Information acquired by blog Droid-Life suggests that Samsung’s 7-inch, Wi-Fi only, Galaxy Tab may retail for $399 and become available on April 4th. The svelte price point, and imminent release date, come courtesy of a flier that was purportedly being handed out by a Samsung representative at a recent technology trade show. The 7-inch Galaxy Tab is getting a little long in the tooth, but the $399 price tag is quite attractive. Samsung is expected to debut an 8.9-inch, Galaxy-branded tablet later this month at CTIA in Orlando, and we presume concrete information about the Wi-Fi only device will be provided then. More →
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco on Monday, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha repeated the company’s plans to issue a tablet with a 7-inch form factor this year. Jha’s new claim mirrors remarks he made to the same effect during a keynote speech at the Credit Suisse 2010 Technology Conference late last year. The CEO said earlier that both 7 and 10-inch form factors will be “quite meaningful” to the company’s tablet business. Jha’s repeat mention of the coming smaller tablet has tech blogs buzzing just as it did the first time around, as the company has yet to name any specific tablet devices beyond the newly launched Motorola XOOM. Jha also noted during his talk that all of Motorola’s high-end smartphones will include compatibility with laptop dock accessories beginning later this year.
It’s a bit hard to believe that Apple might be in the midst of testing a trimmed down iPad for a possible release in the fall, especially considering CEO Steve Jobs’ past remarks that 7-inch tablets were “dead on arrival.” Apple has a long history of flip-flopping when it comes to its iOS devices, however, so we certainly shouldn’t rule anything out. With that in mind, Apple enthusiast blog SuperApple.cz reports that Apple is currently testing iPad tablets with screen sizes just under 6 inches. The blog offers no hard evidence or additional details of substance, though it claims to have confirmed its report with two independent sources. Rumors of Apple working on a product sized between the iPad and iPhone have surfaced several times in the past, and it is not unreasonable to think Apple is testing a smaller iPad right now. Whether or not the device is actually slated for release this fall, however, remains to be seen. More →
Yes, it’s just and eyes-on. HTC employees were the only ones allowed to handle and demo the newly minted, 7-inch Android tablet, so we couldn’t develop as much of an opinion about the device as we would have liked. For its inaugural tablet, the Taiwanese OEM decided to buck the dual-core craze and stick with a single-core, 1.5GHz chip. Watching HTC buzz around on the device seemed to indicate that the tablet’s engine is more than capable of keeping up with your demands. A differentiating factor for the Flyer is the fact that it ships with a stylus. We were shown a demo where tapping on the screen with the stylus immediately took a screen shot, from there you can use the pen to draw, annotate, and doodle on the captured image. We’re sure HTC will build more functionality into the stylus before launch and it was kind of fun to see a tablet go back to its roots. The device will be shipping in Q2 of 2011 globally. We’re off to get more goodies from MWC, hit the gallery up and let us know what you think!
Today at Mobile World Congress, HTC announced the new, 7-inch, Flyer tablet; the company’s first foray into the tablet market place. The device’s specs are interesting — as the company has opted to forgo the dual-core processor route, instead using a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip along with a smaller 4,000mAh battery. The Flyer will also bring 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro-SD card slot, HDMI-out, DLNA support, and Android 2.4 into the 7-inch tablet arena. The device will be available globally, at an unknown price point, in Q2 of 2011. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Blog TmoNews has acquired intel that indicates America’s fourth largest wireless carrier, T-Mobile, will be launching the Dell Streak 7 Android tablet on February 2nd, Groundhog Day. The information comes courtesy of a leaked materials-placement guide presumably sent to a retail location. The Streak 7 will be T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ tablet offering and is slated to ship running the Android 2.2 operating system. Hopefully, Dell will be more proactive in pushing out updates to this Streak offering. Any Magenta lovers out there waiting for the Streak 7? More →
Today, at a planned media event, hardware manufacture Acer officially jumped into the Android tablet space by announcing two new future offerings. The company will offer both a 7 and 10.1-inch Android tablet that will begin shipping in April of 2011.
The 7-inch tablet boasts a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, HDMI output, a 1280 x 800 screen resolution, Flash 10.1 support, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, and an “HD” front-facing camera for video calling/chat.
The 10.1-inch model will have a 1GHz processor, along with a 5 megapixel camera, a 1280 x 800 screen resolution, an HDMI output, and Flash 10.1 support.
We’re still waiting for the company to let the official press releases fly. We’ll be sure to update this post with more details when that happens. Who’s excited?
