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Vizio VTAB1008 Tablet hits the FCC

Saturday, June 11, 2011

We haven't heard much from Vizio about its Android tablet since CES in January, but things have started to pick up this week.

We saw the tablet pop up in Walmart's system earlier this week for $349. This same tablet has just passed through the FCC. Put the two pieces together and we may find that an launch may be coming at some point in the near future. Unfortunately, the FCC is not allowed to reveal any of the specs of the device except for some of the expected stuff such as HDMI or bluetooth and is only allowed to release the rough outline of the tablet shown below.

The FCC is required to keep the specs confidential until August 30th, so we will at least know some more info by then at the latest if we don't hear anything in between. We will keep you updated on the status of the Vizio tablet.
source: Unwired View

T-Mobile G-Slate price drops to $399.99 with contract (after $200 mail-in rebate)

This certainly seems like it's the day of price cuts. Following in the footsteps of the HTC Droid Incredible 2, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and HTC HD7S that all had prices cut one way or the other, it's now tablet time. T-Mobile's G-Slate, to be more specific. This is the tablet also known as the LG Optimus Pad, and it's got some fancy 3D built right in.

When it launched, the G-Slate was going for a (quite expensive) $529.99 with a new two-year T-Mobile data contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate). Today, there's some good news, and some bad news concerning T-Mobile's pricing of this tablet.

The good news is that you'll end up paying just $399.99 for the tablet, which is clearly a more decent price level. However, the two-year data contract is still required. And the biggest caveat is that you reach the $399.99 price after a $200 mail-in rebate.

That's not your average mail-in rebate level, granted. T-Mobile does seem to be pushing things a bit here. Wouldn't it be awesome if all carriers followed Sprint in simply getting rid of mail-in rebates altogether? Ah, utopia.

Anyway, if you're interested in purchasing a T-Mobile G-Slate, head on over to the magenta carrier's website now and place your order.
source: Unwired View

Gateway TP-A60W arrives at the FCC, is rebranded Iconia Tab A500

Gateway's TP-A60W tablet might seem rather familiar in terms of its form factor to those who follow the tablet market, and we are not surprised. Having arrived at the FCC, we are now able to have a closer look at Gateway's offering, which is essentially a rebranded version of the Acer Iconia Tab A500. Makes perfect sense actually, since Acer owns Gateway, so why not have their subsidiary roll out a tablet they can call their own after changing the badge in front? More on the Gateway TP-A60W's specifications in the extended post.

Said tablet will come with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, while a 5-megapixel rear camera will do its bit to capture photos of impromptu moments in your life, whereas a 2-megapixel front facing camera is good for video calls and conferences. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for a wireless life, while a 10.1″ touchscreen display rounds it all off. There is one major cosmetic difference between the Gateway TP-A60W and the Acer model – the former lacks the latter's brushed aluminum back, carrying a fingerprint loving black glossy finish instead to accompany the Gateway logo.
source: Ubergizmo

Asus Eee Pad Slider and 3G Eee Pad Transformer will be available in the UK in August

Asus has announced that the Eee Pad Slider as well as the 3G-enabled version of the Eee Pad Transformer will become available in the UK sometime this August.

A Wi-Fi-only version of the Eee Pad Transformer tablet has been available in the UK for about two months now, but people have been eagerly expecting the 3G variant, which could conceivably be subsidized by the mobile network operators over there, making an already quite affordable tablet even cheaper.

Both the Eee Pad Transformer, with its keyboard dock that almost turns it into a netbook if you so wish (but in the good way), and the Eee Pad Slider (seen above), with its unique form factor, are very interesting efforts by Asus to differentiate itself in the crowded (at least announcement-wise) Android Honeycomb tablet space.

Unfortunately Asus didn't release details about prices or an exact release date for either tablet. But at least we know that, in the worst case scenario, you'll only have about two and a half months of waiting left to do if you have your eyes on the Eee Pad Slider or the 3G Transformer.
source: Unwired View

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 may sell with thicker and less bright screen in some markets

Aside from relaunching the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in a thinner shell, during CTIA in March Samsung has also officially unveiled the Galaxy Tab 8.9, the smaller Android Honeycomb-powered tablet in Sammy's portfolio.

However, since then we've heard many, many things about the bigger Galaxy Tab 10.1, but not much about the Galaxy Tab 8.9. Apparently that may have something to do with some problems that Samsung is facing with this particular tablet's production. Samsung was going to use very thin touchscreens (one layer thinner than usual), however it's been facing very low yields on production of those thin, G1F touchscreens.

So, not wanting to delay the Galaxy Tab 8.9′s release any further, Samsung has contracted two additional manufacturers to make thicker, ‘normal' GFF panels for the tablet, which are about 30-40% fatter than their slim cousins. But that's not all. Because of the additional layer that these screens have, they're also dimmer, which is a real pity.

What will probably end up happening is that Samsung will sell two versions of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 if all this is true. One version will have the thinner and brighter screen, and the other will have the thicker and dimmer one. It's not like this hasn't been done, even by Samsung, before. Just think that the Google Nexus S has a version with a Super AMOLED touchscreen, and one with a Super LCD panel.

And if it takes a move from its Nexus S playbook, Samsung will sell one version in some countries, and the other version in (you guessed it) other countries. The US will clearly get the slim model, as it would be a great marketing problem for Samsung if it doesn't. As for other territories, we're probably going to know reasonably soon.
source: Unwired View

ASUS says EeePad Transformer beats all tablets in June, besides iPad

According to Taiwan Economic News, ASUS' CEO Jerry Shen said that the company is poised to ship 300,000 units of its EeePad Transformer Android tablet this month. Those shipment figures, Shen argues, will exceed shipments of all other tablets, besides Apple's iPad. ASUS took the wraps off of the EeePad Transformer in March, and it allows users to plug the tablet into an optional keyboard for a laptop or netbook-style experience. The device was hard to find in the United States initially, and the company ramped up production of the tablet in May. Shen also noted that his ASUS shipped 400,000 units in April and May.
source: Boy Genius Report

BlackBerry PlayBook rolling out to 16 new countries soon

RIM has announced that the company's first BlackBerry tablet will go on sale in sixteen new countries over the next month, including Australia, France, Germany, India, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Its unclear if RIM has any carrier partners lined up or how much the device will retail for abroad. In the United States, Sprint most recently announced that it will begin selling the Wi-Fi PlayBook, and it also has plans to sell a 4G WiMAX version of the tablet this summer.
source: Boy Genius Report

RIM To Launch PlayBook In 16 Additional Markets

Research in Motion has announced plans to debut its in the next 30 days.

RIM is launching the tablet in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Spain, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Mexico, France, Italy, India, Indonesia and Colombia.

