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6 hybrid tablets we want to see in 2017

Sarah K. White | Jan. 11, 2017
Rumors are flying about the next big thing in the tablet hybrid market. Here are six devices we hope to see in 2017.

However, beyond a potential release date, it seems the company is remaining tight-lipped on the potential device. Trusted Reviews reports that the tablet is expected to have a Exynos 8890 chip, which is the same chip found in the powerful Galaxy S7 smartphone, but other than that, the rumor mill remains quiet.

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S2

In other Samsung news, the International Business Times reports that Samsung will release two new devices under the Galaxy TabPro S. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S was the first Windows 10 hybrid device from Samsung -- a big departure from their traditionally Android-based devices. It's aimed at the enterprise and feels like a cross between an iPad Pro and a Surface Pro 4. While there aren't too many leaked rumors about this device just yet, it's expected that the updated TabPro S will be released in two different sizes.

Google Pixel 7 or Nexus 7

You'll see Google's rumored tablet referred to as the Nexus 7 or Pixel 7. Originally thought to be another Nexus device, the release of the Google-made Pixel smartphone has experts thinking the next tablet will follow suit. Whether it's the Nexus 7 or Pixel 7, the International Business Times reports that the tablet is rumored to include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

It is also rumored that Google will release two versions of the tablet -- one running the new Andromeda OS and the other running Android OS. Andromeda OS was anticipated to be a cross between Chrome and Android, but late last month, the Google vice president of Android, Chrome OS and Play, Hiroshi Lockheimer, announced on the Android Authority podcast that the rumors were false. The new Google tablet, whatever its name, was originally anticipated in late 2016, but experts now think the device will arrive in early 2017.

Huawei Matebook 2

The Huawei Matebook was a great first attempt at a Windows 10 hybrid device, but the high price tag didn't make sense when you compared it to the competition. Hopefully, 2017 will see an update to this device, bringing more power and performance to an already sleek design.

If the rumors are correct, then Huawei has its eye on releasing two new models in the second quarter of 2017, a 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch model. According to GSM Arena, the updated devices will include Intel Core i-series processors, which will hopefully offer more performance than the current Matebook's Core M processor. No word yet on pricing, but with a focus on keeping the first Matebook affordable, hopefully the second generation of devices will follow suit.


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