Dual-screen tablet will cost $550 contract-free
The pricing for Sony's dual-screened Tablet P for North America has finally been officially revealed. AT&T will launch the Android-powered tablet on March 4, which will be offered on a two-year contract for $400, or $550 on its own.
Acer Iconia Tab A200 due in UK January 6
The recently introduced Iconia Tab A200 from Acer has just shown up at UK retailer Very in both black and red versions. The listing reveal the price of the 10.1-inch tablet to be £299 (about $470) after tax, with North American prices likely to be lower than that if it crosses over. Both are similar apart from color.
LG Optimus Pad LTE shows up in South Korea
An LTE version of LG's Optimus Pad tablet has shown up in South Korea. It runs on the country's U+ 4G network and gets a faster, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor rather than the 1GHz Tegra 2 of the original. Its dual five-megapixel cameras for 3D also look to have been replaced with eight-megapixel units.
T-Mobile reveals release dates for two 4G tablets
T-Mobile has now revealed the ship dates for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Huawei Springboard tablets after announcing them earlier this month. The Samsung device arrives on November 2, and interested parties can sign up for updates on the carrier's site. The 7-inch Springboard will be released on November 9 at the carrier. Neither device has yet been priced, however.
Toshiba Thrive 7 takes second shot at US
Toshiba in an evening unveiling showed the Thrive 7" tablet. The Android 3.2 slate still carries a dual-core Tegra 2 and even a 1280x800 display like its 10-inch cousin, but it shrinks ports to fit the same expansion in a smaller profile. A microSDHC card slot, micro HDMI, and micro USB let it get expansion through either adapters or direct connections, including with a Toshiba-written file transfer app to let users shuffle files.
Premium player has Tegra 2, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DNLA
Sony has announced its first Android-based Walkman, the NW-Z1000 series of premium music players. The latest Walkman will run Android 2.3 and features a glare resistant 4.3-inch screen with 800x640 resolution. The NW-Z100 uses the 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 and will be available in in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacity. In addition to Sony's proprietary W. Music player application, the NW-Z100 will have access to the Android Market app library.
Benchmark ranks hybrid at top of Android devices
Samsung's tablet-smartphone hybrid, the Galaxy Note, recently had its performance measured with the Quadrant standard benchmark. Bloggers from Techblog tested the oversized phone at the IFA trade show in Germany. It score of 3,624 on the Quadrant test puts the device in the upper echelon of Android devices currently on the market, alongside the Galaxy S II. Both devices use 1.4GHz Tegra 2 processors.
Sharp tablet runs Android 3.2, has dual cameras
Sharp has launched its 7-inch Galapagos A01SH tablet in Japan. The Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet has a Tegra 2 processor and 1GB RAM. It also has Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS, a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash and a 2-megapixel front camera. It runs Android 3.2.
Galaxy R not in North American release plans
NVIDIA and Samsung have once again officially revealed the Galaxy R handset. This time around, however, the company revealed that the device is coming to North and Eastern Europe, South East and West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China and is already available in Sweden. Curiously absent from the list is North America.
Subsidized Eee Pad Slider to cost 349 euros
The delayed Eee Pad Slider will soon be available in Europe, as it popped up in the Portuguese online flyer at Phone House. The sliding 10.1-inch tablet will run on Android 3, and the 16GB model is priced at 349 euros (nearly $500) with a contract with ZON. While it's due to arrive for the UK in August, a US release date hasn't yet been announced but is expected soon.
Acer vows bounce back in summer
Acer chairman JT Wang at a presentation Thursday argued his belief that the company would return to profit in 2011. After posting two successive losses in the first half due to Apple's iPad cannibalizing netbooks and low-end notebooks, Wang expected a profit in the summer and an improvement yet again in the fall, the combination of which would put Acer back above water. The Taiwan PC builder had cut its 'abnormalities' in Europe from unsold notebooks and would have a much more efficient 10 to 20 days of channel inventory in the summer.
