In addition to the Polaroid Kids tablet that was being shown at CES 2013, TalkAndroid was also able to spend some time checking out a couple new grown-up versions of tablets that Polaroid is bringing to market. The two tablets are part of their M Series with devices in both the 7-inch and the 10-inch class. Check out our hands on video after the break to see the devices.
Don’t let the picture fool you — iPads still can’t run Android. Instead, it’s simply the design of the new series of 7-inch and 10-inch Swift tablets (Swift 7 and Swift 10, respectively). The new line of tablets are obviously aimed for the affordable tablet market, only putting you back $160 for the 7-inch and $280 for the 10-inch. With a dual-core Cortex A8 ARM processor running at 1.2Ghz, 1GB of RAM and running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it’s pretty much on par with today’s tablets going for the same price. However when compared to higher-end tablets like the Galaxy Tab, it falls behind quite a bit, so buyer beware if you’re looking for something with a little more chutzpah or something on the cutting edge of tablets. Might be a good idea to wait until some reviews are out to see how these two tablets hold up. Hit the source for more info.
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With the new year upon us, we’re about to see an influx of new tablets and smartphones by the handful. Acer, one of the more affordable manufacturers, has just announced the availability of their next entry to the Iconia Tab line-up, the Iconia Tab A200. The new slate will be available in the US on January 15th and will be available in two different storage sizes, 8GB and 16GB, and will run $329.99 and $349.99 respectively.
As far as specs go, you will get a dual-core Tegra 2 processor that runs Android 3.2 with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display and it’s definitely worth mentioning that an ICS update is due in February. The tablet has no rear facing camera but is equipped with a 2MP front shooter for video chat and has battery life up to 8 hours. A microSD card slot is available for memory expansion as well as a full-sized USB 2.0 port and Acer’s clear.fi technology will provide DNLA connectivity to other DNLA devices for seamless media sharing. The Iconia Tab A200 is pre-loaded with the Tegra Zone Android app for access to Tegra-optimized games and a six-axis gyroscope will aid in advanced gaming.
I am sure we will get a better look at the device during CES next week so stay tuned for further info. To read the full press report join us after this break.
Amazon has recently announced that the company will be holding an invite only press event on Sept 28th (Wed) in New York. No other details have been revealed beyond that. However, in light of all of the tablet talk we’ve been hearing about, it’s safe to say we may see the introduction of one that night. Feel free to check out our previous coverage of rumors of the arrival of the Amazon Tab below. And as always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments. We’re assuming Amazon is going to undercut the competition with this one like we’ve never seen before. No doubt the device will also come with the Amazon App Store, Amazon MP3 App and the Amazon’s Cloud Player pre-installed.
The highly anticipated 10-inch HTC Puccini is still making headlines, and this time, we’re closer than ever to an official release date. According to the company’s CFO, Winston Yung, the device should hit the market running some time in September or October. Specs still remain the same running a 1.5 GHz CPU, an 8 meg camera and of course, a stylus much like the HTC Flyer’s Scribe. Though it was thought the device would be LTE ready for AT&T land, it’s more likely it will sport an HSPA+ radio instead. Simply because we don’t think AT&T will have full LTE up and running by September. CFO Yung also took the time to reiterate that HTC still plans on appealing a recent ITC ruling claiming the company infringed on several Apple patents.
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.
[via wirelessgoodness by thisismynext]
The Acre Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 was slated to be receiving an update to Android 3.1 down the road here, but it seems it made its way to China before anywhere else. We all know what happens when updates get released…they get shared! Now, owners of the Acer Iconia Tab can download and install the Android 3.1 update right from XDA-Developers link below. The update will be a manual one, so you’ll need to download the ‘update.zip’ and put it on the root of your tabs internal storage to install from there by rebooting into recovery and installing from SD. Always a good idea to backup your OS first in the event something goes wrong. better to be safe than sorry. Happy updating!
[via engadget, xda-developers]
Lenovo is close to entering the tablet arena with its offering in the IdeaPad Tablet K1. There hasn’t been much hype over this device, but the price is enough to make a few people look in its direction more than once and give it some consideration. As most other tablets worth their weight in hardware run around $599 – $649 for a 32GB model, the Lenovo IdeaPad running Android 3.0 Honeycomb will chime in at $499 when it launches at OfficeMax (I know, OfficeMax?)
It’s got all the specs to complete with the Xoom, G-Slate, iPad 2, and Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’s a 10.1 inch display tablet with 1280×800 resolution, cameras on the back and front (we don’t have the exact size), and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n built in. Not bad for at least $100 less than it’s competitors right? Should be launching soon.
At Computex 2011, NVIDIA had some interesting displays of power within the much anticipated quad-core processors known only as ‘Kal-El’. The tablet device shown is simply a development tablet, which looks pretty juiced up to say the least, and Engadget got to grab some real eyes-on time in the video after the break.
The demo was done on an Android 3.1 10inch tablet device without any branding but the NVIDIA logo. It has dual cams on the back, one on the front, and 1280×800 screen resolution to make those graphics really move (and make most processors sweat in terror). Demo consisted of the Glow Ball game, where we see awesome lighting and graphic realism, and even the difference when switching between dual-core and quad-core processing. Also demo’d briefly was the Unreal Development Kit and Lost Planet 2 which was ported to Android from PC.
We don’t know when these are coming out, but I suspect we may see some quad-core tablets by the end of 2011. Video and images below!
Back in February, we were informed of several new devices ViewSonic had up its’ sleeves for tablet devices in 2011. One of which we heard of was the ViewPad 10Pro, which upon early specs, looked to be a dual-booting Android and Windows 7 Pro tablet device. Cool right? Well, not as cool as we had heard, but still nice enough.
At Computex 2011, ViewSonic not only announced its ViewPad 7x, but alsoi the new ViewPad 10Pro which will come with Windows 7 Pro, and Android (looks like Android 2.2 Froyo in the pics), but Android will be accessed by a virtualization program called Bluestacks, which turns Android into a Windows app and runs it in a virtual environment rather than being a true dual-boot. Ah, well, it’s still pretty cool. On top of that, it’s got a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail processor, 32GB onboard storage expandable by MicroSD and USB and 3G built-in. Let us know what you think!
Images and Press Release below.