Eight Hot New Tablets Hitting the Market

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Kindle Fire HDX

The Kindle Fire HDX comes in 8.9-inch and 7-inch models. Both include a 2.2 GHz QuadCore Snapdragon 800 processor, Dolby audio, built-in microphone, and dual-band Wi-Fi or 4G connectivity. Both devices can be configured with 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage and provide between 11 and 12 hours of battery life for mixed usage. The 8.9-inch unit has an HDX display (2560x1600) with a 339 PPI density, as well as an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. The 7-inch unit has an HDX display (1920x1200) with a 323 PPI density.

The new Kindle Fire tablets are powered by the latest version of Fire OS — Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito" — which starts with Android and adds cloud services, a content-forward user interface, built-in media libraries, productivity apps, and low-level platform enhancements to integrate Amazon's digital content and improve performance for Kindle Fire tablets.

Fire OS 3.0 includes an enhanced, content-first home screen that allows users to easily switch between viewing their recent content and apps in Carousel View or favorites in Grid View. The new Quick Switch feature uses a side swipe gesture to easily move between multiple apps or individual content items without navigating home.

According to Gartner, while traditional PC shipments are forecast to continue to decline in 2014, the worldwide tablet market is forecast to grow 47 percent. Tablets have without a doubt invaded every aspect of our lives. Whether it is tablets for kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District or growth in Malaysia and Latin America, tablets are rapidly superseding PCs, smartphones and other forms of electronic communications. And while Apple's iPad remains a perennial favorite, the many flavors of Android-based and now Windows 8.1 tablets have taken a big bite out of the market.

While many tablets are still oriented toward consumer use, such as reading, movies, gaming and social networking, many vendors have made a concerted effort to make their devices attractive to the business audience. With amped-up processors, multi-app capability, larger storage capacity, and integrated cloud access, the latest generation of tablets is beginning to meet the challenges and demands of today's business user.

In this slideshow, we've pulled together some of the newest tablet offerings hitting the market from companies such as Samsung, Lenovo, Microsoft, Toshiba, LG, Acer and even Amazon.

 

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