Posts Tagged ‘tablets’

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v up for pre-order at Vodofone Australia

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Normally we would not be covering technology news happening in foreign lands unless they directly related to us. However we are making an exception for this. As many might be aware of, Samsung recently trimmed the fat from its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the tablet owns the record for the world’s lightest and slimmest tablet.

Well said tablet went up for pre order on the 19th of April and shipping May 1st in the land down under. Of course Vodofone has operations here in the UK so this could only mean that someway somehow the Galaxy Tab 10.1v will be making an appearance on UK shores in the near future. As to when we are not sure but we would guess between now and the end of June.

Just continue to save those pounds as needed. This one will cost the same as an iPad 2.

Windows 8 on ARM

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

For those not familiar with the architecture that most mobile devices use these days, this might sound like Spanish, but bear with us we will explain. Apple’s iPhone, Android smartphones, Symbian and BlackBerry smartphones all have one thing in common: they run on ARM powered chips. These low powered chips are also being used to power tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab as well as others.

Microsoft has yet to make a formal announcement concerning its position concerning mobile devices except for phones and laptops. But rumor has it that a variant of Windows 8 will be built for tablets. The key to this working is for Windows to run on the same architecture that most other manufactures and OEM’s use to power their devices.

At the company’s annual MIX event, Microsoft showed the next version of their operating system running on ARM. What does this mean? An iPad, XOOM and Galaxy Tab challenger from Microsoft, unfortunately we did not have a preview of the UI, but at least the underlining software code works, now for a tablet friendly skin and thousands of Windows apps will be in the palm of your hand on your next Windows tablet.

Samsung hints at lower price, better hardware for Galaxy Tab 10.1 in light of the iPad 2

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Tablets, tablets, tablets! Competition, competition, completion! Those are the two chants we seem to be hearing a lot recently in the mobile world and thanks to Apple’s iPad 2 unveiling last Wednesday, it seems that more than a few company executives are reconsidering their options and focus in the tablet market.

One such company is Samsung who as of recently has been mull about the specific launch details and pricing of its second generation Galaxy Tab device. The Honeycomb tablet which was announced at Mobile World Congress last month is set to compete directly with the Xoom as well as the forth coming iPad 2 and many other tablets which are to be released later this year.

Now Samsung’s VP Lee Don-Joo is saying that the company is looking at its own tablet and is considering the improvement of inadequate parts. While the vice president did not elaborate as to what specifically he was speaking about in terms of changing to the device, he did that that “Apple made the iPad 2 very thin.” In light of this he did say that Samsung is considering a change to its pricing strategy as well as the parts used in the device. It was made clear that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would cost more than the Galaxy Tab 7-inch, but in light of Apple’s aggressive pricing strategy, the company (Samsung) is considering cutting heavily into its profit margins as well as taking a loss of profit altogether in order to make the Tab 10.1 a success.

Now if only Motorola could take a cue from this. And while we’re at it, we’re hoping HP is taking note and does not pull any high price points with their TouchPad.

Source: Engadget

3G Motorola Xoom arrives in the UK

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Do your loyalties belong to Apple and the iPad 2 or Android and the Motorola Xoom? If you picked the latter, you might be amused to find out that you can now pre order the 3G equipped Motorola Xoom tablet for no more than £600. Although the availability of the tablet is listed as “in stock” we highly doubt that the actual tablets will be delivered before the first week of April unless Carphone Warehouse knows something that we do not.

The 3G + WiFi equipped device can be bought with a free charging dock which is valued at £34.99. The Motorola Xoom tablet will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb which is the latest version of Android built specifically for tablets. The resolution of the device is pegged at 1280 x 800 with 10.1 inches of screen real estate and unlike the iPad or iPad 2, it comes with a 16:10 aspect ratio which should be perfect for viewing movies and the likes.

For output to a television there is HDMI out so you can mirror your furious racing games to any HDMI screen as long as you have a connector. The device also comes with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor that sports a 1GHz clock speed and 1GB of RAM for all the processing power you need. Lastly there is a 2 megapixel camera on the front for video conferencing and an 8 megapixel camera on the back that also supports the recording of 1080p video content at 30fps. Battery life is excellent and has been tested to last almost 8 ½ hours which is quite impressive for a device with such a large screen. Other minor features include Bluetooth 2.0, 16 and 32 GB flavors and microUSB slot for charging as well as a wireless keyboard.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

Apple iPad 2

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

True to its word, Apple delivered the specs and release information for the next generation iPad, dubbed the Apple iPad 2. While the event was filled with media representatives from around the world, for whatever strange reason, no one was allowed to do video streaming and as such was stuck with pictures and text to update their respective news sites and blogs.

