Rumor has it that ASUS won’t be the only company with a sliding Android tablet this holiday season – DigiTimes claims to have it on good authority that Acer will be launching its own 10.1-inch slate with a peekaboo QWERTY stashed behind the screen, in order to rival Asus. Asus is hoping that its sliding Android tablet will have the similar success that its Transformer tablet has.
The ARM-powered device is reportedly being manufactured by Compal, but beyond that your guess is as good as ours. By the time it lands we should be getting our first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’s a pretty safe bet if this unnamed device does ship later this year, it’ll do so with Honeycomb on board.
Finally, after waiting for what seems like ages, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be arriving to Malaysia very soon thanks to Maxis. You can now pre-book your PlayBook from Maxis and be one of the first to get your hand on this much anticipated tablet device from BlackBerry when it’s launched on 16 July 2011 at KL Convention Centre.
But of course, before you dedicate yourself into booking one unit for yourself, you’re going to need to know one thing, the price. Maxis also announced its PlayBook packages with a starting price of RM990 (24months package with 3GB data plan) for existing Maxis Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) users.
Visit Maxis for a more detailed pricing and other offers that come with the BlackBerry Playbook, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for the launch happening on:
Dying to get your hands on HP’s TouchPad and flirt with its WebOS before it’s available on July 1st? According to Pre Central, a visit to either Best Buy or Walmart may give you the opportunity, if you’re lucky that is.
During the past few days, the stores have apparently begun quietly displaying demo-loaded versions of the slate. The device went up for pre-order about a week ago, but for WebOS hopefuls still contemplating whether to take the Palm-rooted plunge, a pre-release impression may not be a bad grab between socks and motor oil. Don’t feel like taking a trip to Wally World, you say? You’ll find a video overview past the break.
Finding apps can be tough, especially when your ‘Store’ or ‘Marketplace’ is overwhelmed with a daily flood of spams. That’s not exactly a problem for HP, whose App Catalog for the webOS 3.0 TouchPad officially launches on July 1st and will be, the company admits, a little spartan at first. But HP has a plan for a future flood of apps: Pivot. It’s basically a curated digital magazine that will present a selection of apps someone at HP found interesting for whatever reason — a way for users to discover new downloads and, more importantly, for niche developers to not get lost in the shuffle. HP hopes this will attract developers, taking a different approach from the competition, which often resorts to outright promises of cash to pique their interest — but a few free TouchPads never hurts. At least HP isn’t trying to copy someone.
Zinio’s smartphone and tablet apps make it easy to bring a lifetime’s worth of magazine content with you on the go, but performance has been inconsistent, especially when navigating through pages or zooming into photos and text. The company’s latest app improves upon both critical elements, however, taking advantage of the Nvidia Tegra chip in your Mototola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to smooth out page transitions and pinch-to-zoom. Nvidia posted a side-by-side comparison video demonstrating the improvements on a pair of Xooms, and there’s clearly a noticeable difference. You can try it out for yourself by downloading Zinio version 1.10.3641 from the Android Market, or watch the demo in the video above.
Hate to follow the crowd with the iPad? If so, Archos has a new pair emerging from Paris today, the 80 G9 and 101 G9. Predictably, the biggest differentiator between the two is the screen size, with the former offering an 8-inch panel with a 1024 x 768 screen resolution and the latter stepping up to a 10.1-incher (1280 x 800). Both of ‘em are proudly using Seagate’s 7mm Momentus Thin in order to scale to 250GB, but of course, only time will tell how a power-hungry HDD will do in tablet form factor, or if that’s too big a 16GB + microSD arrangement is available for those who aren’t feeling a 250GB HDD.
Under the hood, you’ll find a dual-core OMAP 4 processor (1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9), support for Flash, access to the Android Market and a full-size USB port — one that’s good for accepting the outfit’s new G9 3G WWAN stick ($49). You’ll also get an HDMI output, support for 1080p playback and a pay-as-you-go option with the aforesaid 3G dongle. The duo is scheduled to go on sale at the end of September (you know, just a month or two before Ice Cream Sandwich makes Honeycomb look like old hat), with the 80 G9 going for $279 and the 101 G9 for $349. Don’t ever say Archos’ accountants didn’t look out for you.
Looks like ASUS isn’t the only popular netbook maker finally releasing more of its tablets into the wild. We’ve had various encounters with MSI’s 10-inch WindPad 110w this year, but pricing and availability details on the Windows 7 tablet — and its Android slate-mates — had remained secret. That’s now slightly changed courtesy of J&R’s website, where a pre-order listing for the 110w has surfaced displaying a $600 street price and a full specification rundown. Highlights from under the hood include a dual-core AMD Brazo (as expected), a 32GB SSD, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM along with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity; around the outside are two cameras, a plethora of ports including mini HDMI, USB 2.0 and an SD card slot. Not too shabby, although it appears you’ll have to settle for brown (and loss of all dignity at checkout).
DigiTimes has been fueling rumors of Amazon’s first foray into the LCD tablet market for months, and it seemed that their rumor are starting to sound very real. Today it ratchets up the specificity with sometimes contradictory claims that Quanta Computer will be responsible for assembling the tablet with a supposed TI (not NVIDIA) processor and Wintek (not EIH) touch panel among its components.
According to DigiTimes, Amazon hopes to move some four million units in 2011 alone with plans to launch the new tablet as soon as August. Possible? Sure, likely even, although they previously said that Samsung is making one for ‘em. But we’ll wait for Bezos to sing before updating our holiday shopping lists. No, seriously, I still trust you.
The limited edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 handed out at Google I/O was rooted in no time, and it looks like owners of the more widely available retail version can now thank XDA member shep211 for opening up some new possibilities on their iteration of the tablet as well. As usual, you should proceed with some caution if you decide to take the plunge, but good news is that the root can be “derooted” if you wind up having second thoughts — all the details you need are at the source link below.
Huawei announced its 7.1-inch MediaPad during this weekend, a tablet that boasts a version of Android that’s supposedly optimized for 7-inch displays. It’s the first Android 3.2 device, and it packs a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU, 8GB of internal storage, 1080P video playback, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera auto focus and HD video recording capabilities, HSPA+, 3G, WiFi, HDMI, GPS and Flash 10.3. Other than being optimized for 7-inch devices, Android 3.2 doesn’t appear to be all that different from Android 3.1.
No word on pricing, or release yet, but the device will reportedly be hitting sometime in Q3 of this year. According to Engadget, Huawei also has no plans for WiFi-only version, so if you have an aversion to paying for a separate 3G data plan just for a tablet, you should probably steer clear of this device, especially since it looks like a super jumbo size of the Apple iPhone 4.