ViewSonic has been going tablet crazy with the ViewPad 7x, ViewPad 7e, and ViewPad 10pro. Now it looks like they are gearing up to release the ViewPad 10e which will sport a 9.7-inch (1024 x 768) IPS display, a 1.3MP camera, and is only 9mm thick. Incidentally the screen size is the same as the TouchPad and iPad 2.
We don’t have anything else to go on, but it will run Gingerbread and it won’t be a dual-OS setup like the 10pro. We are not sure when it will be available, but it will be fairly priced at €250 ($340).
[via engadget and portablegear]
A little over a week ago we reported to you that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus would be coming soon with some nice spec upgrades compared to the original Tab including Honeycomb and a 1.2GHz dual-core. The 7.0 Plus has passed through the FCC’s testing which means we should be able to see one on the shelves very soon. There is no mention of a carrier radio here, but I’d have to guess that will be right around the corner as well. Anyone looking to pick one of these up when they hit or are you a carrier radio enabled tablet person only.
Things have really heated up in Australia where recently Apple rejected Samsung’s latest offer to settle the dispute over the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This Thursday, the Australian court will make a ruling which could result in a ban of the tablet.
If that’s not enough, Samsung has set up a temporary store just two doors down from the Sydney Apple store. The iPhone 4S launches this Friday, but Samsung is giving away the Galaxy S II for $2 for the first 10 customers each day through Friday in an effort to cut into Apple’s launch. They are also promoting their new music subscription service called Music Hub.
This war shows no signs of slowing down as Samsung recently filed suit in both France and Italy in an attempt to block the iPhone 4S from launching, but for whatever reason hasn’t filed the same complaint in Australia. I would expect a filing to happen right after this latest judgement comes in.
[via smh and reuters]
Sling Media announced today that SlingPlayer is now available in the Android Market for tablets running Android 3.0 or later. If your unfamiliar with SlingBox, this is a device hooked up to your cable at home which lets you stream your TV content to another device. SlingPlayer for tablets will cost you $29.99 in the market, but this software will give you the ability to use your existing cable service almost anywhere. You can grab the app from the market right here if you’re already a SlingBox owner and have a tablet. If not, check out the source link to see if a SlingBox might be for you as there is also an app for android phones as well. Anyone rocking a SlingBox at home?
Samsung Mobile just announced a new program called “Samsung Approved for Enterprise” or SAFE. The SAFE certification will meet rigorous security criteria, and is configured specifically for enterprise use. Now corporations won’t have to worry about their mobile work force as they will always be safely connected to corporate applications and data while away from their office using Samsung smartphones and tablets.
There are four “pillars” SAFE which include:
- Mobile Device Management (MDM) – Maximize flexibility. Samsung offers comprehensive MDM enablement to ensure efficient, scaled mobile deployments. Samsung addresses even the most challenging management and security concerns through relationships with leading MDM providers such as SOTI, Sybase®, MobileIron™ and others.
- On-Device Encryption – Maximize security. Samsung offers AES-256 bit hardware-based encryption to mitigate the elevated risks of virtual and physical attack that come with widespread enterprise deployments. Samsung’s enterprise-ready smartphones and Galaxy Tab™ devices help prevent unauthorized access to mobile data by leveraging on-device encryption, including data on the microSD™ card.
- Virtual Private Network (VPN) – Maximize accessibility. Samsung works with several global VPN providers such as Cisco™, Juniper® and others to enable fast, secure and reliable global corporate connectivity. Samsung’s enterprise-ready smartphones and Galaxy Tab™ devices support protocols and authentication measures for better security and faster access for enhanced off-site productivity.
- Corporate Email/Calendar/Contacts – Maximize efficiency. Samsung devices offer extensive support for communication systems such as Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®. Samsung SAFE devices support additional capabilities above and beyond stock smartphone and tablet operating systems. Designed to maximize the efficiency and productivity of large enterprise users, these devices are ideal for widespread deployment.
Full press release after the break:
T-Mobile faithfully looking around at the tablet-love that other carriers have been receiving can now rest easy; not one but two tablets will be gracing T’s shelves later this year. Of course, we had reported as much previously, but now it’s officially official, and we can espouse some details with gusto.
The Huawei-built T-Mobile SpringBoard will be a value focused 7-inch tablet, powered by a 1.2 dual-core processor and preloaded with Blockbuster on Demand, Netflix, and T-Mobile TV.
Second, we have the ever-popular Galaxy Tab 10.1, with some lovely bonuses like T-Mobile 4G, T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Blio eReader, Zinio, and demos for Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD and SIM City Deluxe.
No date or price was announced, but if our leak is to be believed, look for a November launch. Check in after the break for the full press-release.
Motorola quietly introduced a teaser video on their Facebook page and sent out invites for an event on October 18 in New York City. The first thoughts that came to mind are the new XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition, and XOOM Family Edition tablets we have been telling you about, or maybe even the RAZR. It so happens that the image above was sent via email and was saved as “spyderlaunchinvite,” so it’s obvious that we will see the Spyder. The question is if it will be marketed as the Spyder, the RAZR, or even have some DROID branding (the red light in the picture hints at this).
It’s possible that we could still see the tablets as well since they should be launching in November or December. For now it’s just a guess, but we will be sure to give you the full scoop next Tuesday, or if anything breaks before then.
Teaser video after the break
Toshiba recently unveiled their new Honeycomb tablet dubbed the AT200 also being rumored as the Toshiba Excite. The AT200 was recently approved by the FCC and according to documents only measures 7.7mm thin, making it the thinnest Android tablet on the market. The FCC documents show that Toshiba’s new ultra-thin tablet will be constructed by Quanta, the makers of Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
With a 10.1″ 1280 x 800 resolution display, this Android 3.2 Honeycomb tab will be powered by a TI OMAP 4430 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and sport 1 GB of RAM. The AT200 will be offered in three different builds: 16GB, 32GB and also a 64GB model will be available. The new Toshiba tablet is said to release in Q4 just in time for the holidays. No pricing or release date have been reported but the FCC visit means we will see more details soon.
Looks like Lenovo just lowered the price on its A1 tablet on their website. Originally retailing for $350, the A1 is now available for $200. That’s a pretty significant savings. The A1 is a Gingerbread 2.3 device with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 single-core processor and 512MB of RAM. It also features a 7″ 1024×600 resolution display. Coming in at 7″ and $200, this tablet is remarkably similar to the Amazon Kindle Fire. Lenovo’s A1 does include 3MP front and rear cameras for photos and videochat; a physical impossibility with the Fire. Hit up the source link to take advantage of the price.
The HTC Flyer is now available at U.S. Cellular starting at $399.99 on either a $54.99 a month 5GB plan or $74.99 to add unlimited messaging (both on a 2-year agreement). There is also a $599.99 option but you’ll be limited to 200MB at $14.99 a month or $34.99 with unlimited messaging. This is a 7-inch tablet running Gingerbread and a 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon with a tablet optimized version of Sense. Not a killer tablet, but not a bad price though I can’t see why anyone would want one on a 200MB plan. At that price it may be worth it just to grab the $299.99 WiFI version. You can purchase one from U.S. Cellular right from the source link below. Anyone looking to grab one of these?