and a 0.3 MP front camera.and comes with a range of apps built in including 'Documents to Go' and the creative application 'Drawing Pad'

BUKCase iPad 4 review

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BlueiPadOriginalOpen_large.jpgIf you're a fan of Dragon's Den, then you may remember a certain product called the 'BUKCase', a bespoke tablet case, designed and built in the United Kingdom! And I've been lucky enough to get my hands on one for my beloved Apple iPad 4.


The case has been created to specifically replicate an old-fashioned book, undisguisable if you were to hide it away on an ordinary book shelf. And I literally mean that - it can actually confuse people! I've been using my iPad in the case, and people have come up to me and asked, "what book are you reading there, kind sir?" - I'm not at all lying. Trust me on that. But in all fairness, it does add a lot of quirkiness to the concept of protecting your tablet PC.

But before I actually talk more about the case in terms of its overall appearance and the materials used that make it so luxurious to own, I have to commend the team behind the packaging, because the feeling of quality is right there before you actually have the case in your hand. I was especially impressed with the cute pamphlets that you also get.

The case itself is made from high-quality leather, built in the same way that you would manufacture a book. However, as a nice as it might feel, not everyone is going to agree with the fact that it adds a lot of bulk to the tablet. For me, this isn't a huge problem, but there are quite a lot of fussy people out there, if you know what I mean. But more on a positive note, it's also great to see the added extra of the smart cover function. I found it very useful.


In all honesty, the BUKCase isn't complicated at all to get the tablet into, but I wasn't really a fan of the fact that you need to use four fiddly pieces of plastic to keep the tablet in place. I'm not really sure if there's any other ways around this, but it's something I find annoying.

Again, trying to be as positive as I can here, I think it's great that you get a piece of elastic to firmly close the case. It's something that adds a bit of character when you're using the case.


The BUKCase speaks for quirky and creative people alike, offering up a great overall package for the price that you pay for it. Not only does it look and feel good, but it's actually a very practical idea that just goes to show how quirkiness deserves merit. I really do like it.

£40 from here.

Review by Nicholas Fearn of GadgetXpert

Review - Archos 101 Platinum Android tablet

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archos-101-platinum-android-tablet.jpgType: Android Jelly Bean tablet PC

Price as reviewed: £199

At the end of the day, not everyone has a wallet beefed up enough to be able to purchase a tablet such as an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, however there are plenty of other options out there that are, well almost as impressive - and the Archos 101 Platinum is one of them - a budget Android tablet built to impress those looking for a tablet that's both decent and affordable.


The 101 Platinum is very similar to some of Archos's other tablets that we've seen announced over the last few months, sporting the typical boxy, square-like design. While some people do prefer to have tablets with rounded edges so that they can hold them in comfort, the 101 Platinum feels extremely good to hold in the hand - partly due to the fact that it has been created out of solid plastic and aluminium. And this is shocking, because it only costs £199.

So where's the trade off? Well this isn't the thinnest tablet on the market though at 10mm, neither is it the lightest at 636g. However looking around the 101 Platinum, you'll notice the usual techie bits'n'bobs. At the top of the tablet, you get nothing, with the left side housing the power key that also doubles up as the lock button, the volume rocker, a micro SD card slot, along with two connectivity ports, the charger port - which is annoyingly made for Archos's own tablet charger - and the 3.5mm jack for things audio related.

The front is dominated by a rather large 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, offering up a 1280x800 resolution that's capable of providing some sharp tones and bold colours. Again though it's far from the best out there and is certainly no match for the iPad's Retina display.

Powered by a quad-core processor clocked at a promising 1.6GHz, the tablet is capable of carrying out perpetual tasks on a regular basis, proving to be one of fastest budget tablets that you can currently find on the market. Also, you get 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage - and while this can be expanded via the micro SD card slot, it's just not a good enough to see only one memory option.

Interface, apps

Price is probably the reason why Archos has decided to keep the overall Android Jelly Bean operating system at a more stock experience. Although one could easily argue that it would've been nice to have seen some sort of personalisation attempt from Archos, helping them differentiate from the constantly growing competition out there.

Being a typical Android device, you get access to all of Google's services such as Gmail, YouTube and Maps, with the ability to download a lot more from the Play Store - the place where you'll be able to find apps and games. It's also worth commenting on the fact that the tablet's stock browser is great to use.

Media playback and gaming

Archos has always been known for its excellent entertainment devices, although sadly, the 101 Platinum isn't exactly the best tablet for solely watching videos and listening to music on - video and sound quality are acceptable rather than inspired.

Camera performance

You get a 2- megapixel rear-camera, along with a front-facing for video calling, as well as HD video recording. Sadly this is one of the worst cameras I have seen on a tablet. Colours just lack clarity and colour.

