We know Amazon is holding a press event this Wednesday, but what’s it for? It won’t be a shock to anyone that it will be their new Android tablet, called the Kindle Fire. This will be the 7-inch version, and will look very similar to the BlackBerry PlayBook because it was built by the same original design manufacturer, Quanta.
It appears the software is built around Android 2.1, which is a disappointment, but we are also told that it looks nothing like Android. As expected it will utilize the Amazon Appstore, which is still a work in progress. Since the Kindle Fire won’t launch until the second week of November, they have a little time to roundup all the key developers, which they are doing. It will also utilize the Amazon MP3 service and the Kindle bookstore.
It also appears there won’t be a built in email client, but you will be able to get one through the Appstore, or use the browser.
Earlier today we were at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event in New York City, and we got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. It is finally going to be available on October 3rd for $469 (16GB) and $569 (32GB). The Galaxy Tab 8.9 features a 8.9-inch 1280 X 800 Gorilla Glass display, a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it is only 8.6mm thin.
Hit the break for pics of the presentation.
It’s time to add another Android tablet to the ever growing list as Asus reveals its TOUGH-ETBW11AA tablet for those who desire a more abuse friendly device. Heading to the Japanese carrier KDDI, the new Asus tablet will be water proof, dust resistant, and can survive a 76cm drop onto typically unforgiving concrete. With all of these rugged specs comes the extra bulk needed to keep all of its guts protected by its beefy rubberized skin.
The TOUGH-ETBW11A will come equipped with a 7″ 1280 x 800 display, a NVIDIA dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chip, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and WiMAX connectivity. There will be 16 GB of on board storage, a microSD slot, a 5MP rear-facing camera, GPS, WiFi b/g/n, and Bluetooth. Although a 7,400mAh battery is included, battery life has yet to be confirmed.
KDDI is planning to drop the tablet (pun intended) in Q4 (around late November). The tablet has yet to be priced.
Hit the break for a few more screen shots of the device.
Today Samsung Mobile finally unveiled, from their popular line of Galaxy devices, the Galaxy Tab 8.9. A happy medium for those wanting more than a 7-inch device but not quite a 10.1-inch. Samsung delivered tonight with their device weighing in at 447 grams and coming in at 8.6mm thin, this is the thinnest tablet to hit the market to date leaving the iPad 2 mm’s behind in the dust. The device, as its name implies, sports an 8.9″ WXGA (1280×800) res display with gorilla glass technology, a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core CPU and the popular TouchWiz UX over Android’s Honeycomb 3.1.
As expected, the device comes with all of the bells and whistles in the entertainment department as one can expect. Samsung has included a number of their popular hubs such as the Media Hub, Music Hub offering over 13 million songs to choose from, a Reader’s Hub with access to over 2 million books, magazines and news papers. In addition, they’ve added their popular Social Hub giving you access to all the Facebook and Twitter one can handle. All of your standard Google services and of course the Android Market will be available as well. The device offers a number of security features for those looking to use the tab in a corporate or business setting. There’s support for personal productivity, such as, AllShare content transfer, the new “Find My Mobile” software which allows you to use the device’s GPS to track it on a map, should you ever lose the device or someone ‘accidentally borrows” it.
Furthermore, the device will have support for mobile printing and comes pre-loaded with Polaris Office on board. The device will be available in “less than a week” and will run $469 for the 16 gig model and $569 for the 32 gig option. Hit the break for the list of full features and offerings from Samsung and stay tuned for our footage of an unboxing and hands on for this bad boy followed by a full length review.
With Motorola close to releasing the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition, we can expect some price slashing. Earlier in the month the 32GB version was dropped to £329 ($510), and Play.com is offering the same unit for £299 (€374.99) ($464).
Not a bad price, but I would jump on the ASUS Transformer before grabbing this one.
The Mobile Mix report for August 2011 was released over the weekend and awards Android the gold metal for 54% of overall impressions in a seemingly two-man race for traffic across the Millennial Media mobile advertising network. iOS nabs silver with 28%, RIM limps behind with 13% for the bronze and Microsoft seems to have hardly left the starting gate with their meager 1% share. Interestingly, this latest MM report combines both connected devices like MP3 players and tablets alongside smartphones for the first time. The result amounts to a very accurate glance at the OS impression share for devices the public are using right now.
Some more hightlights:
- 15 of the top 20 handsets are running Android; the highest ranking Android phone is the LG Optimus at #2 just behind the iPhone which ranks #1. The Blackberry Curve, Bold and Torch also found their place on a list dominated almost entirely by Android and iOS.
- Android impressions grew 48% from July ’11, Blackberry grew 10% and iOS stayed about the same.
- Smartphones account for 72% of all MM impressions; connected devices claim the other 28% split equally between the two.
- Games generate the most traffic of any other category of app (25%), a growth of 19% from July ’11.
- Music/Entertainment apps grew their share of traffic by 13% from July ’11, of which radio apps made up more than 50% of this category’s total impressions.
Hit the break for a link to download the entire Mobile Mix report.
It seems to be a Motorola weekend as we showed you pictures and specs for the upcoming Motorola XOOM 2 and the RAZR. Now we have info on the XOOM 2 Media Edition (codename Fleming). The Media Edition will have an 8.2-inch HD IPS display with an anti-glare coating and weigh a mere 0.95 pounds, which would allow it to easily be held in one hand. The chassis is made of a combination of magnesium and aluminum, and the display is made of Gorilla Glass. If that isn’t enough, it’s “splash” proof.
In our post yesterday we mentioned there might be some sort of an IR blaster add on with the XOOM 2. It looks like the Media Edition will come with the integrated IR remote, and Motorola is added a subwoofer for better sound.
Could this be the same 7-inch Motorola tablet that leaked last week? It could be, but there are reports they might be working on a XOOM Mini which would mean they’re still planning on launching a 7-inch version.
Stay tuned as it looks like Motorola is really going to be stepping up their tablet game for the 4th quarter.
Earlier this morning we showed you leaked pictures of the upcoming Motorola XOOM 2, and today we can give you some specs. This updated version is going to be a lot thinner as it will be come in at 9mm. That is just slightly thicker than the iPad 2 (8.8mm) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.6mm). The processor is an unspecified dual-core 1.2GHz processor, which will most likely be a TI OMAP especially if they plan on offering a 4G LTE version. It will have 1GB of “faster” RAM, record 1080P video, and provide 11 hours of battery life.
It is expected to be the first tablet to ship with Adobe Flash Player 11 and stream Netflix in HD. There will most likely be a built in application that allows wireless syncing with your PC.
As for accessories, an optional keyboard case and a stylus pen is planned, but we don’t know if the screen has an active digitizer or not. They are also planning an IR blaster of some sort that would probably be similar to the Logitech Harmony Link. No word on if this could be the first Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, but it might make a lot of sense.
Thanks to DroidLife we’ve got a first look at the rumored Motorola XOOM2 (MZ617). The word on the street is this device is similar to the weight of the original XOOM, some big flush physical buttons on the back, HDMI and micro USB ports are on the bottom, a SIM card slot, and no sign of an SD card slot. That’s pretty much all we’ve got besides a look at the back side and its camera that reads HD after the break. There also doesn’t appear to be any carrier branding on this device. What do you think about the new design style this seems to have?
Nenamark results for a Pantech tablet with the model number P4100 have surfaced, giving us an early peek into a future Android Honeycomb 3.2 device for AT&T. Although scarce, the additional details do implicate a promising 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor with an Adreno 220 GPU and a display with 1024×720 resolution. The results don’t spill all the beans, but it certainly drops some juicy clues for a device worth keeping our eyes on.