SamsungSamsung is also looking to cause a little disruption in the tablet market with the launch of an 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet. An opportunity to compete directly with the iPad Mini in terms of price and performance, the tablet is expected to cost less than $300 and will run Android 4.2 out of the box. Further details are yet to be confirmed but it is expected to make its official debut at the World Mobile Congress (WMC) in Barcelona in February.Why should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Note?
SonySony is preparing to launch a new flagship Xperia Z tablet to market alongside its new flagship Xperia Z smartphone. Expected to launch in Japan on January 22, the tablet will make its official European debut at the WMC. A leaked specification sheet shows that the tablet will have a full HD 10.1-inch display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
What isn't yet clear is if it will be as water-resistant as its smartphone namesake. The Xperia Z phone can be dropped in a bathtub and survive. Last year, Sony's Xperia S tablets -- which were marketed as being water-resistant -- were withdrawn from sale following the discovery of a manufacturing fault that allowed water to enter the device.
AppleMeanwhile rumors continue to circulate that the next iPad Mini could be in the stores as early as June and this time will feature a full HD display. It will be joined by a new lighter, thinner and very slightly smaller full-size iPad featuring a reduced bezel to cut down the tablet's size without reducing its 9.7-inch display.Most US tablet shoppers considering an iPad