Battery life

The 101 Platinum features a rather decent battery that's capable of getting you through a full day - maybe not as impressive as rival, pricier tablets - but it's still impressive, nevertheless.


If you are in the market for a 10inch tablet the 101 Platinum is well worth considering. While the camera and sound quality are not the best, you're still getting an impressive package for just £199! The tablet's metal casing and impressive display - not to mention the fast processor - give it the edge over many of its budget rivals.

Rating: 4/5.

Review by Nicholas Fearn of GadgetXpert


The cheapest 10" tablets available in the UK

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On a limited budget but want a tablet? Why settle for a 7" tablet when - if you're prepared to look beyond the big brands - there are some ten-inchers that could fill the the tablet-shaped hole in your life. Here's some of the cheapest.

Finally, the other alternative is to go the other way entirely and splash out on an iPad Mini. A 7.9New Apple iPad launches in a couple of weeks! Well that's what big US blog AllthingsD is claiming. It says that its sources say Apple will deliver the fifth generation iPad and the second gen iPad mini - with a possible side of other new products ((Mac pro?) on October 22nd.

AllThingsD has had a good track record at predicting Apple launch event days and were bang on with the September 10th date for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

If you are expecting some huge new technological advance from the new iPad think again. The 5th gen iPad is likely to be thinner and lighter and look a little more like the iPad mini. Meanwhile the mini will most likely sport a retina display. Anything else would be a major surprise. It is interesting too that very little has recently been heard of the iWatch.

There have been rumours recently that the display has caused Apple issues and that it won't have enough of the iPad mini 2 this side of Christmas. If this isn't rubbish then maybe we will see the new iPad mini 2 in limited quantities for a few months. Apple is highly unlikely to unveil a iPad mini 2 without a Retina display.

Looking for a tablet but not entirely sure that you need one? Aren't a phone and laptop good enough? Then why not go for a budget tablet rather than splash £400 on an iPad. Here's a selection of tablets that you can pick up for between £100 and £200.

iPadmini-reuters.jpgThere are lots of rumours buzzing around about when Apple will unveil its next generation of iPads. We do know that Apple has an event booked for October 15th and there is a strong likelihood that we will see a new 10inch iPad. It is likely to be thinner and lighter that its predecessors, but beyond that any other upgrades are at the moment a complete mystery.

A great deal has then been pinned on the Apple iPad mini 2 which rumour has it will feature a Retina display.

However Reuters is reporting that delays on display manufacturing in China has crippled production of the new mini. They believe that it is very unlikely to be on sale in any large numbers this side of Christmas.

That isn't to say that it won't be unveiled on October 15th, but then again does it make sense for Apple to parade a product that won't be available in any numbers for months?

It might even be that Apple will unveil the iPad mini2 without a Retina display.

We'll have to wait and see on that one.

Archos Titanium 80 £110 tablet review

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Name: Archos 80 Titanium
Type: Android Jelly Bean tablet PC
Price as reviewed: £110

Tablets are constantly getting better, yet they're also getting cheaper - the 80 Titanium from Archos is another tablet sporting a reasonable price, but is it good enough to take on the likes of the Apple iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7?


It's clear from the moment that you look at this tablet, that Archos has sought inspiration from the iPad Mini, as it sports the same curved design and sexy edges - something that's not usually the case for a budget Android tablet.

This isn't the thinnest tablet out there, measuring in at 200 mm x 154 mm x 9.9 mm and weighing 440g, but it's certainly not the heaviest either. The good thing about the 80 Titanium has to be that it's made out of metal, as it adds a bit of class to it, unlike most budget Android tablets these days - and while it is slippery as a result of the material used, it still feels great to hold in the hand. In fact I didn't really have any problems when using the tablet to watch movies and access the internet.

Looking around the tablet, you'll notice an array of different buttons and cut-outs. These include a micro USB port, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a mini HDMI output that are all situated on the top of the tablet, along with two screws, a fiddly power button made from plastic. There is also the tablet's very own proprietary charging port - that may put some people off, as you'll always need the chunky charger at hand if the battery were to drain. Along the left side of the Titanium, you get the volume rocker and home button - not something that you'd normally see on the side of a tablet, but it does the job fine.

On the display front, you get an 8- inch unit that offers up a 1024x768 resolution, making use of IPS technology. Colours aren't the sharpest out there, but I didn't have a huge issue when using the tablet to view a few images found on the internet. Also, the viewing angles aren't exactly the worst, but don't expect anything killer, because this is a budget offering.

Powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and backed by 1GB of RAM, along with a quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4, the Archos 80 Titanium certainly isn't the slowest tablet of all time - but you may want to remember that the Nexus 7 actually has a quad-core processor. I personally had no problems with it when trying to get a new high store on Temple Run 2. It's also worth mentioning that the tablet can only be found in an 8GB version, as the 16GB variant is pretty hard to get hold of - but still, you can make use of the SD card slot.


