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Lilbits 6-03-2020: Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 is here, TrueNAS embraces Linux, and more

Right on schedule, Amazon has flipped the switch from “pre-order” to “buy now” for the new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet. The starting price for this year’s model is $10 higher, but what you get for that money is a faster tablet with speedier WiFi, more RAM, more storage, a USB-C port, and a more […]

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Five little laptops (GPD P2 Max, One Mix 3 Yoga, One Mix 1S Yoga, Chuwi MiniBook & Acer Swift 7)

There’s been a bumper crop of mini laptops this year and right now I have a bunch of little laptops sitting on my desk with screen sizes ranging from 7 to 8.9 inches. The heaviest weighs about 1.5 pounds, while the lightest is 1.2 pounds and is literally small enough to slide into my pants […]

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Samsung Galaxy View2, Tab S5e, and Tab A10 are now available

Three new Samsung tablets go on sale today, including two previously-announced models, and another that was kind-of-quietly-teased. The 10.5 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is now available for $400 and up, while the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is priced at $240 and up. Meanwhile, the 17.3 inch Galaxy View2 is available from Samsung for $740 […]

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8K OLED tablet displays are now a real thing

The 264ppi True Tone displays on this year’s iPad Pro are really, really good. There’s always room for improvement, though. Semiconductor Energy Laboratory thinks there’s enough room for another 27 million or so pixels. SEL has just unveiled the industry’s first tablet-sized 8K OLED displays. They’re bringing two different models to market, measuring 8.3 and […]

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Your Slightly Bent, Brand New iPad Pro Is Perfectly Fine According To Apple

A factory-fresh 2018 edition iPad Pro can cost you anywhere between $799 and $1899. These are premium devices, and people who spend that kind of cash on a tablet expect it to come out of the package in mint condition. When consumers think about Apple words like luxury, exclusive, innovative, and sleek come to mind. […]

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IDC: Tablet shipments are down, Apple continues to trounce the competition

Tablet shipments in the second quarter of 2018 were down about 13.5 percent from the same period a year earlier according to a new report from research firm IDC. But that doesn’t necessarily spell doom for the tablet market. IDC predicts that we could see growth in the 2-in-1 space as more Windows, Chrome OS, […]

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Google’s Android website doesn’t mention tablets anymore (Update: Now it does)

Android’s long and complicated history with tablets has taken a new, if small, turn: Google has removed the tablet section from the Android.com website. Yesterday visiting android.com/tablets/ would take you to a page showing a handful of tablets powered by the operating system, some tips for using android on a tablet, and some apps and […]

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Amazon Brings Alexa Calling To Android and iOS Devices

Drop In effectively turned Amazon’s Echo Show into a slick (if not somewhat creepy) video intercom. Echo and Echo Dot owners could get in on the action, too… at least the voice and instant message part of the equation. Now, Amazon has expanded its calling and messaging reach to Android and iOS device owners. The […]

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Huawei unveils MediaPad M5 tablets with Kirin 960 chips, 8.4 or 10.8 inch displays

While it often seems like tablet makers are in a race to the bottom these days, Huawei isn’t willing to cede the high-end Android tablet space to Samsung. The Chinese device maker has unveiled three new Android tablets at Mobile World Congress: the Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4), the Huawei MediaPad M5 (10.8), and the Huawei MediaPad M5 10 […]