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Oh look, the Galaxy K (S5 Zoom) actually looks like a phone

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The alleged Galaxy K

Remember the Galaxy S4 Zoom? The smartphone/camera hybrid landed last year with a… well, without a bang. Customers weren’t really swayed by the rather curious device, which combined a Galaxy S4 with a 10X optical zoom telescopic lens. But Samsung isn’t ready to give up on the concept just yet and will reportedly unveil its successor in less than a week, under the Galaxy K brand.

We already learned many of the Galaxy K’s specifications, but now we have two leaked shots suggesting that the device will actually lean more towards a smartphone, rather than a point and shoot camera, at least when it comes to its thickness.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom of last year was not only bulkier overall, but it also featured a protruding section that made it easy to handle, but also added a lot of girth to its profile.

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The 2013 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Now Samsung appears to have opted for a pebble-like shape for the device, with only the area around the lens (which itself appears to be smaller than on the first gen) protruding. And, while the first leaked image of the Galaxy K showed a Note 3-like texture, from these pics we can tell that the final product will adopt the dimpled finish found on the Galaxy S5.

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The alleged Galaxy K

To recap, rumored specs for the Galaxy K include:

  • 20.2MP sensor
  • 10X optical zoom
  • 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, 720 x 1280 resolution
  • Samsung Exynos 5 hexa-core, Mali-T624 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 2MP front facing camera
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Samsung will introduce the Galaxy K on April 29 at an event in Singapore, and that’s when we’ll find out just how much better the device will be compared to its predecessor. Fingers crossed!

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How to quickly pan and zoom in Quick Look on your Mac



Quick Look is a nifty utility that’s baked right into OS X that lets you view a preview of a file without actually having to open it. It had some issues when OS X Mavericks was released but updates have since then fixed lag issues. On top of viewing files quickly, you can also pan and zoom with just a single key stroke. Here’s how:

How to pan and zoom in the Quick Look app on your Mac

  1. Find the document you want to view in Quick Look and right click on it.
  2. In the popup menu, select Quick Look.
  3. In the Quick Look Window, hold down the alt – option key on your Mac’s keyboard.
  4. While holding down the alt – option key scroll around or zoom in and out.

 How to quickly pan and zoom in Quick Look on your Mac

That’s all there is to it. It’s somewhat of a hidden feature in Quick Look and one that one of our writers stumbled upon a while back on accident. Did you know about this feature? If so, do you find it useful for previewing images? And if not, try it out and let me know what you think!

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Oppo Find 7 vs Find 5 quick look

The Oppo Find 7 was officially announced a few days ago, and once again, the Chinese company has managed to set the standard for future Android smartphones, at least with regards to the display. Whenever a new device in a series is released, it’s always interesting to see how much of an upgrade it is from its predecessor, in this case, the Find 5. Here’s our quick look at the Oppo Find 7 vs Find 5!


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With clean lines and angular corners, the design aesthetic of both the Find 7 and Find 5 are quite similar. That being said, the design language is even further refined with the Find 7, with a more understated look with fewer accents, especially in the black version of the device that we got our hands on.

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The bigger display size of the Find 7 results in a larger foot print, but the difference between the two smartphones isn’t as significant as you’d expect, with Oppo greatly reducing the bezel thickness on the Find 7. At its thickest point, the Find 7 is also slightly thicker than its predecessor, most likely because of it housing a comparatively larger battery.

Overall, you have two devices that boast a premium feel. Even if the shell on the Find 7 is plastic rather than metal, the build quality is really nice, and even the larger screen size should be quite easy to get used to.


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The Find 5 was a leader in terms of display quality by being one of the first devices to feature a 1080p screen, and Oppo continues this trend with the Find 7, which one of the very few smartphones to boast a display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, resulting in a whopping pixel density of 538 ppi.

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Of course, pixels aren’t visible on the display of the Find 5, but the extra density and sharpness found on the Find 7 is definitely noticeable. Viewing angles are great on both IPS LCD screens, and colors pop. It has to be mentioned that the Find 7 we used was a pre-production unit with a display that was not properly calibrated, so the screen on the commercially available units should be even better.

