Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Receives Hardware Upgrade, Now Capable of Worldwide 3G Connectivity

This morning, Lenovo announced that they will now offer its ThinkPad tablets with the Qualcomm Gobi 3000 chipset, allowing for connectivity on any network in the world via GSM and CDMA. You will still need to have a data plan provisioned by the carrier in the area that you want service, but at least you can be a jet setter without switching between multiple devices. The following quote pretty much sums it up, but if you want to read the whole press release, join us after the jump.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet will now offer Qualcomm’s Gobi™ 3000 technology, making it the first Android tablet that gives enterprise customers a single mobile platform for use throughout the world. The new offering eliminates the need to change hardware to support different carriers or mobile connectivity standards from region to region. With Gobi 3000 technology, ThinkPad Tablet users can easily connect to any major US carrier and stay connected with global roaming support when business brings them overseas.

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[Leak] Newest Verizon MAP Outs DROID XYBOARD Pricing

Thanks to a recent surfacing of Verizon’s latest MAP (minimum advertised price), we finally get a taste of how they plan to price the new Motorola tablets. Yes, those ones with that god-awful name, DROID XYBOARD. It also looks like there is a possibility that the tablets will arrive in stores during the second week of December, but… well, you know how that story usually ends.

Prices will start at $429 for the 8-inch 16GB model, and can go up to as much as $729 for the 10-inch 64GB version. We figure these to be prices on-contract because they line up with the current pricing for the 4G Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This seems to be rather steep pricing given the fact the original Moto tablets didn’t sell very well. Thankfully Motorola has stepped up the specs this time around because expensive or not, I think these tabs are going to be a hit.

*Best Buy take note* That is Galaxy Nexus you are reading. :-D

[via DroidLife]

 

 

 

[Leak] Photos of 5-Inch Lenovo Tablet Imerge, Another Phablet on the Horizon?

An anonymous tipster recently dropped some interresting photos in Engadget’s inbox depicting whats thought to be a dual-core 5inch tablet from Lenovo. This pint sized tab is said to marketed under the LePad brand in China and also the IdeaTab brand for other locations.

Not much is known as far as specs go, but just by looking at the photos of the device, you will notice it has a micro-USB port, HDMI output, a front-facing camera and possibly three capacitive buttons (which means it will not ship with ICS or Honeycomb). The source didn’t mention whether or not the device will be capable of placing voice calls, but by the looks of the earpiece I can imagine it would. If all the rumors end up true, the Samsung Note may see it’s first sign of competition in the near future. We will let you know as soon as we hear more.

Jump past the break for a few more photos.

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Verizon Announces Holiday Savings Bonanza, Kicks It Off With Red Incredible 2

It’s that time a year again. The time where you brave the cold, dark and early hours to save a ton of money on your holiday shopping. As we told you before, it appears that Verizon knows this as well and has decided to bring some other great deals to you this holiday season. Starting with the Incredible 2, in red, Verizon will offer specific deals on specific days. This, coupled with the other Black Friday deals, Big Red is offering shows that they are very much in the Holiday Spirit.

  • The DROID Incredible 2 (In Red) – Available online on Nov 24th, 25th, and 28th. Available nationwide in the Verizon Wireless Communications store for free after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
  • The LG Revolution – Available online for $49.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Nov. 24th, 25th and 28th. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications stores at holiday prices after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
  • The Pantech Breakout – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
  •  Motorola Xoom – Available online on Nov. 24th, 25th, and 28th at the special holiday price of $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Mobile Broadband plans beginning at $30/month for 2GB of data. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores at holiday pricing on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-Inch Edition – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
The Sony Xperia Play, among others, will also be available for free from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th. Add this with both Amazon and MetroPCS’ Penny Pincher and Black Friday deals, those looking who are in the market for a new phone have some amazing deals to choose from. Also you can follow Verizon on both Foursquare and Facebook to get information on additional deals that are happening during this time .For a complete list of the Black Friday deals that are going on you can click here, otherwise follow the break below to see Verizon’s full press release.

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Gameloft to Pre-Install Games on ARCHOS G9 Tablets

 

 

Today, ARCHOS and Gameloft announced plans to equip the ARCHOS G9 tablet line with a couple of the game creators more successful titles. Beginning in December, the G9 tablet will now come equipped with optimized versions of, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, and Spider-Man: Total Mayhem. According to ARCHOS, the games will “give users a rich gaming experience”, and will “offer a console-like gaming experience – whether at home or on the go.” The G9’s Texas Instruments OMAP processor is said to enrich the “performance and real-time game play. Jump past the break to read the full press release.

