1M BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, 800K Motorola XOOMs on order for Q1 according to report

By on January 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM.

1M BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, 800K Motorola XOOMs on order for Q1 according to report

According to an unconfirmed report, Chinese manufacturer Quanta Computer will build and ship over 1 million BlackBerry PlayBook tablets for RIM in the first quarter of 2011. DigiTimes cites industry sources in reporting the numbers, and also states that Quanta will ship between 700,000 and 800,000 Motorola XOOM tablets in Q1. The report claims RIM will launch the Wi-Fi-only version of the PlayBook in March, with 3G and 4G versions to follow in the second quarter. The report also claims, however, that Motorola will begin offering an “LTE version” of the XOOM tablet in the second quarter of this year after launching the 3G model in Q1. This assertion is inaccurate according to Motorola, which said its XOOM tablet would only gain 4G LTE connectivity using a forthcoming modem attachment. BGR published a lengthy hands-on video demonstration of the BlackBerry PlayBook in December, and we played with it again at CES in early January. The QNX-based tablet managed to impress us on both occasions. We also checked out the Android Honeycomb-powered Motorola XOOM tablet at CES and it was quite impressive as well. More →

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The best of CES 2011… so far

By on January 7, 2011 at 11:16 AM.

The best of CES 2011… so far

Wow. Just, wow. CES has been a nonstop roller coaster so far. Smartphone announcements, tablet announcements, keynotes, Android, Windows… and we’re barely into the second day of the show. Wednesday featured some massive pre-show events and Thursday didn’t slow down for even a second. As the first half of the Consumer Electronics Show is now behind us, we wanted to assemble some of the biggest product announcements so far into one giant gadgetgasm for your viewing pleasure. So without further ado, hit the break and enjoy the ride. More →

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Verizon unveils 10 4G LTE device; smartphones, tablets and more

By on January 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM.

Verizon unveils 10 4G LTE device; smartphones, tablets and more

At a press conference moments ago, Verizon Wireless unveiled a host of upcoming devices built for its 4G LTE network. From smartphones, to tablets, to laptop computers and mobile hotspots — Verizon had all the bases covered at today’s event. Here’s a quick rundown of each 4G device covered by the Big Red event:

  • HTC ThunderBolt  – HTC Sense 2.0,  1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording, DLNA capability, video chat support
  • LG Revolution – 4.3-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2, video chat, mobile hotspot support (up to eight devices)
  • DROID Bionic 4G – Android, video chat, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch display, HDMI connectivity, dual-core 1GHz processor, 512 DDR2 RAM
  • Unnamed Samsung Smartphone – Android 2.2, 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz processor, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, video chat
  • Motorola XOOM tablet – 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, 1080p HD video, front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat, 5-megapixel camera with video capture, mobile hotspot capability (up to five devices)
  • 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab – 7-inch TFT display, Android 2.2, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera
  • Novatel MiFi® 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – 3G and 4G LTE compatibility
  • Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – 3G and 4G LTE compatibility
  • Compaq CQ10-688nr – 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom N455 processor, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, multi-format digital media card reader, webcam and multiple connectivity options
  • HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr – 11.6-inches, HP CoolSense Technology, up to 10.75 hours of battery life, 320 GB of storage, multi-format digital media card reader, HDMI port, Dolby Advanced Audio and GPS for mapping and navigation

Hit the break for Verizon Wireless’ full (massive) press release and don’t forget to check out our live-blog of the event for a recap. More →

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Motorola XOOM tablet announced

By on January 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM.

Motorola XOOM tablet announced

Motorola Mobility on Wednesday announced the tablet countless Android fans have been waiting for. The Motorola XOOM is a 10.1-inch full touchscreen device with specs that look like they’ll line up pretty well with the rest of the Android slates we’ll be seeing at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Highlights include:

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • 10.1-inch widescreen HD display
  • Dual-core 1GHz processor
  • Full 1080p HD support with HDMI-out port
  • 5-megapixel rear camera with 720p video capture
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat
  • Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity (Verizon Wireless)
  • 4G LTE compatibility with external modem attachment
  • Available Bluetooth keyboard and dock accessories

The Motorola XOOM tablet will launch in the first quarter of 2011 in the U.S. Pricing has not yet been disclosed. Hit the break for Motorola’s full press release. More →

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