Samsung considers Galaxy Tab 10.1 overhaul following iPad 2 unveiling

By on March 4, 2011 at 10:37 AM.

Samsung considers Galaxy Tab 10.1 overhaul following iPad 2 unveiling

Following the unveiling of Apple’s second-generation iPad tablet earlier this week, competitors are left scrambling to react. The iPad 2 wasn’t perfect, of course, but it still sets the standard for tablets in 2011 and it will still outsell the competition 10 to one. Apple had its eye on hardware with its iPad 2 update, and the sleek, slender result was so impressive that it seemingly left Samsung scrambling to overhaul its upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate. The company is already rethinking some of the tablet’s hardware components, Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports, in consideration of the iPad 2′s 8.8-millimeter aluminum body. “We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,” Lee Don-joo, EVP of Samsung’s mobile business, told Yonhap. “Apple made it very thin.” Samsung is also considering a lower price point when it releases the Tab 10.1 later this year, according to Lee. “The 10-inch [Galaxy Tab] was to be priced higher than the 7-inch [Galaxy Tab] but we will have to think that over.” More →

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‘Significant’ new tablet, plenty of Android devices headed to CTIA

By on March 3, 2011 at 8:23 PM.

‘Significant’ new tablet, plenty of Android devices headed to CTIA

CTIA vice president Rob Mesirow said on Thursday that a “significant” new tablet will be unveiled at the annual CTIA trade show later this month. The show will be packed full of tablets — just like this year’s CES — as we all expected. “Tablets are just an extension. We’ll start seeing a lot of extension devices. It’s probably no accident that most of the new phones coming out will be able to tether 5-7 products to that phone,” Mesirow told PC Magazine in an interview. “We’re going to see a ton of tablets at this show.” Unlike CES, however, it also looks like we might finally see a new round of Windows Phone 7 devices announced at CTIA. “We’re going to see a lot more out of Windows Phone 7 at this show, but it’ll be moving into the fall show in a much bigger way,” the CTIA exec noted. But Android will still be the belle of the ball, of course. “Android, Android, Android,” Mesirow said when asked what the predominant smartphone platform at CTIA might be. More →

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RBC: 185 million tablets sold by end of 2014, Android to dominate long-term

By on March 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM.

RBC: 185 million tablets sold by end of 2014, Android to dominate long-term

In a note to investors on Thursday, RBC Capital Markets General Manager Mike Abramsky reiterates the firm’s belief that the tablet market is poised to explode over the coming years. RBC forecasts a rise in global tablet revenue from $11 billion in 2010 to $70 billion in 2014, noting that leadership will be achieved through a differentiated user experience, innovation, value and the surrounding software ecosystem, among other things. Abramsky views Apple’s iPad as the clear leader in the space right now, though he notes that the iOS tablet’s dominance will likely be short lived. “While Apple’s iPad may continue to set the bar high for experience, we expect Android to dominate (40% share Tablets by 2014), given its broader support from OEMs and carriers and expected budget-priced Android Tablets from Asia,” Abramsky writes. But he also notes that several Android tablet makers will exit the market along the way. “Too many vendors entering the market sets up for a pending shakeout.”

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Motorola XOOM overclocked to 1.5GHz; shreds benchmarks

By on February 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM.

Motorola XOOM overclocked to 1.5GHz; shreds benchmarks

So you’ve gone ahead and purchased a Motorola XOOM for a cool $800. You’ve been politely pawing at it for the last few days, playing by its rules, running at — or under — its manufacturer-designated speed limit. Now what? You overclock that bad boy’s processor… that’s what. XDA forum member coolbho300 has managed to tweak the XOOM’s kernel to get both Cortex-A9 cores running at a benchmark-shredding 1.5GHz. “I have successfully brought the Tegra 2 in the XOOM to 1.5GHz,” writes coolbho300 in a forum post. “A few kernel modifications make the dual core chip in the XOOM even more powerful than the recently announced Tegra 2 3D. 1.5GHz through two Cortex A9 cores is truly a force to be reckoned with.” We’re not going to argue with that assessment. As you can see from the above image, the device’s performance in benchmark tests is quite impressive (especially when compared to a lowly smartphone). You can hit up XDA to check out the tutorial on how to bring your XOOM up to warp speed… but do be careful. More →

