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    Back at the start of October, Dell unveiled a set of four new tablets. The Android models didn't instill us with a whole lot of desire, but the manufacturer's pair of new Windows 8.1 tablets – and full-blown, not RT, mind you – really struck a chord with us. Those were the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro, and we brought you an early hands-on to introduce you to them. Now, we already saw orders for most of these guys open last month, but the Venue 11 Pro's fate was a little up in the air; we knew to expect it sometime in November, but when? It looks like today's the day, and Dell has now ...

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    What the heck is going on with Nokia's Lumia 1520 and the phone's retail availability? We just saw pre-orders open, apparently with the intent to make the handset available on November 15, only to have Microsoft subsequently do an about-face, insisting that the orders went live prematurely, and putting a halt to them. So where does that leave us? Well, if we're to believe the latest leak, the 1520 is still on its way, but just a little later than expected, and should be showing up arm-in-arm with the Lumia 2520. Leaks identify the retail launch date for the 1520 at AT&T as Friday, ...

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    With Windows Phone 8, we're well used to seeing Nokia going above and beyond in the software department, gifting its Lumia handsets with exclusive apps that have really helped cement Nokia's place as king of the platform. Last month, we finally got confirmation of Nokia's first efforts with Windows RT, as the company announced its Lumia 2520 tablet. Unsurprisingly, it too will arrive with the benefit of some software exclusives, and today Nokia has taken to its blog to highlight the features we can expect from one of these, the Nokia Video Director. The trick for Nokia was delivering a ...

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    We were only just talking about the phones we got to see (and those we didn't) at last month's Nokia World launch event, but handsets weren't the only products on the agenda back then: we also got to see Nokia launch its first Windows 8 tablet, the RT-running 10.1-inch Lumia 2520. While there weren't too many surprises there, in the weeks leading up to its launch we found ourselves wondering at least once if Nokia might not be working on multiple tablets; could we still get another one, in addition to the 2520? That's what the latest leaks suggest, claiming that Nokia's working on a tablet ...

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    It's been just over a month since Microsoft launched the 2013 Surface models, along with a bunch of new accessories. While some of that stuff – like the Music Kit – might be of questionable value, one really stand-out addition that was announced was the docking station for the Surface Pro 2. With extra ports for connection to a monitor, wired network, and USB devices, it looked like it would offer users the potential to really tap into the full-on Windows 8 power of the Pro 2 (or the original Pro). The only real hiccup was that Microsoft revealed the dock wouldn't be coming out until ...

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    Size is one of the trickiest trade-offs in the mobile industry. You want a device with a large enough screen to comfortably work on, yet portability issues demand that the overall size of our phones and tablets remain constrained. This year in particular we've seen great strides in combating that issue by means of shrinking-down side bezels. Of course, you could just say “the heck with any sensible size restraints” and come up with something along the lines of Microsoft's latest Surface promotion, a 17-foot-tall Surface 2 it's set up in London. This giant Surface 2 is even functional, ...

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    Windows RT continues to cause Microsoft headaches, and while some users are perfectly happy with what it offers, others have been frustrated by limited functionality and app selection when compared to tablets running full versions of Windows 8. We've already seen Microsoft drop the “RT” name from the Surface 2, and recently heard the company discussing user confusion stemming from the RT/Pro distinction. This week, we see some further signs of this move to distance itself from the memory of RT. First up, there's the old Surface RT itself. While the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are ...

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    Unless you're very lucky, if you use a mobile device to get online in the United States, you're probably paying too much for data. Sure, there are some good deals out there, but especially when you look at just what you're paying per gigabyte (assuming you even get that much) with the major carriers, it's easy to feel like you're being taken advantage of. But are you to do? We're so used to ubiquitous connectivity at this point, that some of us see even excessive data pricing as a necessary burden – just the times we live in. Well, T-Mobile is not content to just go with the flow, and is ...

