We don’t have too much information to go off of at this point in time, but we’ve been told by a Sprint source of ours that Sprint employees will begin training for a “slate”-type device on June 7th. More →
We told those pesky grey marketers that they’d better get a move on if they were hoping to make a few quick bucks importing the Dell Streak into the U.S. Today at D8, Dell announced that it will be bringing its gargantuan 5″ Android smartphone/tablet to the U.S. on or around the end of July. At that time, $500 will get you unlocked Streak complete with a 5″ WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, 16GB of internal memory, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, and 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1. It will be available directly from dell.com More →
As if resident of the UK didn’t already have a line-up of handsets to chose from that would make even the most reserved American green with envy, today Dell announced that it and O2 will be releasing the Dell Streak in early June. A giant amongst smartphones, the Streak features a 5″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 16GB of internal memory, support for microSD cards up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. To debut with Android 1.6, Dell says the Streak has been “designed with the future in mind” and will be subject to OTA updates which will bring Adobe Flash 10.1, Android 2.2 “Froyo”, and video chat apps to the Streak before the year’s end. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the Dell Streak will be available online and in stores from O2, at Carphone Warehouse, and later “later in the month at Dell.co.uk.” Oh, anyone whose thinking of making an easy buck brining these bad boys over to the US better move fast — it’s coming here “later this summer.” Click through for the press release.
According to an HP insider, by way of The Examiner, HP will be releasing a webOS-based tablet in Q3 of this year. Presumably featuring better hardware than the poorly reviewed HP Slate — recently scrapped by HP — the webOS tablet is said to be codenamed “Hurricane.” Now before anyone gets too excited, we should remind you that HP’s acquisition of Palm has yet to be finalized and still has a few months to go; HP said the deal should be done by July 31st. So…unless HP is already working hard on the Hurricane — or simply believes it wouldn’t be all that hard to slap together a decent tablet in a few month’s time — we find this whole “Q3″ business a bit hard to believe. 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 →
Tech blog, Conecti.ca, reportedly got its hands on a pre-release copy of the HP Slate and did a quick unofficial hands on review. The review, in Spanish and machine-translated by Google, is not kind toward the Windows 7-powered device. The review is peppered with negativity including the observation of ”a long and annoying load time operating system” and a final verdict upholds the less-than enthusiastic theme of the review by proclaiming that the device and its experience is “meh”. On the plus side, the device has “expansion ports ad-nauseum” and, though made of plastic, the slate “feels dense and tough”. Overall, the reviewers see this device as a portable competitor to netbooks and not necessarily the proverbial iPad killer that the device is touted to be.
[Via PC World]
Having sold some 1.5 million Windows-based computers, Toshiba saw it’s U.S. PC sales grow an impressive 50% in Q1. The sales, which were greatly aided by a recovering economy, were also accelerated thanks to interest in Windows 7. Toshiba is now the 4th largest mover of PCs in the U.S. As for the future, Toshiba’s GM of digital products has said the company is planning on introducing a series of tablets this year, with some running Microsoft’s Windows 7 and others Google’s Android. Some analysts have predicted that such a move would do nothing but throw a wrench into Toshiba’s netbook sales, but the company is confident that the two categories of devices can be sold side by side with minimal cannibalization. The U.S. market for tablets is expected to swell to 50 million units by 2014. More →
The NYT has an interesting article up about the iPad — no, it is not about how great it is. The iPad may prove to be the catalyst for what was previously a struggling market… the tablet. The tablet PC never really excited consumers the way manufacturers had hoped. Flimsy hinges, sub-par software, and a lack of device sex appeal were largely to blame for the floundering sales figures. What will the new tablet look like? First, scratch the name. Tablets were so 2002; the new set of devices are called slates, or even *shudder* pads. They no longer have awkward hinges, they probably won’t have a physical keyboard, and they definitely won’t have a standard desktop operating system shoe-horned onto them. They will be, like it or not, more iPad-like. Sleeker, sexier, cheaper, and more well received than before.
A newly circulating rumor potentially sheds new light on that Samsung tablet which was outed earlier this week by Emmanuele Silanesu, National Product and Marketing Manager for Samsung Australia’s IT division. Despite the insinuation by Silanesu that the device will feature an Intel Atom chip with some flavor of Windows on board, this latest rumor turns that whole scenario upside down by claiming the device will be powered by Android. Details are sketchy but the tablet could feature calling via a headset presumably using some implementation of VoIP, 3G and possibly even 4G connectivity, and an ARM-based architecture under the hood. We have a good six months to elucidate all the details on this slate device but this latest rumor paints a picture of a device which is much more desirable than a re-hashed Q1. Cross fingers and hope that this latest rumor is the one that rises to the top when all the wheat is separated from the chaff. More →
Samsung is resurrecting the ghost of the Q1 and planning to jump into the now-hot slate PC market in the second half of 2010. According to Emmanuele Silanesu, National Product and Marketing Manager for Samsung Australia’s IT division, Samsung’s slate device will contain a faster, more robust processor than the iPad and will offer more connectivity options through a diversity of I/O ports. Consumer friendly in price, the Samsung slate will be a primary device designed to replace a netbook or a notebook in your personal arsenal of mobile computers. As Silanesu explained, this is a device that “you could take to university and do a PowerPoint presentation on it, for example, or a device that could be taken home or to the office and docked.” From Silanesu’s brief revelation, we can expect the Samsung slate to feature an Intel Atom processor, contain ports for multiple video sources, support a multitude of peripherals including a docking station, sport a sub-$500 price tag, and mostly likely run some flavor of Windows. Any interest in an Intel Atom-powered slate running Windows or have we already been there, done that as shown above? More →
Apple has just sent out invites to an event it will be holding next week at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. In the invitation, Apple says, “Come see our latest creation.” Hmm, we wonder what that could be. It’s going to be an intense day since so much anticipation and hype has been building for an Apple tablet, and all that energy will finally culminate in typical Apple fashion next week. The event starts bright and early at 10 AM PST, so set your clocks and calendars and try not to go too crazy in the meantime.
In case you were unaware, Gawker and Valleywag have announced a “Scavenger Hunt” offering some serious dough for pictures, video or hands-on time with the Apple tablet. It didn’t take long for Apple’s representation to respond. In a letter to Gabriel Snyder of Valleywag, Apple says that Gawker has “crossed the line” and that Apple “insists that you immediately discontinue the Scavenger Hunt.” Perhaps the most damning evidence, if you can even call it that, is the line in the letter that says, “The information you are willing to pay for, such as photos of a yet-to-be released product, constitutes Apple trade secrets.” More →
Could the image you see above, which really looks like it could be part of a giant iPhone, be the glass surface for the Apple tablet? If so, that giant hole on the bottom is likely where an iPhone-like home button will be, and the earpiece up top would be for a speaker. Or, and we know this could be a stretch, someone had nothing better to do and created a large-scaled replica of the iPhone’s face, drilled an extra hole into it and called it a placeholder for a camera. There are some things we see on the Internet that sends our BS meter through the roof, and this one did it at first glance. We’d be really disappointed if Apple made the tablet look nothing more like a giant iPhone, but then again, why mess with success? If rumors prove to be true, we’ll find out before the end of this month. More →