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Samsung introduced a semi-rugged Galaxy S4 Active water, dust, and scuff-resistant smartphone last year. Now the company is updating the Active lineup with a new Samsung Galaxy S5 Active.
While Samsung has yet to officially announce the device, details have been leaking for weeks… and now a series of hands-on videos have emerged, telling us just about all there is to know about the new phones.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Active sporty smartphone gets caught on video
Samsung’s upcoming “Active” smartphone reportedly has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, a 16MP camera, and a somewhat rugged device for folks who are tough on phones. [Engadget]
- CoolPad’s latest products include a smartwatch, Android TV box, and 7 inch, full HD tablet
Chinese device maker CoolPad has a new 7 inch tablet with a 2GHz octa-core CPU and a full HD screen, a TV box with an Allwinner A20 processor, and a smartwatch with a 1.25 inch display. [GizChina]
- Android-x86 4.4 RC2 released… somewhat more stable build of KitKat for notebooks, other x86 PCs
The Android-x86 project is an unofficial effort to port Google’s phone-and-tablet operating system to run on notebooks, netbooks, and other devices with x86 chips. The latest release candidate includes 5-point touchscreen calibration, an updated kernel, better sensor support, and improved suspend and resume functions, among other things. [Android-x86]
- Next-gen Toshiba Encore 8 tablet? The Toshiba WT8-B hits the FCC
The Toshiba Encore 8 WT8-A is a Windows tablet with an 8 inch screen and an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor. Odds are that’s exactly what the WT8-B is too… but it could have a different Bay Trail CPU or other changes. [FCC]
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3 now available for pre-order for $799 and up
As promised, Microsoft’s new 12 inch tablet is up for pre-order for prices ranging from $799 for a Core i3 model with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM to $1949 for a Core i7 model with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. [Microsoft Store]