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    Nokia's announcements today have come and gone, and while we didn't end up seeing every last little product we heard rumored, the big ones sure landed. That means that the first Nokia Windows RT tablet is now official, the Lumia 2520. And what a tablet it is: 1080p display, 2GB RAM, LTE connectivity, and the stalwart Snapdragon 800 powering everything. But is it really everything it could be? Nokia says the tablet "takes everything you've got in your desktop or laptop and crams all that into a device that’s only 8.9mm thick and weighs a little over a pound." Well, I don't think that's ...

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    Apple's not the only one with big news coming soon, and in just a matter of hours, Nokia's throwing a Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. There's a lot to cover here, so let's dive right in to the device that feels like it's the nexus of this announcement, the Lumia 1520. Well, it wasn't always the 1520 - not to us anyway. We've been talking about the general idea of a phablet-sized Lumia for a while, and back in August, that started taking shape as a phone codenamed Bandit. Before the month was out, we heard that Bandit might launch as the 1520, and our first look at fully-assembled hardware ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Acer Iconia W4 tablet, and it's budget-friendly options for Windows 8.1. Microsoft follows with their Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS. Google is next as their quarter results prove that Motorola still needs a lot of work. We then talk about the recent leaked renders of the Google Nexus 5 fro Telus. We end today's show talking about the Nokia Facet concept smartwatch that probably won't see the light of day. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Acer Iconia W4 arrives to make budget Windows 8.1 tablet space a little more ...

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    Over the past couple weeks, we've been seeing a new surge of interest from manufacturers in really budget-priced tablets running full Windows 8.1 on some decent enough hardware. We had Dell and the Venue 8 Pro, then yesterday's Lenovo Miix2. Today, we have one more name to add to the roster, as Acer shares news of its Iconia W4. Keep in mind, we only just saw Acer launch the Iconia W3 four months ago at Computex in June, and now we're moving on to its sequel. We're still looking at a 1280 x 800 eight-inch display but this time the screen's reportedly of much higher quality – a big ...

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    As Windows 8.1 becomes public, lots of apps are expected to either surge or update within the next couple of days. One of these is a new and official Facebook App, which plans to offer you a more immersive experience with the social network, even if all the invitations to Candy Crush will do an opposite job in making you want to leave. Among the enhancements that this app brings:   Your friends are always at your side, even when you’re using other apps See what your friends are up to Get notified when friends like and comment on your posts Get updates on your Start screen Share ...

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    Forget Windows RT: the most interesting thing happening with Windows tablets lately is arguably the rise of incredibly affordable slates running full-on Windows 8.1 – no RT restrictions. We just saw Dell introduce its Venue 8 Pro, starting at a super-cheap $300 sticker price, and now it looks like Lenovo wants in on that action, too, announcing an eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet of its own. Like that Dell, Lenovo's Miix2 features a 1280 x 800 display, runs a Bay Trail Atom, and sells starting at $300. That's for the base 32GB option; Lenovo has also announced 64GB and 128GB versions, but ...

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    We're in the home stretch now: less than one week to go until Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, when rumors claim that half a dozen or more new Nokia devices will make themselves officially known to the world for the first time. Sure, it feels like a lot of that has leaked already, but as recent development's like yesterday's rumor about the Nokia Guru make clear, there's still plenty of room for surprises. One model in particular we've been expecting for Nokia to debut is the company's first Windows 8 tablet, presumed to arrive as the Lumia 2520. At least, this would be a prime opportunity to ...

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    It was just a couple hours ago that we were lamenting the dearth of opportunities we've had to get a good look at Nokia's rumored Lumia 2520 tablet. We had that rear shot which didn't show much of anything at all, a newer rear shot that may or may not reveal a kickstand, though so closely cropped-in as to obscure much of the device, and that old red render of uncertain provenance. Today we get what very well may be our first clear, crisp, clean glance at the 2520, with a press render of the tablet in cyan leaking. Or first impression is that this largely matches that red render, allowing ...

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    We've yet to get a really good look at this rumored Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet, but that hasn't stopped the device from dominating a lot of the talk about the upcoming Nokia World announcement in two weeks. With any luck, we'll see the tablet launch then, bringing Nokia into the world of Windows RT. A lot of details have already leaked, and today we turn our attention to specifics concerning just how the tablet will arrive, talking about when Verizon might add the 2520 to its stable. Supposedly, Verizon's either getting the Lumia 2520 on November 17 or 18, just about four weeks after the ...