Performance and Hardware

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It’s not only the display that is a standout feature of the Oppo Find 7, with the rest of the hardware also the latest and greatest that is currently available. Featuring an quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM, the phone flies through everyday tasks, and will not be found lacking in performance when it comes to graphic intensive games as well. The same processing package can be found with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, putting the Oppo Find 7 in what is very select company as of now.

In the opposite corner, the Oppo Find 5 is clearly showing its age. While the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor is no slouch, it is more than a year old, which feels like an eternity in the fast-paced world of smartphone technology. However, helped by 2 GB of RAM, this processing package still does a great job in most situations.

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The differences between the two smartphones continue with the welcome inclusion of expandable memory with the Find 7, which also supports the recently launched 128 GB microSD cards. The battery also gets a nice bump to 3,000 mAh, compared to the 2,500 mAh unit of the Find 5, but real world battery performance might still not vary significantly, due in part to the demanding Quad HD display of the Find 7. The good news is that the Find 7 features a fast charging technology that allows you to charge the device from 0 to 75 percent in just 30 minutes.


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The rear camera of the Find 7 includes a 13 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor, coupled with a lens composed of six pieces, which should minimize distortion, while still offering a great 2.0 aperture. The Find 7 also comes with a ton of camera software features, the most interesting of which is called Super Zoom, that takes ten images and stitches them together to create one 50 MP image with extra detail. The front camera is also impressive, being a 5 MP shooter with an 80 degree field of view.

The Find 5 also packs a 13 MP rear shooter that we found to be a very able performer, but it does come with fewer software features, and has an overall image quality that is a generation behind.


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While the two smartphones may run Oppo’s Color OS, there is a significant difference between the two versions, both in terms of design and functionality.

The user interface of the Find 7 is more ethereal and stylish, the same as what was first released with the Oppo N1, compared to the bubbly, colorful nature of the UI found on the Find 5. Based on Android 4.3, the Find 7 also comes with a lot useful additions, such as gesture based application shortcuts that work even when the screen is turned off, and is generally a lot more functional.

While still a significant improvement from the Find 5, the upcoming release of Color OS 2.0 should make things even better on the Find 7.

Specs Comparison
Oppo Find 7
Oppo Find 5
Display 5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD, Quad HD (2560 x 1440), 538 ppi 5-inch IPS LCD, 1080p (1920 x 1080), 441 ppi
Processor Snapdragon 801 – Quad-core Krait 400 2.5GHz Adreno 330 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, Adreno 320
Storage 32 GB, expandable 16/32 GB, not expandable
Battery 3,000 mAh 2,500 mAh
Cameras 13 MP rear LED flash, Sony Exmor RS sensor, 6p lens, f 2.0, 4K, HDR
5MP front, f 2.0, 80 degrees field of view
13 MP rear camera, LED flash
1.9 MP front
Connectivity GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Dimensions 152.6×75×9.2 mm,
171 grams
141.8 x 68.8 x 8.9 mm, 165 grams

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Conclusion at a glance

The Oppo Find 7 introduces a lot of significant changes and enhancements over the Find 5, in terms of both hardware and software, and is exactly what a successor should be. With its high-end specifications, and fantastic Quad HD display, the Oppo Find 7 is definitely a breakout device, much the same as the Find 5 was before it.

What are your thoughts? Does the Find 7 feature enough of an upgrade over its predecessor? Let us know in the comments section below.


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New images of the Nokia X leak, gives us a better look at the tiled UI


At this point there’s no denying that the Nokia X is a real thing and its pretty much guaranteed that the handset is destined for a MWC unveiling. So what do we know about the Nokia X? Quite a bit actually. Not only have we heard the rumored specs, but we have also seen press renders and Nokia’s own official teasers. Now several actual photos of the device (and its UI) have allegedly be leaked as well.

The phone in the pictures looks exactly like what we’ve seen from the leaked press renders, and the same pretty much goes for the UI. As expected, the interface is very reminiscent of Windows Phone, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your tastes.

One thing you’ll also notice is that not a single Google app is listed on any of the tiles we can see but there is a Nokia HERE maps icon and a ‘Store’ icon, which falls in line with the idea that Nokia will be pushing its own apps and services (as well as Microsoft’s) and will not be Google certified. In short, this means that Google apps won’t be available for the handset and the Android app selection will be limited to whatever Nokia’s store offers.

