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Samsung launches Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Fit2

And the Wireless Charging Station

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Recently, Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold2, a new entry in the company’s foldable lineup. Despite the wild flurry of new devices since August, the company isn’t done with the new announcements. At today’s virtual Life Unstoppable event, Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab A7, the Galaxy Fit2, and the Wireless Charging Trio.

Galaxy Tab A7

Fulfilling the world’s need for more portable devices, the Galaxy Tab A7 will feature a 10.7-inch display in a premium metal housing. The tablet sports Quad Dolby Atmos support, making it a perfect entertainment device. Further, Samsung is touting the new device as a kid-friendly marvel with the new Samsung Kids app and a long-lasting battery.

Galaxy Fit2

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Fit2 brings a new kind of fitness to the Galaxy ecosystem. Armed with a sweat-resistant 3D glass display, the fitness wearable can track up to five different types of activities. Besides providing the usual array of fitness trackers, it can also monitor sleep patterns. Best of all, a single charge can last between 15 to 21 days.

Wireless Charging Station

Complementing all of Samsung’s new releases, the company has also launched a new wireless charging solution that can charge up to three devices simultaneously.

Aside from the new trio of devices, Samsung has also launched a new series of television sets in its hyper-artistic Lifestyle lineup.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Hands-On

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Huawei MatePad 2021 Unboxing and First Impressions

The device for people on the go!

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Huawei has updated its primary tablet the Huawei Matepad. Come and join me as we unbox the new Huawei MatePad 2021.

Unboxing

Starting off, we have the box. A clean and simple look, but definitely pleasing! The front of the box shows us the branding and the name of the device.

A Huawei logo on the upper left corner, the AppGallery on the lower right, and on the lower left, the screen size of the device.

The box also has an interesting texture, only on the top cover though.

Opening the box, we have the device itself wrapped in fine paper and a pull tab to assist you when lifting the device out of the box.

Underneath the device, you are presented with two boxes. One box for the charging brick…

and the second containing the paperwork, USB Type-C cable, a 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor, and a warranty card.

Only the larger box is removable so be careful not to rip out the smaller box. Behind the larger box is the sim ejector tool, be sure to keep it safe!

Huawei MatePad

Removing the paper, we now see the simple but gorgeous Huawei MatePad in the “Midnight Grey” colorway. Be sure to remove the sticker — it’s optional but I suggest that you do.

The device itself is lightweight and easy to carry around, as a slim device it’s very easy to place it in a bag and you will have no problem carrying it around all day.

Starting off at the front, you will see the 10.4-inch screen with the camera at the top. Referring to the format at the back of the device, the front-facing camera is placed at the top.

On the left side of the device, you will be able to find the speakers along with the sleep/wake button. The right side shows you another pair of speakers and a charging port.

The top shows 4 microphones with the volume up and down button at the very left.

Heading over to the back you’ll be able to see the single-shooter camera, the Huawei branding, and an indication of their partnership with Harman/Kardon. The camera is accompanied by a flash and a microphone.

Specs

  • Display: 10.4-inch 2000×1200 IPS, 225 PPI
  • Processor: Huawei Kirin 820 series
  • Memory: RAM – 4GB, ROM – 128GB
  • Camera: 8MP front, 8MP rear
  • Battery: 7250mAh

Final thoughts

Finally, now we have unboxed the new Huawei MatePad. With this, the device itself feels good to the touch and is a good size for a tablet. Additionally, the “Midnight Grey” colorway of the MatePad is a great choice, it doesn’t collect fingerprints easily and the device is lightweight so you don’t have to worry when taking it with you anywhere.

The initial setup of the new MatePad was fast and easy, there are pre-loaded apps that are ready to use. Although I’m not sure if it’s just me or the apps change from time to time when you open the designated folders of the pre-loaded apps. For media consumption, the experience was good. Although the YouTube app was not the same as the ones we see on our devices, it works well as it should.

