Acer Iconia A510 and A511 tablets will have quad-core Tegra 3 processors according to User Agent profile

Now that Tegra 3 is official, it can’t be a surprise to anyone that manufacturers are working on devices with the newest quad-core processor from NVIDIA. We have heard that Lenovo might have one ready to go by the end of the year. Now, it looks like Acer is jumping onboard with the A510 and A511 tablets. The above User Agent Profile clearly displays NVIDIA Tegra 3.

The A510 will most likely be a WiFi version, while the A511 will be a 4G version. Lets hope that these devices come in a lot thinner than the A500 and A501. We don’t know when they will be released, but I am expecting to get my hands on one at CES in January.

[via phandroid]

T-Mobile’s “Magenta Saturday” to Offer Select Smartphones and Tablets for $49.99 or Less After Mail-In Rebate

I’m not sure if you guys remember T-Mobile’s “Yes, Every Smartphone Is On Sale, Sale” and how great the deals were on smartphones. In the spirit of the holidays and to get an early jump on other carriers Black Friday promotions, T-Mobile is offering up yet another great opportunity to score a new handset at a killer price.

This Saturday, November 19th, T-Mo is having a one day sale that will be known as “Magenta Saturday” where you can get select smartphones or broadband devices (like the G-slate or Streak 7) for a down payment of a mere $49.99 or less after mail-in rebate. The only caveat. You have to pay an additional $10-$20 a month on top of your monthly bill and must be willing to sign up for a new Unlimited Value plan of 2GB or more. For example, if you were to buy a new HTC Amaze 4G, the down payment would be $49.99 after a $150 mail-in rebate, but you will also have the additional $20 added to your monthly bill.

These deals also apply to existing customers who are eligible for an upgrade but again, must sign up for the previously mentioned Unlimited Value plan. Sounds like there are still some decent deals to be had even though you will be paying off the device throughout your contract. This may be your chance to grab that new Samsung Galaxy S II that you have been scoping out, but now with the ability to pay it off over time. Does this sound enticing to any of you?

Join us after the break for further details and  full press release. Anybody thinking about visiting T-Mo’s Magenta Saturday?

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Viewsonic Viewpad 10e Available for 200 Pounds

Those living in the UK are in luck. The Viewsonic Viewpad 10e is now available for £200. We previously weren’t certain of the price of the device, let alone when the tablet would be released. This is definitely a welcome surprise now that we have definitive answers. In case you’ve forgotten, this 9.7-inch Gingerbread 2.3 tablet features a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and a snazzy 1024 x 768 display. This is a modest tablet with some solid specs, so it looks like it’s priced to sell. A great gift idea for your loved ones or friends perhaps?

[via EuroDroid]

Samsung pulls the Galaxy Tab 10.1 update

In the “no shocker” news for today, Samsung has pulled the Galaxy Tab 10.1 update that started to roll yesterday. As we reported, the update had some issues, but not playing nicely with WiFi was just a little too much. Here’s the statement:

“Samsung is aware of an issue that some Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers have experienced with today’s software update. We are working on a resolution and will provide more information shortly. In the interim we have chosen to discontinue availability of the update.”

Samsung has been better with updates as of late, so lets hope this gets resolved soon.

[via androidcentral]

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Update Has WiFi Glitch, Leaves Many Users Abstaining And Others Wishing They Had

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has released a 63.12MB update to users which brings the device to Android 3.2 and, oh yeah, it has a serious glitch which is causing all kinds of WiFi connection problems. Since the Android tablet is WiFi-only, users that have already completed their update are left with a relatively useless device.

Of the problems reported, users say their tablet would no longer connect to WiFi with DHCP dynamic IP and rather only through static IP. Also, it will no longer connect to Kies, displays “Firmware update failed” upon reboot and even ceases auto rotation. As for a solution to the glitch, hard resets have proven ineffective and Samsung has offered only the following statement to their customers:

“Samsung is aware of an issue that some Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers have experienced with today’s software update. We are working on a resolution and will provide more information shortly. In the interim we have chosen to discontinue availability of the update.”

[via ac]

Verizon Launching Xoom 2 as DROID Xyboard 8.2, 10.1

You guys remember the Verizon/Motorola Xoom 2 announcement? Well, we have another follow-up for you. Verizon is finally giving in on specific details by confirming they will be selling the Motorola Xoom and Xoom Media Edition as the DROID Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1. It’s certainly a unique name, but you can be sure that consumers probably won’t care about the name once they see how ridiculously amazing the tablets are. The tablets are confirmed for the UK and Ireland, but considering we saw that leaked roadmap recently, we can expect these 1.2GHz dual-core & Honeycomb-powered beasts to be released on or around November 30th in the U.S.

[via Pocketnow]

Samsung announces 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 8.9 AT&T with free smartphone

Samsung just announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is coming to AT&T on November 20. It will not only support 4G LTE, but if you buy one for $479.99 (with a 2-year contract), you will have your choice of the Skyrocket or Galaxy S II for FREE (2 year contract on these as well). For the Tab, you will have your choice of a monthly payment of $14.99 for 250 MB, $25 for 2 GB, or $35 for 3GB.

You can checkout Joe Sirianni’s full review of the WiFi-only version. Full specs include:

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Barnes & Noble Prepared for Microsoft’s Patent Strategy

The Nook is on its way and Barnes & Noble looks ready to go head on against potential legal complications. Potential legal complications you ask? Well, the Nook as well as future B&N devices are based off Android technology, so Microsoft will likely see this as another ripe opportunity to make additional profits. Considering Microsoft just went after yet another company’s patents, B&N has decided to not sit tight and protect itself if necessary. The company and their legal team analyzed Microsoft’s claims of Android using its patented ideas and how it forces manufacturers and designers to get approval for device design. B&N views the patents in question that Microsoft brings up are not important and won’t hold up in court if challenged. Not only does B&N argue Microsoft is essentially trying to monopolize the mobile operating systems market by using oppressive licensing terms, but B&N may plan on going to the U.S. Department of Justice and presenting Microsoft’s practices as an anti-trust suit. Sounds like Microsoft may very well have a battle with B&N.  

[via Android Central]

Black Friday at Best Buy – More Like Tablet Blowout Friday

Today on the internets, various sites took it upon themselves and outed the newspaper ads that everybody likes to study on Thanksgiving, the day before the madness begins. By the looks of Best Buy’s Black Friday ad apparently they are trying to blow out some Android tablets by reducing them to killer prices. You can snag an Asus Transformer for just $249 and a Toshiba Thrive for $279. If that is still a bit steep for our liking then how about a Acer Iconia 7 for $189, or a Pandigital Multimedia Novel 7 for a measly 79 bucks. Check out the full ads after the break below, your bound to find something appealing. They even have some good prices on smartphones too.
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Verizon offering Double Data Deal to free up bandwidth for the iPhone

Earlier in the week we told you about Verizon’s Double Data deal. We wondered why they would offer this since they had just started implementing tiered data plans. It seems as though the culprit is the iPhone, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo.

With more and more iPhone users clogging the 3G network, Verizon either needs to invest in expanding it or get non iPhone users switched to 4G LTE. They have chosen the latter since it will free up the bandwidth on 3G and they really don’t want to put more money into 3G. By offering the Double Data Deal for 4G LTE customers, they are hoping it will be enough incentive to get a lot of customers to finally buy that LTE phone.

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