Lenovo announced three new tablets with 10.1-inch displays on Wednesday morning, including the IdeaPad Tablet K1, the ThinkPad Tablet, and the IdeaPad Tablet P1. The Android3.1 (Honeycomb) powered IdeaPad Tablet K1 will be targeted at the everyday consumer and is equipped with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen, HDMI-out, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. It’s also the first Netflix certified Honeycomb tablet. The 32GB IdeaPad Tablet P1 will be available on July 20th for $499.99, and the company confirmed that a 3G model will also launch in the U.S. at a later date. Lenovo will market its ThinkPad Tablet to business users. It’s equipped with a Gorilla Glass display, features a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, runs Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), has a full-size SD card slot and a USB port, and can be bought with an optional digitizer pen. The 16GB and 32GB ThinkPad Tablets will be available on August 2nd for $479 and $589, respectively. Finally, the IdeaPad Tablet P1 runs Windows 7 and is powered by a 1.5GHz Intel processor. It will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. Read on for the full press release. More →
Motorola began issuing the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) update to Wi-Fi XOOM owners on Tuesday. The patch reportedly adds support for the tablet’s SD card slot and also features a new screen zooming feature that will allow users to resize mobile applications so that they fit the screen appropriately. Android 3.2 will also add support for smaller tablets with 7-inch screens, many of which currently run older versions of Android such as Gingerbread. Google also announced that it is releasing parts of the Android 3.2 source code to the Android Open Source Project. More →
Lexar announced earlier today that the company will be bringing a whopping 128GB capacity SD card to market. This doubles the largest SDXC card that’s currently available. Fitting 128GB in the teeny teensy size of an SD card isn’t easy, and it won’t come cheap either — we’re talking about a $700 price point for the card. If you’re not in desperate need of 128GB of storage for your digital SLR, however, and can do with 64GB, you’ll be pleased as punch to know that the price is much more reasonable at $399. Both cards will be available starting this Spring. Press release after the jump. More →
To those with HD camcorders that record to SD cards, prepare to rejoice. SanDisk has announced it is now shipping its new line of SD media cards, the Ultra SDXC, complete with 64 gigabytes of storage capacity. The new XC line of SD cards, which is said to be able to grow to 2 TB — yes, terabytes — of storage, boasts a 15 MB/sec throughput rate and can store up to 9 hours of HD video. SanDisk’s SDXC cards are based on the SD 3.0 specifications for maximum compatibility, and use the exFAT file system. Canon has already publicly said that all of its future VIXIA camcorders and PowerShot cameras will be compatible with the newer, more potent XC cards. We have SanDisk’s official press release queued up for you after the break.
We get the feeling that early 2010 is going to be big for Sprint’s WiMax. We came by one of these training slides for a new 3G/4G mobile hotspot, precisely like the Mi-Fi, for Sprint. Like many of Sprint’s wireless data cards, this one is also going to be made by Sierra Wireless. What we’re hearing is that this new device will be able to support up to five users via Wi-Fi and its range is being increased to 100 feet. In addition to the added range and power, it will also support SD card storage; while that doesn’t sound like a big deal, the data can be shared by every user who is connected to the data card. No official pricing or release date just yet, but we’re looking at a possibly February launch for this dual 3G-4G wireless hotspot in your pocket.
SD storage took a great leap forward at CES on Wednesday. The SD Association announced a new SDXC specification which allows for up to 2TB of storage capacity and read/write speeds up to 104MB per second with future expansion up to 300 megabytes per second! The new SDXC format uses Microsoft’s exFAT file system to support large capacity cards and will provide interoperability with a wide range of PCs, consumer electronics, photography equipment and mobile phones. SDXC cards will be available as full-sized SDXC cards and microSDXC. The new specification drops support for the less popular mini-SD format. The detailed specifications for the open standard will be released in the first quarter of 2009 with widespread device support expected in late 2009 – early 2010. 2TB of storage in your digital camera or mobile handset?! Yes please.
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