Asus Shipping More Than 400,000 Eee Pad Transformers Per Month

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This should come as no surprise to anyone that Asus is shipping more than 400,000 Eee Pad Transformers per month.  The company has literally “transformed” the tablet market and industry with this product.  The Transformer is a 10.1-inch Tablet running Honeycomb 3.1, in line to soon receive 3.2, houses Nvidia’s popular dual-core Tegra 2 chip set and docs seamlessly into a full sized keyboard such as found on most notebooks.

DigiTimes reports that they expect shipments to grow even further as we approach Q3 and could possibly reach as much as 500,000 units per month.  Asus however, is aiming a little higher.  The company reported that they hope to ship somewhere in the vicinity of 4-5 million of their tablet brands during the second half of 2011 with the possibility of 3 million of them being Eee Pad Transformers, according to DigiTimes.  Stay tuned here at Talk Android as we follow the tablet’s success into the third and fourth quarter of the year.  We expect as the device continues to favorably receive updates, its popularity will only grow.  Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.
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FCC Approves An HTC 10-inch Tablet With AT&T LTE On Board. Puccini?

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I’m still astonished at what you can find these days combing through the FCC’s database.  The folks over at Wireless Goodness stumbled upon a filing that appears to be an HTC super secretive 10-inch tablet with LTE radios on board.  Though the device is unbranded in the filing, we’re pretty sure we’re looking at the HTC Puccini, leaked back in May.  According to the filing, the device will run on the carrier’s 700 MHz and AWS bands.  The mix of dual bands suggest AT&T’s LTE network, which we hope will be rolled out in more than just the five cities already supported during their soft launch.  As more comes to light on the device we’ll be sure to hand feed it directly to you.  You can expect the latest version of Honeycomb to be on board, Sense UI, a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, a 1280 x 800 screen res and who knows, maybe they’ll add the HTC Sribe accessory as well?  Wouldn’t that be something?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Archos G9 Tablets get officially priced

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Remember the Archos G9 tablets we told you about last month? Well they didn’t come in as cheap as we originally thought, but they are still a pretty good deal.

We also thought they were only going to offer 250GB versions, but it looks like they are going to offer 8GB and 16GB versions as well, which will be a lot lighter for those that don’t need the extra storage. Archos is marketing these devices as the fastest tablets on earth with the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, but it will only be offered in the 250GB versions. According to their site the official prices are:

Archos 101 G9 – 10.1-inch screen

  • 8GB – $369.99
  • 16GB – $399.99
  • 250GB – $469.99

Archos 80 G9 – 8-inch screen

  • 8GB – $299.99
  • 16GB – $329.99
  • 250GB  - $369.99

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From the Rumor Mill: Samsung Galaxy Q Tablet(ish)

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Question: Is an Android device with a 5.3-inch screen a really big phone, or a really small tablet? I lean towards the former, but it’s definitely a gray area. Regardless, the rumor goin’ ’round is that Samsung is launching a device at exactly that size, and they seem to think it qualifies as a tablet. Maybe it doesn’t have phone capabilities? Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy Q is expected to be revealed publicly at IFA in Berlin this September, and maybe we’ll get the full scoop then. Word is it’ll have a Super AMOLED screen and probably rock a dual-core CPU. Stick around, we’ll keep you posted as more news becomes available. In the meantime, hit the comments and tell us what you think the ideal size for a tablet is.

[via phandroid]

Zinio is now available for all Android 2.2+ devices, Gives access to 12 free magazines through August 15

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Zinio released its magazine reader app this past summer, but only to Honeycomb tablets. Today they are announcing that it is available for all Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread devices.

Zinio brings the “world’s largest newstand” of magazines to your phone or tablet. You can download digital susbriptions or single issues and sync your library on multiple devices.

To celebrate this update, Zinio is giving users free access to the following magazines through August 15:

  • Bike Magazine
  • BlackBook
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • House Beautiful
  • Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
  • Maxim
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Redbook
  • Robb Report
  • Seattle Met
  • SURFER Magazine
  • Wine Enthusiast.

