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6 Exciting Android Tablets for 2013

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Last year, we saw a host of exciting Android tablets emerge from the shadows, a lineup that included the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, the Asus Transformer Pad series and more. We are expecting more of the same from Android in 2013 as manufacturers try and wrestle away the iPad’s stranglehold over the tablet market. Here, we take a look at six exciting Android tablets that are either already announced or are rumored to be making a debut this year.

Read: 6 Exciting Tablets for 2013.

While Apple’s iPad is still the king of the tablet market, Android didn’t go down lightly in 2012. In fact, the year saw some of the best slates that Android has ever produced arrive on shelves in the form of the Asus-built Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet with vanilla Android, a solid build and a quality price. Tablets like the Nexus 10, also a Nexus tablet, with a high-resolution display, and a cheap price. And tablets like the Transformer Pad series which brought quality build designs, powerful hardware and swift updates to Android Jelly Bean.

In fact, Asus was faster to Jelly Bean than Sprint and Verizon were with their Galaxy Nexus smartphones. Of course, those weren’t the only Android tablets to emerge in 2012. Those are only a taste. That said, while there is quite the quantity of Android tablets on the market, we certainly have seen an increase in quality and this year should prove no different.

Already, we’ve seen a number of Android tablets rumored to be on their way during 2013. We’ve also seen a few others announced already, waiting in the wings to take on the likes of the iPad, iPad mini, and Windows 8 for the hearts and minds of customers around the world. Suffice to say, there will be no shortage of Android tablets in 2013. But which do we find to be 2013′s most exciting?

Let’s take a look.

Nexus 7.7

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Nexus 7.7

The Nexus 7 was one of the most popular Android tablets of 2012 combining high-end specifications with a cheap price and vanilla Android software. So, it should come as not surprise that Google is working on another Nexus 7 tablet only this time it's apparently working with LG.

Read: LG, Google to Cozy Up Again with New Nexus 5, Nexus 7.7?.

The LG-made Nexus 7.7 is rumored to be the successor to the Nexus 7 and it looks like it could bring a larger display to go along with upgraded specifications.

The Nexus 7.7 is rumored to have 1920 X 1200-pixel resolution with 294 ppi, a Tegra 4 CPU from NVIDIA, 8 GB of storage. Rumors also claim that the slate will also have front-facing and rear-facing cameras.

It's evidently headed to Google I/O, set to kick off in late May, which is the same event where the Nexus 7 launched last year If all of this is true, this could be one of the most sought after tablets of 2013.

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2 Comments

  1. Ri ck Martin

    01/21/2013 at 2:38 pm

    One Android tablet maker making strides to offer quality Android tablets at budget prices is Ainol Electronics – which has previously won runner-up for “Best Tablet of the Year” at CES, and this month has introduced the Novo Quad Core Series of Android tablets– including the Novo 7 Venus which launched this week — with one U.S. reseller – a site called TabletSprint offering this new model for $149 —

    The Novo 7 Venus compares and to the Nexus 7 tablet but for considerably less – matching key features, including a Quad Core processor, a high resolution multi-touch 1280×800 IPS screen, 16GB memory, a front camera, Android O/S and Google Play Store preinstalled — while also offering a number of features the Nexus 7 doesn’t – including a 2-megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, an HDMI 1080p port to download and watch movies directly from a tablet on a large screen TV and also project & play video games on to a big screen; plus more ways to connect to the internet, including Ethernet as well as 3G/4G Wireless connection through its USB port with a 3G/4G USB adapter.

    The Novo Hero II also launched earlier this month – a full size, 10 inch Android tablet that packs in most of the same features, including a quad core processor and 1280×800 IPS screen, and innovative features, including 4K HDMI Digital Output – Plus 32GB memory and a strong 8,000 mAh battery — all for less than $250 at TabletSprint.

    In February, the Novo 9 Spark is also expected to be released, which will feature a Quad Core processor along with a 9.7 inch 2048×1536 (Retina) screen – along with a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, 4K Digital HDMI, and a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera with AF and Flash for about $270.

    It should be interesting to see how the new Novo Quad Core Series fares in 2013 as this company gains more presence in the tablet market.

  2. mikecane

    01/21/2013 at 3:56 pm

    I don’t see how you could have left out the eight-inch Archos 80 Platinum. Basically a quad-core CPU iPad Mini alternative for just $199. Also the Archos 97 Platinum, quad-core with Retina for just $249.

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