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Motorola XOOM review

By on February 23, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Motorola XOOM review

The Motorola XOOM isn’t the first Android tablet, but in a way it kind of is the first Android tablet. It runs Google’s latest OS designed exclusively for tablets, and the difference between Honeycomb and earlier versions of Android on a tablet is night and day. The XOOM is a beautiful 10.1-inch device powered a dual-core processor, dual cameras, loads of memory, and it’ll soon be 4G-capable on the nation’s most reliable network — who could ask for more? I’ve been testing the Motorola XOOM for a few days, and I’ve definitely put this sleek new slate through the paces. Hit the jump for BGR’s full review.

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Verizon Wireless to launch Motorola XOOM on February 24th; $599.99 on contract

By on February 22, 2011 at 9:15 AM.

Verizon Wireless to launch Motorola XOOM on February 24th; $599.99 on contract

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday confirmed its plans to launch Motorola’s highly anticipated Honeycomb tablet on Thursday, February 24th. The carrier also confirmed pricing for the device, which will cost $599.99 with a two-year service contract or $799.99 without a contract. 3G data service will start at $20 per month for 1GB of data. Verizon notes that the XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE in the second quarter of this year for free, but it does not provide any pricing information for its upcoming 4G data service. The Motorola XOOM features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera with HD video capture support and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat. BGR went hands-on with the XOOM tablet at CES and at MWC, and we were impressed on both occasions. Hit the break for Verizon Wireless’ full press release. More →

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Sony readying dual-display Android tablet, sliding Windows 7 VAIO tablet for Q4

By on February 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM.

Sony readying dual-display Android tablet, sliding Windows 7 VAIO tablet for Q4

An unconfirmed report on Monday suggests that Sony is working on two unannounced tablets slated for release later this year. Struggling electronics giant Sony has been noticeably absent from the tablet tsunami coming our way this year, but it looks like the company has plans to change that in time for the holidays. Sony is already rumored to be working on a PlayStation certified S1 tablet, and now two new slates are supposedly in the works as well. The first, codenamed S2, is set to be a clam shell Android device with dual 5.5-inch displays, a Tegra 2 processor, Wi-Fi, embedded 3G and a modified version of Google’s Honeycomb OS designed to take advantage of two screens. The other rumored tablet is said to be VAIO-branded. It will allegedly run Windows 7 and feature a 9.4-inch display, an Intel Atom processor and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. Sony is said to be targeting a $699 price point with the S2, and the Windows 7-powered VAIO tablet will cost $799 or more. Both devices are rumored to be scheduled for launch ahead of the 2011 holiday season. More →

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Motorola CEO defends XOOM tablet’s $800 price tag

By on February 17, 2011 at 3:50 PM.

Motorola CEO defends XOOM tablet’s $800 price tag

At Mobile World Congress on Wednesday, Motorola Mobility chief executive Sanjay Jha came to the defense of the company’s decision to price its first Android tablet at $800. The Motorola XOOM will be a flagship Android tablet when it launches in the near future, and Motorola has slapped on a flagship price tag. With 3G connectivity, the 32GB XOOM will be $70 more expensive than an Apple iPad with the same amount of storage. “We felt that our ability to deliver 50Mbps would justify the $799 price point,” Jha told reporters at Mobile World Congress. “It is 32GB with 3G and a free upgrade to 4G. Being competitive with iPad is important. We feel that from the hardware and capabilities we deliver, we are at least competitive and in a number of ways better.” Of note, the 3G XOOM will reportedly also require users to purchase at least one month of cellular data service in order to unlock Wi-Fi connectivity — ostensibly adding another $30 onto the price of the XOOM and making it a full $100 more expensive than the comparable iPad model. The Wi-Fi-only XOOM will be priced in line with the comparable iPad model at $600. More →

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Motorola confirms XOOM pricing; around $600 for Wi-Fi only, $799 for cellular connectivity

By on February 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM.