Australia had already announced its PlayBook launch a few days earlier, with wireless carriers Vodafone, Optus and Telstra set to carry the device. Pricing and availability in the additional markets are expected to be announced closer to their launch dates.

The device come with front and rear facing cameras and a 1 GHz dual-core processor along with 1080p HD video recording capabilities. Consumers who have already purchased the PlayBook in the United States have moaned about the tablet's lack of a native email application and inability to play popular movie-streaming subscription service Hulu.

The PlayBook launched in the United States in April with an estimated 500,000 units sold, despite less than stellar reviews.
source: Unwired View

Huawei releases sneak peek video of the MediaPad

Remember the image of the MediaPad tablet that Huawei teased us with last week? Well, we've been given more clues about the upcoming tablet. Huawei has just released a sneak peek video of the tablet in action. While we still don't get to see the tablet's front (its interface, UI, OS etc), we do get to see its relative size - it is small but not as small as I had envisioned, probably around 7″ in size.

Judging by the video, it's supposed to be some sort of entertainment device that's captivating (from the looks of the guy spilling the filling of his pastry on the girl's arm) so we suspect it should have an impressive display. Or that the tablet is capable of running beautiful looking apps. Hit the break to check out the video for yourself and let us know your thoughts.

The tablet is set to launch in a couple of weeks on June 20. Stay tuned for more details.
source: Ubergizmo

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Google I/O edition gets Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Great news for everyone who managed to snag one of the limited edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets from the latest Google I/O event. It has been reported that the OTA update that brings the tablet up to Android 3.1 is current rolling out to tablets right now. Besides the previously announced features for Android 3.1 Honeycomb (USB host access, rentals, performance improvements etc), no word on what else the update brings but we'll let you if we discover anything extra.

To download the OTA update, just log in your Samsung account, and head to the About page to check for updates. And for folks who have rooted devices - it has also been reported that this update won't break root which is pretty good news for those of you who have been holding out just in case you lost root access. But as usual, you never know what could go wrong during the update, so always remember to back up all your important files before attempting anything. Let us know how the update goes for you.
source: Ubergizmo

Wi-Fi-only Motorola Xoom comes with free Bluetooth keyboard in the US until June 14

Friday, June 10, 2011

Still don't know whether the Wi-Fi-only Motorola Xoom is actually worth $599? Well, maybe a free keyboard will help you decide. That's exactly what Motorola seems to think, as it's now offering a free Bluetooth keyboard for every Xoom purchased from its US store.

The Motorola Xoom may be the first tablet to ship with Android Honeycomb on board, but let's face it – it's a bit expensive. So this offer may just make things more bearable – if you were going to buy that keyboard separately anyway, that is. Since if you weren't, it's only a ‘nice to have' gift I guess.

The keyboard normally retails for $69.99. The offer is only valid until noon ET on June 14. I know that the above commercial says otherwise, but sometime between when that was made and this moment now, Motorola changed things. You still have five more days to take advantage of the offer though.

Do note however that you'll only get a free keyboard if you manually add it to your cart. If you just order the tablet, that's all you'll get.

If you're convinced, head on over to Motorola now and place your order.

The Motorola Xoom has a 10.1-inch 1280×800 capacitive touchscreen, a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 5 MP rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a front-facing 2 MP camera for video chat, 1 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry News for the BlackBerry PlayBook released

It looks like RIM really is serious about getting apps out for their recently released tablet. The company has just announced the release of a new app for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Called BlackBerry News, it functions as its namesake - letting people access all their favorite news sites, blogs and popular sites that use syndicated content so that all subscribed content can be accessed in one place. As long as a site has an RSS feed - you can sync it with the BlackBerry News app.

For folks who are already BlackBerry News users - the app takes advantage of your BlackBerry ID, so you don't have to re-add subscriptions again, just log in with the same ID and all your subscriptions will be automatically brought over and synced. First time users who have no idea what to subscribe to can check out some curated news feeds that are sorted in categories like: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Health & Lifestyle, News Headlines, Science & the Environment, Technology, and Travel.

Head over to the BlackBerry App World to download the app for your tablet now (free).
source: Ubergizmo

HP TouchPad Tablet Lands in Stores July 1

HP is finally ready to unleash its response to the iPad.

HP's TouchPad tablet will go on sale in the United States on July 1 this year, and will cost $500 for the 16-GB model and $600 for 32GB.

A few days later it will launch in France, Germany and the UK. Canada will get the tablet in mid-July and Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore will have to wait until “later this year.”

After a rash of frankly awful Android tablets, and BlackBerry's absurd premature launch of the PlayBook, many think that the TouchPad will be the first real rival to the iPad. From the face-to-face (no touching allowed) demos we have seen, this could certainly be the case. The price is right, too, hitting the exact same marks as Apple.

The TouchPad is certainly the tablet I'm excited about, and despite the new features of iOS 5, it still appears to outdo the iPad in some ways. The notification and Touchstone tech (which lets you share content by bumping the TouchPad up against your Pre phone) don't look so great now that Apple has its own notifications and iCloud, but the card-based app switching and stereo speakers are both real wins.

It also comes with a beta version of Adobe's Flash browser plugin (some meaner people might say that all versions of Flash are beta).

Otherwise, things are just as we already knew. The TouchPad runs the web OS operating system developed by Palm, which HP acquired last year. The 9.7-inch screen sports a sensible 1024 x 768 display, much better for tablets than the tallscreen aspects seen in many Android tablets. There's also the 1.3MP webcam on the front, which embarrasses the iPad's sub-megapixel rear-facing camera, the dual-core 1.2-GHz Snapdragon processor, and the 740-gram weight (the Wi-Fi iPad weighs 601 grams, or 1.33 pounds).

Should you want to get your hands on a TouchPad on launch day, you can pre order from June 19th. A 3G (AT&T) model will arrive later in the summer.

Touchpad product page [HP]

Asus Eee Pad Slider gets listed by Amazon Germany, launch near?

Back in January, Asus announced three different Android Honeycomb-powered tablets, the Eee Pad Transformer, the Eee Pad Slider, and the Eee Pad MeMo. Of those, only the Transformer has so far hit the streets, and it seems to be quite the success, at least in terms of price per features ratio. We've heard many things over the past few weeks about the Transformer, but we haven't heard a thing about Asus' other two tablets in a very long while.

Until today, when Amazon Germany decided to create a listing for the Asus Eee Pad Slider. The page isn't even accessible by searching Amazon, not yet at least, so you'll have to click here to view it. There's no price or release date information, but some of the specs are confirmed there.

The Asus Eee Pad Slider, this device with a rather unique form factor that reminds me of the HTC Advantage from yesteryear, will have a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a dual-core 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space, and GPS. It will come in either brown or silver.

