If you happen to be one of the very few people in the world that is in the market for the LG G Pad 8.3, then look no further than Newegg. They have it on sale for $249 as part of their Cyber Monday celebration. It’s available in black or white, and you have to enter one of the promo codes below to get the full discount. If you want something a little less expensive, you can opt for the Dell Venue 8 for only $129. Again promo code is below. These deals are only for today, so hurry.
The Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 are now available to order through the company’s website. Dell announced their new Android tablets earlier this month and they seem to be quite appealing, considering their specs and pricing. Both the Venue 7 and Venue 8 pack Intel’s new Clover Trail+ processor underneath a 1200 x 800 display. As you can tell from their name, the Venue 7 and 8 have corresponding screen sizes.
The Venue 7 is priced at $149.99 while the Venue 8 has a $179.99 price tag. Clearly these tablets are budget-friendly, which doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad. Hit the link below if you are interested in ordering one.
When Dell said that they were reviving their Venue brand, most thought they were referring to Windows tablets. And they were, but not just Windows tablets. Dell just announced the Venue 7 and Venue 8 at a press event in New York City. The Venue 7 and 8 run Android 4.2.2, which will be upgradable to KitKat once its released, and will come in both WiFi and 4G versions.
Specs are what you’d expect - 1,280 x 800 IPS screen and a 2GHz dual-core Intel Z2580 processor, with 16 GB of internal storage for the 7, and the option of 16 or 32GB for the 8. The Venue 7 of course has a 7 inch display, while the Venue 8 has 8 inches of screen space. Both come with a MicroSD slot. The price for the Venue 7 is set at $150, while the Venue 8 will cost $180. Release date is set for October 18.
You can check out the press release past the break.
Well chalk this up as another tablet come and gone. Dell has pulled the Streak 7 from its online stores and the tablet is no longer available for purchase. As Dell pulled the Streak 5 in August and there is no confirmation that the Streak 10 Pro will see a U.S. release, it appears that Dell is re-evaluating its future in Android tablets. Even with an update to Honeycomb, sales of the tablet were lackluster.
Of course this also adds some weight to the rumor that Dell would be pulling out of the tablet market altogether. However, this doesn’t actually confirm that the computer-making company is pulling out of the tablet game, but it does beg the question, what is Dell going to do next?
Well it appears the PC Hardware vendors may drop out of the Android tablet market altogether. According to reports, Acer, Asustek and Dell may drop out due to fierce competition by Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This is surprising news considering Asus is releasing the first Tegra 3 tablet in December and Acer has suggested their own release of tablets with Tegra 3 inside. While this is purely speculative, an upstream hardware supply chain suggests that they should be seeing orders by now from these companies if they were planning to push tablet sales in the next year. This however, is not because PC vendors lack compelling hardware.
Given, that the three main competitors offer compelling content to compliment their hardware, PC vendors were hard pressed by offering stock OS flavors to theirs. Couple this with cheaper tablet prices by both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, PC vendors didn’t have a leg to stand on price wise. According to the report:
“With Amazon offering its Kindle Fire at US$199 and Barnes & Noble to provide its upcoming Nook Simple Touch at a price of US$99, the pure hardware players are unlikely to profit from the market through price competition.”
Like it was said before, this right now is speculative. However, we have seen PC vendors start to pull their tablets that may suggest that this move could happen. Some also suggest that these companies are holding off on their orders until Windows 8 is out. Although these vendors may see the same issues in that market as well. One thing is for sure, companies and vendors are now starting to see that in order to offer a compelling product they must do more than just offer compelling hardware.
Count this as one more phone to be added to Softbank’s fall/winter lineup; the Dell Streak Pro 101DL. This looks to be another higher end device with specs including:
- Android 2.3
- 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen with 540×960 QHD resolution (Gorilla Glass)
- 8MP CMOS camera
- 1.3MP sub camera
- 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8260 CPU
- SyncUp compatible
- Dell Stage 2.0 pre-installed
- Bluetooth 2.1＋EDR
- IEEE802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- microSDHC card slot
- W-CDMA, GSM
- size: 65×126×10.3mm, weight: 140g
Expect this one on shelves sometime in January 2012. Price is still yet to be dermined.
Chinese search engine Baidu has formally entered the mobile device arena by announcing its own mobile OS, as well as entering into an alliance with Dell to produce tablets and smartphones.
Baidu, whose name was inspired from a poem written during the Song Dynasty, has launched its long-anticipated mobile OS named Biadu Yi.
Biadu Yi appears to be a heavily modified Android fork that utilizes cloud storage, backup and sharing capabilities, and comes with its own app store. Baidu had been rumored to be planning the OS – and to be using a modified version of Android – for some time, but had refused to provide confirmation.
In addition to Biadu Yi, it is being reported that Baidu will supply its own maps, reader, music apps, and provide its Shen Bian service to stand in for Google Places. The music app will likely integrate with Baidu’s Ting licensed music download service.
With its alliance with Dell in place, and a new OS ready for distribution, Baidu appears to have a solid footing with both software and hardware for mobile devices. While Dell has struggled to find the success in the mobile device market that it enjoyed in the PC market, entering into an alliance makes sense as Baidu is one of the strongest domestic brand names in China and also dominates China’s search market.
China has an estimated 906+ million mobile phones in operation, making it nearly 3 times as big a market as the United States. While Baidu has thus far sat on the sidelines in the mobile device war, it now looks like it is preparing to strike. The combination of their Biadu Yi OS, along with a steady supply of mobile devices from Dell, gives them a fighting chance to make inroads into the mobile-device rich Chinese market.
It’s unknown if Baidu’s sights are just on the Chinese market but one thing is certain, before you have a chance to make your mark in the mobile device wars, you first have to be good enough to make your competitors aware that you even joined the fight.
What do you think? Will Biadu YI make a dent in the Chinese market? Will it one day be a viable competitor to Android? Let us know in the comments!
Remember the Dell Streak 7? It had promise with the Tegra 2 processor, but with Froyo onboard, that killed it for me. Interestingly enough, Dell has confirmed they will update it to Android 3.2 Honeycomb. In fact, a few Streak 7 units have been spotted running Honeycomb at the IFA Conference in Berlin. It looks to only have a hint of Dell’s Stage UI, so it’s mostly stock Android.
They did not announce a timeline for the update, but we will let you know as soon as we hear more.
Last month we reported that the Dell Streak was pulled, but the information we got was that it might be getting some sort of update and it would be back this month. It appears it might be gone for good. On the website it says, “Streak 5 is not longer available.” Then you see the above image of a woman in a car with the following text: “Goodbye, Streak 5. It’s been a good ride.”
Hopefully the Dell Streak 7 and the Dell Streak 10 Pro will make it to the U.S. for all you Dell fanatics out there.
Dell looks to be slowly moving up the ladder of screen sizes. First, it was the 5-inch Dell Streak (recently pulled), then the 7-inch, and now the rumored 10-inch Dell Streak Pro smiles for the camera with the little guys.
The Dell Streak Pro will be Dell’s first Honeycomb tablet and will sport a 10.1-inch (1280 X 800) screen, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, 1GB Ram, and dual cameras.
You can find one in China starting this week, but we are not sure when it will land in other markets.