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ASUS EEE Pad SliderCan we really see the ASUS Eee Slider in September? The slider was revealed back in January at CES, but those were only rumors. A new page of products showed the specs of ASUS slider and hinted its launch in September in Italy.
They have revealed the prices for 16 GB and 32 GB slider; the price for 16 GB Eee pad is $400 and for 32 GB is $550. The Slider has a massive screen at 10.1 inches. The device is loaded with NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core 1 GHz processor and a total of 1 GB RAM. It has a front camera 1.2 Mega pixels for video calling and a rear 5 mega pixe camera. It supports USB 2.0 and has a mini-HDMI along with micro SD card reader, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The device will be launched first with Android 3.1 Honeycomb but it will later be upgraded to the latest version of Android 3.2. This is a little disappointing as the ASUS Transformer tablet already has the upgrade, the device is said to launch in September so there maybe enough time for ASUS to pack the Eee Slider pad with the update.
Update: We have heard that ASUS will release an update in the first week of its launch.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 the latest tablet from Samsung has already been released in the USA and was supposed to be released in Europe by the 22nd July 2011. Unfortunately yet again the release date of the Tab 10.1 has been delayed even further. Samsung have declined to give a definite future date only saying it will be released later this Summer…

For those who don’t know the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a hot competitor to Apple’s iPad 2, both in the 10 Inch screen range. The Tab runs version 3.1 of android, this version being specifically designed for tablets. There is an excellent review of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 over on Engadget.

If you are thinking of joining the world of tableteers you should really consider the Tab as an alternative to the iPad 2. The first being, due to Android of course is the huge range of customizations available on the Galaxy Tab compared to the iPad 2, all iPads are the same except the wallpapers which Apple amazingly do allow you to change!. Pro’s of the Tab over the iPad are more RAM, 1GB vs 500MB on the iPad.
Display is slightly bigger on the Tab 10.1 at 10.1 inches verses 9.7 inches, this means the resolutions is higher but the Pixels Per Inch (ppi) are greater on the Tab than the iPad, 149 on the Tab and 132 for the iPad.

I’m not even gonna start on the cameras on the iPad…. lets just say they are poor, both front and rear. The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 has a 2MP on the front and 3MP on the back. Stereo sound on the Tab only mono on the iPad. In all honesty I can not think of a reason to choose the iPad 2 over the Galaxy Tab, if you know of one, let me know!

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The hottest new tablet on the android scene is the new Motorola XOOM. It was announced on January 5th 2011 at CES 2011 with great anticipation due to it being the first android tablet to run the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. It actually won the Best In Show award at the event.

The XOOM was released in the USA on February 24th and Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will be available in the UK and Ireland on April 4th. Apparently Carphone Warehouse do have exclusivity on the device for a certain period of time when tied to a network.

A major downside to the XOOM in the states is its price… today PC World have announced that you can pre-order the Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM at a price of £449 GBP thats about €530 EUR, tempting isn’t it!

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Today at the Florida Educational Technology Conference Brainchild, a maker of hand-held learning devices, introduced their Android tablet Kineo – the first educational Android tablet in the world. Brainchild say that the tablet is specifically created for use of teachers and their students for use in the teaching process, without having the teachers to check constantly whether the students are doing the tasks or texting. The modified Android OS lets you open only websites, pre-programmed by the administrator or the teacher. The messaging capabilities have also been disabled.

Kineo features a 7-inch super heavy-duty touch screen rated to handle 500,000 impressions, running at resolution of 800×480 pixels display, 800MHz processor, 2GB internal memory (no word if SD card slot will be available or not), Wi-Fi, HDMI out (a good idea so the teacher could show the content of their device to everyone via a projector) and last but not least – 4500mAh battery, that promises  to keep Kineo running for up to 10-12 hours. Unfortunally, there is no word on OS version and the third party software, preinstalled on the tablet.

“Learning devices need to enhance instruction, not be a distraction. With over 15 years of experience in developing handhelds and software for schools, we know how to make a tablet device suited to a teacher’s needs for individualized instruction.” says Jeff Cameron, president of Brainchild.

The orders will be taken from starting today for the first shipment in March. The price of Kineo is 299.99$

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Dec/10

22

NEC to join the Android world

There is not much time until CES and there are rumors from numerous companies about the and interesting products. Surely, the most interesting part of CES would be the tablets, but I’m pretty sure that we will all be surprised by some interesting handset as well. And talking about Android, the Japanese manufacturer NEC, most famous with its consumer electronics, will present several new Android-based devices – Dual-screen Cloud Communicator Tablet, Single-screen Cloud Communicator Tablet, and a Personal Products’ Mobile Notebook.