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Samsung Re-Releases Android 3.2 Update For Galaxy Tab 10.1, This Time Bug Free

Samsung Galaxy Tab Tab 10.1 owners have a reason to live again. After previously breaking owners’ hearts by pulling the previous 3.2 update because of many bugs, Samsung has finally corrected the issues and has rolled out the update again. All of you Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners make sure you get out and grab that update ASAP. One quick disclaimer– if you didn’t update your tablet originally, you will be able to download the update over the air. If you did download the original update, but ended up with a frazzled tablet, you will have to update your tablet again via Kies Mini software for the ‘new’ 3.2 update. Happy updating!

[via Android Central]

Amazon Now Taking Pre-Orders for ASUS Transformer Prime

If you are anything like us here at Talk Android, you have eagerly been waiting for the release of a couple new Android devices, the Galaxy Nexus and The ASUS Transformer Prime. While I have great news for the later, I unfortunately have nothing for the former.

Earlier today, ASUS unveiled the Transformer Prime overview page and now Amazon is officially taking pre-orders for the tablet. Both the 32GB and the 64GB models are available in two colors, Amethyst Grey and Champagne. The 32GB model is going to cost you $492.20 while the 64GB version will run $584.22, both are slightly discounted from the suggested retail price.

In case you had forgotten, the Transformer Prime is not only ASUS’s first quad-core tablet, but will most likely be the first Tegra 3,  quad-core tablet to hit the market. It rocks a 10.1-inch Super IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution that’s protected with Gorilla Glass, has 1GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage, an 8MP camera that shoots 1080p Full HD video and will run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Not to worry because ASUS claims that an ICS update will arrive in the near future. There is still no telling when the device will be released but you can expect shipping to happen before years end.

Head on over to Amazon to pre-order the sweetest Android tablet of 2011.

[via Android Central]

 

 

Ice Cream Sandwich running on the ASUS Transformer Prime [Video]

We’re eagerly waiting for the release of the first tablet featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, the ASUS Transformer Prime. It will arrive next month with Honeycomb onboard, but ASUS promised the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon thereafter.

With a proven track record of giving timely updates, it’s no surprise that they already have a working demo of the Transformer Prime running ICS. This demo was taken on November 16, just two days after the ICS source code was released. It’s still a little early, but things are looking good so far.

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[via nvidia]

ASUS Transformer Prime Overview Page Now Available

Who’s ready another bit of quad-core tablet news? Great, you’re in luck because we have something that is sure to make your mouth salivate immediately. As we inch our way closer to the most anticipated tablet of the year, it’s only natural for its homepage to finally go live. That’s right– you’ll finally be able to see the Transformer Prime overview page on the ASUS.com website. You’ll be able to get all the nitty gritty details, such as how thin the tablet is, that mouthwatering Quad-Core Tegra 3 processor and the 1GB DDR RAM.Take a gander at the link below, won’t you? We’re sure you’ll be pleased and excited you do.

[via ASUS]

Amazon May Still Be Making Bigger Tablets, Orders both 8.9 and 10.1 Displays (Rumor)

Ever since Amazon announced that they would be entering the tablet market it was rumored that they would be bringing different tablet sizes to the table. This rumor became more reputable when Amazon announced the 8.9-inch version of their Kindle Fire.  Well it appears that a 10.1 inch version may also be in the works. According to Digitimes:

“Amazon is developing 8.9- and 10.1-inch next-generation Kindle Fire models and has selected an 8.9-inch model for launch by the end of the second quarter of 2012 due to LG Display’s and Samsung Electronics’ promotion of 8.9-inch panels and to avoid competition with 9.7-10.1-inch products offered by other vendors, the sources said. Foxconn will begin ODM production of 8.9-inch Kindle Fire in the middle of the second quarter of 2012, the sources indicated.”

Digitimes is known for receiving information from component producers in regards to the kinds of parts that each OEM orders. For the most part they deal with information regarding displays. So it is safe to say that they are a good indication of what’s coming down the line.

It appears that Amazon is working on bringing their next-generation Kindle Fire to arrive second quarter next year, in the 8.9-inch variety. Given that the Kindle Fire is an e-reader/tablet crossover and promotions offered by LG display and Samsung Electronics, not jumping straight to the 10.1-inch tablet makes sense. However,  there’s no word as to when an Amazon 10.1-inch tablet will debut. This information only leads to more questions as to what Amazon is up to, and given that Amazon may also be entering the smartphone market at some point, the questions continue to pile up.

[via Digitimes]