Long time laptop manufacturer, Lenovo has been easing its way into the tablet sector lately with its IdeadPad K1 and ThinkPad tablets. The 7” IdeaPad A1 will be the newest member of the family bringing with it an attractive $199 price tag. The A1 specs aren’t all that, but it’s an Android tablet on the cheap nonetheless. While the onboard OS is Gingerbread, Lenovo has augmented it with the same special launcher software as debuted on the K1. The A1 will sport a 1GHz processor, have two cameras, up to 32GB of storage, and a 7” 1024×600 resolution screen.
Lenovo also plans to bundle the Lenovo App Shop in addition to Android Market. The App Shop will supply only apps designed for Lenovo Tablets, and if that’s got you skeptical, they’ve promised 200 apps at launch.
Earlier today our very own Mr. Nazarian showed you the Excite smiling for the camera. Now we have an official announcement from Toshiba on the device and some hot specs to share. Most interesting for this Android 3.2 loaded tablet is that it’s only 7.7mm thick. This device will be available in Europe in Q4 of this year. Here is the full skinny:
- Android™ 3.2, Honeycomb
- High resolution 25.7cm (10.1’’) capacitive LCD panel with LED backlight, 1,280 x 800 pixels (16:10) and multi-touch support
- CPU: TI OMAP 4430, 1.2GHz
- RAM 1GB DDR2
- Internal memory with up to 64 GB
- Micro-USB, micro-SD, micro-HDMI®, Bluetooth®, Wi-FiTM (802.11b/g/n), docking port
- GPS, 3D Accelerometer, gyrometer, electronic compass, ambient light sensor
- 5.0 MPixel camera (rear), 2.0 MPixel camera (front)
- Stereo speakers (2x 1.5W)
- Toshiba Media Player supporting a wide selection of video, picture and audio formats
- Weight: 558g
- Size: 256mm x 176mm x 7.7mm
- Battery life (backlight 60nits): 8h (100% video playback). 8h (65% web browsing via WLAN 10% video playback 10%; 25% standby)
This looks like a pretty sweet new tablet to me. I was a fan of Toshiba laptops back in the day so perhaps they will bring that magic back. Check out the full press release after the break and let us know what you think.
We have heard all along that Amazon is working on two tablets. We are expecting at least one of them to come out this fall, and to be priced as a loss leader to blow Apple out of the water. This will most likely be a seven inch model.
We know they are working on a 10.1-inch version as well, but it looks like it might not hit the scene until the 1st quarter 2012 according to Foxconn, the manufacturer of the device. We have heard the codename is Hollywood, and it could include NVIDIA’s Kal-El quad-core chip. If this is the case, it would be a big set back since ASUS is ready to go with the Kal-El chip in the follow up to the very successful Transformer this fall.
I still think that if Amazon comes out with a $249 tablet this fall as expected, sales will be through the roof. Ultimately the hardcores will be yearning for the “Hollywood,” but volume is where it’s at for Amazon. They have a lot to gain from their app store, music, video, and book distributions. With the 7-inch version priced right, it will produce the volume necessary to drive their digital business.
We knew the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was coming and now they made it official at the IFA Conference in Berlin. It is going to have a 7.7-inch (1280 x 768) Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, and Android 3.2. Since Samsung loves thin, it is no surprise that it is going to be only 7.89 millimeters thick. It will also be the first tablet to support Samsung’s Game Hub.
Full specs are:
- 7.7-inch (1280 x 768) Super AMOLED Plus display
- 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
- Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
- Full 1080p HD playback
- 5,100 mAh battery
- Supports microSD up to 32GB
- Supports LTE and HSPA+
- Samsung Game Hub
- Voice call support
Full press release after the break:
We reported yesterday that Toshiba’s replacement for the Thrive will be the much thinner Excite. We have a couple of photos of it for you, and they confirm that it will come with a microSD, microUSB, and a mini HDMI port. We are expecting it to have dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460.
We should hear more during the IFA in Berlin so stay tuned. One more pic after the break.
Boy, it has been a long wait for Motorola Xoom owners looking to upgrade their device to 4G LTE. When the Xoom was announced in January, the word was that a 4G LTE upgrade would be available in Q2. Thanks to an Android Central reader, an image of a Motorola Xoom rocking 4G LTE has been captured. We are unsure if this is part of the pilot group we talked about last week, but in either case it looks like 4G LTE on the Xoom is almost here. As you can see above the speeds are an impressive 33Mbps down and 10Mbps up (also catch the 4G icon the the bottom right). Hopefully the wait won’t be much longer, so keep your eyes peeled. Who’s been waiting for this upgrade patiently?