The company promise to show on their booth the following products:

NEC Dual Screen Cloud Communicator Tablet:

  • Android powered tablet with two 7-inch touch screens
  • Wifi/3G/Bluetooth enabled
  • Multi-tasking, with the ability to run different programs on each LCD screen – an industry first
  • Stylus pen for easy input

NEC Single Screen Cloud Communicator Tablet:

  • Android powered, single touch screen
  • Wifi/3G/Bluetooth enabled
  • Camera and SD-card equipped
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Stylus pen for easy input

NEC Personal Products’ Mobile Notebook, which will be Android powered, no additional information is present so far.

NEC Home Gateway Solution:

  • ADSL2+/802.11n/USB2.0/DECT enabled
  • IGMPv2 Proxy & Snooping/VoIP
  • Media Control & Serving/Printer & File Sharing
  • TR069 and OSGi enable services & configurations to be carried out remotely

NEC BIGLOBE’s “andronavi”:

  • Android application marketplace
  • Japanese content including Manga, Japan related photography, etc.

All of the products will be exhibited at both Pepcom Digital Experience on Jan. 5 and CES 2011 from Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas.

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You all know the Android tablet, manufactured by Motorola, which Andy Rubin showed during Dive into Mobile last week, while presenting the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Google Maps 5 – well it seems that some more details about this tablet have leaked out in the wild, including a photo of the device. It seems that Andy Rubin is not the only guy who has the upcoming Motorola’s tablet, as the source of the leaked information is Taiwan, the website Mobile01.

It is said that Motorola will manufacture the tablet in 2 versions – a 7-inch one and a 10-inch. Furthermore, each one will be available in UMTS, CDMA and LTE network support. Among the rest rumored specifications (some of them are already confirmed by A. Rubin, like the Tegra 2 platform) include:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 Dual-Core Chipset
  • 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Gyroscope
  • 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing one

Rumors also claim that the device itself is pretty light and that it is ready for the market, but still there is no information from Motorola about the tablet itself and possible release date and price. However, the hardware seem pretty good and the fact that it will be running Honeycomb + the option for 7 or 10-inch one would definitely make this a desired toy for many people. Probably the era of Samsung Galaxy Tab will end soon and a new one is about to begin? Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Motorola Tablet.

You all know the Android tablet, manufactured by Motorola, which Andy Rubin showed during Dive into Mobile last week, while presenting the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Google Maps 5 – well it seems that some more details about this tablet have leaked out in the wild, including a photo of the device. It seems that Andy Rubin is not the only guy who has the upcoming Motorola’s tablet, as the source of the leaked information is Taiwan, the website Mobile01.

It is said that Motorola will manufacture the tablet in 2 versions – a 7-inch one and a 10-inch. Furthermore, each one will be available in UMTS, CDMA and LTE network support. Among the rest rumored specifications (some of them are already confirmed by A. Rubin, like the Tegra 2 platform) include:

NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 Dual-Core Chipset

1280 x 800 WXGA resolution

32GB internal storage

Gyroscope

5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing one

Rumors also claim that the device itself is pretty light and that it is ready for the market, but still there is no information from Motorola about the tablet itself and possible release date and price. However, the hardware seem pretty good and the fact that it will be running Honeycomb + the option for 7 or 10-inch one would definitely make this a desired toy for many people. Probably the era of Samsung Galaxy Tab will end soon and a new one is about to begin? Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Motorola Tablet.

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Nov/10

3

Creative goes Android too

Today there is plenty of news coming from the famous audio-oriented manufacturer Creative. We all know their sound cards for computers, portable media players and headphones. But today they have surprised us, presenting two new devices – one is an Android powered PMP (looks like Philips is not the only one who will launch such device) and … Android powered series of tablets, called Ziio.

But let’s begin with the portable media player, called Zen Touch 2. The first noticeable think when one looks at its computer generated pictures is that the icons on the buttons are facing left, suggesting that the device is intended to be used in landscape mode. As for the rest of the hardware, Zen Touch 2 hides in itself 3.2-inch screen, Bluetooth 2.1 support, 802.11 b/g/n (nice to see a support of “n” networks), 2MP camera (not much but.. hey guys, this is media player, not a camera), GPS, FM radio and all of this powered by Android 2.1. Sounds pretty good? Yeah, until you see that it will have a resistive touchscreen display. The player is expected to be released soon in 2 versions – one with 8GB memory and one with 16GB with prices starting from 279$.

Talking about the upcoming Ziio tablets, there will be 2 devices – one 7 and one 10 inch. Both will be running Android 2.1 (it seems that Creative are not keen on FroYo J ) and will be available in different memory configurations. They will also have a front facing camera on board, built in microphone, an accelerometer, microSD card slot, GPS, FM radio and a composite video-out connection. I guess that you expect some fancy audio equipment on board and sound optimizations and you are right – Creative will be using their X factor – named X-Fi Crystalizer which restores the lost data from CD ripping, and X-Fi Expand. Again a drawback is the resistive touchscreen, but the custom UI of Creative makes the navigation a bit easier. Both devices will be available from December for 199.99 pounds for the 7-inch, 8GB going up to 369.99 pounds for the 10-inch 16GB model.

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