If you're in Germany, you can ask Amazon to send you an email when the Slider becomes available. And judging from the fact that the retailer already has the dedicated page up, the Eee Pad Slider's launch may be imminent. We'll keep you posted.
source: Unwired View

Motorola giving away free wireless keyboard with Xoom tablet

If you've been looking for an excuse to purchase the Motorola Xoom tablet over the Android Honeycomb tablet offerings from other manufacturers, you might be pleased to know that Motorola is trying to change your mind. The company has just announced that for a limited time, it will be offering a free, brand new, wireless keyboard with every purchase of the Motorola Xoom.

The keyboard is valued at $69.99, so getting one free with the tablet (assuming you wanted one in the first place) is a nice bonus. The deal is applicable to everyone who purchases the Xoom Android tablet from the Motorola website for both the WiFi-only and 3G models. However, it does mention that you'll need to be purchasing the tablet without a plan. This means no carrier subsidies for you.

Other than that, the promotion starts today and lasts until June 14th. Is the free wireless keyboard enough to sway your mind about picking up the tablet? Check out our Motorola Xoom review if you'd like our opinion on the tablet.
source: Ubergizmo

Dell Streak 10 Pro Tablet to Debut in China

Dell has announced that its upcoming Streak 10 Pro tablet will be launched first in China this summer. Dell's Vice President for mobile devices John Thode points to several “inhibitors and barriers to success” as its reasons why the tablet device would not debut in the United States where the company is based. These so-called inhibitors include mobile carriers dictating pricing models, which Thode says stifle the adoption of tablets.

The Dell Streak 10 Pro features a 10-inch screen with 1,280 x 800 resolution, an edge-to-edge glass surface, Android Honeycomb, NVIDIA Tegra dual-core processor, two cameras, a SD card slot, and 1080p video playback capability. A separate dock would allow the tablet to serve as a USB host, while its connectivity functions would expand to HDMI and Ethernet apart from USB.

But don't fret, America. The Streak 10 Pro will arrive in The Land of the Free by 2012, by that time with a newer version of Android.
source: Gadget.com

Dell Streak 10 Pro officially headed to China

Dell has just confirmed that it has a 10-inch Android tablet called Streak 10 Pro (yeah, we knew this was its final name).

Interestingly, the new Streak will be launched in China first, sometime "later this summer", with other markets being evaluated in the second half of the year.

But why did Dell choose China? Well, because it's a fast-growing market, and the company has about 10,000 retail locations where customers can find its products. And also because:

In China, access to Google applications and the Android Market is not available today in many cases. Therefore, the end product (encompassing the hardware, software, and availability of applications, services and solutions) delivered in China will be significantly different to what would be delivered in many other countries. That's why it makes sense to start there. We will use what we learn in China to shape mobile products we'll offer in other places down the road. Offering an Android 10" tablet in these markets at a later date allows developers more time to create robust apps, particularly for mobile professionals.
source: Unwired View

Boogie Board, a Ten-Inch Tablet for $60

The Boogie Board uses a pressure-sensitive, non-powered LCD

$60 for a ten-inch LCD tablet? That's what you'll pay for the Boogie Board writing tablet, but you won't be installing any apps on it.

The new 10.5-inch could more properly be called a slate, as it mimics writing on the stone tablets with a piece of chalk. It works a little like an Etch-a-Sketch, only instead of twiddling knobs until you grow frustrated and throw it away, the Boogie Board uses a stylus.

When you write on the screen, the pressure turns the screen from dark to light, leaving marks as if you were drawing on paper (only with the colors reversed). When you're done, hit the erase button and a pulse of power will clear the board. This is the only time power is used, so the two buttons cells can power the tablet for 50,000 cycles, or six years if erased 209 times per day. Lets just say battery life won't be a problem.

If you don't erase, the image or words will remain indefinitely.

It's an interesting idea, and great for hanging on the fridge at home. For anything more permanent, though, you'll probably want to stick with paper, as you have an unlimited number of sheets to work with instead of just one.

There is also a student version which has holes that let you keep it in a binder. Again, though, don't write anything on it that you want to keep.

The Boogie Board is available now.

Boogie Board 10.5 [Improv Electronics]

Asus Eee Pad Slider launching in the UK this “August”

Asus, which seems to be rocking a lot of your worlds thanks to its superb Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet, has announced that its next Android tablet will hit the UK in August.

The Eee Pad Slider, which is a 10.1″ Tegra 2-powered Android Honeycomb tablet with a crazy slide-out QWERTY keyboard design, will also be accompanied by the 3G version of the Eee Transformer, which will arrive here in the same month. Here's the Eee Slider:

Our official stance on this is that we might consider it, dependent on price and how sturdy that hinge mechanism is. Also, would it balance on a lap? Surely it'll be a bit top heavy?
source: Eurodroid

US Cellular to launch eight smartphones and two tablets by the end of the year

Sprint was not the only carrier to announce its plans to increase its phone roster. US Cellular has just annouced that it will release eight smartphones by the end of 2011 along with two tablets.

Seven of the smartphones will run on Android 2.3. One of the devices will be US Cellular's first LTE device which is due in November. The first four phones will be released by HTC, with the first phone being released this summer and running on Windows 7. Two more HTC Android devices will follow in the fall along with a 7-inch tablet, which will most likely be the HTC Flyer. Motorola will provide a high end device which spots a 4.3 inch touchscreen and a 1 GHz dual-core processor. LG will release one of the “slimmest and lightest” phones which features 1 GHz processor, a 4-inch touchscreen and ultra-bright LCD display. US Cellular will also launch two entry-level smartphones from Huawei and Samsung.

The other tablet is expected to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It's nice to see US Cellular adding so many devices to its roster. It's also nice to see that all of the Android devices will have Gingerbread pre-loaded. It looks as though US Cellular wants to compete with the big dogs and it is definitely on the right track to do so, especially with the release of an LTE device later this year.
source: Unwired View

Thrive Tablet by Toshiba

Toshiba's confirmed details around the upcoming launch of the Thrive™ Tablet, its first Android™-powered tablet for the U.S. market. Previously introduced as the "Toshiba Tablet," the Thrive Tablet powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 21 and Android 3.1, Honeycomb, and boasts a 10.1-inch diagonal high-resolution (1280×800) multi-touch LED backlit widescreen display that offers consumers a more complete web experience with fast browsing. The Thrive Tablet will be available for pre-order on June 13 at a starting MSRP of $429.994.
source: Trendy Gadget

Andy Pad Android tablet to be unveiled in 83 days

A new Android tablet is about to be unveiled in the UK later this summer, in the shape of the Andy Pad – a tablet that's being built by Mattressman boss Andrew Kerry. It's quite a change in direction for the bedroom furniture specialist, to say the least.