UPDATE: The press release is after the bounce. More →
Blog oled-display.net is reporting that Samsung Mobile Display will showcase a new, 7-inch, Super AMOLED display at the FPD-International conference in Japan from November 10th to the 12th. The report states that the new window will have a 1200 x 600 resolution and will be available to manufacturers in the later half of 2011. “The new OLED Panel production line starts mid-June 2011 and boost the capacity from 3 million to 30 million small and middle panels per month,” writes oled-display. Hopefully, this added manufacturing prowess makes Super AMOLED display shortages a thing of the past.
At the moment, the most obvious application for this new, larger Super AMOLED display would be in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab slate; as the device currently uses a 7-inch display. Would anyone prefer a Galaxy Tab with a Super AMOLED display as opposed to the device’s current WSVGA TFT offering? More →
ViewSonic unveiled two new tablets on Monday, including a unique offering that runs both Android and Windows 7. The ViewPad 10 is a dual-boot tablet capable of running both Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Home Premium. It features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD drive, microSDHC support (up to 32GB), a 1.3-megapixel webcam and a 10-inch 1024 x 600-pixel LED backlit multitouch display. ViewSonic’s upcoming 10-inch tablet will ship with both operating systems pre-installed along with Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash support and videoconferencing software. The smaller ViewPad 7 opts for Android 2.2 in place of the 10’s dual-boot setup, and it features cellular data connectivity (HSPA), a 3-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front camera for video chat, 512MB of RAM, microSDHC support (up to 32GB), up to 10 hours of battery life and a 7-inch WVGA LCD touchscreen display. The ViewPad 7 will launch before the end of the year for $479 while the ViewPad 10 will be available some time in Q1 2011 for $629. Hit the break for the full press release. More →
It looks like regional carrier U.S. Cellular will throw its proverbial hat in the Samsung-ring and offer its customers the Galaxy Tab Android device. Most of us, by now, are familiar with the device’s spec sheet — Android 2.2, Flash 10.1, and 7-inch display — what we’re really interested in is the price and launch date of the device; all things the press release lacks. Hit the jump to read what you already know about the Tab and we’ll reach out to U.S. Cellular for a comment on the date and price. More →
Ensuring that it won’t be left out of the Galaxy Tab party set to take place early next month, T-Mobile announced Wednesday that it will offer up its version of Samsung’s Android tablet starting November 10th. While T-Mobile is still being coy about pricing in its press release, its website clearly states that the Galaxy Tab will be available for as low as $399.99 with a 2-year contract. The most notable addition to T-Mobile’s Galaxy Tab variant is the presence of HSPA+ compatibility. That’s right, T-Mobile fans will be able to feast on their carrier’s latest and greatest high-speed enhanced 3G network, which offers up what T-Mobile loves to refer to as “4G speeds”. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Once thought to be a gadget unicorn, the elusive sub-$100 is ready to make a splash at… Walgreens? In an interesting turn of events, it looks like Walgreens is indeed the first U.S. retailer to make a $99.99 Android tablet widely available. Built by personal navigation device (PND) maker Maylong, the M-150 is a 7-inch tablet with 256MB of RAM, microSD support and Wi-Fi connectivity. Of course sacrifices had to be made in order to reach the magic $99.99 price point. The tablet sports an 800 x 480-pixel resistive touchscreen display, so it uses a stylus for input. It also has a 400MHz processor and the now-ancient Android 1.6 operating system on board. As a tablet for less savvy users looking mainly for a light Web browsing tool and maybe a simple eBook reader, the Maylong M-150 could be just what the doctor ordered. Hit the jump for more specs and a link to order up this mysterious budget slate, which is only available online.
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RIM's Balsillie responds to Jobs, 'customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple'
For those of you not following the Apple earnings-call soap opera, let us give you a brief recap. Yesterday, during the Cupertino company’s Q4 conference call, CEO Steve Jobs joined the broadcast to speak with investors — an uncommon but not unprecedented move. Jobs then began to take questions and throw verbal jabs at several industry players including Google, application maker TweetDeck, HTC, Motorola, and Research In Motion.
Google’s Andy Rubin responded to Jobs’ claim that Android’s “openness” was slang for “fragmented” with a comical tweet, as did TweetDeck founder Iain Dodsworth; Jobs insinuated that developing TweetDeck for Android was a “nightmare” due to the platform’s fragmentation. Motorola and HTC, who Jobs called out for “skinning” Android, have — up to this point — kept quiet. Who’s left? Research In Motion.
Mr. Jobs noted that Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones in its Q4 which was far more than RIM’s latest quarterly blowout of 12 million handsets. Having a flare for the dramatic, and — especially lately — not wanting to take any slack from Apple, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie released a statement in response to Jobs’ innuendoes. Some key takeaways from Mr. Balsillie’s publishing: there are people who live both inside and outside of “Apple’s distortion field,” people care about Adobe’s Flash, and 7-inch tablets are cool. Hit the jump to see the full rant-rebuttal from RIM’s Jim Balsillie. More →