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by Jay Garrett

3rd March, 2018

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As well as an interesting neck speaker, Onkyo was showing its GRANBEAT Hi-Res Tablet at this week's Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

There are some nifty tablets out on the market right now. The trouble is, deciding which one to go for. Usually, this means you have to prioritise. So, are you looking for something with great audio? Stereo speakers would be kind of cool, right? Or, is movie content your main thing? In that case, at least HD would be at the top of your list.

Onkyo reckons you shouldn’t have to compromise.

Onkyo Granbeat Tablet

Let’s face it, most streaming services now offer at least HD. The better ones now have a decent array of 4K titles to choose from too.

Well, to do proper justice to the ever higher video quality available from today’s cutting-edge streaming video services, Onkyo has equipped their debut tablet with a 12.5-inch 4K UltraHD display.

This thing is breathtaking. I stood in front of it speechless until I was ushered away to allow who I assume to be someone more important than me have a closer look. Who, incidentally had the same reaction.

It's their less youthful hands you can see in some of the shots. Naturally, the sexier digits belong to me!

The tablet can sit in its own charging dock if you’re binge-watching a Netflix boxset.

It’s not just the visuals that impressed me either. The GRANBEAT tablet is apparently also the world’s first to be equipped with DTS:X Premium 1.0.

This means that you get a superior standard of multi-channel audio reproduction. It would be a little bit daft to have that amazing video quality and naff audio, wouldn’t it?

The audio is pushed through four built-in Dual Mold Diaphragm (ODMD) speakers. These are fed by dedicated DAC and amp circuitry for Hi-Res audio. Furthermore, the GRANBEAT tablet also fully supports DTS Play-Fi.

Backing up the world-class video and audio, this tablet also has outstanding build quality.

There's also some rather nice design touches too; for instance the rotary volume dial on the left-hand side. As you turn the dial, there are diagonal vector lines displayed on-screen to show what level of awesomeness, I mean volume, the tablet is at.

You also get two 3.5mmm headphone jacks. One is for standard stereo ear-pleasers whereas the other is for balanced cans. Of course, these are gold-plated.

As for pricing, nothing was forthcoming other than "not cheap,” which was already assumed.

We're also led to believe that the GRANBEAT will be released initially in the Japanese market, so, for now, there's no news on local availability.

GadgetNET says: Enough already Onkyo, I want one!


Posted in: Audio & Sound Smartphones & Tablets
Tags: onkyo  mwc 

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GadgetNET's Bass playing gadget junkie and UK correspondent has captained the GadgetyNews good ship for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

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