ViewSonic Introduces ViewPad E70, Aims To Bring Android 4.0 For Budget Minds

It’s looking like 2012 is going to be the year of the budget tablets. ViewSonic doesn’t want you to let the word “budget” to turn you off either. They’ve announced at CES a brand-spanking new 7-inch tablet, the ViewPad E70. I’m sure you’re all wondering what’s so special about the tablet, right? ViewSonic itself highlights the “ViewPad E70 offers the ultimate in value and fun for a premium tablet experience at an affordable price“. The tablet features a smooth 1GHz processor, 4GB of memory, a front-facing camera and oh– Android 4.0 as an added bonus. Suddenly everyone’s antennas went up. Yup that’s right gang, this new tablet will be one of the first to offer Ice Cream Sandwich.

So now that we know the specs, you all must be wondering what the price may be. $250… perhaps $200 even? Not even close. ViewSonic is poised to be a leader in the budget segment by having the ViewPad E70 priced at a mere $169.99. No word on when it will be released, but it should be released around the end of Q1. Once the tablet is released, you can bet it will fly off shelves like hotcakes. Hit the break for the full press release.

(Photo courtesy of PC Digital Tech)


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Pantech Element tablet to feature HD Haptics from Immersion [Hands On Video]

Immersion is showing off their new High Definition Haptics at CES, and the recently announced Pantech Element will be the first device to feature it. The Pantech Element is an 8-inch tablet that combines a single piezo actuator from Samsung Electro-Mechanics Corp and the DRV-8662 haptic piezo driver from Texas Instruments with Immersion’s TouchSense 5000 control software and MOTIV Integrator tools. What does all of this mean? It means cutting edge touch feedback effects.

“Immersion’s TouchSense 5000 software takes advantage of the unique capabilities of high-fidelity actuators to create responsive and distinct haptic effects,” said Dennis Sheehan, Immersion’s vice president of marketing. “By working with Pantech to customize the Element with our MOTIV Integrator, we developed an intuitive and engaging user experience. Users not only receive subtle and compelling enhancements to their device navigation, but they also receive enlivening haptic feedback for multi-media content.”

The Element is also the first device to feature the MOTIV Integrator Reverb Module, which translates audio data into haptic effects. So if a user is watching a video or playing a game, the Reverb Module will combine touch effects with audio content.


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WAIT! Transformer Prime Ice Cream Sandwich Update Breaks Root, Here’s How to Prevent That

Photo Courtesy of Droid Life

So you have yourself the fancy Transformer Prime and after reading about the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich is now live for your device you now want to install it. Well don’t do that just yet as the ICS update will break root if you already rooted your brand new tablet. Before hand, download the app OTA Rootkeeper (see the link or QR code below) and run that. Afterwards, download the OTA file and you should be good to go. While there aren’t detailed instructions just yet, I’m sure there will be here in the coming weeks. So with that, head past the break to download the Rootkeeper app and get your taste of ICS goodness. 
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AT&T & Samsung Finally Unleashes Official Android 2.3 Update For Captivate, Finally Allows Owners To Taste Sweet Gingerbread Victory

Well, AT&T may be a tad late with its pledge to update the Samsung Captivate to Gingerbread by the end of 2011, but hey better late than never, right? AT&T & Samsung have finally released the Gingerbread 2.3 update to the masses. In addition to the standard Gingerbread 2.3 features, Samsung highlights Captivate owners will enjoy the following enhancements and improvements with the update:

New User Features

  1. Download Management.
  2. Intuitive Text Input.
    • New layout for larger fonts and easy inputs
    • Word prediction. Multi-touch for numerical input (Shift + Numbers)
    • One-touch Word Selection and Copy/Paste

UI Improvements

  1. Fixed Top-menu in Gmail.
  2. Voice Search added into the search categories.
  3. Vertical play mode added for YouTube.

New Developer Features

  1. Enhancements for Game.
    • 3D Graphic driver updates
    • Additional Khronos standard such as OpenSL ES, EGL for better multimedia performance
    • Concurrent Garbage Collector technology imbedded to reduce lags in playing games

 

So the phone isn’t going to be updated to Android 4.0 or even seeing some sort of likeness of Android 4.0, big deal. The improvements and enhancements in the 2.3 update should more than suffice for the average Captivate owner— especially after having to deal with Froyo for so long. One thing you all should note though— the update (as with most older Samsung phone updates) will not be pushed over-the-air. You’ll have to use Samsung’s Kies software (insert wisecrack or sarcastic comment here). Fortunately, Sammy includes detailed and straightforward instructions to help make the update process just about fool-proof. Captivate owners hit the link below for full instructions and be sure to let us know how that sweet Gingerbread feeling feels like in the Comments section.