Here's what Mr Kerry has to say about Andy Pad and Android in general:

“Android is such a liberal platform … with thousands of app developers working every day on new and exciting projects, there's a whole world of interesting possibilities for consumers, just waiting to be explored … You can do almost anything on Android, so the natural progression for me was to look at what was currently on offer in the tablet market and see what was missing”

No tech specs have been released as yet, so we can only hope he's not just putting a new sticker on the front of something cheap that's been imported in bulk from China.

The maker would also appear to be taking questions via his Twitter account, so you might want to see if you can get anything proper out of him about the technicals. Link via Modaco, which has also acquired the below teaser image and claims to have found evidence it'll arrive running Android 2.3…

…and here's the press release:

Mattressman MD Andrew Kerry Branches into Tablet PC Market with Andy Pad

Leading UK businessman Andrew Kerry has announced his intention to move into the technology market with Andy Pad – a brand new Android tablet.

PRLog (Press Release) – May 25, 2011 – Leading UK bed and mattress specialist Mattressman has announced today that its MD, Andrew Kerry will be broadening his empire to incorporate the technology market with a new Android tablet named the ‘Andy Pad’.

The successful entrepreneur, who turns over £16 M each year, founded his company Mattressman in 1999 when there were currently no online mattress specialists. The gap in the market led the way for a string of successful websites and in the successive years, the predominantly online company has opened a chain of stores across the country.

A fan of gadgets since childhood, Andrew has always been interested in the technology market. Armed with a dedicated team of enthusiastic staff with a similar passion for all things geeky, the idea of breaking into the world of technology, specifically the tablet market, was formed.

“Android is such a liberal platform” said Mr. Kerry “with thousands of app developers working every day on new and exciting projects, there's a whole world of interesting possibilities for consumers, just waiting to be explored”.

“You can do almost anything on Android, so the natural progression for me was to look at what was currently on offer in the tablet market and see what was missing”.

Mattressman claims that the Andy Pad is not named after its creator, rather taking its prefix from the start of the word ‘Android’.

The Andy Pad, will be unique in the world of Google tablets in that it will come pre-installed with a variety of the most popular apps. All the apps bundled with the Andy Pad will be free allowing you to check your favourite social network or play the latest games straight out of the box.

Launching in early September, the Andy Pad can be found at:

http://www.AndyPad.co.uk

# # #

Andy Pad is a technology company based in the UK primarily working within the field of tablet computing. We are hoping to have our first groundbreaking tablet on the market at the start of September.
source: Eurodroid

ViewQuest Slate 2 8″ Android tablet on sale at Tesco – £199

Thursday, June 9, 2011

ViewQuest has released another Android device, with the 8″ Slate 2 tablet now hitting mainstream retailer Tesco. In return for £199 you get an 8″ capacitive screen with multitouch support running at 800×600, a front-facing camera, HDMI output, plus a Telechips 8902 (!) processor running at 720MHz inside.

And 398 Tesco Clubcard points to ease the burden of your next depressingly expensive food shopping run.

The oddest choice is that of having Android 2.1 as the tablet's OS. Here's the Slate 2′s tech spec sheet, lifted from the Tesco Direct listing. There's more detail over on ViewQuest's site if you want to know the battery capacity:

Active Area Height mm 122

Active Area Width mm 162

Audio Features Yes with analogue output

Battery Life in Hours Up to 5 hours

Bluetooth No

Brand View Quest

Built-in Webcam Yes

Camera Yes

Colour Black / Aluminium

Dial Up Modem No

External Sata Interface No

Features of Product 8″ extra bright capacitive display with multi touch. solid aluminum case, and glass touch screen. bundled with WH Smith eBook store – user can buy thousands of books and download straight onto the device. includes app-store with over 1,000 tablet apps available for simple download and installation. front facing camera. Android 2.1 OS

Finger Print Reader No

Firewire No

Full Software Loaded Google Android 2.1 OS

Graphics Chipset None

Graphics Type Shared

Interface USB 2.0

Letter Recognition No

Megapixels 800 x 600 resolution

Memory Speed in Mhz PC2-3200 (400 MHz)

Memory Type DDR2

Number of USB Ports 1

Optical Drive Dual Layer Compatible No

Optical Drive Hd-dvd Compatible No

Optical Drive Lightscribe Compatible No

Optical Drive Type None

Os Recovery Discs Included No

Output HDMI (not HDCP compliant)

Power Adaptor Included Yes

Pressure Sensitive Yes

Processor Model Number Telechips 8902

Product Depth 1.20 cm

Product Height 16.0 cm

Product Weight Units kg

Product Width 21.0 cm

Remote Control Included No

Screen Size In Inches 8

Screen Type Touch screen LCD

Trial Software Loaded None

Weight 0.6

Wired Networking Port No

Wireless Built in No
source: Eurodroid

ZTE Light Pro 7-inch Android Froyo tablet launches in Spain

Let's get something clear right from the start: I don't understand why anyone would buy a tablet running Android 2.2 Froyo in 2011. The ZTE Light Pro (which may or may not be a redone ZTE Light) is such an offering, and what it lacks OS-wise (Honeycomb has been out for a while now, ZTE!) it makes up in price.

The ZTE Light Pro is available from Movistar in Spain. It's got a 7-inch touchscreen, a 600 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM, 3G, microSD support, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 3 MP camera, and a 1440 mAh battery.

The tablet has been sold by Movistar for about a month, and you can get it for free if you get a €49 per month data plan. If you'd rather get a cheaper, €39 per month data package, you'll need to pay €19 for the ZTE Light Pro upfront. Business customers pay up to €119 for the tablet, depending on which contract they choose to sign up for.

So here's the lowdown: the ZTE Light Pro impresses through price alone. The specs are mediocre at best, the operating system version it runs is designed for phones, not tablets… on the other hand, it's cheap. So if you're in Spain and absolutely must have a tablet, regardless of its performance, you probably could look at this and find it interesting. If so, just go to Movistar and order yourself one.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry Playbook 1.0.5 update brings Facebook, in-app payments, and many enhancements

RIM's BlackBerry Tablet OS has just received an update to version 1.0.5. This is the OS that powers RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, so in effect this is a PlayBook update. And while not being a major update, it does bring a lot of neat enhancements and some new features.

First of all, the Facebook application now comes preinstalled. Previously, this was available in BlackBerry App World, but now it will come with the OS. The Facebook app has also been updated and now includes video uploading, message deletion, as well as Facebook Search enhancements. There's also improved access to pages, and News Feed improvements.

Next up is support for in-app payments, which the 1.0.5 update finally brings. In-app payments are all the rage these days, allowing your kids to buy silly virtual animals for loads of actual money.

Alongside these more important additions, many enhancements have made their way into this update. For example, you can now charge your PlayBook even when fully powered down. If you touch the battery indicator, a new pop-up will appear and allow you to quickly turn off, restart, or put your tablet to sleep, in addition to setting the brightness (this new pop-up can be seen in the picture above). A very useful little new feature there.

