The Xoom continues to make headlines as we noted earlier today that Woot.com was offering the Honeycomb device for as low as $399. And although that price is for a refurbished unit, it’s still a fantastic deal. In keeping up with Xoom news it looks like our fellow Canadians are now offering the device’s WiFi version for $499 brand new. What do you think? Worth the drive? Let us know what you think of the offer in the comments below.
Yesterday we showed you the teaser videos from Sony and a very quick hands on video with the S2. Today we bring you some very nice closeup photos of both devices. The S2 seems to be the more intriguing of the two devices with the dual 5.5-inch screens.
More photos after the jump
Last month, Sony released a teaser video for their upcoming S1 and S2 tablets. They just released part 2, which shows us a little more, but not a whole lot more. They are supposedly planning 3 more episodes which, I am sure, will progressively show us more. Thankfully a quick hands on video of the S2 surfaced to give us a little more of a taste as we continue to wait.
The S2 is a clamshell design that features dual 5.5-inch screens, and the S1 will be a more traditional 10-inch tablet. We expect to see them released in the fall.
Hit the jump for both parts of the Sony teasers and to see the separate video of the S2 in all its glory for 19 seconds.
There are a few Augmented Reality (AR) apps out there like Layar, Junaio, and Wikitude, but none of them could be used on a Honeycomb tablet. Well, thanks to Wikitude’s latest update (6.1), it is now possible to use your tablet’s camera to find places around you.
It is compatible with the Motorola XOOM, LG Optimus Pad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. The problem is everyone seems to be leaving their tablets at home, but now that we have AR, I think it is time we take it with us, and wave that 10-inch screen in the air to find the nearest Dunkin Donuts.
Back in April, we reported that Amazon will probably come out with a tablet some time this year. Shortly after, rumors that they are working on a dual-core “Coyote” and a quad-core “Hollywood” tablet.
The latest news comes from Taiwan-based component makers. They are saying that a launch is expected in August or September with sales targets of 700,000-800,000 units shipped monthly or a total of 4 million units for the year. The timing seems perfect for the back to school and holiday season.
The processors are developed by Texas Instruments, supply panels from Taiwan-based Wintek, LCD driver ICs from ILI Technology, and the assembly is expected to be Quanta Computer.
According to a new report, manufacturers,who have recently invested money into the tablet segment, are now switching their focus back to the development of 4 to 5-inch high end smartphones. According to the report it is the poor sales of the Android-based tablets.
The report states that Samsung was able to grab a 10% share of the tablet segment, but sales from other vendors like Motorola, RIM, LG , and HTC have been flat so far.
A couple of months ago I wrote about my thoughts on the tablet craze and if I really need one. I mentioned at the end of that article that I would end up buying one, not because I need one, but more because I am a techie. About three weeks ago, I purchased the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
The big question is if I feel any differently about tablets? I still do not feel the need for one, but I have changed my thoughts on who might benefit from one.
Despite having had them for over a year, Android hasn’t really done much app-wise for its stable of tablets. Sure, you’ve got bigger versions of everything, but specialized apps from developers are few and far in-between, though admittedly this has been getting a bit better as of late. Well, those that have been looking for some good magazine reading can do so starting today…if you’ve got one of Verizon’s new wi-fi enabled Galaxy Tabs. This has been brought to pass through Next Issue Media, a consortium of of news companies who also have plans to bring the service to more tablets and operating systems in the future. This goes in hand with separate apps that individual members of the consortium have released for the iPad. The difference here is that Next Issue Media as a whole plans to give the same 70% profit from tablet revenue to its members that they would receive on the iPad, with the added bonus of being able to access subscriber credit card information and personal data. This latter bit is something that Apple does not allow. For the time being, seven magazines will be available upon the app’s release with more planned later on.
Well it looks like the Flyer is not the only tablet that HTC will be offering. The HTC Puccini was recently exposed by 911sniper. It is expected to have LTE for Cingular (AT&T), Android 3.0.1, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, and a 10-inch (1280 x 800) screen.
Looking at the pictures, you can see the UI looks much like the Flyer’s Sense 3.0 along with the Notes app which means it will most likely have Magic Pen compatibility.
As more details leak we will let you know.
Samsung will be demonstrating their new 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) PenTile RGBW prototype display. Samsung expects commercial availability of this technology for tablet applications later this year
“In order to develop tablets with the form and function that consumers demand, a design engineer ultimately has to determine how to get the highest resolution display possible, while still fitting within the overall power budget for their design,” said Joel Pollack, executive vice president of Nouvoyance, Samsung’s affiliate company that developed the PenTile RGBW technology.