Apple will launch this year two tablets, iPad 3 and iPad 4 March, in March and October, according to DigiTimes.
The Digitimes have information from that company based in Cupertino, California, will launch the iPad 3 and iPad 4 this year. The first tablet will be launched in March and will come with a 1536 x 2048 pixels screen resolution and the second will be launched in October and will be equipped with new cool applications. Also, when the iPad 3 tablet will be announced, the price for iPad 2 will be reduced by $100.
iPad 4 will be released in October to overshadow the launch of the operating system Microsoft Windows 8.
Apple had, in the third quarter of last year, 61.5% of tablet market. Samsung is second with a market share of only 5.6%.
Very good news comes from RIM, the price of Playbook tablet the price was reduced to $299 for every model with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage.
Last month, RIM took a $485-million loss on unsold PlayBook inventory. The PlayBook also has yet to entice wireless carriers, as none has offered a 3G or 4G version of the BlackBerry tablet as RIM had planned.
The dramatic price cut follows what was a difficult 2011 for RIM with multiple product delays, layoffs, service outages, shrinking market share, disappointing earnings results, sliding stock prices and takeover rumors.
Sony Ericsson still has good news for us as the list of devices which receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update is extended with Tablet S and Tablet P.
A few days ago, we were telling you about the first devices from Sony Ericsson that will receive the ICS update starting with March or April 2012. Now, the company extended that list with another two tablets: Tablet P and Tablet S.
However, we do not have the exact date of the update, but Sony promised we will have the details at the right moment.
I don’t know how many of you remember the Tablet P and Tablet S, so I’m just going to refresh your memory. Tablet S features a 9.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1280*800 pixels, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be extended up to 32GB. Also, the tablet comes with a 5MP camera and rear VGA.
Tablet P brings a dual LCD touch screen with 5.5-inch size, 4GB of internal memory that can be extended up to 32GB with the help of a microSD card. It supports Wi-Fi but also 3G. The advantage of the dual screen is that on one you can watch a video while on the other you check your mail. In other words, it gives you the possibility to do different things simultaneously.
Sprint has good news for all the HTC EVO View 4G owners as their handsets are now receiving the Honeycomb update.
If everyone is speaking about updates these days, why wouldn’t HTC EVO View 4G be one of the lucky devices? Therefore, the tablet from Sprint is now upgrading to Honeycomb 3.2. If you are anxious to see if it is already available for you, go to Settings > System Updates > HTC Software Update > Check now.
However, let me tell you a bit about what this update is bringing. It seems that the Physical Hard keys are replaced with on screen Soft keys and there is a new Google search available on every page. The System Bar gives a quick access to notifications, status and soft navigation buttons are available at the bottom of the screen. The Notifications menu, on the other hand, has been moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
The Action Bar is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application and it can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen. The update brings a new Google video chat and enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM. Also, the bug that kept Bluetooth from working in airplane mode is now fixed.
Word on the street is that Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is heading to Verizon Wireless in US.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 carries a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Display with 1280×800 resolution, a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. There are 3 versions as it concerns the internal memory and that is 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
Also, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a microSD card slot, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, a 3MP camera on the back with LED flash and auto-focus and 2MP camera for video chat on the front. In addition, the Android 3.2 Honeycomb is running the place.
There is no official detail regarding the release date or the price, but we’ll keep you posted if anything gets out.
RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook can now be purchased by employees from $99.
Apparently RIM wants to increase the number of users,even if this means a significant loss. If we take into consideration that the cost of parts is near $200 without non-physical costs and RIM is now selling the 16GB PlayBook tablets for a fraction of the original selling price in retail, that is $99, it seems this is the case.
With a 7-inch LCD display, 1024×600 screen resolution, the BlackBerry PlayBook carries a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and BlackBerry Tablet OS with symmetric multiprocessing. It brings games,media, full Adobe Flash 10.1 enabled and full support for HTML 5.
For the time being, the tablet costs $199 in Canada and US while refurbished tablets can be purchased for $150. Moreover, the 32GB version costs $149 and the 64GB version costs $199. What is also new is that employees can now buy eight tablets.
Even though RIM hates to admit it, if we think of past discounts, it becomes pretty obvious that it is trying a clear out of the PlayBook tablets.
Asus Transformer Prime, the first quad-core Android tablet was officially announced today.