Interface, apps

Probably because of price Archos has decided to stick with the stock Android Jelly Bean experience - which is good to see, because most Android manufacturers decide to implement their own user interface upon their products. Speaking of interface, you can have up to five homescreens, letting you add app shortcuts and widgets to it - I always find this a lot of fun! Something that iOS doesn't let you do.

As for what apps that come with the 80 Titanium, you get all of Google's services (such as Gmail, Google+, YouTube and Maps), including some that Archos has added. If you want to download more, then you're going to need to access the Google Play Store, where you'll be able to find a range of different games and apps - you can also download books, magazines, music and even movies, as well! And it's constantly growing. The stock internet browser is also impressive, but you can download Chrome should you prefer that.

Media playback and gaming

Archos is a company that has always been known for its ability to produce high-quality entertainment devices, and the 80 Titanium aces this section from experience.
Built into the tablet, you get Archos's own video app, allowing you to play back AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, MKV, FLV files with H.264 HD and MPEG-42 HD codecs - the quality is impressive, I will say. Plus the player pulls video info from sites like IMDB.

The sound quality isn't the best, sadly, as the speaker is pointed away from the user's face, which doesn't really make much sense in my opinion. Music played sounds very chalky.

When using the tablet for entertainment purposes, I found playing games rather enjoyable, although it might slow down when trying access more demanding titles - Angry Birds on the other hand is a perfect example of something that'll work fine on the 80 Titanium.


Camera performance

People generally don't tend to use their tablets for primary photography, but you do get a rear-facing 2MP snapper that will allow you to take basic shots, take into account that the quality is terrible - yes, terrible! I would never suggest using this as a camera! Colours look totally washed out, and the resolution is very low, with very little detail whatsoever.

Videos aren't any better either, with the exact same lack of colour and detail. In technical terms, video clips are captured at a resolution of 640x480, at 9 frames per second.

Battery life

When testing the tablet, I noticed that constantly viewing HD videos would leave four hours and ten minutes worth of battery life left, with the display's brightness turned all the way up. But turning the brightness down left the tablet with a bit more battery life - roughly around 6 hours. Overall, the battery life is OK, but you don't get the 10 hours that the Nexus 7 offers - so think carefully if you are interested in the Titanium.


Personally, I really do like the 80 Titanium, mainly because of its attractive design and excellent build quality for the price - but it does have some major flaws that could send you looking for an alternative. In the long run, it's OK, but it's nothing worth screaming "hallelujah" over. Incidentally it is worth comparing this with the Tesco Hudl which is also made by Archos.

Rating: 3/5.

Review by Nicholas Fearn of GadgetXpert

5 alternatives to the Tesco Hudl

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So Tesco have announced that they're getting into the tablet game with the announcement of the Hudl tablet. Running Android Jellybean 4.2.2, has a 7" 1440x900 screen, and will only set you back £119. Presumably they can afford to be so competitive because the point of the tablet is to point you into the direction Tesco's built-in money-spinners, like the Blinkbox on-demand film service.

Personally, I'm looking forward to the inevitable Hudl Extra, which will be the size of an aircraft hanger, and Hudl Metro, which will be tiny but found seemingly every 300m in South London.

But what if you don't want to, well, Hudl? What if you want to go your own way? There's plenty of choice out there, and here are five of the most interesting alternatives.

Tesco launches £119 7inch Hudl tablet

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Fancy a really cheap tablet? Well pop down to your local supermarket then for Tesco is offering a new 7inch tablet named the Hudl, and it will retails for between £100-119 depending on how loyal a Tesco customer you are.

Specs-wise it is pretty much what you'd expect. It runs the Android Jellybean 4.2.2 operating system, packs a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, had 16GB of memory and battery life if up to nine hours.

The screen is 7inch - a fairly unusual size with a resolution of 1440 x 900 HD

As you'd expect Tesco has already pre-loaded the tablet with access to its goodies which include blinkbox movies and TV, music, Clubcard TV (which offers free films and TV programmes exclusively for Clubcard holders), banking and its shopping services.

It comes in four colours, will be available from 30 September and will retail at £119 the tablet will also be available on Clubcard Boost for just £100.

It nearest rival is the Amazon Kindle Fire which has similarly sized screen (which is lower res), a slower processor and half the storage of the Hudl.

Tesco Chief Executive, Philip Clarke, comments, "Hudl is a colourful, accessible tablet for the whole family to enjoy. The first stage in our tablet offering, it's convenient, integrated and easy to use with no compromise on spec. Customers are quite rightly very discerning about the technology they buy so we knew we had to be competitive on all fronts."

nokia-sirius1.jpgThere have been lot so rumours recently about a forthcoming Nokia tablet - nicknamed the Sirius - and now we have spec sheet to look at. Ubergizmo got its hand on this information which seems to concur with a lot of what has already been written about the device. The sheet confirms the Bluetooth certification of the device which has the model number of RM-114.

