Upcoming Tablets for 2014, 2015

Top Tablets Arriving in 2014 - Building anticipation for the future of tablet-based work and entertainment

Not Just For Business Stereotypes and Upper Management

Unless you’ve been living under a large rock or a brick (for example the old-school M3288 Motorola monstrosity) for the past five or so years, you’ll be acutely aware of the rise tablet usage amongst the general public. No longer restricted to high-flying businessmen spouting utterly meaningless management speak, tablets are becoming an increasingly affordable means of media storage/playback, on-the-go internetting, mobile communication of all kinds, and getting your work done in any location you can think possible. As technology improves, giants like Apple, Samsung, and even the up-and-coming Asus are offering better processor speeds, larger screens with increasingly higher resolutions, and more connectivity and portability than ever before, so are you happy with the current tablet that you have? The chances are that you probably aren’t, not because you made the wrong tablet choice but because of the tendency of the modern-day consumer to want the next model the moment that they find themselves owning the current one. You’re in great company here though, since this is a list of the top tablets making their way onto the scene in the coming months.

iPad 6

  • Features to Expect In Brief
  • Improved Retina Display
  • A8 Chip (therefore faster, smoother performance)
  • Improved Camera
  • Touch ID/Fingerprint scanner

Alright, so we’re peering into the fairly distant future (in technological terms at least) by looking into 2014 at the iPad 6, but there is of course some preliminary information out there that gives us clues as to what we can expect from the successor to the iPad Air, even if they are vague at this point. One thing we can almost certainly expect is an improved pixel density as a result of a better-than-retina display, oft-labelled as Retina Display 2. This means that there will be more pixels squeezed into the current space of 9.7 inches resulting in more detail and more sharpness all round. Also looking likely is an A8 chip, which will improve on the current A7 of the iPad air and make more use of the 64-bit architecture present in Apple’s fifth and current generation of devices.

There are also rumours of a larger screen being a distinct possibility, with a 12.9 inch display being the most likely size. However, there really aren’t many more directions that the sixth generation iPads can possibly go in. Though Touch ID (i.e. a fingerprint scanner) and improved hardware including a better camera are also some logical steps for Apple to take, these really aren’t features that will make it worth upgrading from the iPad Air for.

 Google Nexus 8

Google Nexus 7

Features to Expect In Brief

  • Improved processor – Snapdragon 600 has been rumoured but the 800 would be more appropriate considering the specs of the competition
  • 8-Inch Display at 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • Better cameras, front and back
  • Affordable price as always, though the Snapdragon 800 would push the price up a little

Now we come to the Nexus, a range of devices from Google that are perfect for anyone that actually wants to be able to afford to eat food and pay their bills in the months following the purchase of their latest tablet or phone. The Nexus tablets offer an affordable alternative to the pathetically overpriced Apple equivalents and with no compromise on quality or components, with the Nexus 8 being due for release some time this year in either October or November. That’s right: we won’t even have to wait until 2014 to enjoy the wonders of the Nexus 8, which have been reported to be an 8-inch screen at 1920 x 1200 resolution, a Snapdragon 600 processor (quad-core at 1.7 GHz), and an Adreno 320 GPU. The cameras will also see improvement, with a 3 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front-facing lens.

This all sounds a little lacklustre, though doesn’t it? After all, these specs would be only marginally better than the Nexus 7 2, so what may be more likely is the Snapdragon 800 processor, which is the leading processor making appearances in all of the high-end phones and tablets at the moment.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 11

Features to Expect In Brief

  • 12-Inch Screen, higher resolution
  • Dual-boot Windows RT/Android

Oh yes, we are most definitely getting ahead of ourselves in speculating about the next generation of Samsung tablets, but why shouldn’t we? The year of 2014 will arrive and so will the competition’s versions of tablets, so what are Samsung going to do about this? Well, there are rumours that we could expect the next Samsung tablet to boot both Android and Windows RT on a dual-boot basis. We should also expect to see a larger screen, with 12 inches being touted to make an appearance as well as a higher resolution and improved pixel density. There really isn’t much more information floating about in regards to this device however, but we must hope that it possesses more processing power than the competition, which is something that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 failed to do.