The new tablet carries a 10.1-inch, 1280×800 Super IPS Corning Gorilla Glass display, quad-core Nvidia Tegra3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with LED flash and capability of full 1080p HD video recording, 1,2MP front camera, SonicMaster audio and 12 hours of battery life reported. There are possibilities regarding the internal storage, 32GB and 64GB.
Transformer Prime also has a microSD card slot, micro HDMI, 3,5mm audio jack and USB2.0 with the optional keyboard dock and the screen is only 8.9mm.
The Prime 32GB version will cost $499 while the 64GB version will cost $599.99. The keyboard dock can be purchased separately for $149 and comes with a bonus of additional 6hours of battery life, USB 2.0 port and an SD card slot.
Although, initially the Prime will be running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, an update will be done in early December with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich FOTA. A few productivity applications will also be added such as SuperNote and Polaris Office.
Samsung has announced a new member to the Galaxy tablet family, the new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which is an upgrade from the latest version of the successful GALAXY Tab.
The new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Tablet features a 7-inch 1,024 x 600-pixel display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, dual cameras, embedded HSPA+ and runs the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS. As the Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin said, the new GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus will be equipped with enhanced portability, a better productivity and a richer multimedia experience. Speaking about productivity, the Web browsing will be enhanced by Adobe Flash and a super-fast HSPA+ connectivity, and will provide download speeds up to three times faster than a conventional HSPA connection. On top of that Wi-Fi Channel Bonding bonds two channels into one for improved network connection and data transfer at up to twice the speed.
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will become available in Indonesia and Austria somewhere toward the end of October, and the next countries in which it will be soon launched are in Southeast and Southwest Asia, U.S., Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China will follow. Unfortunately, no pricing or a specific launch date for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus have been revealed to us, but we will keep posting as soon as we find out.
Today Asus has launched the 3D tablet named Eee Pad MeMO 3D, which was announced for the first date at CES2011.
This tablet comes with 3D technology, 7-inch glasses-free 3D IPS multi-touch screen with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution. The Eee Pad MeMo 3D tablet runs the Android Honeycomb operating system.
“The Eee Pad MeMO 3D is designed to be an alternative take on the 10-inch tablet that is fast becoming a standard size. This portrait-oriented device uses a screen that can also be used more traditionally with all Android Honeycomb applications, should users choose to do so,” said Asus Chairman, Jonney Shih.
Eee Pad MeMO 3D is the fourth tablet introduced by Asus this year, along with Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad Slider and Eee Slate.
“The bundled MeMIC Bluetooth hands-free headset makes it ideal for listening to music and making calls, while flipping the MeMO 3D into landscape turns it into a glasses-free 3D display that adds a new dimension to mobile entertainment. Consumers can enjoy movies, games and photos in 3D, all from the palm of their hand,” concluded Jonney Shih.
Furthermore, the tablet is delivered with a special stylus that can be used for note taking in portrait orientation, as well as an unique glasses-free 3D display mode for entertainment on the go.
The release date and price for Eee Pad MeMO 3D is unknown for the moment.
The first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet with 3D screen and dual-core Tegra 2 processor is available now on Amazon stores for $799.99.
The 3D screen of G-Slate tablet has 8.9 inches with 768 x 1280 pixels resolution and multi-touch support, and doesn’t require any 3D glasses. G-Slate tablet is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, has dual 5 megapixels cameras for 3D videos and photos. The tablet is capable to record videos at 1080p resolution with 24 fps (2D) and at 720p resolution with 30 fps (3D). Also, G-Slate tablet has another front-facing camera for video-calls.
Other specs of G-Slate tablet include:
– Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA
– Bluetooth v2.1
– HDMI port
– support for DivX/ XviD/ H.264
– has document editor
– Full HTML web browser with Flash 10.1 support
T-Mobile G-Slate tablet measures 243.8 x 150 x 12.7 mm and has 621 grams weight.
Some features in Android 3.0 Honeycomb include:
– Scrollable and stacked widgets let you scroll or flick through content within the widget itself, on the home page, without opening the application.
– Unobtrusive notification system displays icons for different notifications (messages, downloads, system updates, etc.) in the lower right corner. Just touch the digital time display to open the entire notification panel.
– Redesigned YouTube application with a 3D gallery.
– Android Market for Android 3.0 is your one-stop-shop for eBooks, games, and applications.