Motorola confirms XOOM pricing; around $600 for Wi-Fi only, $799 for cellular connectivity

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha on Wednesday confirmed pricing for the company’s upcoming Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola XOOM. Speaking to the press at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Jha stated that a version of the XOOM with cellular data connectivity will be available from Verizon Wireless for an unsubsidized price of $799. Earlier rumors suggested that Best Buy would offer the XOOM for the same price. The tablet will have the option to connect to Verizon’s 3G data network — and later this year, its 4G LTE network as well — for a monthly fee, but buyers will not have to sign a service contract with the carrier. Jha also stated that the Wi-Fi-only version of the Motorola XOOM will be available for around $600. More →

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Motorola previews Super Bowl XOOM ad; shots fired at Apple now more subtle

By on February 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM.

Motorola previews Super Bowl XOOM ad; shots fired at Apple now more subtle

As it turns out, Motorola’s Super Bowl XLV television advertisement won’t be as blatant a shot at Apple as the teaser spot we showed you on earlier this week. Orwell’s 1984 is still the theme, however, and we all know why. Motorola debuted a preview of its upcoming Super Bowl spot on Friday, and the full advertisement will run on Sunday during the game. Dubbed “Empower the People,” the commercial pitches Motorola’s upcoming XOOM tablet as an orange in a world full of, ahem, apples. “The Super Bowl offers a special opportunity to connect a broader consumer audience to our new company, brand and devices as the most watched and celebrated sporting event of the year,” said Motorola Mobility CMO Bill Ogle in a statement. “Our new ad featuring Motorola XOOM demonstrates how people have more options to connect with each other, in a very personal way, through technology.” Hit the break for the video preview of Motorola’s commercial for its upcoming XOOM tablet, along with a press release. More →

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Full video from Google’s Honeycomb event now available

By on February 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM.

Full video from Google’s Honeycomb event now available

Following Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb event on Wednesday, the Internet giant has made its full press conference available on YouTube. From start to finish, anxious Android fans can now relive all of the action — Cee-Lo appearance and all. Google had a sleek new Motorola XOOM on display for the demos during the presentation and it did a fantastic job showing off Google’s new tablet-only OS. From the new home screen and app-switcher UI to the revamped YouTube interface and the email application — Honeycomb appears to be much better suited for tablets than currently available versions of the OS, and Android fans are right to be excited. Hit the break for the full video from Google. More →

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Motorola ATRIX 4G and XOOM tablet to launch next month

By on January 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM.

Motorola ATRIX 4G and XOOM tablet to launch next month

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed on the cell phone maker’s fourth-quarter earnings call that two of Motorola’s highly anticipated upcoming devices will launch next month. AT&T’s upcoming convertible superphone, the Motorola ATRIX 4G, and Verizon Wireless’ monster tablet, the Motorola XOOM, both look set for a launch at the end of February. The ATRIX 4G features a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 4.3-inch 540 x 960-pixel display and an option laptop dock that converts the device into a full-size smartbook. The XOOM is a Honeycomb tablet that sports a 10-1 inch display, full HD support and the same dual-core Tegra 2 processor as the ATRIX. Jha seemed more secure in the ATRIX 4G’s launch timeframe during the question and answer session at the end of the call, saying that the XOOM might be pushed back slightly to March. But Jha also reaffirmed that the 4G LTE-enabled Motorola DROID BIONIC and the LTE hardware upgrade for the Motorola XOOM are both on track to launch at the end of the second quarter. More →

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T-Mobile’s G-Slate, Streak 7 and Galaxy S 4G get rumored release dates

By on January 25, 2011 at 9:24 PM.

T-Mobile’s G-Slate, Streak 7 and Galaxy S 4G get rumored release dates

According to supposed internal T-Mobile documents, details surrounding the release of three upcoming devices may have just been revealed. The information, while unconfirmed, lines up well with previous rumors in several instances. First up, the Dell Streak 7 will supposedly launch on February 2nd for $299.99 with a two-year contract. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, the Dell Streak 7 features Android 2.2, a 7-inch WVGA display and a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. Next, the document states that the Samsung Galaxy 4G smartphone will launch on February 23rd, featuring Android 2.2, a Super-AMOLED display and “4G” HSPA+ connectivity. Finally, the 4G-enabled, Honeycomb-packing LG G-Slate is said to be launching on March 23rd. Hit the break for an additional slide. More →

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