New York: The big smartphone releases of this year are still under wraps, but several tablets have already been confirmed or are expected for 2016 like Microsoft Surface Pro 5, Apple's iPad Air 3 and Acer Aspire Switch 12 S which are on way to become best tablets of the year.
Many smartphones were shown to the world for the first time at the recent CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Here are 10 of the most exciting tablet devices which are likely to hit the market this year.
Toshiba's dynaPad run an Intel Core M processor, but the dynaPad makes do with a Cherry Trail Intel Atom x5-Z8300, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The device weighs 569g and is by far the lightest 12in Windows slate money can buy. At 6.9mm thick it's also the slimmest.
Dell Latitude 11 5000 Series
The Dell Latitude 11 5000 Series was unveiled at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. It has a 10.8in screen. This 2-in-1 is the most compact of Dell's new business range. It also includes the Latitude 12 7000 Series tablet and Latitude 13 7000 series laptop. The Dell Latitude 11 5000 Series come loaded with Intel Skylake Core M3 and Core M5 processors, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of speedy SSD storage. The Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series also comes with a full-size USB 3.0 port.
3rd-generation Nexus 7
The 3rd generation Nexus 7 is set to hit the market this year. Speculations are rife that Huawei could recycle the smartphone's specs, like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip. Google is also expected to use a new tablet as a launch device for Android N. Also due this year, the successor to Android 6.0 Marshmallow could have a similar relationship with the new Nexus 7.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
Samsung revealed its GalaxyTabPro S during the CES 2016. the Galaxy TabPro S is set to release in February. It is a 12in device with an Intel Core M processor and Windows 10 Pro. The device weighs just 696g. The Galaxy TabPro S is the first Windows 10 2-in-1 to include a Super AMOLED display, which runs at a very much high-end 2160x1440 resolution.
Apple iPad Pro
The current iPad Pro boasts of a 12.9in screen, and Apple is unlikely to stretch the display further, but the iPad Pro 2 could see its resolution upped from 2732x2048 to the super sharp 4K. The iPad Pro 2 will come with iOS 10.
Acer Aspire Switch 12 S
The EUR 1,200 Aspire Switch 12 S was released at CES 2016. The Aspire Switch 12 S boasts of a Skylake-era Intel Core M processor, an Intel RealSense 3D camera and USB 3.0, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 and microHDMI ports - plus 3840x2160 display. The company is also planning to release a cheaper 1920x1080 option.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet has a 12in, 2160x1440 IPS display, Intel Core M7 vPro processor, up to 16GB of RAM, USB 3.0 and USB-C ports and up to 1TB of SSD storage, as well as a Surface Pro-style integrated kickstand. The key feature is the modular add-on system.
Apple iPad Air 3
The iPad Air 3 is rumored to hit the market in March. It is expected to see a processor upgrade taking it from the A8X to the nippier A9X found in its larger sibling the iPad Pro. Its dimensions would remain similar to the previous model. Apple is expected to bring 3D Touch, found in iPhone 6S and 6S Plus smartphones.
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
The Elite x2 1012 G1 is nothing but a business version of the HP Spectre x2. It comes with HP Client Security's encryption and file-scrubbing tools and an Intel vPro CPU. Most of the optional extras are also security-based, from an integrated fingerprint scanner to a Trusted Platform Module chip, a self-encrypting SSD and a smart card reader in the attachable 'Advanced' keyboard.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5
The he successor to last year's Surface Pro 4 is yet to be confirmed by Microsoft but it may release this year. We can expect that the Surface Pro 5 can take advantage of several updates, including Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake family of processors.