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Top 5 tablets to look forward to in 2014

Top 5 tablets to look forward to in 2014

2013 was a landmark year for tablets. We saw the iPad Mini with Retina display, the iPad Air set a new standard in terms of slate design, and the new Nexus 7 proved you don't have to spend big to get a great device.

Tablets also became cheaper than ever, with every supermarket under the sun launching their own cut-price model.

But what does 2014 hold in store? Let's take a look and see what's rumoured, what's likely, and what we're just plain hoping to see.

1 Microsoft Surface Mini

microsoft surface many

How can Microsoft take on the iPad Mini with Retina display? With its own Surface Mini, of course!

A rumour from a Chinese site claims Microsoft is working on a tiny tablet, though with an 8-inch screen, it'll still be bigger than the iPad Mini and the Google Nexus 7.

It's rumoured to launch in the first half of 2014. It could even pack gesture controls for hands-free navigation, just like Microsoft's Kinect system for its Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Now that would really put some distance between it and Apple's device.

2 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

samsung galaxy tab 3 both sizes

Not one to miss out on a trend, Samsung is rumoured to launch its own wallet-friendly tablet in January.

Reports say it'll be a stripped-back version of the Galaxy Tab 3, and could cost under £100 - pretty amazing for a device from a big-name manufacturer.

Expect fewer features than the Galaxy Tab 3, and a lower-resolution camera. It could launch as early as January, so hopefully we won't have long to wait.

3 Google Nexus 10


Google launched the Nexus 5 and new Nexus 7 this year, but a new Nexus 10 was nowhere to be seen. It's a safe bet we'll see Google update its 10-inch tablet in 2014.

Reports have been indicating for a while now that it'll be made by Asus - who makes the Nexus 7 - rather than Samsung. Expect top-end specs at a price that doesn't break the bank, along with Android KitKat as standard, of course.

4 Tesco Hudl 2

Tesco Hudl

The Tesco Hudl was one of the big surprises of 2013, but it kickstarted a price war between high street shops.

Carphone Warehouse launched the Avoca 7 for just £50, Argos launched its own tablet, and Asda started offering cut-price slate PCs.

Tesco sold more than 35,000 Hudl tablets in the first few days, and more than 300,000 to date.

Surprised - not to mention buoyed - by its success, the supermarket has a sequel in the wings.

Phil Clarke, Tesco's chief executive, hasn't revealed any details on the device, except to say: "The new model will be an enhanced version."

Rumours that it'll have a Tesco Value blue-and-white-striped colour scheme are unconfirmed.

5 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Note


Samsung has launched versions of its Galaxy Note in almost every other size, so why not 12 inches?

It's said Samsung hopes the 12.2-inch Note (codenamed the SM-P900) will kickstart a whole new category of tablets, one that will eventually replace laptops.

How this will work is unclear, but we're expecting detachable keyboards and other accessories too.

Everyone scoffed when the original Samsung Galaxy Note came out, saying it was too huge to use as a phone, and it ended up being a runaway success.

So maybe Samsung can make super-sized tablets the next big thing as well.

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