We’d like to tell you that there was a lot more delivered than previous leaked, but unfortunately that is not the case, but at any rate the company did a good job of following up with the blockbuster success of last year’s device of the year.

First of all, that mockup’s proved to be true, the iPad is a lot thinner than the previous generation. Call me ancient, but for some reason I did not mind the weight or thickness of the first generation model and for some reason I believe this one is a bit too thin for my purpose. But that is just me.

Apple has added a second color to the line, so not only will you be able to get a metallic finish, but there will be white available from day one, we’ll believe it when we see it.

Under the hood we’re dealing with an updated dual-core A5 processor which Apple claims is 9 times faster than the previous generation and a new dedicated GPU as well which handles gaming and multimedia at blazingly fast speeds. As expected, display remains the same so you’ll have to wait till next year to get that amazingly crisp IPS display with the insane pixel density.

Front facing camera is there (VGA quality) as well as a rear facing camera that shoots 720p content at up to 30fps though it is not known what the camera’s megapixel count is. Overall the device is 33% thinner and 8.8mm thick with a weight of just over 600 grams.

The new iPad will hit the United States on March 11th for the same price as the original (the original iPad is getting a $100 price drop starting today while stocks last) and AT&T and Verizon will be carrying both devices. A UK launch is expected between the 11th and the end of March so don’t fret and thanks to a proximity sensor and gyroscope, we’re sure you’ll be interested in waiting around for this device. Oh and did we mention you finally get 1080p output to your TV via an HDMI out cord?

Source: Apple

Motorola Xoom Street Egg ad released

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Motorola has not been experiencing the best of press in the last days leading up to the official launch of the Motorola Xoom tablet. Thanks to news leaked earlier this week that the device will not be supporting Flash at launch, though we should add this has nothing to do with Motorola but rather Adobe, to the extremely high price point that puts it way above the price range of its direct competitor, the Apple iPad to the lack of 4G at launch. However, those still interested in the tablet might want to take into account that Motorola has lightened the load some with the information that the tablet will not feature the infamous bootloader lockers and encryptions that are attached to its phones, which should make customizing the tablet pretty easy.

That aside, the company has gone ahead and released a new trailer for the device which is set to hit store shelves in the United States this Thursday (February 24th, 2011) and the trailer is a bit scary, albeit interesting.

In the video a man is walking down a boardwalk when his eyes spots a Motorola Xoom tablet hovering in the air. He holds it and all of a sudden a futuristic space capsule encapsulates him while he is still using the device. The commercial then ends with the release date, name and service provider of the Xoom tablet.

While the add is quite original, we’re hoping that Motorola decides to do something about the price point of the Xoom as whoever buys it will surely be in a capsule. Hopefully, if a Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n version comes to market, we could see some major price drops that would bring it in line with the iPad. But seeing no official date is announced for such a launch as yet, we would not keep our fingers crossed.

Source: YouTube

Vodafone UK lands Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusivity

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

It’s not like we had a clue that the Galaxy 10.1 would be coming to Vodafone. Samsung has shown for quite some time now that they do not deal with exclusivities for such big products as they are hell bent on world domination of the smartphone sector and Vodafone only represents a small percentage of the total UK mobile subscriber list. But it appears that Vodafone might have sweet talked the Korean based company into an exclusive launch on its network, at least for the initial onset.

The news came via Vodafone’s Twitter account where it wrote that not only would the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 be making an exclusive appearance on the network, it would have “More info Coming soon!” So far we’ve heard that the device will be coming to Asia and Europe in March. Unfortunately there is no pricing, but we’re hoping it drops within the range of the outgoing Galaxy Tab. Pricing and release date for North America remain a mystery and at this point we’re pretty sure that we here in the UK will get the device before it sails the seas to Canada, South, Central and the rest of North America.

As for a quick recap of specs, there is a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 WXGA TFT display. Running the operations is a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM along with an 8 megapixel camera with LED Flash and a 2 megapixel camera in the front that does video conferencing. The device can shoot full 1080p video at 30fps and thanks to its Honeycomb internals, this has updated software unlike the previous Galaxy Tab. Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass and Proximity sensor are all standard as well as a 6860mAh battery to crank the juice needed for operation.

