Keeping tabs on upcoming tablets

A (frequently) updated list with details about tablets on the horizon.

The steady flow of new tablets shows no signs of slowing down in 2014. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

Tablets have come a long way, baby, and the flood of portable devices isn't slowing down anytime soon. With new, speedy processors, razor-sharp HD screens, and ample apps for working or playing hard, tablets are the gadgets PDAs always wished they were.

Competition in the tablet market is becoming fiercely saturated, however; the available devices run the gamut from big-league sluggers to bush-league slackers. The good news is that, along with the greater, varied selection of tablets, prices are becoming more competitive. Buying a tablet has never been more on the consumer's side.

Initial product announcements sometimes lack details, and we're left reading the tea leaves to guess if the device will actually perform well or not. We've outlined some of the available information on upcoming tablets and our impressions of their place in the current tablet landscape. We'll update this blog regularly as more tablets are announced.


Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3

What's special? The 7- and 8-inch Alcatel models are a pair of typical budget-centered tablets. They sport a subdued plastic build and rock-bottom pricing.

When's it coming?The 8-inch is already shipping, while the 7-inch Wi-Fi and 3G models will ship in May to Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


HaierPadW203

What's special? This aluminum-wrapped 10-inch tablet runs on Windows 8.1 and ships with a cover, keyboard and stylus.

When's it coming? It's expected to go on sale in April in select European countries.


HaierPad971

What's special? For tablets, thin is still in, and the HaierPad971 embodies the trend. The skinny 9.7-incher rocks a sharp HD screen and houses a micro-HDMI port for connecting to your TV.

When's it coming?It should hit stores in select European countries in April.


The MediaPAD X2 is both a large phone and a small tablet. Sarah Tew/CNET


Huawei MediaPad X2

What's special? It's a phone! It's a tablet! It's both! The MediaPad X2 is the skinniest 7-inch phablet, and its list of powerful specs sounds promising.

When's it coming? Availability has yet to be announced.


Jolla Tablet

What's special? The Jolla tablet runs on a unique operating system that offers an alternative to Android and iOS tablets. Sailboat has a simple user-interface that uses a variety of gestures for navigation. Jolla also makes a phone that uses the OS.

When's it coming? The tablet will ship to early backers in March


Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300

What's special? Windows tablets are starting to become more affordable, and the IdeaPad Miix 300 is one of them. The 8-inch tablet runs Windows 8.1 and comes with a one-year subscription to Office 365.

When's it coming? It goes on sale in July.


Lenovo Tab 2 A8

What's special? The Lenovo Tab 2 A8 ships with the latest Android operating system, Lollipop 5.0, and it's one of the most inexpensive to do so.

When's it coming? The Tab 2 A8 is expected to go on sale in June.


Sony's releasing another waterproof tablet. Andrew Hoyle/CNET


Lenovo Tab 2 A10

What's special: This affordable 10-inch tablet houses Dolby powered speakers, which are typically some of the most powerful you can find on a tablet.

When's it coming: Lenovo states the Tab 2 A10 will hit stores in April.


Silent Circle Blackphone+

What's special? This security-focused tablet encrypts your messages. It's still in the development stages, but Silent Circle also sells a similar phone so we expect it to eventually become consumer ready.

When's it coming? Silent Circle hopes to release the Blackphone+ in autumn.


Sony Xperia Z4

What's special? Sony follows up last year's skinny waterproof tablet with another similar, beefed-up version. The Z4 sports a 2K screen and houses an octa-core CPU.

When's it coming? The Xperia Z4 is expected to go on sale in June.


Can't wait? Check out our list of the best tablets you can buy right now.

Editors' note: This post was originally published on September 6, 2013 and is frequently updated.

 

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