While consumers the world over are still busy trying to get their hands on ASUS’s Eee Pad Transformer, ASUS is prepping a new slate to be unveiled next week at Computex 2011. The Taiwan-based computer maker took to its Facebook page to tease what will seemingly be another unique device. “Break the rules: pad or phone?,” ponders a graphic at the top of the company’s Facebook page. ASUS also seemingly planted three teaser photos of the device on an enthusiast blog to help stir up speculation. The “pad or phone” question leads us to believe the device could be a smaller tablet, possibly in the 5 to 7-inch range, with cellular connectivity or perhaps deeply integrated VoIP functionality. Alternatively, we could possibly be looking at another convertible form factor of some kind, which may help ASUS continue to distinguish its tablet offerings from competing tablets as it did with the Transformer. ASUS will unveil the device at its press conference from Computex on May 30th. Hit the break for three teaser images posted by TechInStyle.tv. More →
According to a new report issued by Canalys today, the global PC market grew 7% during the first quarter of this year – largely fueled by tablets. There were 88.6 million PC shipments during the quarter, up from 82.8 million during the same quarter last year. HP had a 66% share of the shipments, followed by Acer (12.8%), Dell (11.3%), Apple (9.5%), Lenovo (9.2%), and others (40.6%). “Apple set the standard in the pad market, mainly at the expense of notebook and netbook shipments, as pads competed for a share of consumer IT spend,” Canalys said, noting that Apple’s iPad products accounted for 74% of the 6.4 million tablets shipped globally in Q1. “The [tablet] represents a real threat to PC and consumer electronics vendors, as it is capable of replacing devices in a range of other categories,” Tim Coulling, a Canalys analyst, said. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
We met up with LG on Tuesday to check out its inductive Wireless Charging Pad, which it hopes will compete against competitors like Powermat. During our hands-on, we weren’t able to test the device — it seems someone forgot to charge the charger — but we were able to get a feel for its size, weight and some of its features. The Wireless Charging Pad has a power indicator that alerts you just how much power is left, and LG says it takes about two hours to charge itself up fully. All you have to do once it’s juiced up is pop a special back onto your smartphone and drop it onto the charging pad. In our eyes, the Wireless Charging Pad wasn’t a whole lot different than the Powermat; it’s light in the hand and can easily be packed in a briefcase, backpack or even a Florida tourist-friendly oversized fanny pack. LG hasn’t said which of its phones the Wireless Charging Pad will be compatible with just yet, but we think it’s a little counter intuitive for LG to make it only compatible with LG phones. Don’t forget to check out our photo gallery below!
A new report out of South Korea Wednesday sheds some light on LG’s upcoming virgin tablet offering. According to the report, LG is preparing to launch its first Android tablet in the first quarter next year. The “LG Pad”, as it may be called, will purportedly feature a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, an 8.9-inch touchscreen display and the Android Honeycomb operating system. A senior official at LG is quoted as saying, “LG Electronics decided to launch a new tablet PC, so-called LG Pad, both in the domestic and overseas markets in the first quarter of the next year when Google unveils Honeycomb, tablet PC-version Android OS.” The official goes on to say, “While the existing tablet PCs focus on e-book, movie, music and the Internet functions, LG’s new tablet PC is jumping into the market with more diverse contents based on powerful functions.” Sounds good to us, though LG hasn’t confirmed any details at this point.
When Verizon Wireless announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab, there was a fair amount of skepticism about the unreleased device’s $599 price tag. Now, according to a leaked Best Buy advert, it appears as though a Wi-Fi only model will be making its way to Best Buy Mobile for a more modest $499. The Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab, which will be available in silver, packs the exact same components as its cellular counterpart — minus a CDMA radio. Samsung had promised a Wi-Fi only model of the device when the Tab was officially announced back in September; the company had made it seem like that device was still a ways off. What do you think? In light of the new model and price is the Tab any more appealing? More →
This whole pad term is still a mystery to us… anyway… it appears as though Research In Motion has legally registered the domain name blackpad.com. As you can see from the above screen capture, the Waterloo company first registered the name on July 8, 2010. The filing adds fuel to the rumor fire that RIM is concocting some sort of tablet-slab-pad thing that will serve as a companion to its BlackBerry smartphone devices. BlackPad… yikes. Which name do you think is worse, iPad or BlackPad? More →
Zedomax is reporting that Adobe is showcasing a prototype of an Android tablet at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. The new Android tablet, seen running Adobe Air and Flash, will apparently have a similar form factor to the iPad: screen of roughly 10-inches on the vertical and a physical keyboard-less, multi-touch display. For the time being, we don’t know exactly what the production unit will look like — other than screen size — as the core components were demoed while wrapped in an acrylic case. We’ve got some additional pictures and a video, courtesy of Zedomax, queued up for you after the break. What are your initial thoughts? Anyone willing to rethink their position on purchasing a tablet/pad now that it doesn’t have the letter “i” in front of it? More →