T-Mobile G2X set to get Android 2.3 within a month
An official LG forum moderator has that the long awaited update to Android 2.3 for the T-Mobile G2X should arrive soon. In response to customer enquiries about the arrival of Gingerbread on a discussion thread, the moderator said “…I’d be really surprised if it was more than a month out.” The Tegra 2 dual-core device has not been able to really shine with its current build of Android 2.2. It is expected that the update to 2.3 will highlight the benefits of its processing power.
Eee Pad Transformer 3G 16GB to cost 499 euros
The 3G version of ASUS' popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet has been priced for the Italian market. The product pages are up, revealing a price tag of 499 euros, tax inclusive (about $710) for the 16GB 3G model and 599 euros ($850) for the 32GB version and this fact was pointed out by NotebookItalia. While the website reveals specs and the prices, it doesn't provide a release date for the tablet, though many expect it to be August.
Xoom Wi-Fi gets price drop to $499, free case
Motorola announced over Twitter that it has dropped the price of its Wi-Fi-only Xoom tablet by $100 to $499. The company isn't saying why the price drop happened, but poor sales may be to blame. In the last quarterly report, the company said it shipped 250,000 Xooms.
Reader gets smoother scrolling, text scaling
The engineers at NVIDIA have given the Zinio magazine reader app a speed boost on Tegra-powered Honeycomb tablets, such as the Motorola Xoom, Acer Iconia A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The optimized version of the app uses the Tegra's GPU and OpenGL ES acceleration to handle page turn animation, fling panning and double-tap zooming.
Tablet said to be labeled the 7X
ViewSonic is reportedly set to introduce a new Android-based tablet, the 7X, featuring a seven-inch display. If leaked details are correct, the device may be the first seven-inch tablet to arrive on the market with Honeycomb. Like many of its larger counterparts, the 7X is said to be powered by NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 platform.
Toshiba Android 3.0-tablet not due to late summer
The upcoming Toshiba Android 3.0 tablet introduced at CES and promised to ship in June has been delayed. Toshiba UK's business notebooks chief, Ken Chan, told RegHardware the 10-inch tablet will now arrive during the summer. Chan wouldn't give reasons why the tablet was delayed even when pressed, however.
10.1-inch Android tablet with e-library access
Korean computer maker Trigem, which markets in the US under its Averatec brand, has announced a Tegra 2-based tablet computer dubbed the Tabit. The Tabit runs on Android 2.2 and features a 10.1-inch wide format 1024x600 LCD screen. The tablet has Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a MicroSD card slot, and USB and HDMI ports.
Chrome OS Seaboard tablet shows bug reports
Bug reports showing up recently in the Chromium testing community have revealed that there are currently at least two new Chrome OS devices in testing. One is codenamed the ZDA, and is likely an internal Chrome reference netbook. The other is what appears to be a Chrome OS tablet, referenced as Seaboard.
Sony unveils two Android tablets to take on iPad
(Update: video added) Sony has unveiled two new tablets running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) to take on Apple’s iPad. The first is the formal unveiling of the previously leaked 9.4-inch Sony S1 with its distinctive curved top, shaped like a magazine that has been folded open. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 and features Sony's customized “Quick and Smooth” panel-based UI and its new “Swift” mobile Web browser.
LG Revolution nears launch as it ships to testers
The LG Revolution that showed up at CES is said to now be arriving for testing, indicating the release is close. A slip from AndroidCentral is believed to be welcome news to those who want to access Verizon's 4G data network on an alternative HTC Thunderbolt.
Acer, Asus, Sony and Samsung launch manufacturers
Originally expected to start shipping in numbers in the first half of 2011, notebooks featuring Google’s streamlined, cloud-based OS have been confirmed to go mainstream in the second half of 2011. Notebooks from a wide range of leading vendors expected to display their Chrome OS notebooks at Computex Taipei 2011 include Acer, Asus, Sony and Samsung. Processors will range from the rumored NIVIDIA Tegra 2-powered Sony Chrome OS notebook, through to offerings with more typical Intel Atom-based configurations.
Acer Iconia out in April, Toshiba tablet in June
A leaked schedule sent in to Engadget from retailer Staples has revealed release dates for two upcoming tablets. Namely, Acer's Iconia Tab, likely to be the same one due at AT&T, though probably without the 4G radio and in Wi-Fi-only flavor, is due at the end of April at Staples. The other is an unnamed 10.1-inch device from Toshiba, and it is said to arrive at Staples in mid-June.