Overall, the Nokia X is an attractive enough looking handset device, but it’s clearly marketed at those looking for an entry-level smartphone judging by its lack of flash and its dual-SIM support. According to the rumor mill, the Nokia X is expected to feature a Snapdragon 400 CPU, 512MB RAM, a 4-inch low-res display, 4GB storage, microSD, a 1500 mAh battery and a 5MP camera.

What do you think of the Nokia X, can it compete against other Android budget devices that are Google Play certified or is it likely to be a niche product with limited support? Regardless of what happens, we’ll be sure to bring you all the official details related to the Nokia X during MWC, so stayed tuned!


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Synology Diskstation DS1513+ NAS for Mac quick look


The [#protected_0#] is network attached storage (NAS) appliance that can be used for, among other things, Time Machine backups, media storage, and more. With 5 drive bays and 4 ethernet ports, it can scale up to 20TB and move it around at Gigabit speeds. There’re also 4x USB, 2x USB 3, 2x eSATA, and support for Synology Hybrid RAID, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10, and a bunch of other stuff like VM, LDAP, iTunes Server, and more. So, what’s it like?

It’s really meant for small business use or, for people like me, home office use. My quick take is that the Synology Diskstation DS1513+ is way more appliance than I’ll need in terms of functionality, but exactly what I’m looking for in terms of rock-solid reliability and redundancy. Setup was easy enough and anyone familiar with web-based enterprise-y control panels — the kind you find with routers, web management consoles, etc. — will feel right I home. (Though I’d prefer a native OS X Synology app to avoid flashbacks to my days in IT…)

I’ll be putting this Synology Diskstation DS1513+ review unit through its paces in the podcast studio for the next little while. Right now it’s hanging off my Mac Pro (no, not the new one!) and backing up all of our video and audio recordings. I’ll try other things, like Time Machine, iTunes Server, etc. over the next few weeks, and will follow up with some specifics on how it performs, and how it compares to other systems like Drobo and QNAP

If you have any questions on it, or specific things you’d like to see tested and tried out, let me know!

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Pebble App Store for Android – First look!

On Monday Pebble officially announced that their much-anticipated App Store was finally ready for prime time, at least for iOS users. Hours later, the smartwatch maker revealed that the Android version was also available, though only as a beta.

Since this is still a beta app, it’s definitely not as polished as the final version is expected to be, and at times the app can be a little on the slow side.

We might not have gotten a full release this week, but the beta definitely shows what we can look forward to in Pebble world! I’ve been using the App Store for the last few days, and have generally been impressed by what I’ve seen. If you’re looking to download the beta app for yourself, you can find it here.

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Up until now, getting apps for your Pebble smartwatch required you to search various websites and look for compatible apps. You’d then have to manually install them as well. Although it wasn’t that difficult to find apps, with the introduction of the new Pebble App, everything is now in one place. 

With the introduction of the new Pebble App, everything is now in one place.

Since a lot of these individual apps also had to be downloaded to your phone, another huge advantage of this consolidation into one app is the clutter reduction in your device app drawer. Now all you have to do is tap on one app and get everything you’d need to manage your smartwatch.

On the downside, this is still a  beta app, so it’s definitely not as polished as the final version is expected to be, and at times things can be a little on the slow side.

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On the Pebble smartwatch, you can only have up to 8 watch faces or apps installed at one time. In order to manage these apps and switch them out for new ones, you previously had to download another app that would list all the Pebble apps in one place in order to add or remove them.

Making life a lot easier, the Pebble Store introduces “Locker”, a special feature that shows you what apps are currently installed on your device and gives you the ability to quickly swipe them out for new ones.

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The most exciting part about the Pebble AppStore, however, is the apps and watch faces themselves.  As you can see in the video above, there are tons of options out there when it comes to watch faces. You can even search through these watchfaces by looking through different categories including Most Loved, picks that Pebble likes, and a splash screen at the top of the app that has a few featured watch faces.

Anything you like can easily be added to the Locker, and then added to your Pebble from there. If you’re looking to change the way your smartwatch looks when in “watch mode,” this is the place to do it.