You'll also be alerted if you stick an incorrect charger into your tablet, additional languages are now supported, video chat now works behind corporate firewalls, automatic Wi-Fi hotspot detection is now active during the set up process, and finally, Headset Audio Boost gives you more volume for when you need it the most – in an airplane when you're surrounded by screaming kids who've just maxed out daddy's credit card by purchasing virtual fish and/or farm animals.

The update will reach your tablet over the air. If you're impatient, just go to Software Updates in the Settings Menu and force a manual download. If you're going to purchase your PlayBook after today, it should come with OS version 1.0.5 preinstalled, so you don't need to worry about updating.
source: Unwired View

RIM's Playbook Arrives in Australia June 20th

Research in Motion is bringing the PlayBook to Australia beginning June 20th. The tablet will be carried by Vodafone, Optus and Telstra and will come with a price tag of $579 for the WiFi 16GB model, the same as the Apple iPad 2.

The device comes with dual front and rear facing cameras, a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1080p HD video recording capabilities. There are 32GB and 64GB versions available, but it doesn't have inbuilt 3G.

The tablet's users will need tether their BlackBerry smartphones in order to access their email and contacts.

The BlackBerry PlayBook did little to generate positive reviews Stateside, but is being marketed as the "first business-class tablet" Down Under, hoping to copy the BlackBerry smartphone's success in conference rooms as opposed to being a day-to-day entertainment device.

Although the device has quality multi-tasking applications, it has lower battery life compared to its tablet rivals and limited swiping capabilities.

The three carriers will announce prices and availability closer to the launch date.
source: Unwired View

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Available For Pre-Order At Best Buy

Although not officially available until June 17th, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available for pre-order today at New York City's Best Buy store and online.

Samsung's latest tablet offering is equipped with Android 3.1 and is dual-core powered with a 10.1-inch screen and a 3-megapixel back camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats.

Lighter than the iPad, Android fans have been patiently waiting for a solid device that can match the same minimalist design of the popular Apple tablet. Android tablets have so far failed to generate the same buzz as the iPad, although the Galaxy Tab 10.1 might just change that, as Android operated systems are continuing to surge in popularity over Apple iOS devices.

Those who can't make it to New York today but can't wait until June 17th to purchase the Galaxy Tab will be able to reserve one online with Best Buy. The black and white versions with 16GB or 32GB are currently available.

The first 200 to pre-order the tablet at the NYC store will also receive a matching leather pouch.
source: Unwired View

Vodafone UK replaces Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v with the slimmer 10.1

Samsung is confusing. In February, it announced an Android Honeycomb tablet called Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This was supposedly headed to Vodafone. Then, a month later (influenced by the iPad 2, apparently), Samsung unveils yet another tablet which it calls Galaxy Tab 10.1. This one though is leaner and slimmer. So the first Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets instantly rebranded and now becomes Galaxy Tab 10.1v – and it looks like it's only going to ever be sold by Vodafone.

Since then, Vodafone has launched the 10.1v in Australia and was going to release it in the UK as well. Only the UK arm of Big Red has now changed its mind, and won't be selling the chubbier 10.1v tablet, but the slim 10.1 model instead.

A holding page is up for the new tablet now. Unfortunately, there's no word on pricing or availability of the ‘new' Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Vodafone in the UK. When we get those details, we'll let you know.

It will be interesting to see whether Vodafone will launch the 10.1v anywhere other than Australia, or if it will decide to go with the slimmer model in all the other territories where it's got subsidiaries.
source: Unwired View

Amid Carrier Uncertainty, Sprint Releases RIM PlayBook

A Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now available through Sprint, despite initial skepticism about whether carriers would agree to service the device at all.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook hasn't exactly been a critical darling. After lukewarm initial reviews and lackluster sales, it was unclear whether whether any of the big three U.S. carriers would sell the tablet, as was initially planned.

Details on the release raise questions as to Sprint's commitment to distributing the PlayBook. For one thing, the tablet is only being released in its 16-GB version, with no 32- and 64-GB Sprint versions in sight. And instead of a 4G release on Sprint's faster Wi-Max network, the company is pushing out a Wi-Fi only device.

Upon the PlayBook's debut, RIM said publicly that 4G versions of the device would roll out on the three largest U.S. carriers: Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Yet after initial unfavorable reception, not all the carriers seemed to be on board. Verizon backpedaled on its position, claiming the company was “still evaluating” the PlayBook and hadn't “made a determination as to whether or not [they're] going to distribute it," according to a Verizon spokeswoman.

Even Sprint was rumored hesitant, as a leaked memo suggested an indefinite delay on a 4G PlayBook release.

As of April, AT&T plans to distribute the device on its network.

Both Verizon and Sprint did not respond to requests for comment.
source: Gadget Lab

Microsoft launching its own brand of Windows 8 tablets?

According to Taiwanese industry insiders, DigiTimes, we could be seeing Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablets in the future. There have been reports about the Redmond giant partnering with Texas Instruments and Taiwanese vendors to create their own hardware. Seeing how Microsoft has been successful with its own hardware before (Xbox 360) and as well as unsuccessful (Zune) - the verdict is in the air whether this would be a good move for the company.

Maybe Microsoft could do a test run with its WP7 smartphones first to see how consumers react to its products. And the idea of a Microsoft-branded tablet does sound like it could have potential to do well. If rumors turn out to be true, we should see these tablets on the market by the end of 2012. What are your thoughts about these rumors? Do you think Microsoft could pull off playing the hardware and software guys for its upcoming Windows 8 tablet?
source: Ubergizmo

Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launches in July in Canada, 3G version comes in August

During a tablet-focused event, Samsung has officially announced that it will be bringing the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Canada, which of course isn't at all unexpected. Samsung Canada has also given us a rough time frame for the release of its biggest tablet yet.

The Wi-Fi-only version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will become available in Canada in July and will be sold by various electronics stores. The 3G-enabled version will be available from Rogers, Bell, and Telus in August.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will launch in Canada with Android 3.1 Honeycomb on board – so there won't be a need for you to update the tablet to the latest version of the operating system after you've purchased it.

Unfortunately, Samsung didn't discuss price points, so we don't yet know how much the tablet will cost – not even the Wi-Fi-only version. It's certain that the carriers will do some subsidizing magic and try to lure you into one of those oh-so-Canadian three-year contracts.

Anyway, more details about pricing are bound to come soon, so stay tuned.
source: Unwired View

Rumor: Microsoft-Branded Windows 8 Tablet in the Works

Microsoft gave us an early preview of Windows 8

Microsoft to date still hasn't delivered a response to Apple's iPad tablet, and the software leviathan might be taking matters into its own hands.

Sources at DigiTimes claim that Microsoft has talked with Texas Instruments and Taiwanese OEMS about possibly distributing a Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet by 2013.