Device pairs keyboard dock with Android 3.0 tablet
ASUS is reportedly planning to launch its Eee Pad Transformer tablet slightly ahead of schedule for customers in Taiwan. The Transformer setup centers around the EP101TC, an Android 3.0-based tablet with a 10.1-inch touchscreen. Users can dock the tablet to a keyboard with a folding hinge when a netbook form factor is preferred.
Larger die, faster RAM, built by Samsung
An electron microscope “teardown” by UBM TechInsights has yielded interesting details about the new Apple A5 system-on-a-chip (SOC) powering the iPad 2. Recent benchmarking has shown that it significantly outpaces the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor in the Motorola Xoom and other upcoming Android 3.0 tablets by some margin, particularly in its graphics performance. Part of the reason for the performance differential can be found in the cost of the chips to manufacture. Apple has apparently spared no expense by incorporating a chip that currently costs $25 per chip to manufacture. This works out to $10 more per chip to build than the Tegra 2.
Toshiba claims Android 3 tablet hits iPad 2 prices
Toshiba Australia's Information Systems GM Rob Wilkinson claimed that his company's upcoming Android 3.0 tablet would trump the iPad 2. He expected that Toshiba could equal Apple's pricing but with a device that would be "richer in features." The Tegra 2-based tablet had its drawbacks, he told Smarthouse, but it would overall do well, especially as Toshiba would sell it through traditional PC shops rather than try to push it through carrier stores.
Handset first arrived in Korea
LG has announced that its Optimus 2X handset is set to arrive in European markets before the end of the month. The device, which first arrived in Korea in January, features NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, enabling 1080p recording and playback. Users can also take advantage of a four-inch display, 8GB of internal memory, and DLNA connectivity.
Hacker successfully overclocks NVIDIA Tegra 2
A member of the XDA Developers forum has successfully hacked the system kernel of the Motorola Xoom overclocking thee dual-core Tegra 2 processor from 1GHz to to 1.5GHz. The hack makes the Tegra 2 even more powerful than the recently announced Tegra 2 3D. Users applying the hack also have the ability to overclock the chip more moderately, with options to boost the chip to 1.2GHz and to 1.4GHz. The video below outlines the process.
Tegra 2 said to be close match to Samsung's SoC
Samsung may be preparing to launch a Tegra 2-based version of the upcoming Galaxy S II smartphone, which could arrive in select markets. The company admitted to collaboration with NVIDIA to create a new handset based on Tegra 2, but the Galaxy S II served as the primary focus of its Mobile World Congress handset unveilings.
Motorola Atrix 4G said to debut on February 22?
The Atrix 4G flagship smartphone from Motorola may arrive sooner than previously expected, according to a new rumor. It may now arrive on February 22 rather than the expected March 1 ship date at AT&T leaked earlier, a tipster showed AndroidCentral. As proof, an image was sent over that depicts the new date and looks like an internal memo.
Atmel, NVIDIA to bring out large, capable tablets
NVIDIA and Atmel at the Mobile World Congress show on Monday announced a partnership that will see them create large touchscreen tablets. While the touchscreens will come from Atmel, NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip will power the devices. A demo model will be shown off that sports the maXTouch mXT1386 screen.
Motorola Droid X sequel to use Bionic's Blur UI
Motorola's sequel to the Droid X has been spotted and detailed ahead of release. Commonly thought of as the X2 or by its Daytona codename, the phone is cosmetically very similar to the original Droid X, including the 3G-only cellular data and eight-megapixel camera. It should upgrade to the same dual-core Tegra 2 chip and 540x960 screen as the Droid Bionic, however, and was seen on The Mobi Zone using the same new Blur interface.
LG Optimus 3D image leaked?
What is believed to be the first image of the upcoming Optimus 3D smartphone has been leaked to Phandroid. Whether this is the actual phone or not is not known, but since the Optimus 2X and Optimus Black don't resemble it, it suggest so. The device is expected to be officially unveiled either at Sprint's February 7 event or at the Mobile World Congress show a little later on in the month.
