The next year will be all about larger screens, super specs and a lot of sensors. At least that’s what all manufacturers are teasing about… In the past, there were few products that gained as much popularity as these gadgets. Although the tablets were first introduced 20 years ago, most of us believe that the real tablet revolution started with the launch of the first iPad, back in April, 2010. At that point, I never believed that tablet sales will reach almost 50% of total PC market. In other words, tablets are almost as praised by the customers as desktops and laptops combined. And this is only the projection for 2014. Next year’s tablets will be all about new tech like Leap Motion sensors, stylus, keyboards or mouses. According to Michael Buckwald, CEO of the company that patented Leap Motion, all these technologies could be integrated in future tablets by the end of next year.
Microsoft’s Surface 3 Pro
Microsoft could start the year by revealing the Surface 3 Pro, it’s top notch tablet. As expected, it will feature the Windows 8.1 OS, a better camera than Surface Pro 2 and a better pixel density.
Nokia’s Lumia 2020
On the other side, Nokia is pushing really hard with its Lumia 2020, a tablet with a 8.3 inch screen, a stylus and appealing features that will probably be introduced at CES 2014. It has a Full HD IPS display with a density of 265 PPI and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Nokia Lumia 2020 could follow the same successful path of LG G Pad. If the price will be chosen with care, we can finally witness a great Nokia product.
Google’s Nexus 10
One of the most anticipated and probably the best tablets of 2014 will certainly be the next Nexus generation, Nexus 10. Most of us expected this tablet to be released with the Nexus 7 tablet, but it did not happen. It was a sign that Google is working really hard to pack that flagship device with a lot of cool features. According to many rumors, we may be able to see it revealed at CES 2014. The tablet could have a 10-inch screen with resolution of 2.560 x 1.600, a Tegra 4 processor, a Adreno 330 graphics processor and 2 GB of RAM. The camera will have a resolution of 8 MP and users will be able to choose from the 16 and 32 GB versions.
Dell’s Latitude 10.8
At this point it’s safe to say that Dell will launch two tablets in 2014. The star will probably be the Dell Latitude 10.8 tablet, a Windows 8 device oriented towards business users.
Sony’s Vaio Fit
Sony will also prepare a great tablet for 2014, the Sony Vaio Fit. It will feature a 10.1-inch FHD display with Triluminous technology, multi-flip screen, a S800 Snapdragon processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of storage.
On the other side of the “battle field” lies the powerful Apple camp. After we have witnessed the release of iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina in late 2013, we can only expect an iPad with a larger display. Most tech websites wrote about a future Apple tablet with at least 9.7 inche display. So far, there is no leaked image to support the theory, but Apple knows that right now the market demands bigger screens.
iPad Pro, the next iPad
In the past, Apple made minor modifications to the original iPad. We have seen iPad Air in action and we loved it, but we have to ask ourselves this question: “What’s next?”. Well, the the future flagship tablet from Apple could be called iPad Pro and it will probably feature a 12.9 inch display with a resolution of 4k Ultra HD and a price between Air iPad and MacBook Air. This upcoming Apple device will be addressed in particular to professionals and enthusiasts who want to have the best tablet on the market. The iPad Pro tablet will likely come with a packed stand that may also be integrated in the design, similar to the Surface 2 . Other sources say that Apple could prepare models with 2K resolution and 397 PPI. The current iPad’s processor has already made the leap to the 64-bit architecture, so we’ll probably see a better 64-chip processor incorporated. My guess is that iPad Pro could be even more powerful, and we can expect Apple to offer an optimized version of the operating system OS X for it. It would be a direct hit to Microsoft…
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