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Apple renamed its flagship iPad to emphasize just how much tinier the device got in its second major design update. The iPad Air looks exactly like its smaller sibling, the iPad mini, trimming off the thick side bezels that the larger iPad has had since its inception. Its lighter and faster, but otherwise the same iPad you've known — just a lot more portable.

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The Kindle Fire HDX is Amazon's latest refresh of the Kindle Fire lineup. Along with boosted specs over the previous generation Kindle Fire HD, including a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, it also features Amazon's Mayday, a guided screen sharing help process with a live customer representative built into the Fire OS.

The second entry in Google's line of Nexus tablets, Nexus 10 is designed by Google and manufactured by Samsung. It features a plastic unibody frame and a display with 300 PPI. Google's Play store has been updated with HD content to support the new high resolution display. The device has a removable panel on the back that can be replaced with special covers specific to the device.

The larger entry in Samsung's flagship line of tablets, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is built around stylus use, with support for Samsung's S Pen built right into device's operating system.

More of a refinement of its predecessor than a full makeover to it, the Microsoft Surface 2 brings the Surface line up-to-date with a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, an improved 1080p display, and a new two-stage kickstand. The Surface 2 is available in silver, compared to the original's black. Besides the color change, though, the new model looks mostly similar to the original Surface RT.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 1, 2013
  • Price at launch: $499.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 7, 2013
  • Price at launch: $379.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 13, 2012
  • Price at launch: $399.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Sep. 25, 2013
  • Price at launch: $549.99
  • Status: Announced
  • Availability date: Oct. 22, 2013
  • Price at launch: $449.00
  • Height: 9.4 inches
  • Width: 6.6 inches
  • Thickness: 0.3 inches
  • Weight: 1 pounds
  • Color: Silver / White, Gray / Black
  • Speakers: Stereo

Hardware

  • Height: 9.1 inches
  • Width: 6.2 inches
  • Thickness: .31 inches
  • Weight: .83 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 10.39 inches
  • Width: 6.99 inches
  • Thickness: .35 inches
  • Weight: 1.33 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 9.57 inches
  • Width: 6.75 inches
  • Thickness: .31 inches
  • Weight: 1.18 pounds
  • Color: White
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 10.81 inches
  • Width: 6.79 inches
  • Thickness: .35 inches
  • Weight: 1.49 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Screen size (diagonal): 9.7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 2048 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1536 px
  • PPI: 264
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 8.9 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1600 px
  • PPI: 339
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10 inches
  • Technology: Super PLS
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1600 px
  • PPI: 300
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.1 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1600 px
  • PPI: 299
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.6 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • PPI: 207.82
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: iOS
  • Launch OS version: 7
  • Media streaming: AirPlay

Software

  • Operating system: Android
  • Operating system: Android
  • Launch OS version: 4.2
  • Media streaming: DLNA, Miracast
  • Operating system: Android
  • Launch OS version: 4.3
  • Operating system: Windows RT
  • Launch OS version: 8.1
  • CPU brand: Apple
  • CPU model: A7

Processor

  • CPU brand: Qualcomm
  • CPU family: Snapdragon 800
  • Clock speed: 2.2 GHz
  • Cores: 4
  • CPU brand: ARM
  • CPU model: A15
  • Cores: 2
  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 4
  • Clock speed: 1.7 GHz
  • Cores: 4

GPU

  • Brand: Qualcomm
  • Model: Adreno 330
  • Brand: ARM
  • Model: Mali T604

Memory

  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 3 GB
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 128 GB, 64 GB, 32 GB

Storage

  • Internal size: 16 GB, 64 GB, 32 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 64 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • LTE: Optional
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • NFC: Yes
  • LTE: Optional
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Tethering / mobile hotspot: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Effective pixels: 1.2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p

Front Camera

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 1.9 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 2 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 3.5 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 1080p

Rear Camera

  • Effective pixels: 8 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 8 megapixels
  • Flash: Single LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Lightning

Ports

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro HDMI, Micro USB
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Proprietary, USB 3.0
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Sensors

Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 32.4 Wh
  • Quoted use time: 10 hr

Battery

  • Quoted use time: 11 hr
  • Capacity: 9000 mAh
  • Quoted use time: 9 hr
  • Capacity: 8220 mAh
  • Removable: Yes
  • Quoted use time: 10 hr
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