According to the source, “Microsoft plans to copy its branding strategy from product lines such as Xbox 360, Zune, Kin smartphone and TV, to compete in the tablet PC segment.”

To date, the Microsoft-branded Xbox 360 line has been one of the company's rare hardware success stories. Microsoft's other hardware products haven't had much luck: The Kin smartphone, Zune PMP, and Microsoft-branded televisions have, for lack of a better word, flopped. Microsoft revealed the core functionality of Windows 8 earlier this month at the D9 conference.

Microsoft didn't return our request for comment. But company representative Frank Shaw did tweet this morning: “Nothing like starting the day with a hot steaming cup of speculation."

The move seems unlikely from a business standpoint. Developing a Microsoft-branded tablet could sour its relationship with other Windows 7 and Windows 8 hardware suppliers, something that Microsoft can't afford to lose. However, computer manufacturer Acer has already expressed discomfort about some of Microsoft's tablet plans: The company's CEO J.T. Wang claimed that Microsoft is imposing “troublesome” restrictions on makers of processors who are making Windows 8 tablets.

Wang didn't elaborate on what those restrictions are. But it's possible that Microsoft's strategy with Windows 8 will be similar to its approach with Windows Phone 7, in which the company issues a strict list of criteria to phone manufacturers, requiring their handsets to contain specific hardware in order to run Microsoft's operating system.
source: Gadget Lab

HP TouchPad to be available June 22nd?

We know for a fact that the TouchPad will be released at some point in June, but HP has yet to confirm an exact date. We've heard tons of rumors, but nothing too convincing yet.

The latest rumor comes from enterprise vendor Synnex. Synnex has the 16GB TouchPad for $499 and the 32GB at $599. Both respective models are the same price as the models of their main competitor, the Apple iPad 2. Both have an estimated release date of June 22nd. If one is looking accessories, Synnex also carries an HP branded TouchPad case.

This seems like the most convincing rumor yet. No word yet on when the 3G/4G versions of the TouchPad will become available, but it will most likely be a few months after the June release of the Wi-Fi version. We will keep you updated on the release of the TouchPad as more info becomes available.
source: Unwired View

HP TouchPad to be available June 22nd, starting at $500 for 16GB?

More rumours about the date and price of HP TouchPad has surfaced, and this time it looks pretty real, as enterprise vendor Synnex has now provided yet another possible one, as well some additional confirmation of earlier leaks.

According to a pair of listings on its website, the HP TouchPad is estimated to be available on June 22nd in both 16GB and 32GB capacities for $499.99 and $599.99, respectively (the latter of which matches the price already spotted at Walmart). For those looking to accessorize, an HP-branded TouchPad case is also listed.

Of course, an ETA doesn't necessarily indicate an actual release date, but this particular one is at least closer to the last official word out of HP than recent rumours have suggested.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Blackberry Playbook 3G now available

A recent rumor indicated that Sprint would be releasing a 4G WiMax version of the Playbook after a a hidden product page was found due to a Google search of “4G playbook.”

Unfortunately, it was revealed today that the playbook has 3G connectivity rather than 4G for now. Although, Rim had initially planned for having all three major US carriers sell their own 4G version of the tablet, but the half-baked software made the carriers hesitant. Verizon even mentioned that they were uncertain about whether or not they would carry the tablet.

Initial reviews of the Playbook revealed that the tablet had potential, but it is a half finished product. Blackberry has already started rolling out the first update for the tablet. It would also be nice to see a new 10-inch Playbook with none of the mistakes from the original. The 3G version is now available both online and in retail stores. We will keep you updated on the status of the 4G Playbook.
source: Unwired View

Dell Streak 10 launching soon in China instead of US?

John Thode, Dell's Vice President for mobile devices, has shared a Honeycomb-flavored snippet of his company's tablet roadmap with CNET. The 10-inch Android tablet shown at CES and will indeed be making its debut in the summer, according to Thode, but its launch market will be China (Asia), not the US. And the reason given is?

Well, Thode points to a number of “inhibitors and barriers to success” in Dell's homeland — such as mobile carriers dictating pricing models that stifle the adoption of tablets and users being unaware of “what exactly Android is bringing” — as the causes for Round Rock's atypical decision.

The Streak 10 Pro, as it'll officially be known, comes with a Honeycomb-standard 1280 x 800 resolution screen, an edge-to-edge glass surface, two cameras (one of them reaching a 5 megapixel res), an SD card slot, a thickness of 12mm, and 1080p video playback capabilities courtesy of an unspecified NVIDIA Tegra dual-core processor.

An additional dock will allow the 10 Pro to act as a USB host, while augmenting its connectivity with HDMI, Ethernet, and, obviously, a set of USB ports. The US may still get to enjoy this bounty of options, but is expected to arrive only in 2012, which by then Dell may have one with an Ice Cream already.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Affordable ZTE Light Plus Android Gingerbread tablet coming soon (video)

ZTE has yet another 7-inch Light tablet, this time called ZTE Light Plus. Unlike the Light and Light Pro, the ZTE Light Plus runs Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

Apart from the upgraded OS, the ZTE Light Plus also brings better specs (although nothing out of the ordinary): HSDPA, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headset jack, 1GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8255 processor, 3.2MP camera, and MicroSD card support. The screen's resolution has remained unchanged, though: 800 x 480.

The new tablet should become available across Europe in September, for only €250 (about $365).
source: Unwired View

Sony S1 goes through the FCC's peering eyes

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The FCC must have had a Sony overdose recently – especially when you have a slew of tablets from Sony that has gone through the hoops, hoping to pick up FCC approval in the process in order to make their way to the market. The two new SGPT113JP/S and SGPT114JP/S tablets have actually passed through the FCC's latest trials, where they are actually the S1 in different variants.

The S1 will be a 9.4″ tablet device that will sport a 3.0 or (above) version of the Android Honeycomb operating system, where it will be accompanied by the custom-made “Quick and Smooth” user interface as well as a “Swift” web browser.

Apart from that, it will also feature 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity as well as support for WCDMA bands II and V radios, which means it will most probably appear Stateside via AT&T, while our friends living in the Great White North will most probably be getting it on Rogers.

There is also the Ericsson F5521gw HSPA+ capable modem which was mentioned in the S2′s FCC filing, which goes to show that this PlayStation Certified tablet is ready to hit retail stores later in the fall.
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung says Americans are crazy about tablets, its Galaxy Tab 10.1 should benefit from this

Just one day before the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, Samsung has published the results of an online survey which suggests that American customers are simply crazy about tablets.

According to the company, "90% of U.S. consumers either already own a tablet, or would consider buying one." This certainly gives Samsung high hopes when it comes to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which runs Android Honeycomb and is touted as the world's thinnest tablet (8.6mm - 0.2mm thinner than Apple's iPad 2).

