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A top 10 tablet tour from the tech types in Barcelona.
Tablets, tablets, tablets!
Even though the BBC argues that the age of the tablet has essentially ended, manufacturers exhibiting at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year have only begun to fight. Here's a look through some of the coolest tablets on display.
Archos Magnus series
Archos's Magnus series boasts some of the biggest storage capacity around, featuring 128GB built-in and a microSD slot for up to 128GB more on top of that in the 10.1-inch, 1080p version. A separate 1280x800, 9.4-inch version goes even further, packing 256GB internally with the same 128GB microSD option. Handy for the glorious day when we get better (legal) options for downloadable movies and TV, though you'll have to make do with Android 4.4 KitKat instead of 5.0 Lollipop.
Sony Xperia Z4
Now that's up-to-date - the Xperia Z4 features a 10.1-inch, 2K display, and a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. As well as LTE connectivity, 3GB of RAM and Exchange sync if you're somehow dragooned into doing work on it. It's also quite slim and elegant for its screen size, making it a slick, latest-gen Android Lollipop tablet.
Lenovo TAB 2
The TAB 2 series includes the A10-70 - a 10.1-inch, 1080p-screened full size model meant for media and gaming - and the A8, an 8-inch device designed for video chatting and lighter use. Both run Android 4.4 and pack generally moderate specs - the real attraction is the price.
Lenovo Ideapad MIIX 300
Lenovo also rolled out a Windows tablet, the Ideapad MIIX 300. It's similar in size to the Tab A8, but uses an Intel Atom processor instead of a Mediatek quad-core. It also comes equipped with a one-year subscription to Office, which is handy.
Huawei MediaPad X2
Huawei went the small-tablet route with the MediaPad X2, but didn't skimp on the horsepower - the device packs a 1920x1200 screen into 7 inches of real estate, and features high-end cameras, an 8-core processor, Android 5.0 and a whopping 5000mAh battery.
As lots of people have already noted, the Nokia N1 might look just a wee bit familiar to you, if you're at all conversant in Apple's later-model tablets. However, this one IS different, in that it runs Android and is made by Nokia and not a company whose name rhymes with grapple.
What's SailfishOS, you ask? Only a custom Linux-based operating system that provides cross-compatibility with Android. And it's currently only available on products from Jolla, a crowdfunded Finnish company that showed off a tablet at MWC 2015. SailfishOS is designed for smooth multitasking, gesture-based interaction and privacy, making the tablet an intriguing alternative.
Fujitsu STYLISTIC V535
No delicate, glass-backed movie machines here - Fujitsu's STYLISTIC V535 is an industrial tablet, partially ruggedized for use in tough conditions. Running Windows 8.1, the V535 is designed to survive bumps, bruises, scratches, water and dust without breaking a sweat.
HP Spectre X360
Convertible tablets aren't exactly new, but the Spectre X360 made a splash at MWC 2015, with its premium construction, slim form factor and high-end internals. OK, it's not strictly a tablet, but it's impressive all the same.
Chinese appliance maker Haier showed off the W800, a Windows 8.1 tablet with an 8-inch, 1200x800 display, free year of Office 365, and optional tiny keyboard cover for a total of about $165.
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