Apple has been an indisputable king as far as the tablet market is concerned. However, sales of tablets have slowed down for the first time since the first iPad went on sale in 2010.
Instead of finding an alternative product category, Apple, as usual, will introduce the successor to the iPad Air later in the year.
There have been enough talks around the coming of sixth-generation tablet device. The name is likely to be the iPad Air 2, and the tech giant will be looking to continue its domination in the high-end tablet market.
Today, the alleged pictures of the iPad Air 2 have been spotted online. The latest leaked pictures were first spotted on Japanese site ASCII Plus and appear to show a dummy iPad Air 2 unit alongside the iPad Air.
The leaked shots clearly suggest the new tablet model will be slightly thinner than the current gen iPad Air. The current generation iPad Air is only 7.5mm thick, so that would make the next generation tablet roughly around 6.5mm.
Notably, the iPad Air 2 would come with the TouchID finger print scanner, with a metal ring surrounding the home button below the display. Additionally, the speaker grills on the base of the tablet are fewer.
Going by the images, Apple may do away with the side switch that sits above the volume rocker button on the iPad Air. Moreover, the position of the camera has also been slightly changed.
There's very little information available about the iPad Air 2, but that doesn't mean we can't guess at when the new model is coming. If reports are to be believed, the so-called "iPad Air 2", is expected to go official between October and November.
Although this is just another mock-up rather than a full fledged iPad Air 2, therefore, one shouldn't be 100% confident of these devices. Meanwhile, GizBot has prepared a list of top 5 tablets that can give tough competition to the Apple iPad Air 2. Happy weekend!
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 features a 2560×1600 Super AMOLED display, an octa-core Exynos 5420 processor clocked at 1.9GHz, 3GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 16GB of on-board storage , a microSD slot, a fingerprint sensor, NFC, IR Blaster, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE Wi-Fi Direct connectivity, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung's Magazine UX. The 10.5-inch tablet sports a 7,900mAh battery. This large screen tablet is priced at Rs. 44,700.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z2
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 has a 10.1-inch Full HD display , featuring Triluminos screen technology alongside the company's new "Live Colour LED" technology, which it claims makes colours appear natural and vibrant. On the software front, the tablet runs on the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat version with Sony's customized UI layer on top.
Under the hood is a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory, which can be further expanded via a microSD card slot. On the imaging front, the tablet features an 8.1MP rear-facing camera with an Exmor RS sensor. The slate also has a 2.2MP front-facing camera for video calls. There's a 6,000mAh lithium polymer battery can deliver 10 hours of multimedia playback without a single recharge.
The premium tablet measures just 6.4mm thick, and more than a millimeter thinner than the Apple iPad Air. The slate weighs in at 426 grams, making it a bit lighter than the iPad Air (469 grams). For beginners, it is IP55 and IP58 certified, meaning the tablet water proof and dust resistant. Asking price - Rs. 49,990
New rumors hitting the internet suggest that HTC could announce a high-end tablet, dubbed the Volantis. According to the serial leaker @evleaks, the upcoming HTC-made tablet will feature a silver aluminum unibody chassis, coupled with expansive hardware. The tablet in question might come stuffed with a killer 5GB of RAM, although this isn't confirmed. Reportedly, the slate could feature an 8.9-inch display (2,560 x 1,600), a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and 64GB of on-board storage. The slate is expected to have an 8MP /5MP rear-facing camera. There is a possibility to see a Snapdragon 810 chipset goes under the hood.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Microsoft introduced its new tablet, the Surface Pro 3, earlier in the year. The large screen version of one of its Surface tablet is powered by Intel-based processor. The much improved Surface Pro 3 measures 12-inch diagonally, when compared to the 10.6-inch featuring Surface 2. The tablet has thin bezels with a silver and black design.
On the spec front, Surface Pro 3 features a 12-inch FHD screen (2,160 x 1,440), 4GB of RAM, Intel Core i3 processor, Windows 8.1, a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader and Mini Display Port allow for quick file transfers and easy connections to a range of peripherals. Furthermore, the company has introduced a new premium Surface Pen with pressure sensitivity enables a more natural writing experience.
Google Project Tango
At this year's Google IO 2014, the software giant introduced Project Tango, a tablet featuring specialized cameras for tracking 3-D motion. The 7-inch tablet comes with an immersive experience around gaming. It is expected to be powered by NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and has 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, Wi-Fi, BTLE and 4G LTE. And it will support some of the most recent features in the mobile market, like OpenGL 4.4. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat OS.