The survey conducted by Samsung has also unveiled that 76% of the respondents are using (or would use) a tablet for reading the news or books, 64% for watching TV shows or movies, 61% for listening to music, and 56% for social networking.

Back to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Wi-Fi-only edition f it will be available tomorrow (June 8 ) exclusively at the Best Buy Union Square location in New York City. Starting June 17, other Best Buy locations, plus Amazon, Fry's Electronics, Micro Center, Tiger Direct and Newegg will offer the tablet. Earlier this week, Verizon announced it would sell an LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 starting the next few weeks.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry Playbook 1.0.5 update brings Facebook, in-app payments, and many enhancements

RIM's BlackBerry Tablet OS has just received an update to version 1.0.5. This is the OS that powers RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, so in effect this is a PlayBook update. And while not being a major update, it does bring a lot of neat enhancements and some new features.

First of all, the Facebook application now comes preinstalled. Previously, this was available in BlackBerry App World, but now it will come with the OS. The Facebook app has also been updated and now includes video uploading, message deletion, as well as Facebook Search enhancements. There's also improved access to pages, and News Feed improvements.

Next up is support for in-app payments, which the 1.0.5 update finally brings. In-app payments are all the rage these days, allowing your kids to buy silly virtual animals for loads of actual money.

Alongside these more important additions, many enhancements have made their way into this update. For example, you can now charge your PlayBook even when fully powered down. If you touch the battery indicator, a new pop-up will appear and allow you to quickly turn off, restart, or put your tablet to sleep, in addition to setting the brightness (this new pop-up can be seen in the picture above). A very useful little new feature there.

You'll also be alerted if you stick an incorrect charger into your tablet, additional languages are now supported, video chat now works behind corporate firewalls, automatic Wi-Fi hotspot detection is now active during the set up process, and finally, Headset Audio Boost gives you more volume for when you need it the most – in an airplane when you're surrounded by screaming kids who've just maxed out daddy's credit card by purchasing virtual fish and/or farm animals.

The update will reach your tablet over the air. If you're impatient, just go to Software Updates in the Settings Menu and force a manual download. If you're going to purchase your PlayBook after today, it should come with OS version 1.0.5 preinstalled, so you don't need to worry about updating.
source: Unwired View

Motorola Xoom LTE upgrade on its way?

The folks over at Phandroid recently got their hands on an email that is supposedly a reminder from Verizon, letting XOOM customers know that the promised 4G LTE update to the tablet is on its way. Here's what the email said:

Thank you for submitting your Motorola Xoom for the 4G LTE upgrade. You should have recently received a package in the mail with instructions and materials for returning your device for the upgrade.

Our records indicate that we have not yet received your Motorola Xoom. If you are still interested in upgrading your Motorola Xoom, this is a friendly reminder to please follow the instructions provided in your upgrade package and ship your device back for the upgrade.

If you have already shipped your device back to us, please contact us at 1-800-734-5870 and one of our support specialists will assist you with tracking and completing your order.

But judging from how nobody else seems to have received the email, it's impossible to verify whether it really is an official email that Verizon has been sending out. But if it turns out to be true, then it looks like XOOM users won't have to wait too long to get their tablet's data speeds upgraded. How many of you are interested in sending in your XOOM tablet to get the 4G upgrade?
source: Ubergizmo

Sony's S1 Android tablet hits the FCC, too

In the improbable case you haven't found out yet, Sony has two Android tablets called S1 and S2. The S2 passed the FCC just two days ago, and now - perhaps not surprisingly - we're seeing the S1 popping up at the FCC's website.

Just like the S2, the Sony S1 that got the Federal Commission's approval has 850x1900 MHz 3G connectivity. And you know what that means: it can - theoretically - be launched by AT&T (or by Canadian carriers).

Sure enough, we're still waiting for official details from Sony regarding carrier availability, so don't get your hopes up just yet if you want to see the two tablets on AT&T.

The Sony S1 has a single 9.1 inch touchscreen display (unlike the S2, which has two 5.5 inch ones) and features Wi-Fi, and access to the PlayStation Network. Sony said both tablets are running Android Honeycomb, but they may get Android Ice Cream Sandwich before launch.
source: Unwired View

Motorola contacting Verizon Xoom owners about LTE upgrade

According to an email sent to the guys over at Phandroid, Motorola has started to contact Verizon Xoom owners about their free LTE upgrade.

Once the user is contacted by Motorola, he is sent a package with shipping materials and instructions on how to safely send his Xoom to the factory to get upgraded to LTE. Although Motorola was originally supposed to start the upgrades around May 24, they aren't too far behind and at least they are getting started now.

Motorola failed to mention how long the upgrade would take, but I am sure it won't take longer than two weeks. It's good to see that Motorola is sticking to their promise and isn't too late on delivering those highly craved 4G speeds.
source: Unwired View

ZTE Light Pro 7″ Android tablet released by Spanish network Movistar

Fulfilling our “euro” remit this month we have some photos from Spanish Android news site Paratuandroid, which has got its hands on the ZTE Light Pro tablet. The Light Pro runs Android 2.2, features a 600MHz Qualcomm processor, and our A-Level Spanish (assisted by Google Translate) tells us its using capacitive screen technology.

Sounds like a possible entry level tablet winner from the Chinese tech maker. It's out in Spain, exclusively via Movistar at the moment. If you're planning a holiday…

We've dug up an old press release regarding the ZTE Light Pro, just in case you'd like to read a little on its background. Nowhere else seems to be selling it as yet. And Telefonica owns Movistar. Telefonica also owns O2 in the UK, so you never know…

Telefónica and ZTE Unveil The New Light Pro, The First Mass Market Tablet

Movistar to exclusively sell new tablet device from May in Spain

· ZTE, the world’s fourth largest mobile phone maker, is aiming to conquer the Spanish market with a high specification tablet which will be available via Telefónica, whose objective is to popularise tablet use among all its customers.

· The device, which runs on the Android™ 2.2 operating system, offers a host of multimedia features at an unbeatable price (between 0 and 19 euros for individuals with contract). This makes it appealing to a wide range of customers.

· The new tablet includes an Android application specifically designed for the Mutua Madrid Open which provides information on the players, statistics and a match schedule for the tournament in real time.

· ZTE will install more than 150 Light Pro tablets in VIP boxes at the tournament so that guests can access information on the tournament and savour the experience of using the equipment.

04 May 2011, Shenzhen – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced Telefónica and ZTE unveiled the new Light Pro tablet which combines Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity with impressive multimedia capabilities at an appealing price. Movistar will sell the Light Pro tablets exclusively in Spain from May for between 0 and 19 euros for individuals and 0 and 119 euros for businesses, with contract, making modern tablet computing available to all its consumer and business customers.