Following closely behind its US launch, which brought with it a slew of smart deals from retailers nationwide, the Acer Iconia A100 Tablet has now launched in the UK and similar deals are popping up already.
PixMania, an online European ‘E-tailer’ for electronic goods has posted an offer on the tab for £259 plus shipping (that’s about $372 US). At that price, this 7″ Android tablet is an affordable option for consumers that don’t want to relinquish features, functionality or their wallets. The device runs on Honeycomb, has a 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chip, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing cam and 8GB of internal storage space that can be expanded to 36GB with a MicroSD card.
Today Sony announced the launch of the Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P devices for the U.S. The Tablet S is available for pre-sale today and will be on shelves next month. Weighing in at about 1.33 lbs. with a 9.4-inch display and built-in Wi-Fi, the Tablet S will be available with between 16 and 32GB and will be sold at Sony Stores and other authorized retailers nationwide for about $499 and $599 respectively.
The Sony Tablet P weighs in at a scant .83 lbs. with a unique folding design that incorporates two 5.5-inch displays. Available later this year, the Tablet P is both Wi-Fi compatible and 4G capable exclusively on AT&T’s mobile broadband network (HSPA+). No price is available on the Tablet P at this time.
Today Sony announced the launch of the Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P. The first tablet out of the gate is the Sony Tablet S which will be available in Europe at the end of September. Weighing in at about 598g (1.33 lbs.) with a 23.8cm (9.4-inch) display and built-in Wi-Fi (a Wi-Fi/3G version will be available from November 2011), the Tablet S will be available in 16GB or 32GB of storage.
Update: We just heard that September 16th will be the launch date for the Tablet S at Dixons, PC World, and Curry’s. Pricing will be £399 for the 16GB and £499 for the 32GB. The Wi-Fi/3G version will launch on October 21, and it will be priced at £499 with 16GB of storage. You can pre-order now across all of these stores, and be eligible to win a 32-inch Sony Bravia TV.
The Sony Tablet P weighs in at a scant 372g (.83 lbs.) with a unique folding design that incorporates two 13.9cm (5.5-inch) displays. The Tablet P offers connectivity via Wi-Fi and 3G mobile networks and will be available in November 2011.
Both tablets feature the same NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, Android 3.1 for Wi-Fi only models (to be upgradable to Android 3.2), Android 3.2 for Wi-Fi/3G models, front and rear facing cameras, USB 2.0 port, and SD card slot. In addition, both tablets are PlayStation certified.
A range of optional accessories will also be available including an AC adapter, LCD screen protector, carrying case, and USB adaptor cable for the Tablet S. The Tablet P will have a rechargeable battery pack, AC adapter, LCD screen protector, and carrying case. A Bluetooth keyboard is also available for both models.
A copy of the press report is available at the break:
We’ve got some really cool Droid Bionic news to talk about and I’ll try to settle my excitement down enough to give it all to you. First up the site for all things Droid, DroidDoes.com, went live last night and the @DroidLanding account is active again on Twitter. Over at DroidDoes you’ll find a page asking for codes from four different blog sites, where as of right now, all codes have been entered but one. There is also a video amping up a scavenger hunt which I’ll get to next.
There will also be nation wide scavenger hunt using an augmented reality app called Droid Bionic Arena. If you don’t know what augmented reality is, you’ll basically be seeing the world through your phone’s camera on your screen with the app overlaying a heads up display and other graphics for you to interact with (in real time). Using the GPS on your Android device, the app will direct you to where an AR-rendered prize has been dropped about an eighth of a mile from your location. Once your within 100 yards of the prize, and can see it, you’ll be able to select the GRAB button to capture the item. This will enter you into a sweepstakes to win that prize and a Droid Bionic. You’ll have 30 minutes per game to grab all four prizes available and can play up to 48 times a day for 4 days. You’ll also be able to enter your Facebook or Twitter account, along with your e-mail, to be contacted if you win. How cool is this? I wish I lived in a more populated area like NYC to see people running around with their Android phones searching for things that aren’t really there.
In my opinion, this is a great way to create even more hype for the Droid Bionic right before launch. The hunt will start at 12:00AM EST on 09/04/2011 and end at 11:59PM EST on 09/07/2011. Alright, enough from me. Hit the break for the QR code to the app, a list of the prizes, and some screenshots to check out.