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5 of the most anticipated tablets of 2017

Sarah K. White | Feb. 2, 2017
While 2-in-1 hybrids are on the rise, traditional tablets are still the top choice for casual use and entertainment. Here are five tablets that fans are hoping will get a refresh in 2017.

ASUS ZenPad 3s 10 LTE

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ASUS

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE is an update to last year's Asus ZenPad 3S 10, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, LTE capabilities, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The improved specs make this one of the more exciting tablets for 2017 -- Asus not only boosted the performance, they also claim the new model gets 16 hours of battery life.

The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE doesn't just feature premium performance, it also boasts a thin, all-aluminum and lightweight design and a 2K IPS display. While it's been announced, the device isn't available outside Malaysia yet, but it's expected to sell for around $400 once it hits the U.S. Right now, you can get a similar device, the https://www.asus.com/us/Tablets/ASUS-ZenPad-Z10-ZT500KL-Verizon-exclusive/, from Verizon, featuring nearly identical specs and LTE capabilities.

Amazon Fire tablets

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Amazon

Not everyone needs high-end performance in a tablet -- especially if all you want is a device to stream Netflix and play a few mobile games. The Amazon Fire family not only includes affordable tablets, but a range of devices that offer different levels of performance. The last update came last September, when Amazon introduced a new Amazon Fire HD 8 with better storage, faster performance and more battery life.

It's been two years since the Fire 7 and Fire HD 10 were treated to an update, so it would make sense for Amazon to refresh the two tablets. The Fire HD 10 was updated in 2016, but the changes were mostly aesthetic -- the tablet was updated to feature an all-metal design and additional storage options. But with only 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, it's well overdue for an upgrade.

 

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