[via Samsung]

RAZR MAXX to have 3300 mAh Battery, Heavy Users Breathe Sigh of Relief

Motorola had big news yesterday at CES with the addition of both a purple RAZR and the RAZR MAXX. The MAXX boasted a 21 hours of talktime which is unheard of on a 4G LTE device. Sadly it added a little bit more thickness and heft but not much as the phone is still just 1.8mm thicker than that of the original Droid RAZR. The one thing that was missing from the announcement though was the exact battery size. Well after some careful sleuthing it appears that the device will tote a 3300mAh battery which is almost double the 1780mAh battery the RAZR came with.

So for those of you that wanted the Droid RAZR but were worried about the lack of the ability to replace the battery during a long work day can now have your cake and eat it too as Motorola is bringing you this amazing device. Like all other RAZR’s the battery is not replaceable but who’s going to need to with the “extended” battery already built in. Look forward to our hands on video with the RAZR MAXX later today.Also, who of you out there is going to get one of these bad boys?

Huawei Tahiti Tablet Launches With Orange In UK

Those living in the UK will soon get a taste of a new Huawei-flavored tablet. The Chinese manufacturer has announced the Tahiti, which appears to be the UK cousin of the T-Mobile Springboard already sold here in the States. The tablet features Honeycomb 3.2, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch multitouch LCD screen. The tablet will launch with Orange UK and pricing will be £69.99 on a £25 per month, 24-month data plan. There’s also a bonus offer available with Orange offering a smartphone which includes both the Tahiti for free with the San Francisco II that would run you about £41 per month. Since I know those of you in the UK are interested in this cool tablet, why don’t you hit the break to see the full presser? Go on… you know you want to.
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Action-RPG SoulCraft in Android Open Beta, Available in Android Market

Nvidia continues to announce more and more awesomeness at CES this year. Fresh off Multiplayer Shadowgun, the 7-inch Transformer Prime and the release of ICS for the Transformer Prime today they announced yet another awesome game to play. SoulCraft THD is in open beta and your feedback will help shape the game. This game is free2play with in-app purchasing and has the following features:
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Shadowgun: Deadzone Announced, Brings Shadowgun Multiplayer Goodness to Android

Nvidia made some pretty big announcements today. For example, the 7-inch Transformer Prime tablet, or the fact that ICS is available for the 10.1-inch Transformer Prime today (seriously, download it now). Well that doesn’t mean that the news has stopped as Nvidia and Madfinger Games announced Shadowgun: Deadzone. Excited yet? No? Well, Deadzone is slated to bring multiplayer awesomeness to your mobile device. Imagine, playing console quality multiplayer action on your Nvidia Tegra 3 tablet. As the Madfinger team puts it:

“Each of us loves multiplayer games such as Battlefield or Modern Warfare 3, and we wanted to bring that same console gaming experience to mobile devices.”

The game is set to release quarter one of this year and sadly will be debuted exclusively on Tegra-3 devices. You can challenge up to seven friends in four different environments. There will be several game modes that include, deathmatch, team deathmatch and so on. Deadzone will also bring new control elements like sprint and roll, wider arsenals with the ability to be upgraded based on character’s rankings and it will support the use of game pads and voice chat.

So there you have it, if  you are looking for multiplayer goodness on your Tegra 3 device then you’ll only have to wait a little bit longer. If you aren’t excited yet then maybe you should check out the video of Shadowgun optimized for Tegra 3 here. Otherwise, hit the press release below to get the full details. 
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Sony Introduces Walkman Z Portable Media Player

 

 

 

 

CES is still alive and kicking on a blockbuster first day and Sony aims to close out the day with a bang. We already knew that the Walkman Z was possibly on its way, but we didn’t know how soon we’d see the device. Sony finally unveiled its sleek and sexy new portable media player and announced it is on its way to American soil. Sony plans to unleash 3 variations too: the 32G model at $329.99, the 16G model at $279.99 and the 8G at $249.99. Here’s some specifics of the Walkman Z series since you all care:

  • All 3 devices will feature the W button in order to quickly open the media player
  • Features a 4.3-inch WVGA display
  • Fully supports DLNA technology
  • Operated by Gingerbread 2.3

Attractive features for a PMP device, aren’t they? Hit the break for the full presser from Sony.
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7-Inch Transformer Prime Announced by Nvidia, ICS and Tegra 3 Out of the Gate

Photo Courtesy of Android Central

Fresh off of the announcement of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coming today to the Transformer Prime today, Nvidia decided to announce a 7-inch Transformer Prime with Ice Cream Sandwich for the price of $249. There are no details but it will be a Tegra 3 device. I don’t know about you but I want one and I want it now. We will let you know as soon as we know and you will have to let us know what you think, and as always, stay here for your CES news.