It will sport a 10.1 inch screen, a Snapdragon 800 processor at its heart and obviously run a Windows operating system.

Other expected specs include a micro HDMI connector and a micro USB port, compatibility with LTE 4G networks, and a decent battery life of around ten hours. It may also have a 6.7 megapixel camera and a case that doubles as a keyboard.

A previous leak showed the device in red which suggests it will be available in the US via Verizon. There's no clues as to who might take it in the UK though.


Toshiba Encore (2).jpgThere are plenty of new tablets at IFA and among them is this newbie from Toshiba. The Encore tablet runs Windows 8.1and sports a you, guessed it, eight inch screen and Tosh says it is designed for consumers who want a tablet that they can both work and play on.

It features a full version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 inside and comes with seven GB of free online SkyDrive storage which means files can be stored in the cloud for fast access and synchronisation with other Windows devices. There's also an optional Bluetooth® keyboard.

It comes with lots of entertainment style apps on board too including, not surprisingly,the Microsoft Xbox app which also includes free music streaming for 90 days unlimited with access to 30 million songs as well as a selection of free Xbox games.

The tablet is also optimised for Skype and sports advanced camera features and dual beam-forming microphones with noise reduction which Tosh claims gives greater sound clarity during calls.

Other features include an 8.0MP rear camera and 2.0MP front camera,micro-USB for transferring data, micro-HDMI® for connection to larger screens and a microSD slot can also be used to expand storage or share content with other devices.

It goes on sale in Q4.

Panasonic-40inch-tablet-main.jpgAt CES in January Panasonic unveiled a 20inch 4k tablet. At IFA it looks like it will return with an upgrade on the concept with a thinner and lighter screen. It will apparently still have plenty of features including a 1.5GHz Intel i5 processor, Nvidia GPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. And like its predecessor it will run Windows 8.

The original 20inch tablet was billed by Panasonic as a paper replacer and was aimed largely at the professional/business market. However it was quite possibly too heavy to kill off the pen (putting it mildly), hence the lighter version this time round.

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ARCHOS-childpad.pngARCHOS, which these days bills itself as a pioneer in Android devices, has just announced its product road map for the rest of the year. It has lined up a series of gadgets all of which will make their public debut at IFA next week.

They include Android-based smartphones, the Platinum range of high-end tablets, bespoke tablets for children and gamers and the odd 3G tablet.

Kicking off with the mobiles then all the brand's new handsets will feature pure un-skinned Android OS and Google Certification. Top of the range is the ARCHOS 50 Oxygen which features a full HD IPS screen, Quad-Core CPU at 1.5 GHz, 16GB storage, Android 4.2 and 13MP back camera and a 5 MP front camera.

Slightly cheaper is the Titanium range, which kicks off at £99 for a 4 inch device, and will feature Dual-Core CPUs, Bluetooth, GPS, Dual SIM card slots, Android 4.2, 5MP back cameras and 0.3 MP front cameras.

As for the tablets ARCHOS is introducing the Platinum range, which boast a smattering high-end features including Quad-Core processors, sleek Aluminum designs, wireless display technology and IPS screens up to 2048 x 1536 running Android 4.2.

There is also the Gen11 tablet, the ARCHOS 101xs2, which is powered by a quad-core processor with HD IPS screen and also features front-facing dual stereo speakers and ARCHOS' magnetic keyboard functionality.

As for the dedicated tablets the new ARCHOS ChildPad range features a user interface designed for kids, including Google Playstore access which is especially filtered for children and incorporates full parental controls. The device will run Android 4.2.

Also coming is a tablet aimed at gamers - the ARCHOS GamePad 2. ARCHOS isn't saying a great deal about this for now other than it claims it will be the ideal mix between a gaming console and an Android tablet.

The company also has a range of connected tablets that are 3G compatible.

The ARCHOS Xenon Range of 3 tablets will all feature HD screens, up to Quad-Core CPUs, and will run Android 4.2 offering 3G connected devices cheaper than Apple or Samsung Wi-Fi tablets.

google-nexus7.pngSome big-ish news from Google today which today brings the Nexus 7 tablet to the UK while at the same time announcing a price cut on its, Nexus 4 handset.

The tablet comes in two flavours - a 16GB model will set you back £199, while the 32GB model is a still very competitive £239. There's no delivery charge either.

As for specs it sports a 7.02-inch 1920 x 1200 HD IPS display with 323ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass on the front. Inside its has a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, and it comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean pre-installed.

There is also a 5-megapixel camera is on the rear and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front. NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are all present and correct and its has a abtey life of around nine hours.

As for the Nexus 4 smartphone it is now down to £159 for the 8GB model and £199 for the 16GB model.

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