The holidays have slowed down the news about Samsung and Apple trying to litigate each other out of existence, but now that we’ve got CES and Christmas out of the way, it’s sure to pick back up. The latest ruling comes from a Dutch court that ruled in Samsung’s favor; according to this ruling, Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s patented design of a rounded square shaped tablet. Samsung agreed with the ruling, naturally, saying ”We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples.” At least we know common sense still exists somewhere.
ASUS seems intent on dominating the budget-tablet market by introducing yet another tablet called the MeMO Pad. This 7-inch tablet features a 1,024 x 600 display, a VIA WM8950 chip clocked at 1GHz plus a Mali-400 GPU, is available in 8GB or 16GB configurations (plus a microSD card slot) and has Jelly Bean running the show. Oh and for good measure— ASUS is tossing in its some extra goodies including its cloud-based WebStorage with 5GB of storage space and ASUS Studio among other things. All-in-all, it appears that ASUS is trying to give consumers a quality tablet experience that won’t break the bank too much– which is always a welcome thing.
The MeMO Pad will be available this month for a reasonable starting price of only $149 and will be available in Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink color configurations. Interested parties will be able to get more deets once they hit past the break and check out the full presser.
Archos is pumping out new tablets pretty quickly at CES, and today they’ve got a new lineup of four more tablets for us. The new Titanium family sports a high-def IPS screen and a 1.6 GHz CPU, as well as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Titanium tablet comes in four different sizes, starting at 7 inches and going up to a beefy 10.1 inch screen. The 7 inch tablet starts at an attractive $199, and 8 inch tab runs $169, the 10 inch will cost $199, and in an odd change of pace, the slightly smaller 9.7 inch will be a little more expensive at $249. The 9.7 inch tablet will also apparently feature a 2048 x 1536 screen and claims to be an alternative to the new iPad at half the cost. We’ll just have to wait and see if consumers think these tablets make decent alternatives. For the rest of our CES coverage, click here.
Intel has just introduced a quad-core Atom based processor aimed for tablets dubbed as “Bay Trail.” Certainly an odd name choice but regardless it looks like it should boast some great power for future Android tablets. It’s a 22nm chip that promises double the performance of current-gen 32nm Atoms. The processor should bring clock speeds of up at 2.4GHz and a version of Chipzilla’s own integrated graphics instead of PowerVR.
Sadly, we won’t see tablets running this chipset until around the holidays of this year, so we’re still looking at about a 10 month wait.
Anyone excited about Intel’s recent jump on mobile processors for Android devices? Check out the full press release after the break!
You remember that unusually-named, but super sexy Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet we talked about recently? Well while Acer did mention the Jelly Bean-powered tablet would have an some fairly modest internal features, it failed to mention how much the device will cost, while neglecting to tell us exactly when the device would go on sale in Europe, the Middle East and Africa— until now. It has confirmed that the devices will launch in select markets starting next week. The set price will go for €119… which is around $155 USD. Not too shabby indeed.
While you lucky folks await the arrival of the awesome tablet— why not just remind yourselves of how awesome it is by checking out the hands-on video? You’ll be glad you did.
ARCHOS recently announced its new Gen10 XS tablets, so you know we had to get some hands-on time with the tablets. As you can see, both the 80 XS (the 8-inch model) and 101 XS (10.1-inch model) are displayed with the most noteworthy accessory available for the device– the Coverboard Keyboard. The Coverboard Keyboard features a combination of magnetic and latching mechanisms in order to keep the tablet covered or standing upright if needed. In addition, the keyboard does feature full Android controls— so there’s no need to necessarily rely on the tablet’s touchscreen in order to execute any given Android function. Oh and both Jelly Bean-powered tablet models have a host of intriguing goodies inside including a 1.6GHz quad-core chip inside– so things will be super snappy and responsive for users.
The 10-inch model with the keyboard is set to be priced at $299, while the 8-inch model is set to be priced at $199, so users can get a cool tablet and awesome accessory for a price that won’t break the bank too much.
More news from Alcatel at CES 2013 this morning. Along with the new 5-inch smartphones they are planning to release, Alcatel is coming out with a trio of tablet devices. Alcatel indicates they will be released in the third quarter of 2013, loaded with Jelly Bean, but they will not have mobile data options to choose from.
Three different devices will be offered including:
One Touch Tab 7 HD – a 7-inch tablet running at 1280 x 800 resolution, this version will come equipped with 1GB of RAM and a dual-core 1.6GHz cpu. The device is expected to retail for $149 initially.
One Touch Tab 8 HD – a close sibling to the 7-inch version, this device steps things up to an 8-inch XGA screen running at 1024 x 768 resolution. Otherwise, the specs should be the same for this device that will retail for $179.
One Touch Tab 7 – the non-HD version of the devices, this will only run a 1024 x 600 TFT display and a single-core 1GHz cpu. It will not have a rear-facing camera and storage will be just 4GB. This bottom of the line device will retail for $129.
Both of the HD versions have 2MP rear facing cameras and a front-facing camera. All three devices have microSD slots.
There’s more than a few of us out there who can appreciate the various inexpensive tablets out there and can look forward to yet another newly launched tablet out for the masses. While EFun is a relative unknown to most consumers, it has recently announced its brand-new Nextbook 7GP which is a 7-inch tablet that comes with some fairly modest features: a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of expandable storage, built-in WiFi and an acceptable 1,024 x 600 display. While those features are nothing too noteworthy— the Nextbook 7GP will operate on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) and come in at a stunning price of only $130, which may or may not put a little pressure on the folks at Google.
The tablet is expected to be at CES next week, so you’ll be able to get additional information and shots of the device then. In the meantime, why not hit past the break to check out the presser and tease yourself a little?
With tablets and smartphones now becoming regular household items in this day in age, it wasn’t surprising that millions were purchased this past holiday season for Christmas gifts. This year however, tablets slightly edged out smartphones as the top seller out of the two with about 51% as opposed to 49% for smartphones when it came to activation’s on the day of Christmas.
Tablets have really becomes popular this past year with Apple’s iPad sales. Android has also gotten a huge boost of popularity in the tablet department with the releases of the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire series.
What did you guys get this past Christmas, a phone or tablet? We’d love to know!
Are you a Flipboard user who is a little disappointed with the lack of a tablet-specific interface for your favorite news application? Well, we’ve got some good news. Flipboard updated their popular application with newly added tablet optimization today. Any screen size over 7 inches gets a new tablet interface that includes four stories per “page” of tiles to make flipping through news stories even quicker and more convenient. That’s a great improvement for folks on the higher end of the market with 10 inch screens. Hit the links below to get your tablet optimized news fix.