It looks like ZTE’s T98 isn’t going to their only quad-core tablet. The T98 has a 7-inch screen, but a new model toting a 10.1 (1280 x 800) screen and NFC recently surfaced. Rumors have it sporting a 1GHz Quad-core processor, 5MP camera, 32GB of storage, and a 3250mAh battery. You will notice Android 2.3 appears in one of the pictures, but we are expecting 3.X Honeycomb.
No word on availability or price, but we will definitely let you know.
More pics after the break
A Phandroid reader, John Millan has come up with a theory regarding the Nexus Prime. He thinks the Nexus Prime might be compatible with a tablet dock. If you notice in the picture above from last nights teaser, you will see dock connectors. Why would Samsung put dock connectors on the same side of the power button? The other theory is that since Ice Cream Sandwich brings phones and tablets together, it makes sense.
This all seems far-fetched, but one thing I would like to bring up is our favorite Panda’s poem from a few weeks ago. In that poem he closed with:
Be it a Droid or Nexus branded new toy, with dual cores “hd” screens, fancy new widgets and more….The one with the keyboard is what I enjoy”
Back in July we revealed the ZTE V55 tablet was scheduled for Q1 2012 for Sprint, but it could come sooner as it just cleared the FCC. This one was first shown at CTIA last spring, and it will have a 10.1-inch display, 1.2GHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and is compatible with Sprint’s 3G network. Back in July we were thinking the V55 would come with 4G WiMAX support, but unfortunately this won’t be the case. Expect this one to be budget-friendly.
Hopefully this baby will land in time for the holidays. We will keep you posted.
I don’t know about you but I’m a little worn out in regards to the Apple vs Samsung saga. However, we’re here to do a job and that is to report the news to our readers. So, without further ado, the latest on the forefront regarding the two handset giants coming to an agreement went south when Apple rejected an offer by Samsung to settle once and for all the dispute in regard to their alleged smartphone and tablet infringements. The refusal could subsequently cause great harm in the race for Samsung to plant a viable seed to kick off sales of their Tab 10.1 in Australia if not settled by the holiday season. Despite efforts on Samsung’s part, a lawyer for Apple explained to the Federal Court in Sydney that the offer proposed last week would simply not do and the company is still seeking for the court to rule on its behalf in that Samsung’s touch display technology is without a doubt infringing upon an Apple patent. Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple had this to say in response:
“[The proposed deal] is one we don’t accept and there is no surprise. The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch (of the Galaxy 10.1) and maintain the status quo,”
As stated earlier, it’s no wonder Samsung is hard pressed to settle matters as quickly as possible. If Apple can halt or eliminate altogether the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia they can squash any chance that Samsung had of catching up and cornering the market. An official court ruling is expected to take place next week some time.
Samsung has expressed their concern by stating to the court that if a ruling cannot be secured within an estimate of about two weeks time a certain lost opportunity will occur in attempts to get the device out before Christmas and that the company might as well takes its time arguing over the matter directly into 2012.
Neil Young, a lawyer for Samsung reiterates:
“If we can’t get a decision out by mid-October, there is no urgency”
This battle has currently reached suit in nine different countries in over 20 cases all with the hopeful outcome that Samsung will be able to move forward with sales its popular Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’s no wonder Apple isn’t letting this one go. Samsung’s smartphone and tablet sales have grown exponentially and it’s expected that Samsung may pass Apple up in regards to units sold, making it the number one handset vendor in the US. Stay tuned as the battle rages on in hopes that a settlement will come soon and/or those patiently waiting for a Samsung product to hit shelves this Christmas will be able to receive their stocking stuffer sooner than later.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is attracting a ton of attention. Still six weeks from launch, the $199 Fire has racked up 250,000 pre-orders over the past few days. Basically they’re receiving about 2,000 pre-orders per hour. If that trend continues the Fire will incinerate the iPad’s record for first-month sales. The iPad sold a million units in it’s first month, whereas the Kindle is now projected to sell 1.5 million. While that is still a ways away from the iPad 2′s 2.5 million, the Fire is undoubtedly re-kindling the competition. If they succeed in pushing that many Kindle’s on their first run, who’s to say a Fire 2 won’t come along and reduce the iPad 2′s record to ashes. Some estimates even peg Amazon to push 15 million Fires by 2013. In any case, it’s shaping up to be the most successful Android Tablet to date.