The screen looks good so far with the 2000×1200 IPS display, trying a few videos and films, the quality was great. Additionally, the speakers are a huge boost to the volume — loud but good quality. The MatePad also doesn’t have a 3m5mm headphone jack, luckily, they provided an adaptor. The MatePad is looking good so far, stay tuned for the next article as we are going deep and we’ll be having a full review of the Huawei MatePad 2021.

 

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iPadOS 15 gets homescreen widgets, better multitasking

Can an iPad replace your Mac?

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Alongside iOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS 15, Apple also unveiled its operating system for the iPad lineup — iPadOS 15. The new software update adds a tonne of new features that make the iPad a solid tool for work and play.

First off is a redesigned home screen that now supports widgets, just like iOS 14 did on the iPhone. There are also widgets for more apps than before, and they now come in different sizes than they did before. The new widgets for iPadOS include Find My, Contacts, Parcels, and Game Center.

The iPad is also getting the App Library, which is basically an App Drawer in Android’s glossary. It also sorts your apps into categories, so this is a good way to keep all your tools organized. The App Library is built right into the Dock, always a touch away.

The biggest addition for power users is an improved multitasking experience. The user can switch between Split View or Slide Over, and new shortcuts have been added to ensure switching between the two is seamless and instant.

In Split View, you can swipe down to replace an app with a new one for either side of the screen. It’ll also work with apps that have multiple windows. On the other hand, Slide Over display lets you access all open windows for any given app. This can come in handy when multiple Safari windows need to be dealt with in one go.

The Notes app now supports shared notes, so you can tag someone with an @, use hashtags to categorize, and see a timeline of all activities on the note. For those random note yet immediate note-taking moments, Quick Note can be summoned from the corner of the screen with the Apple Pencil.

Safari has received a major overhaul on all Apple’s operating systems, and the same extends to iPadOS. It now has a new minimal UI bar that puts tabs and the browser URL bar on the same row. The user can set up new tab groups, and there’s finally support for web extensions, just like macOS.

FaceTime has a variety of improvements, and the biggest of them is a feature called SharePlay that allows you to listen to songs together over Apple Music or watch TV shows in sync. It’s similar to last year’s Netflix Party but now deeply embedded within the Apple ecosystem.

Apple confirmed iPadOS 15 would be rolling out to compatible iPads in Fall 2021 — roughly around September or October.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a stripped-down Tab S7 Plus

A more affordable package with best-in-class specs

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There’s a new tablet in town, courtesy of Samsung. At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE might look like a stripped-down Tab S7 Plus. However, it still brings respectable specs that shall entice users looking for a more affordable option to Samsung’s flagship tablet.

The Galaxy Tab S7 FE inherits some of the goodies that the Tab S7 Plus has, and that includes the display size. At 12.4 inches, it is more than enough for viewing multimedia and doing productive and creative work. Sadly though, the display is of the TFT type, not the AMOLED one. To lower its price further, Samsung decided to include a regular 60 Hz refresh rate for its more affordable tablet. Keep in mind that the Tab S7 Plus has a high refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is noticeable when scrolling or when playing some games.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus Hands-on

Samsung also lowered the resolutions of its front and rear cameras to bring down the price further. Instead of the Tab S7 Plus’ combo of 13 MP + 5 MP dual rear + 8 MP front camera, the Tab S7 FE only get a single 8MP rear along with a 5 MP front camera.

The same story goes with the processor, which is likely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G inside instead of the more powerful Snapdragon 865+. The inclusion of that midrange processor means that this tablet supports 5G along with 4G networks.

The rest of the specs, however, are pretty much the same compared to its more expensive counterpart. The battery clocks in at 10,090 mAh and also supports 45W fast charging. Samsung also kept the quad-speakers and support for S Pen, which comes with the tablet by the way. DeX is also here to stay, and the company is even including the Noteshelf app, a popular digital note-taking application.

Price and availability

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes in four colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Green, and Mystic Pink. Base configurations start at 4 GB RAM with 64 GB of storage, going up to 6 GB RAM with 128 GB of storage. Both variants have support for microSD expansion of up to 1 TB.  Pricing details are scant at the moment, though Samsung promises availability for select regions this June.

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