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Next is a quick look at the various apps that you can download for the Pebble. App categories include fitness, tools and utilities, notifications, games, daily, and remotes. Just like the watchfaces section, there’s also a splash screen that contains a few featured apps at the top. There are also special categories for Top Weekly Picks, Most Loved, and Essentials.

For those that know exactly what app they are looking for, there’s also a search icon that lets you type the name of the app.

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The magic of the new Pebble AppStore isn’t necessarily that it introduces new functionality, it’s that it makes finding, installing and swapping apps and watchfaces as convenient as possible.

You might be thinking, “Everything that the Pebble App Store does could be done before”, and that’s true. The magic of the new Pebble AppStore isn’t necessarily that it introduces new functionality, it’s that it makes finding, installing and swapping apps and watchfaces as convenient as possible. Extra features like Locker also make the AppStore a welcome addition to the Pebble experience.

So there you have it! This concludes our first look at the beta version of the Pebble App Store for Android. Hopefully, the final version, without all the current kinks, will make its way to the Google Play Store very soon.

For those that have yet to pick up a Pebble watch of their own, stay tuned to Android Authority, where we’ll be sure to bring you a full review of the smartwatch as soon as firmware 2.0 is fully released.


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CyanogenMod GalleryNext – FIrst look and impressions (video)

Last week, CyanogenMod GalleryNext beta was announced and a public beta was opened to the community. So far results have been mixed. Many people love the the replacement app, touting how much better it is than the standard AOSP gallery. Others are a bit more conservative in their praise. So we decided we were going to go hands on and take a quick look at GalleryNext to see what it was like for ourselves. Note, you can read our assessment below or watch it above. Your call.

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Okay since this app is still in beta, we’re just going to go over the functionality and design pretty quickly so you can have an idea of what this is all about. As you can see, this is a gallery app so it does gallery app things like viewing photos and videos stored on your device.

As advertised you can sign into a few services to get your cloud-stored photos as well. This includes Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, and Dropbox. Signing in is easy enough and everything loads as quickly as you can reasonably expect it to.

Once everything is loaded in it can then be sorted a few different ways. You can view everything all at once in a tiled layout, view by album, and view by Moments. Moments is simply a bunch of photos that are grouped together by common things like date.

Of course, there are the basic functions of a gallery app that are present as well. There is a sharing function, the ability to view photo details, and support for photos, videos, and gifs.

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In terms of design, CyanogenMod keeps it simple. There’s a left side slide out menu that lets you navigate around the app and everything is viewed in tile format. It’s color neutral so you don’t have to worry about it clashing with any themes. That’s really it folks, nice and simple.

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The Good

So here’s a quick list of things we liked about it.

  • It’s very simple. There’s no complicated menus to deal with or weird, unfamiliar user interface elements. Just open the left side, pick the category you want to view, and then view content. Easy peasy.
  • The Moments feature works on all of your photos at once, or each source individually, which I thought was kind of cool.
  • Signing into the various cloud services is pretty easy.

The Bad

Usually we do a list of things we didn’t like, but since this is a beta and some features may not be fully implemented and all the bugs may not be fully squashed yet, we’re going not going to give the app the same scrutiny we would give a fully released app.

  • There are some bugs that still need squashed. Again, it is a beta so this is expected but I did experience a crash or two while I was checking it out.
  • The only other thing are the number of cloud services available. Right now it’s just the four which is Facebook, Dropbox, Picasa, and Flickr. While that’ll be just fine for most people, support for additional services would be nice to see.

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Final Thoughts

Overall, this is going to be a very solid gallery app offering when it’s finished. It’s simple and modern with enough functionality to put it head and shoulders above the standard AOSP gallery app. In most cases it’s quick and we’re sure bug fixes and optimizations will make it even better before it’s released.

If you want to check it out, we have a link to the Google+ community you can click this link and follow the instructions. It’s fairly easy, just join the community, become a beta tester, then download it. Keep in mind that this is not a finished product yet, so bad things will happen while you use this app until all the bugs get fixed. So if you’re not into being a beta tester, we recommend holding off for now.

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An inside out look at Sony’s QX100 lens

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A new video from Sony shows off all the components that go into its QX100 lens, the camera lens that can turn any smartphone into a high-quality point-and-shoot camera.

