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Tech Major Google Abandons its Tablet-making Efforts

For Google-made hardware, the company is now focusing its roadmap on the Pixelbook family of laptops moving forward

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Confirming that there would be no upcoming sequel to its Pixel Slate, Google has seemingly abandoned its tablet-making efforts and focus mainly on making laptops.

“Hey, it’s true. Google’s hardware team will be solely focused on building laptops moving forward, but make no mistake, Android and Chrome OS teams are 100 per cent committed for the long-run on working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market (consumer, enterprise, edu),” Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Devices and Services tweeted on Thursday.

However, the company would still support the existing Pixel Slate devices.

“We will fully support Pixel Slate for the long-term as well,” Osterloh added.

The Google Pixel Slate was first announced in October 2018 and was later launched last November at a starting price of $599.

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Even though it had a nice display and support for a mouse and trackpad, CNET found it to be pricey in comparison to the Chromebook and to tablet competition. It was also heavy and had buggy software, the report said.

According to a Computerworld report, affected employees from the tablet division in Google have been reassigned from developing tablets to laptops.

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For Google-made hardware, the company is now focusing its roadmap on the Pixelbook family of laptops moving forward.

“For Google’s first-party hardware efforts, we’ll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops,” CNET quoted a company spokesperson as saying. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Huawei Unveils New Tablet “MediaPad M5 Lite 10” in India

The technology adjusts the contrast and colour saturation based on intelligent algorithms, targeting both the video playback and image browsing scenarios for vivid display

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The device comes with 13 hours video playback battery support, claimed Huawei. Wikimedia Commons

 Chinese tech major Huawei on Friday launched the MediaPad M5 Lite 10 tablet, which comes with the M-Pen lite stylus, for Rs 22,990.

The tablet that boasts of 4GB RAM + 64GB storage will be available on Flipkart, Croma and several retail stores across India, Huawei said, adding that it will go on pre-sale on March 6 with “exclusive” offers.

Packed with in-built Harman Kardon quad speakers, the tablet comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD IPS multi-touch display, supporting 1920 x 1200 pixels to offer good sharpness through ClariVu 5.0, an industry-leading display enhancement technology.

The technology adjusts the contrast and colour saturation based on intelligent algorithms, targeting both the video playback and image browsing scenarios for vivid display.

Huawei said its Histen 5.0 audio enhancement technology ensures effective noise cancellation while reducing the external noise power and improving the low-frequency sound effect.

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Chinese tech major Huawei on Friday launched the MediaPad M5 Lite 10 tablet, which comes with the M-Pen lite stylus, for Rs 22,990. IANS

With a smooth metallic uni-body, the Huawei Mediapad M5 lite 10 is designed to look premium with its 2.5D curved glass edge.

The device comes with 13 hours video playback battery support, claimed Huawei.

It is also augmented with Huawei “QuickCharge” technology and comes with a 9V/2A 18W charger.

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The M-Pen lite stylus supports 2,048 layers of pressure sensitivity, helping users jot down notes or mark-up emails very easily. (IANS)