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CES 2016 Tablet News Part 3: The Droids I Was Looking For

by Eric Smith | Jan 11, 2016

Among other things, I was on the hunt for Android Tablets during my time in Las Vegas last week. I did end up finding some, and not just among the group of booths from Shenzhen.

Huawei MediaPad M2 10”
The MediaPad line of tablets has been popular as Huawei grew to become one of the top five tablet vendors in 2015. The 10” MediaPad M2 is decidedly among the highest tier Android tablets out there at a base price of $349. I could feel the four Harmon/Kardon speakers playing while I held the tablet, while the design and performance felt like a premium device.

TCL-Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 4 (7) and Pixi 3 (8)

Alcatel added a new line of smartphones and tablets for 2016, the Pixi 4. Only a 7” Tablet from this family was on hand, an entry-level 3G connected Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) device. I suspect we will see more from this fast-growing company in Barcelona in March.
Meanwhile, Alcatel released another Tablet in the Pixi 3 line, this time a 4G 8-inch model running Windows 10 Mobile. This is an interesting OS choice and may be the first instance we have seen on a Tablet but it could just work given the small screen. This will be headed for Europe and Latin America in April 2016.
Alcatel Pixi 3 (8)

I mentioned the Shenzhen contingency earlier and I should note that many White Box vendors had a healthy mix of Android and Windows Tablets. One of them was even selling a dual-boot Windows 10 / Remix OS 2-in-1 Tablet, though they can load Android on a dual boot Tablet as well. In the end, CES was consumed with VR/AR, better pixels in TVs, drones, hoverboards, wireless speakers, and wearables.

Clients should expect a more complete review of CES from me this week so go check out our
Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies reports. My colleagues will also be wrapping up what they saw at CES on TV and connected devices, smart home, content/mediaservice providers, smartphones, wearablesautomotive, and components.

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