While Sony may not have a huge share of the Android smartphone market compared to the likes of Samsung, it is virtually untouchable in terms of image sensors. Based on Sony research data from April 2012 to March 2013, the company holds a 50% market share in images sensors for digital cameras and camcorders.

Not only is Sony popular in the digital camera market, it’s critically successful as well. Sony’s DSC-RX100M II is considered one of the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market. The QX line is Sony’s way of bringing its strength in that category to smartphones without sacrificing the size of the sensor.

Sony also uses its expertise in imaging inside its smartphones. The Xperia Z1S uses a 1/2.3” Exmor RA sensor, which is similar to the one found in the DSC-RX100M II, but made small enough to fit inside a phone.

Sony does license out its sensors to other manufacturers, but can’t put its imaging into every phone. The QX line helps that by giving anybody who wants it, a great sensor on the phone. Except it adds a lot of bulk, and the software could be better. It’s not a perfect solution by any means.

Do you think the QX line is a good idea? What do you look for in a camera? Or in a smartphone camera?

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Quick look: Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 vs Nexus 7 (2013)

If you’ve been keeping up with our CES 2014 coverage, you know that Samsung unveiled a series of high-end tablets yesterday, in different sizes: the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2-inch, along with the Note PRO, which features the S-Pen stylus.

With any new release, the first thought before making the choice to pick one up is with regards to how it stacks up against the competition. To help you answer that question, we’ll be taking a quick look at a comparison of the the newly announced Samsung TabPRO 8.4, against the very popular Google Nexus 7 (2013). Let’s get started!

Size and build

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When it comes to size, the the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, with its  comparatively larger display (8.4-inches vs 7-inches), provides a lot more screen, while its sleek form factor and thin bezels, reduces any negative effect on portability. Even though the footprint of the Nexus 7 (2013) is significantly smaller, the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is thinner. Understandably, a more accurate size comparison for the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 will be against the LG G Pad 8.3 and the iPad Mini.

The faux-leather plastic back with the stitching effect, that was first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, is also featured on the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, making it comfortable to grip and hold, and great to look at. The Nexus 7 (2013), with its minimalistic soft touch plastic build, is also quite a stylish device.


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As far as the display is concerned, the difference between the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is obvious. The Nexus 7 (2013) may bea big upgrade from its predecessor with its Full HD 1920×1200 (~323 ppi) resolution display, but the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is definitely the better choice in this regard as well, boasting a whopping 2560×1600 resolution (~359 ppi).


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The Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 tablet will run Android 4.4 KitKat at launch, with several features on top, including Samsung’s new Magazine UI, that aims to bring a cleaner, more organized look to the tablet with its resizable widgets layout, and is a much needed upgrade. There is no S-Pen stylus, but that shouldn’t affect productivity needs in any way. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 (2013) features the stock version of Android, and while currently also running Android 4.4 Kitkat, will also be among the first devices to receive any future OS update.

Specs Comparison

Nexus 7 (2013)
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
Display 7-inch IPS LCD, 1920×1200 resolution, 323 ppi 8.4-inch Super Clear LCD, 2560×1600 resolution, 359 ppi
Processor 1.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (LTE), Octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 (non-LTE)
Storage 16/32 GB 16/32 GB, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
Battery 3,950 mAh 4,800 mAh
Cameras 5 MP rear, 1.2 MP front 8 MP rear, 2 MP front
OS Android 4.4 Kitkat Android 4.4 Kitkat
Dimensions 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 grams (Wi-Fi only), 299 grams (3G/LTE) 219 x 128.5 x 7.2 mm, 331 grams (Wi-Fi only), 336 grams (3G/LTE)

Conclusion at a glance

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As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is miles ahead of the Nexus 7 (2013) when it comes to specifications. Of course, the biggest selling point, and the reason the Nexus line of devices is so popular, is its price point. While no official information on pricing is available, we expect the Galaxy TabPRO series to be towards the higher end of the price spectrum, and could be one of the few reasons for consumers to think twice before picking one up.

Don’t forget to check out our hands-on preview and gallery of the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, and stay tuned for a more in-depth comparison of this tablet against similar devices such as the Nexus 7 (2013), LG G Pad, and more.

Stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you more great coverage from CES 2014!

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