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. » Read the rest
With the dawn of the Nexus 7, we’ve seen the cost of tablets continue to come down (watch out Apple). Today at CES, Acer is showing us that the cost of tablets will continue to plummet while demand for the computing slates rises. Acer just announced the Iconia B1-A71, a 7-inch tablet that is aimed at the budget-conscious crowd. The tablet is expected to come in at the sub-$150 price range and boasts some pretty decent specs, considering the cost. Inside Acer’s offering you’ll find a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Mediatek, 512MB of RAM, a 7-inch WSVGA screen, 8GB of storage, a 2710 mAh battery and a front facing 0.3-megapixel camera. The tablet comes in at 11.3 ounces and is a mere 11.3mm thin. Not too bad for a budget device. We’re thinking 2013 will shape up to be the year of affordable tablets. Now if only Google would release that rumored $99 Nexus.
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I’m not sure if you remember the cool 7-inch ASUS tablet we got to check out at this years CES, the MeMO 171. This little device stuck out in my mind after leaving the show for one reason, it’s ability to use a the bundled Bluetooth MeMIC to make and receive phone calls through the tablet. Yes the 7-inch tablet actually doubles as a phone, and no ASUS doesn’t expect you to hold it up to your face. The included handheld accessory may have limited functions but when used just for phone calls while the tablet is in your bag, I think this one of the coolest tablet accessories I have seen yet. Some other features found in the MeMO 171 are:
- 7-inch Super IPS display
- 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB built-in storage, microSD slot
- 5MP rear camera
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- microUSB and microHDMI ports
- Android 3.2 (will be upgraded to 4.0)
- Integrated stylus
- MeMIC Bluetooth headset for calls
We originally were skeptical on whether or not this device would actually hit the market, but according to ASUS’ web page it’s a done deal. The MeMo 171 is slated for a March 5th release in Asian markets but no word on when and if it will see a European or U.S. launch. Hit up the source link below for further details.
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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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 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). The 7-inch follow-up or as I like to call it, a “step up” device comes jam packed with more multimedia features than you’ll ever know what to do with. And did I say it was going to have Ice Cream Sandwich? Ok, just making sure you caught that. As for me, there has always been a sweet spot for the 7-inch platform and it’s always been difficult for me to upgrade to anything bigger. I still use the original Galaxy Tab and can’t get away from the fact that at this size, it’s easy to hold with one hand and still completely mobile, fitting in any jacket’s inside pocket.
“Two years ago, Samsung GALAXY Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.”
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.
Don’t you love it when a device manufacturer says that they plan to release a device during a certain time-frame and actually do it?! Props to Toshiba because they have done just that. Back in September they announced the 7-inch Toshiba Thrive and said it would drop sometime in December, and it did — well in Canada anyway.
The 7-inch Toshiba Thrive is an Android 3.2 powered tablet with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and contains Toshiba’s Adaptive Display and Resolution combined with video enhancements. The tab has stereo speakers, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facer and is available in 16 or 32GB flavors. The whole package is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and has plenty of ports to plug-up such as miniUSB, microHDMI, and a microSD card lot. Not a bad set up given the reasonable price of $370. You can pick one up right now from the Future Shop and if this guy sounds like something you’re interested in then just hit that little source link below.
[via Future Shop]
For all of you wanting to get your hands on a honeycomb device but not wanting an 8.9-inch or 10.1-inch device, you’re in luck. Well, if you’re on T-Mobile you are anyway. T-Mobile has announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with a release date of Nov 16th and a price tag of $249.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate on a 2yr contract. The device sports Android 3.2 Honeycomb with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 3 meg camera (come on!), 2 meg front facing cam and of course Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. As the name implies, the device will sport a 7-inch capacitive touch display with a 1024 x 600 res which should render beautifully on a small device like this. And though the original device was WiFi only, this baby comes with T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ technology (broadband data plan required). For more information check out T-Mo’s page where you can sign up for updates on the device and don’t forget to check out the full press release after the break. » Read the rest
According to a DigiTimes report, Amazon may begin shipping a 10.1-inch tablet by year’s end thanks to a deal with the Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics, who will produce the devices. Foxconn has had a long-term relationship will Amazon as thier contractor for the Kindle e-reader, though they recently passed on Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire as they completed iPad orders for Apple (Quanta Computer then picked up the Kindle Fire contract instead).
No solid details on specs have surfaced yet, however this little gem is still worth keeping an eye on as we approach the holiday season.
The original Toshiba Thrive was a beast of a device, trading thin lightness for sturdy rubberized rigidity and functionality; it was the only Android tablet to sport its full range of physical connectivity: two full-size USB ports, a mini USB port, HDMI, an SD card reader, and a connection for a dock. Toshiba has announced a successor and it’ll be coming in the 7-inch variety. While it does seem like the device with be eschewing the full-size USB ports of its larger counterpart, it will still be rocking a mini USB port, micro HDMI, and a microSD slot. These, of course, will be on top of the usual wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. Other extras the tablet will have include stereo speakers (complemented by SRS voodoo to make the music beautiful) and a fully HD screen, making the device perfect for media use. Toshiba’s 7-inch Thrive is set to be released in December, though there’s no price disclosure as of yet. Check out the full press release after the break or hit up some drool-worthy pictures here. » Read the rest
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.
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