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Mobile World Congress 2017: Day Two Brings Tablet Differentiation by OS, Price Tier

by Eric Smith | 2月 28, 2017

There were several tablet announcements on Day Two which we will cover fully in a wrap-up report after the show, but these were the models and features that caught our immediate attention:

Alcatel OneTouch kicked off the morning with an 11.6" inch 2-in-1 tablet running Windows, called the Plus 12. It's a very similar model to its predecessor announced at last year's show, the Plus 10. The defining feature of the Plus 12 is always-on Category 4 LTE built into the keyboard base which also serves as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 15 devices. This device goes on sale in June 2017 and starts at €499.

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HP almost exclusively targets the enterprise segment with its tablet portfolio and is releasing the 12" HP Pro x2 in a MIL-STD 810G ruggedized 2-in-1 form factor. This gives the device versatility to move around different locations of an enterprise without worry for drops, dust, or temperature damage, among other things. The HP Pro x2 starts at $979 in a base configuration with a seventh generation Intel Core m3, fast charging, keyboard and Wacom active pen included, and is available immediately.

Lenovo is launching two very affordable Android 7.0 tablets in May 2017 with some key enhancements to differentiate the Tab 4 lineup from competitors. First, the Tab 4 8" is a traditional slate for $109 with an optional add-on of a kids' bumper case and stickers for $15-$25 extra. This pairs well with the kids' UI and app suite which is included in the Tab 4 series out of the box. Second, the Tab 4 10" has similar base specifications (e.g., HD display, quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM) but instead of a child add-on pack, an exclusive attachable keyboard is available for $49 in what Lenovo calls the "Productivity Pack." Both models also have "Plus" versions for $49 extra to upgrade displays, processors, memory, and cameras.

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All in all, we thought Day Two rounded out the new products from major vendors by OS, form factor, and price tier nicely and we will cover these devices in more detail plus additional devices in our MWC 2017 review report after the show. You can also check out our Day One blog for more on how Samsung opened the show.
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