Source: Twitter

HTC Sensation Trademark

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

With the explosion of tablets within the past year from the likes of Motorola, ASUS, Acer, Toshiba, Apple, HP and others, the industry has been focusing its eyes on the tablet segment to be the next big cash pot. One highly capable company who has kept quiet through this entire ordeal has been HTC. The Taiwanese company who shot the top of the success ladder by releasing such devices as the Touch and Touch Pro, and following up its act with the Touch Pro 2, HD, HD2 and most recently the HTC Desire HD, Desire Z and HD7, has for the most part been mull about its intentions to enter the tablet segment.

However, thanks to a trademark filing today, rumors have begun to flutter about a possible HTC tablet dubbed the “Sensation.” According to speculation, HTC which plans to release three tablets within the first half of this year will use the name “Sensation” for its HTC Sense version for laptops.

According to the trademark filing, “Sensation” applies to the following: “user interface software; computer hardware and software for user interfacing, telecommunications and telecommunications services; computer hardware and software for transmitting and receiving voice, image, data, audio, video and multimedia content.”

The board of HTC however, has the description of “HTC Sensation” as a software interface for computer hardware and software for the use of voice calls, video calls and more. This had led to speculation that it could be used for accessories and maybe even marketing materials as well.

So far HTC has not said anything out of the normal so we’ll have to wait until MWC in a few days for an announcement, if any, to be released by HTC. If there is any event that the company would use to launch such a software experience, it would be MWC.

Via: Android Community

LG launching a non-4G G-Slate in the UK?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

LG is bringing the first “4G” tablet to T-Mobile in the U.S this summer. But it looks like the company has other plans for said tablet as well. James Choi, marketing strategy and planning team director of LG Electronics, was asked about the company’s plans to concerning the LG G-Slate. He gave the following answer:

“That information isn’t available yet. The first announcement was for the Americas. We are planning another announcement pretty soon”.

It’s too early to speculate when such an announcement could happen, but seeing that MWC, Mobile World Congress, is on the horizon and LG has always had a presence at the event, it wouldn’t be too much to speculate that they could use the venue to announce the existence of a 4G lacking slate that is aimed at EU markets.

This would make perfect sense seeing that 4G markets outside the U.S are all but none existent, but the market for tablets is global. Choi did go on to say the following though: “For the iPad you have the Wi-Fi version, the 3G version, different kinds of versions”, explains Choi. “I’ll put it to you this way, even if the 4G version isn’t in the UK…” Choi was cut off by his PR chaperone who interjected the following midsentence: “It’s one of the key products that we are working on, so we’re trying to keep a tight lid on it.”

If that is not a confirmation of a tablet, I wonder what could be. But we don’t have long to wait as MWC is right around the corner and the company has promised that it will be announcing some big details there within the next month or so.

Via: Pocket-Lint

iPad 2 Launch Date Rumoured

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Tablet fans have something new to be excited about: the launch of the iPad 2. And while knowing the release date is certainly exciting, there is very little else that is known about the new tablet device from the Cupertino based company aside from the fact that it will come out on February 2011.

The original iPad pretty much set the basic standards for the tablet experience, but even that has been surpassed in the past couple of weeks as the Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab came out and showed the industry how much they were missing out with the iOS’ lack of Flash support. This mean that all Flash related content online would be blocked by an image placeholder.

Even stronger is the argument that a Flash player application for the iPad managed to sell over a million in just a single weekend –even iPad owners have announced that they too want to get Flash support as well.

That is quite unlikely to change however. Even the iPad 2 will almost definitely not support the web format either. With Steve Jobs ever stubborn about sticking with the “no-to-Flash” campaign, this will be the official stand that Apple will have on the format for a long time to come.

If the iOS is not your thing and the Google Android just will not fit your style, then you might want to consider trying out the RIM made BlackBerry Playbook. The device is to be launched March of next year –just a little after the iPad 2 launch date.

The PlayBook uses a modified version of the BlackBerry OS 6 called the QNX, from what we have seen so far, this looks like a stylized OS 6 with even more focus on the touch based controls. Media playback and web browsing will be very important features on this device though the lack of a physical keyboard accessory is really throwing us for a loop since that is a specialty for RIM.