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Archive for the ‘Tablets & Slates’ Category
January 2nd, 2013
December 28th, 2012
The Qooq Tablet is designed for kitchen use – it is splash proof, heat and humidity resistant, comes with a retractable support that work as a stand and can be used with greasy hands (can be easily clean using damp cloth). The tablet is powered by ARM Cortex A9 processor and features 10.1-inch screen, 8GB of memory, built-in Wi-Fi, and a customized interface for kitchen-use which comes with a meal planner, browser for accessing cooking websites, and a built-in virtual cookbook. More pictures after the break. Read more…
November 14th, 2011
Amazon’s $79 Kindle e-reader is probably as cheap and cheerful as they get, but the device is actually more expensive for Amazon to build than it is for us to buy.
When Amazon announced the exciting Kindle Fire tablet and the new touchscreen Kindle, the company also announced that the ad-supported basic Kindle e-reader was dropping down to just $79. The ad-supported Kindle was first launched in April of this year and cost $114, which was seen as extremely cheap for an e-reader at the time. When the price dropped to $79, well, we couldn’t believe our eyes. However, it seems that selling the device so cheap means Amazon is actually taking a hit when it comes to production costs.
MainStreet reports it has received confirmation from iSupply with regard to the production cost of the Kindle. iSupply said it did a teardown of the new Kindle and found that the total cost of materials used in each device, including the e-ink display screen and printed chip board, is $78.59, while the total cost of putting it together is $5.66. This brings the production cost of each $79 Kindle to $84.25 and would mean Amazon is taking a loss of $5.25 with each unit sold.
Of course, while Amazon is taking a loss of $5 for each Kindle sold, you have to remember that this is the ad-supported model. Amazon can offer it to us for a low price because it’s receiving advertising revenue from the companies using the device to promote their products or services. What’s more, each person with a Kindle also logs into their Amazon account during device set-up, which means they have a handy direct line to Amazon’s book store, where they can spend more money on books.
SOURCE via Mainstreet
November 8th, 2011
Bookstore mega-chain Barnes & Noble has launched its answer to Amazon’s Kindle Fire (and to a lesser extent, Kobo’s multimedia Vox slate) — also as expected, the thing looks an awful lot like its predecessor, the recently discounted Nook Color, right down to the metal bar on the bottom corner. Granted, B&N did already make the leap into the tablet space, when the Nook Color was upgraded earlier this year — but the Nook Tablet brings more than just a new name, of course.
The tablet offers up a seven-inch IPS display with full lamination, videos up to 1080p and 11.5 hours of battery life. The Nook has 16GB of built-in memory, which is further expandable by way of a microSD slot. The tablet is all about multimedia content, naturally, offering up from Netflix and Hulu Plus pre-loaded on the device. It gives users access to 250 magazines and periodicals, as well as comics from publishers like Marvel.
Barnes & Noble is clearly going directly after the Kindle Fire with this device. So, why pick the Nook over the Fire? Double the storage (which is further expandable), a better display, more RAM, free in-store device support and a lighter weight body at under a pound, says Barnes and Noble.
The device runs Gingerbread, and unfortunately, like the Color before it, doesn’t offer open access to the Android Market. As expected, the Tablet will cost you $249 ($50 more than the competition from Amazon). Pre-orders begin now, and the slate will start shipping next week.
SOURCE via Barnes & Noble
November 8th, 2011
With the arrival of the new Nook Tablet, the color reader-turned-tablet Nook Color has been given a nice price slash to the new price of $199, a nice drop from its introductory price of $249. Also on the price cutting board is the touchscreen Nook — now known officially as the Nook Simple Touch — which is priced at $99, putting it more on-par with the likes of the latest Kindle. And best of all, says Barnes & Noble, “no annoying ads.” Ouch.
November 3rd, 2011
Until Microsoft gives Win8 the final seal of approval, the Windows tablet show must go on, right? Right. HP just refreshed its enterprise-friendly, Windows 7-flavored Slate 500 with the Slate 2, and took the opportunity to knock the starting price down a hundred bucks to $699. In terms of design, there’s nothing much to see here — it’s the same 8.9-inch tablet that’s been on sale for the past year. Only this time, HP added Swype, refreshed the CPU with Intel’s Atom Z670 and proffered a smaller 32GB SSD option to appease the IT guys who are going to heavily lock these down anyway. Speaking of security, it also packs TPM circuitry and Computrace Pro for tracking lost or stolen laptops and then deleting the data remotely. It’ll be available worldwide this month — just in time for corporate to buy you a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ for the holidays.
October 25th, 2011
Looking forward to Dell’s latest Windows slate? Well look no further than our own shore, as Dell Malaysia’s site has just unleashed a promo video showing off the firm’s Latitude ST tablet. The preview confirms that the 10-inch tablet will sport front and rear cameras, HDMI-out, a built-in stylus and an Intel Atom processor. The Latitude ST can also be paired with a familiar looking docking station, leaving us to wonder if we’re looking at Dell’s ‘Peju’ Tablet in its final form. Care to wonder with us? You’ll find the video after the break.
September 19th, 2011
HP’s webOS may just be the ideal tablet operating system to put Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android to shame, but then again it’s getting a permanently stagnant market, and well, Android’s here to save the day, great thing about being open source.
The CM Team has decided that your fire sale TouchPad may be better off running Android. You know, from a long-term perspective. All jesting aside, the crew has been pounding the pavement on a new (and vastly improved) CyanogenMod 7 for Android, with this build providing functional WiFi, access to the Android Market, audio (albeit a bit fast) and an operational accelerometer.
There’s no code being released just yet — the team’s still working to cull the aforesaid Hamsterdance effect — but you can catch a sneak peek of everything in action just above.
SOURCE via liliputing
August 23rd, 2011
Amazon is sending book-loving gadget fans into frenzy with another round of domain name buys. It registered KindleScribe and KindleScribes.com to go along with the KindleAir and KindleSocialNetwork addresses it picked up earlier this month. All that’s left to do is speculate wildly on what they could represent (Thin and light e-reader? Tablet-style touchscreen (what the f*** am I even babbling)? Kindle that comes pre-loaded with the Social Network?).
SOURCE via Fusible
July 28th, 2011
Is this the fabled 10-inch HTC Puccini tab? Only time will tell for sure, but BGR has some leaked shots that show the purported tab cozying up to a Flyer-like stylus, in addition to its AT&T branding for the US market. A glimpse of this Honeycomb-based 10-incher’s backside also reveals an 8 megapixel rear-mounted camera accompanied by what looks like a dual-LED flash. There’s also that dual speaker set-up we peeped in the tablet’s prior filing. Of course, what lies beneath this LTE slate is still up for speculation, but a rumored dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1280 x 800 display aren’t beyond the realm of today’s future specs.
SOURCE via BGR