In the market for a new Android tablet? Here are some devices worth waiting for

July 8, 2013
Nobody wants to be caught red faced when a new and improved version of your recent purchase comes out a week after you bought the thing. So to keep you in the know, we've made a list of upcoming Android tablets that you have to know about if you want to make an educated decision and buy with confidence.

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    Has your Nexus 7 fallen in love with the concrete? Are you looking to replace that old Galaxy Tab? Looking to get in on the wonderful world of Android tablets?

    Making as big a decision as this can become confusing and if you want to make an educated decision on what tablet to buy, you’ll need to know what’s coming up in the next few months and decide whether they are worth waiting for. Otherwise you might just be caught out with the dreaded buyer’s remorse.

    Here are a few Android tablets that’ll be coming out in the next few months that are sure to catch your eye, and perhaps your wallet as well.

    • The Nexus 7 2, the new Nexus 7, Nexus 7 HD, whatever you want to call it. The point is that a refresh of the Nexus 7 is coming, and if rumors are to be believed, we’ll be seeing the refreshed Nexus 7 before the end of July.
    • If Samsung’s yearly refresh strategy is to be believed, then a new Galaxy Note 10.1 should surely be upon us soon. Just when we might see that however, we just don’t know. The Galaxy Note 10.1 was launched in August 2012, for what it’s worth.
    • The new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity will be released in the UK on August 31.
    • The HP Slatebook x2 was given the tagline “100% tablet, 100% notebook, 100% Android”, and it was also given an August release date.
    • The Nexus 10 2 should be released later in the year and could be accompanied by Android 5.0 and the Nexus 5.
    • The Samsung Ativ Q is a hybrid dual OS booting monster of a laptop and tablet combination. Too bad the Android/Windows 8 running device hasn’t received a release date yet, although we’d bank on it being towards the end of the year.
    • The Asus Transformer Book Trio is a detachable dual OS hybrid and should be launched in Q3.

    Looking for an affordable tablet?

    The Nexus 7 was arguably the bargain of the year in 2012, and with a refresh looming you can expect another brilliant tablet. According to the latest rumors, the new Nexus 7 will again be made by Asus, and will feature a Full HD, 7-inch display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

    Impressive specifications, but it would be even more impressive if it can hit the $200 price point of its predecessor. The Nexus 7 2 is expected to be unveiled before the end of the month of July.

    Looking for a productivity tablet?

    We know that those tablets can be productivity killers, what with those darn angry birds just waiting to be flicked. Luckily we don’t judge, and if you are looking to put a little productivity back in your day, you might want to wait for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2.

    Since the Galaxy Note 10.1 2 will be a part of the Note family, it’ll feature the S-Pen, which is sure to translate those rushed finger paintings into masterpieces, since it is a Wacom digitizer capable of sensing 1024 levels of pressure.

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    The Galaxy Note 2, S-Pen and all.

    While we don’t have any specs just yet, expect the tablet to at the very least feature an improved processor, and perhaps an improved screen resolution. No official release date has been announced yet, so you might be in for a bit of a wait.

    Looking for an Android hybrid?

    The new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity docks neatly into a keyboard for an additional battery, a full set of hardware keys and some ports. It should be released in Q3. The HP Slatebook x2 is a similar hybrid tablet with a release date set as sometime in August.

    Both tablets will feature the new Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, and 2GB of RAM, but the Asus has 2560×1600 display matching the one on the Nexus 10.

    Looking for a dual booting, hinge flipping, keyboard mashing hybrid beast?

    The Asus Transformer Book Trio is a detachable dual-OS hybrid capable of running both Android and Windows 8. Pull it out of the dock and it becomes an Android tablet, put it back in and it runs full-fat Windows 8 on a Full HD panel and an Intel Core-i7 chip. Impressive! The Asus Transformer Book Trio is expected to be launched sometime in Q3.

    Samsung ATIV Q

    The Samsung Ativ Q is another dual-OS hybrid with both Android and Windows 8. It has got a crazy hinge which flips and turns to transform from laptop to tablet mode. It’s also running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in a Virtual Machine, meaning it can switch between the two operating systems seamlessly. The star of the show however, is the 3200×1800 display which gives it the title of the highest resolution tablet/laptop ever. No ETA as of yet, but expect it to launch before the year is up.

    Looking for a good ol’ fashion Android tablet powerhouse?

    If productivity and hybrid tablets aren’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that regular Android tablets are still available. If you are looking for a tablet that can run all of the latest games and is light and portable, look no further than the Nexus 10 2.

    The refreshed Nexus 10 should be unveiled later this year, alongside Android 5.0 and the Nexus 5. We don’t have exact specifications available just yet, but you can expect an upgraded processor at the very least.

    Wrap up

    These are exciting times for the world of Android tablets. We’ve got some genuine eye raisers in the list and some weird and wacky tablets as well, but that’s the beauty of Android. Diversity. So whatever it is you are looking for, you can probably find it.

    Which Android tablet will you be going for?

    Comments

    • satsmine2k4

      Best choices available now
      1. Google Nexus 10
      2. Sony xperia Tablet Z
      3. Asus transformer pad Infinity
      4. Google Nexus 7
      5. Samsung galaxy note 10.1…

      • MasterMuffin

        I’d put the Ativ Q at third

        • satsmine2k4

          Oh! I would put that much higher… only if it’s available for purchase NOW….

          • MasterMuffin

            But Transformer Pad Infinity isn’t available yet either. And I’d put it on third place because of price that isn’t for everybody

            • satsmine2k4

              Asus transformer pad infinity is available “http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Transformer+Pad+Infinity+Tablet+with+32GB+Memory/5717344.p?id=1218686513247&skuId=5717344&st=transformer%20pad%20infinity&cp=1&lp=1#tab=overview”

            • MasterMuffin

              I forgot that the older one had the same name as the new one :) http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/03/asus-transformer-pad-infinity/

      • Joshua Hill

        7 > 10 despite the weird maths :p

    • Marcellus111

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Kindle Fire refresh either. Especially with the recent price drop, and depending on an individual’s intended use of the tablet, even the current gen Kindle Fire HD is one of the best affordable tablets.

      • klp

        but runs a forked android version, so its not as good

    • Fievel

      Give me a Nexus 10 clearance sale or the sequel model please!

    • brian robinson

      and the wiki pad

    • Note 8 New Owner

      Note 8 is GREAT!

    • the hangman

      Any body know ANY thing about the Vizio 10″ Android tablet with the Tegra 4 processor, they showed of waaaaayyy back in January??

    • Paul K Deuster

      Is the new version of the Nexus 10 already officialy announced?

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