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Amazon’s 10-inch Tablet to be Built by Foxconn, Quanta Builds 7-Inch

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It’s been rumored a lot lately that Amazon was planning to get into the official tablet market, moving past just their Kindle e-reader. There’s still a lot being speculated upon with regard to specifics, but reports are starting to come in that a 10.1-inch tablet (previously believed to be Android and built off the quad-core Kal-El, but that’s not mentioned at this point) is being built by Foxconn Electronics. It’s uncertain at this point whether or not it will be released in time for a holiday launch this year or if we’re looking more at the 2012 mark, but the latter is definitely possible. Quanta Computing is also slated to deliver a 7-inch tablet, but even less is known about that at this point, aside from it likely rocking a Tegra 2 chipset.

We’ll keep you posted as more info comes in. In the meantime, weigh on the comments — what’s YOUR ideal tablet size, and what specs does it have?

[via digitimes]

Free coupon: Save $50 on any tablet at Staples until 7/16

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Are you in the market to get yourself a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? Well, if you’re quick, frugal, and a loyal reader, you can snag yours for a whopping $50 off… as long as you pick yours up at Staples. The coupon also works on any desktop or laptop computer, but hey – we’re an Android site! Be sure to hit the source link to get to the printable coupon.


Qualcomm Innovation Center releases Vellamo for benchmarking mobile web performance

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For all you hardcore benchmark fans out there, we have a new one for you to play with. Qualcom and Qualcomm Innovation Center just released Vellamo which is a benchmarking tool for evaluating mobile Web performance.

Vellamo enables mobile users to evaluate which Android devices deliver the best mobile Web experiences. It provides a “holistic” view into browser performance by measuring each component systematically. You will get results for CPU and memory, scrolling, JavaScript, HTML5, canvas rendering speed, and network access.

So the next time you are in a store shopping for a new phone you can compare scores from different devices, or maybe you want to compare scores with your friends or spouse. It could even make a good party game, and if you don’t have another device to compare it with, it will show you comparable scores from different devices in the same category starting with a low tiered smartphone all the way up to a tablet.

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iRiver Vanilla Android phone and Tab tablet leak, remind us of days gone by (in a bad way)

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A few weeks ago, the world saw a leak of the iRiver MX100, and didn’t quite know what to think. Today, more info leaks, and the confusion is no clearer. Apparently, the tablet will have a little smartphone brother, and we’ve got the scoop. The tablet will be dubbed “Vanilla”, while the smartphone will have the wildly outrageous name “Vanilla”. Having trouble picking up on the sarcasm? That’s okay… we’ll wait.

Both devices will have Android 2.2… that’s right, folks… last year’s latest and greatest. The specs aren’t exactly dressed to impress either, with the tablet sporting a 7-inch LCD and a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, along with a 5MP camera and up to 32GB of expandable storage. Oh, and Bluetooth, as well. The Vanilla phone, however, takes up the rear in the specs race with a 3.5″ QVGA LCD display, wifi, GPS, bluetooth, and a whopping 4GB of storage. Processor? Yeah, we’d like to know, too.

So, folks, it looks like iRiver won’t be wowing any crowds with these new devices, but I don’t suppose that’s what anyone was expecting in the first place. Be sure to sound off with your opinions in the comments.

[via engadget]

Lookout Apple: Amazon will come out with a tablet by October

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Back in June we reported that Amazon will likely launch up to two Android tablets by the end of the Quarter 3. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that they will release at least one tablet by October, according to people familiar with the matter.

Many people feel that an Amazon tablet would be Android’s best chance to succeed against Apple’s iPad. WSJ is reporting that this tablet will have approximately a 9-inch screen, but no cameras. Other people are suggesting that they have a second tablet in the works that would be released next year.

What will be interesting is how they market it along with the Kindle. Amazon has been saying that the Kindle is its best-selling device which they don’t want to hurt. The Kindle is a dedicated reading device, but would consumers want to buy both? They also plan on offering two updated versions of the Kindle in the 3rd Quarter, and one of them could have a touch screen.

[via wsj]