So readers, did any of you contribute to the Kindle Fire’s wild success story, or are you just waiting to see it crash and burn?
In contrast to many manufacturers such as RIM and HTC, who have answered the successful introduction of Amazon’s Kindle Fire by reducing the price of their tablet PCs to remain competitive, ASUS appears to remain unfazed. CEO Jerry Shen says there will be no price change for their current Eee Pad Transformer, nor will there be any delay in the Transformer 2 (which will pack that sweet NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor). Shen also adds that the upcoming PC tab will sell for $499, a hundred bucks more than its predecessor.
ASUS’ confidence is quite understandable if you consider its 2011 shipment forecast, which projects the sale of 1.5-2 million tablet PCs and of which one million units have already been moved in just the first three quarters of the year. The Transformer 2 would undoubtly put them on track to meet or exceed their projections.
Over the weekend we told you that T-Mobile had some devices for a super mega lauch day on November 2nd. Now we have a lot more insight due to a leaked roadmap, plus we have another release the week after.
- Samsung Robin: This is probably the Galaxy Tab Plus which is the replacement for the Galaxy Tab. Pricing will be $299 on contract.
One item to note is they have the dates for the HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II wrong. We are not sure what the reason is, but the rest of the dates appear to be correct. The Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II will both launch on 10/12/11 which was previously announced.
Yesterday at Adobe Max 2011 Adobe introduced six new Touch Apps for Android tablets which lets you design, edit, and elegantly present your work. Intuitive touchscreen features give you easy, precise control whether you use your fingers or a stylus. You can even transfer files through Adobe Creative Cloud for further editing in Adobe Creative Suite. The Touch Apps will debut in November for a price of $9.99 each.
Here’s the rundown:
- Adobe Photoshop Touch: Transform images freely using core Photoshop features in an app custom-built for tablets.
- Adobe Proto: Create interactive wireframes and prototypes of websites and mobile apps.
- Adobe Ideas: Design virtually anywhere using vectors, layers, and color themes.
- Adobe Debut: Present Creative Suite designs anywhere with confidence, convenience, and complete control.
- Adobe Collage: Capture ideas and concepts by combining images, drawings, and text into conceptual moodboards.
- Adobe Kuler: Create, explore, download, and share color themes that can inspire any design project.
Demo video after the break
Verizon’s Cellebrite system has been giving us a bevy of goodies to look forward to in the up coming months. Last week we noticed the Droid HD, HTC Vigor, and the Nexus prime pop up and today we can add two more to the list. The two new Motorola tabs we’ve previously mentioned, Xoom 2 and The Xoom 2 “Media Edition” (a.k.a. Fleming) have now been entered into Cellebrite, Verizon’s phone-to-phone data transfer machine.
The Xoom 2 that was first leaked a few weeks ago has the model number MZ617 and the new moniker “Pasteur”. It will be the follow up to the original Xoom and sports a “faster” 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD recording, and supposedly will have battery life up to 11 hours.
The second Moto tablet listed, MZ609 “Fleming”, which I suspect is the smaller media-focused Xoom, is rumored to have a screen size of either 7″ or 8.2″ depending on which source you fancy. My bets are on the rumor of a 8.2″ IPS anti-glare display weighing in at .95 pounds. After all, the larger of the two screens would be more appropriate for media and would still be small enough for easy portability.
This is the first time we have seen the new code name and model number but, with the previous photos and rumors running around you can pretty much bet that this will in fact be the new media tab from Moto.
Are you looking forward to picking up one of these new devices in the near future? If so, feel free to let us know in the comments below.
The Samsung Media Hub allows you to watch thousands of movies and TV shows on your Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone or Galaxy Tab. Samsung just rolled out the Beta version of Media Hub for AT&T Galaxy S II users. It lets you watch select movies and TV shows not only on your Galaxy S II, but also on any 2011 Smart TV via the Media Hub Beta application.
Upon signing up you will receive a $25 voucher that can be used within the Media Hub Beta app. At the conclusion of the program, you will receive a short survey so you can provide feedback. Hit the source link to sign up.
Samsung plans on adding a series of new services to the Media Hub program, so this is just the tip of the iceberg.