We were expecting to see the Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablets (3G and WiFi) available this week, but they have been delayed until October 1st to accommodate changes to Adobe Flash Player certification requirements. The good news is that they have already reduced the price by $200 for each model. They will now be $299 for the WiFi version and $399 for the 3G version. They were originally going to be $499 and $599 respectively.
Smart move because now they might actually have a chance to sell some.
Traditional “brick-and-mortar” retailers are in a bit of a pickle.
Due to the evolution of technology and the advent and rising popularity of digital mediums, physical media is becoming less and less profitable. You only have to look at the recent fate of Borders to see that if a company doesn’t change with the times, its future is bleak. With this in mind, videogame monolith GameStop has been investing plenty of time and money into research for the future of their business, as well as the acquisition of cloud-based gaming and technology companies Impulse and Spawn Labs. It was unclear what the company’s exact plans were, but we now know this for certain: it at least partially involves Android tablets. Click in after the break for more info! » Read the rest
With the ever growing popularity of the Android operating system, processor developers have been chomping at the bit to develop a chip that would be widely accepted by cellphone and tablet manufacturers. Intel, creator of The Atom processor used in notebooks and set top boxes, has had a hard time producing a processor that would function well on Android due to the fact that their chips are not very power efficient. With hopes to design an open source version of Gingerbread, Intel aims to provide a new line of E series chips that can be used on both tablets and phones that focus on better battery performance. With such a major presence in the desktop computing world, it’s no wonder that Intel wants a piece of the mobile marketplace.
Watch the video after the break to see Intel mention the possibility of bringing Android to the new Atom E series processors. (Gingerbread mentioned at about 50 seconds in).
AT&T announced today that the Acer Iconia Tab A501 will go on sale nationwide Sept. 18th. This HSPA+ Tegra-2 loaded tablet will be selling for $330 with a new two-year contract, or can be bought as a contract free 16GB version for $480. You should take note though that this isn’t an LTE device, so you’ll have to deal with AT&T’s slower speeds once their HSPA+ network hits your area.
Note that the A501 is essentially the A500 without carrier support (WiFi only). The A501 may be hard to swallow since Amazon has the A500 up right now for $363. If needing to be on a carrier network with your tablet is your thing, this could be a great choice. Who’s getting one?
Serving over 58 million customers in Japan, NTT DOCOMO is a “world-leading” provider of advanced wireless networks. Starting this fall they will offer 3G connectivity to customers in Japan who purchase one of the new Sony tablets. Both tablet “S” and tablet “P” are Wi-Fi and 3G capable allowing users to easily access a wireless network almost everywhere they go. With the ability for each device to play PlayStation certified games and stream video from Sonys’ Video Unlimited, DOCOMO wants to keep you readers in Japan even more occupied now that a 3G signal will be available.
Both tablets will be available this October or November through DOCOMO shops, DOCOMO’s online shop, and Sony Stores. Pre-orders will start by the middle of October at docomo shops.
We have been hearing about NVIDIA’s quad core chip, Kal-El, for a while now, and we should see the first tablets with the chip installed by the end of the year. If you are wondering what else NVIDIA has in store, we have some insight via a leaked roadmap.
Sometime in 2012 we should see the release of the Kal-El+, and after that, there will be two business lines. Project Wayne will target tablets and superphones, and Project Gray will be for the basic smartphone market. We should see those products by the end of 2012.
Unfortunately the names are all that we have, but I am sure some serious speed is in store from these future chips.
Italian manufacturer Olivetti, has announced two new Android tablets to add to the ever growing tablet market. The Olipad 110 is a 10 inch slate that runs on Honeycomb and the Olipad Smart will have Android 2.2 Froyo on board. Set to release on September 12th and 15th respectively, you can order the 10 inch right now from MediaWorld outlets. Looking over the specs, I don’t really see anything groundbreaking here, but it’s nice to have another Android tablet option with a reasonable price tag.
Olipad 110 has been priced at at €449 including VAT, while the Olipad Smart will be sold for €299. Hit the break for the full press release.
iBall, a popular and innovative Indian company, is entering into the tablet market with the iBall Slide (doesn’t Apple own the lower case i?). See that cool dude up top? That’s Indian Superstar Hrithik Roshan, an actor who is helping to advertise this new device. Coming in at 13,995 Rupee (aprox. $307) this should be a good budget device for India. The device also has a good number of ports as well though it’s a bit too much device vs. screen for me. I know Roshan in that picture up top has gotten you interested, so hit the break for a full breakdown of specs and screenshots.
Well this is a first for me to see, an Android device available first on the Home Shopping Network. We gave you the heads up the S was available for pre-order from Sony and that they would be shipping “on or about” September 16th. Well, oddly enough, the 16GB S tablet is shipping right now from HSN and can be yours for $599. This price is $100 more then Sony’s pre-order price, but this may be because they are ready to ship right now and come with some payment options (2 payments of 299.97, 3 payments of 199.98, and 4 payments of $149.98). If you can’t wait, hop on over to HSN from the source link and grab one right now. If you need some financing options and can wait, Sony offers 12 month special financing on anything $499 and up.
The budget conscious 7-inch 4:3 ratio ViewPad 7e has shown up for pre-order over at Amazon for a low $199. This is a Gingerbread tablet with an Arm Cortex-A8 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable to 32GB, 3MP rear and .3MP front cameras, all seen on a 4:3 800×600 7-inch screen. I can’t help but think this looks way too much like a Kindle. If you’re dying for a tablet on a budget, this might be a good option for you. If not, I might hold out just a bit for the more power packing tablets to drop in price a bit more.