Some early adopters forced to reflash device
Notion Ink has pulled an update for its Adam tablet after some users began reporting that the new firmware has been bricking their device. Early adopters of the just shipped NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered slate have reportedly been in touch with Notion Ink customer support who have advised on how to reflash their device to get it running again. According to Notion Ink Fan, the cause of the glitch is the result of the update file failing to be completely downloaded.
T-Mobile to sell Streak 7 for $330 on contract?
(Update with T-Mobile response) T-Mobile's product page for the upcoming Dell Streak 7 reveals the device may cost just $330 when purchased on-contract. There are three payments of $82.50 required after a down payment of $82.50 is put down, which mimics the pricing scheme for other T-Mobile devices purchased on contract. The scheme is called the Equipment Installment plan, and allows buyers to make the purchases interest-free.
Xoom tablet gets barometer supported by OS
While this wasn't revealed during our hands-on at CES last week, Motorola's Xoom tablet will have a built-in barometer, as per the developer page. Its operation is supported by Android 3.0, and it is expected to provide users with a prediction of local weather conditions as well as measuring altitude. The only sensor the 10.1-inch Xoom tablet doesn't have, however, is a proximity gauge to turn off the touchscreen.
Tablets paired with custom Android apps
(Update with reposted video)One of Acer's upcoming Android tablets has appeared on YouTube in a leaked video, which was briefly pulled and then reposted a short time later. The video appeared to show the company's 10-inch model, which is believed to be powered by NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 platform.
Platform expected to account for half of tablets
NVIDIA's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC) components are reportedly surging in popularity, as companies ready their next tablets to be introduced in 2011. Acer, ASUS and Samsung are each developing tablets based on the platform, industry sources have told DigiTimes. Toshiba was mentioned in the leak should already be using the chip in the Folio 100.
Hannspad loaded with Froyo and Tegra 2
Hannspree has given Electricpig a chance to play with pre-production version of its forthcoming 10.1-inch Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet, the Hannspad. It includes a custom Hanspree UI, which is most noticeable on the ‘portlets’ page, which features three customizable widgets. The device is powered by the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform. A video of the device in action is included below.
Motorola Tegra 2 tablet due as soon as February?
NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor will be a common sight throughout the CES show at the start of 2011, insiders said today. Chief among the vendors with tablets based on Tegra 2 will be Motorola, which is also now said to release such a tablet in February or March. Whether it will be the smaller seven-inch Motopad or the larger 10-inch Stingray model wasn't mentioned by Digitimes, however.
Folio 100 packs Tegra 2, optimized Froyo skin
Toshiba has formally launched its Folio 100 tablet. It runs a customized version of Android 2.2 in order to optimize the user experience for the larger than typical 10-inch display compared to most rivals. At its heart lies the vaunted NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core ARM-based processor, which puts out 1080p video and also helps to conserve power and deliver up to seven hours of battery life depending on use.
More details emerge as Asus orders 200-300k Tegra
Taiwanese sources have revealed that the previously speculated ASUS EP90 now has an expected March 2011 launch window. ASUS is said to have placed an order for up to three hundred thousand Tegra 2 dual-core ARM-based chips destined to power the forthcoming tablet. The device is also expected by Digitimes to ship with Windows Embedded Compact 7, which is optimized for use on tablet devices.
Space for 'superphones' between iPhone and tablets
In a press conference for the Tawainese media, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang argued that there is room for so-called large screen superphones like the Tegra 2 powered Motorola Droid X that will sit between the 3.5-inch displays on the iPhone and 7-inch tablets. In Huang’s view, a superphone is defined as offering basic internet connectivity, multimedia functionality and runs Android. Huang’s definition may need to be refined if recent suggestions of a larger screen iPhone made by Wall Street analyst Shaw Wu materialize.
Toshiba SmartPad official debut due for September
Toshiba's upcoming SmartPad tablet will officially be released by at the IFA 2010 show in Berlin that runs between September 3 and 8. The latest reports also had the clearest photos to date of the device, which reveals four touch buttons and an LED battery life indicator. While the hardware specs aren't confirmed, previous rumors had the device with a 10-inch screen, NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform and Google's Android.