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    In just twelve days from now, Nokia has its big announcement planned for Abu Dhabi, where we've heard the company could have a half a dozen or more devices to launch. We've spent a lot of time talking about just what those could be, and have a number of Lumia phones, as well as that 2520 tablet, as possible contenders. Today, Nokia announced plans to make the Nokia World event viewable to those of us who just can't get to the Persian Gulf that morning, and in doing so has managed to get a new rumor started. The streaming will be available through the company's Nokia Conversations site, but ...

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    Microsoft has an opportunity here. It may not realize it, being minus one CEO and all, but there is opportunity for advancement here. Android is a fantastically popular operating system. It's incredible. The meteoric rise of Android from Verizon's DROID to what it is today has been a beautiful thing to behold. But there is one place were Android has not been able to make a dent. Sure it has made nicks here and there, but no dents. And that is in the tablet space. You remember tablets, right? They're those things that run iOS and make people vomit. It's almost silly how absolutely and ...

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    Last week, we heard a very interesting rumor, suggesting that Microsoft was courting HTC to produce smartphones that would allow users to boot into either Android or Windows Phone, and was motivated enough to make this happen that it would seriously reduce WP8 licensing fees, if not just give HTC access to the platform totally for free. That's fascinating enough on its own, but now we hear that Microsoft's ambitions could be even grander, and might involve additional OEMs. We're working from a translated Russian report from Eldar Murtazin, so some of the specifics may be lost to the ...

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    Earlier today, we looked at what might just be the latest picture to leak of Nokia's upcoming Windows RT tablet. As we mentioned then, this device was once referred to by the codename Sirius, though more recently rumors have suggested it could launch as the Lumia 2520. While that's still not confirmed, some interesting behavior by the search function on Nokia's website is being interpreted by some as evidence in support of that model number. What's happening is that if you search Nokia's US site for "Lumia 2520" or even just the number 2520 itself, you get a single result: a short FAQ ...

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    Two weeks from tomorrow Nokia's got its big fall event, when we expect to see half-a-dozen some new models. Sure, not all of those will be equally interesting, with a number of Asha models almost certainly making an appearance, but we're counting on at least one new Lumia phone, and possibly even this Windows RT tablet we've been hearing about for so long. Once known by codename Sirius, recent rumors have suggested that the tablet will launch as the Lumia 2520, and could have a 10.1-inch 1080p display. We've already seen an image purporting to be the rear of a Nokia tablet, and while that ...

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    Microsoft has a lot to overcome with this year's Surface models. While last year's versions had their moments, the Surface RT's sluggish performance and embarrassingly low sales really cast a dark shadow over Microsoft's tablet aspirations. This year, we've been wondering if the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 would be better received, and help to undo some of that damage to the brand. We'll want to withhold judgment until they finally start ending up in users' hands later this month, but things sure sound like they're off to a booming start, with Microsoft reporting that the new Surface ...

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    A few days back, before clashing political egos in the US brought the federal government to its knees, the FCC still had its website up and running, and we got to see the publication of documents for the Nokia RX-114 tablet. While the FCC isn't letting any more info out for the time being, a discovery in a benchmark database may reveal an additional Nokia tablet, and one that's causing us to make some comparisons to the RX-114. A Nokia P6095 appears over at GFXBench, apparently running Windows. The presence of an Adreno 330 spells "Snapdragon 800," though we're given a bit of pause by a ...

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    Two of Dell's newly announced tablets happen to be very similar; the Venue 8 and the Venue 8 Pro. These are both 8 inch tablets optimized for portrait orientation usage, but the biggest difference is that the Venue 8 is running Android 4.2 while the Venue 8 Pro is running the full Windows 8.1. Both have 1280 x 800 displays and 2GB of RAM, but the Android version has an Intel Clover Trail Plus Atom SoC while the Venue 8 Pro has an Intel Bay Trail Atom processor. Another big difference is the price. The Android tablet is about $180 while the Windows 8.1 tablet is about $300. The Venue 8 Pro ...

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