BERLIN -- Tablets are an increasingly popular gadget to own and, by the looks of the new releases announced at IFA 2013, there's no plan of slowing down the variety of devices to choose from. The new tablets range from budget bargains to phablets (it's real word now, you know) and we've got the scoop on the new slates.
For a brief introduction to the tablets debuted at IFA 2013, browse through this photo gallery. Click the links for CNET's full impressions of each device with photos and videos. More information will be added as IFA 2013 continues.
Samsung's 2014 version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 might be its best iteration yet. The 10.1-inch slate rocks an eight-core chip, upgraded full-HD resolution, and ramped-up multitasking features. Like the Galaxy Notes before it, the new model comes with the handy-dandy S Pen.
The 2014 Note 10.1 also received a stylish makeover, passing on the shiny monochromatic back for a leather-effect plastic rear with stitching around the edge.
Budget tablets are all the rage, and the Asus got the memo. Their budget line-up of Memo tablets now includes the newly announced Pad 10.
The 10-inch device -- which comes in gray, white, or pink -- features a 1,280x800-pixel screen, quad-core processor, and microSD expansion slot. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but I expect Asus to competitively price the Android 4.2 slate.
After spending some time out of the tablet game, LG is putting forth a promising effort with the G Pad 8.3. The 8.3-inch tablet boasts an impressive 1,920x1,200 pixel resolution -- the same as the 2013 Google Nexus 7 -- and a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Don't call it a comeback! Or go ahead and call it a comeback -- I won't tell you what to do.
While we're on the subject of phablets, Acer introduced its own portable-electronic-mutt with the release of the Liquid S2. The 6-inch device has a Gorilla Glass screen, 4G capabilities, and the ability to shoot 4K video.
The Asus Memo Pad 8 is a mediocrely specced tablet that would benefit from an enticingly low price tag. The 8-inch slate has some average features, including a 1,280x800-pixel resolution IPS screen, Android 4.2, and a quad-core CPU.
Like many Asus Transformers before it, the Transformer Book T300 can easily switch from a tablet to a laptop with the slide of a button. Unlike previous models, it runs Windows 8. Whether you think that's an upgrade or not is a personal opinion.
Sony's latest Windows 8 tablet, the Vaio Tap 11, features a digitizer stylus and keyboard cover. The 11-inch device, which looks like a big brother to Sony's Xperia Z Ultra, also has an adjustable stand and NFC support.
It's hard to see how Alcatel's OneTouch Evo8 HD tablet is an upgrade to its previous 8-inch device; they both feature the same same OS, resolution, internal storage, CPU, and RAM. The kicker? The old model started at $179, whereas the OneTouch Evo8 HD has a $299 starting price.
As a 10-inch tablet, it's going to be hard for the Acer Iconia A3 to fiercely compete in its category, thanks to its unimpressive build quality and subpar 1,280x800-pixel resolution. Fortunately for those pining for the Iconia A3, the tablet is moderately priced -- in the countries it's available in.