Asus Fonepad  Note 7

Asus is by no means the industry leader when it comes to phones or tablets but its devices have been improving, with the Fonepad 6 and the Fonepad 7 offering some serious specs to rival even the likes of Samsung. There really isn’t that much information regarding the next Fonepad device, suffice it to say that we can expect it in 2014 and expect some hardware improvements, with more information being mere hope and speculation. It can definitely be said that we would like this device to be less bulky than the Note 6 with a better design, faster processor, and generally more premium feel to the chassis.

iPad Mini 3

Ah yes, another device from the future that we shall speculate about, but it may be upon us sooner than we think, namely in the first quarter of 2014 if rumours are to be believed. Unfortunately, we probably won’t be getting much more bang for our buck with the Mini 3, since the Mini 2 is already set to receive a retina display upgrade, so one can only expect the iPad Mini 3 to have better resolution, faster hardware, and an extortionate price tag to boot.

Imminent and Already-Released Tabs

iPad 5 (iPad Air)

iPad 5: Air

Features to Expect In Brief

  • 7.5mm thickness (that makes it 20% thinner and much lighter)
  • A7 Chip with 64-bit architecture support
  • 10 Hour Battery Life
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, HD-capable front-facing camera

Any information about the iPad 5 or the “iPad Air” isn’t likely to be news to anyone. It’s got an A7 processor, and it is thinner, lighter, and generally speedier than its predecessor. Anyone expecting a more revolutionary improvement would be to overestimate Apple’s desire for innovation and underestimate their capacity for sheer, naked profiteering by merely improving upon their devices very slightly year after year and releasing them as models with different names. Genius.

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iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 2

Features to Expect In Brief

  • Retina Display
  • 128 GB Model
  • A7 Processor

Another recently released tablet from Apple, the iPad Mini 2’s main improvement is that it will have the famous retina display, making it much sharper than its predecessor. The A7 processor also makes it much faster. A 128GB model is also up for grabs this time around.

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Microsoft Surface 2

Microsoft Surface 2

Features to Expect In Brief

  • Quad-core 1.7 GHz processor/2GB RAM
  • Wonderfully hi-res screen
  • 14 Hour Battery Life

Microsoft’s mega-tablet is quite the wonderful device though it doesn’t quite live up to the glory of the iPad. The high-resolution display and kickstand is an improvement on its predecessor, and its 14 hour battery life makes it an impressive device, but the selection of apps is still relatively limited and you’ll have to fork out for the keyboards separately. This device is now available.

Asus Fonepad 7

Features to Expect In Brief

  • Dual-Core 1.6GHZ processor/1GB RAM
  • 7 Inch Screen
  • Unbelievable 20+ hour battery life

The Asus Fonepad 7 has received a bit of a re-vamping of late, with its phone and tablet hybrid design consisting of a 7 inch screen and an additional rear-facing camera to improve upon the absence of one in the original Fonepad. Its dual-core 1.6 GHz processor with 1GB of RAM isn’t really making any of the giants (Samsung, Apple, Google) quake in their boots, but this device is an affordable alternative to spending all of your money.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T

Features to Expect In Brief

  • 1.9 GHz quad-core processor
  • 10.1 Inch Display with 300ppi pixel density
  • Qwerty keyboard

A convertible tablet may sound appealing to many, but is this Asus offering going to be enough to draw attention away from the big hitters of the tablet market? A 10.1 inch display brings you 300ppi pixel density running on a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor and is thusly fairly speedy in its running. If you don’t mind the larger size and want a device that has a full-size qwerty keyboard, then this tablet is for you.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Features to Expect In Brief

  • Nippy 2.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM
  • 8.9 inch display with 339 ppi pixel density
  • 8 megapixel rear camera

Moving away from their less functional Kindle Fire HD, Amazon is set to release the 8.9 inch competitor to the Nexus 7, Tesco Hudle, and iPad Mini in November with a 4G model in December. The HDX 8.9 has a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2GHz and 2GB of a RAM, making it a serious competitor to the aforementioned mini-tablets, so Amazon may just get the jump on its competition. In addition, the device is lighter than the iPad Air by quite some way.

Kindle Fire HD

The Fire HD has of course had its day, and it can’t really compete with the tablets of the moment, but it has a media library that is unparalleled and is an easily-navigable device that runs on Android. Unfortunately, it lacks the functionality of a traditional tablet and is restricted to book reading and simple web browsing since its dual-core 1.2GHz processor doesn’t allow it to keep up with anything more intensive. 

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