WSL Japan has just officially announced the Xvision an4 tablet and while the press release is in Japanese it appears that the device is gearing up for an April launch. If you haven’t heard of the company, don’t feel bad as most folks stateside haven’t. On the Asian continent though, they are known for their technology. There isn’t a price as of yet for this tablet but it boasts some decent features for being only 10mm (0.39 inches) thick. Here they are: Read more
4G might not be commonplace across Europe just yet, but that isn’t stopping Samsung from deploying their latest devices that are ready for the revolution. The GT-P7320, otherwise known as the Galaxy Tab 8.9, has passed through the Global Certification Forum and had its passport stamped, ready for Europe. The mysterious new model supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz and dualband LTE at 800 MHz/2.6 GHz.
Not much else is known about the European Galaxy Tab 8.9 at this time, and we can only speculate as to whether or not it will share similar specifications to it’s U.S. counterpart. One thing we do know is that we’ll be keeping an eye on this years Mobile World Congress to see if Samsung has any surprises up their sleeve.
Samsung is at it again and this time they’re offering a follow up to their very first Android tablet which debuted almost two years ago now, The original Galaxy Tab. Samsung today introduced their very first Android In addition to ICS, the device will offer all of your typical Samsung Hub products for watching movies, reading books and newspapers as well as a dual-core 1 GHz CPU for fast processing on the go (why not 1.5 GHz dual-core?). The tab will offer a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 (WSVGA) resolution, HSPA+ speeds up to 21 Mbps and a 3 meg rear facing camera & VGA front shooter for those video chat sessions. Hit the break for the rest of the details via the press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.
Update: We just found a video of the unveiling that was posted on YouTube by Přemysl Vaculík. You can see his video after the break as well.
We’ve all had issues with cell phone reception at one point or another. Sometimes there’s just not enough cell towers to blanket an entire area, or the antenna on our phone is just too weak. If you’re sure you’re not holding it wrong, then perhaps you could use Chamtech Enterprise’s just unveiled spray-on antenna.
At Google’s inaugural Solve For X conference, the Utah-based company revealed their nanotechnology, which can be sprayed on to trees, walls, the ground, people… just about anything, to increase and improve signal reception for any variety of uses. Currently, Chamtech is working with government customers, but plans to eventually take the technology to mobile phone and medical device makers. They say it uses organic elements to tinker with magnetic and radio-frequency fields, improving mobile energy efficiency by 10 percent. Read more
Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s upcoming president and CEO, has recently hinted that Vita OS might make an appearance on future Sony phones and tablets. Vita OS is the operating system that powers the Playstation Vita. At a Q&A session with reporters Hirai stated that he doesn’t want people to forget that Vita OS is not just a gaming platform, but has the potential to be a powerful mobile OS as well.
Sony’s Senior Vice President, Yoshio Matsumoto, is reported as saying:
“If you’re asking if we’ve made it in a way that’s expandable, so that it’s possible to apply to smartphones and tablets on top of achieving the high responsiveness we need for gaming devices — it is possible. That doesn’t mean that we’re applying it to smartphones and tablets at this point in time, but it’s been designed with expandability in mind.”
Looks like the average age of tablet users will be lowering with companies like ViNCi and Toys “R” Us prepping kid-friendly slates. The latest comes from Oregon Scientific and is called the MEEP! tablet. According to the press release, this tablet will have a 7-inch color touch-screen, Wi-Fi, a G-Sensor, SD card slot, and parental controls. No word yet on what version of Android will be on board.
The MEEP! is said to offer movies, music, e-books, and apps from from leading developers, the latter making us think it will not have direct access to the Android Market. Accessories for the kiddie-slate will be offered, including musical instruments, which I’m sure will make every parent jump for joy. Ear-plugs were not mentioned as a potential accessory. The full unveiling is happening at the TIA Toy Fair in New York, which runs from now until February 15th. Full press release after the break.
For those that were excited to hear about T-Mobile UK‘s new unlimited plan only to hear that data speeds were capped, we have some news that should help you rest easier. The “Full Monty” plan as it’s called is quite big news in itself, however news has since circulated the internet that the data speeds on that plan were heavily capped at 1MB/S.
Well for those out there that think this, T-Mobile has released a response of an official capacity and according to them there is no cap to be seen. Here is what they said:
“We can confirm that we do not have a 1Mb/S maximum data download speed in place for The Full Monty plan – nor for any of our other pay monthly or pay as you go price plans – and we are confident that our average data speeds are as good, if not better, than anyone else in the industry.”
It also appears that even the monthly and prepaid plans aren’t capped either. So if you are on T-Mobile you can rest easy knowing that your data plan isn’t capped and knowing that you can use your plan the way it was intended. That should definitely put your mind at ease.
source: Tracy and Matt
The increasingly popular 7″ Kindle Fire is getting a refresh this summer, and will also be getting a 9″ brother according to a report by Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley. He raised his shipment forecast to 14.9 million units, up 2.2 million from his earlier estimate. In a note to clients, he wrote “We believe there is an upward bias, particularly from the new 7- and 9-inch models, which we expect to launch in mid-2012.”
Previous reports had Amazon launching “Hollywood“, a 10-inch quad-core tablet first, but apparently the release got delayed in favor of pushing out an 8.9-incher. It is unclear whether the 9-inch Kindle Fire that may be coming this summer is the same as this 8.9-inch tablet.
Anyone interested in a larger Kindle Fire?
We reported earlier about
The phablet space (ok, I know “phablet” is weird…let’s say tabletphone) is still being defined, and who’s to say what aspect ratio will dominate? Personally, I think this looks too wide to be comfortable to use one-handed, whereas the Galaxy Note looks much easier to grasp.
What do you think? Does the future of phones look like the past of TV’s?
If you are in the market for a new smartphone and taking good pictures is an important factor in deciding then maybe these test photos will help you in deciding. This collection shows photos from six HTC phones and tablets, including a few that will probably be seen at MWC this month in Barcelona. What you may finding intriguing is the fact that some of the photos suggest that some of these devices have received codename changes from their original names. As you already know the HTC Edge became the Endeavor. Hit the break to check out these images. Also, make a note of the Quattro tablet name change… Enjoy!