In launching this product, ZTE is adding a high-end product to Telefónica’s range which is of significant strategic value. The ZTE Light Pro, a 7-inch tablet which runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, is the first of a series of high-quality products at competitive prices with which Movistar is aiming to popularise tablet use and raise awareness of the possibilities they offer for all kinds of applications.

Both new customers and those migrating from other companies and switching from prepaid to contract will be able to acquire the new tablet for € 0 by signing up to an Internet Maxi flat-rate plan (€49 /month) or for €19 with the Internet Plus flat-rate plan (€39/month). Business customers will pay between 0 and 119 euros depending on the type of data and voice contract for which they sign up.

Thanks to the operator’s points-based loyalty programme, anyone who is already a Movistar customer will be able to acquire the tablet on very advantageous terms depending on points accumulated and plan type.

ZTE, technological partner of the Mutua Madrid Open, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, has incorporated into the device an application specifically developed for this tournament which provides official statistics, player information and match schedules in real time. This means that tennis fans and sports information professionals will have an ally in the new Light Pro, which can supply information instantaneously and keep them up to date with tournament news.

The launch gives tablets a prominent position in Telefónica’s portfolio and underlines the pivotal role they will play over the coming years in the online devices market, a sector whose rapid growth is being driven by the surge in new services and technologies that can enhance users’ lives and boost business productivity.

The Light Pro tablet boasts a sophisticated design and delivers optimum user experience as a compact, easy-to-use device with a 7-inch HVGA touch screen, permitting continuous web browsing and allowing a large number of widgets and apps to be accessed from the display

The ZTE Light Pro offers exciting multimedia features and a plethora of entertainment options thanks to more than 150,000 Android apps. It also has a 3 megapixel camera, and built-in GPS means it can also be used as a navigation device.

Users will satisfy all their needs in terms of entertainment and continuous connectivity to social networks as the tablet comes with YouTube, Facebook and Twitter preloaded and has the most popular Google™ applications such as YouTube™, Gmail™ and Google Maps™ installed by default. All this can be enjoyed at any time thanks to the connectivity provided by Wi-Fi and the tablet’s 3G connection.

The Light Pro can be synchronised with a PC using the USB cable included in order to exchange emails and update calendars and tasks. Users can also share photos, songs, videos and other files with their friends via Bluetooth®.
source: Eurodroid

Vodafone dumps Galaxy Tab 10.1v for slimmer new 10.1″ model

You may remember there was a bit of confusion surrounding the announcement of Samsung's larger 10.1″ Galaxy Tab. The company announced it, then Vodafone announced plans to stock it – but then Samsung dramatically decided to redesign it and make an alternate, slimmer model.

The initial 10.1″ tablet was then renamed the Galaxy Tab 10.1v and was to be a Vodafone exclusive. Anyway. This is all very boring. Long story short. Vodafone's just said it'll now be selling the newer, slimmer model (holding page for it here ), instead of the original 10.1v model.

So the slightly bulkier Galaxy Tab 10.1v no longer exists it would seem. Still no news on launch dates, sadly. The internet seems to think delays in rolling out Android 3.1 are holding up the launch of the tablet, but that's only an unconfirmed rumour.
source: Eurodroid

Motorola Contacting XOOM Owners about 4G LTE, Upgrade Process Underway?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

One of our gracious readers just forwarded along an email he received from Motorola customer support. According to said email the XOOM’s promised 4G LTE upgrade for Verizon is already under way. This is the first we have heard of Motorola accepting XOOM units for the hardware alterations necessary for the tablet to be LTE compatible, but the email seems to suggest the upgrade has been an ongoing process. Here is the full text:

Thank you for submitting your Motorola Xoom for the 4G LTE upgrade. You should have recently received a package in the mail with instructions and materials for returning your device for the upgrade.

Our records indicate that we have not yet received your Motorola Xoom. If you are still interested in upgrading your Motorola Xoom, this is a friendly reminder to please follow the instructions provided in your upgrade package and ship your device back for the upgrade.

If you have already shipped your device back to us, please contact us at 1-800-734-5870 and one of our support specialists will assist you with tracking and completing your order.

The tipster who sent this along hasn’t received the materials for shipping the XOOM back to Moto, but suspects a missed FedEx delivery very well could have been the package referred to in the above email.

Whispers recently suggested the XOOM’s 4G upgrade would be delayed, though we cleared up rumors that it might have anything to do with Tegra 2/LTE compatibility issues. Word was that the XOOM would get its 4G kicks only after the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. That tablet will be on pre-sale this Wednesday, so the timing is right, if a bit early. Of course, this could also just be a big coincidence/hiccup in Motorola’s system resulting in an automated email being sent out early. Any other readers out there receiving this notice? Let us know, we’d sure like to get to the bottom of this one.
source: Android Phone

ViewSonic ViewBook 730 – budget 7″ Android tablet

ViewSonic has yet another Android tablet on the way, in the predictably rectangular shape of its ViewBook 730. It'll arrive with a 7″ screen running at 800×480 resolution, and will come loaded Android 2.2. Inside is the popular, but slightly aged, Cortex-A8 1GHz processor, meaning it'll run Flash Player 10.1 – and a deal has been done to pre-load Amazon's Kindle app.

And here it is. Our initial observations are “That's a lot of bezel”…

A US price of $249.99 has been announced for it, which is pretty decent for a 7″ tablet with a front-facing camera and HDMI output. Isn't it? Here's the press release:

ViewSonic Changes the Face of Tablets

New ViewBook(R) 730 Tablet Is a Fully-Featured Low-Cost Powerhouse

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today expanded its tablet offerings with the launch of the ViewBook tablet line and new ViewBook 730.

Designed for the value seeker who doesn't want to compromise on features, the ViewBook 730 makes it easy for anyone to make multimedia mobile. This Android™ 2.2 OS tablet combines a fast and powerful ARM® Cortex-A8 1Ghz processor with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® support in a convenient 7″ form factor. Whether experiencing 1080p video playback via the HDMI connection, or engaging in video chat and conference calls using the integrated front VGA camera, the ViewBook 730 is the ideal tablet for staying connected and enjoying all the exciting possibilities of digital media content on the move.

With its RiteTouch technology, the ViewBook 730′s high-resolution 800×480 LED backlit screen serves as a great tool for pen writing. Whether taking notes in the classroom, highlighting excerpts within a novel or textbook, or working on art projects with the pre-installed Sketcher® app, the included stylus and RiteTouch make it easy to write directly on the screen of the device, swipe across content and scroll through emails.

Fully integrated with the Amazon Appstore, the most popular games and entertainment have already been installed: from Twitter, to Amazon's MP3 music downloader, shopping on Amazon.com, plus YouTube and Mediafly, along with Amazon® Kindle™ software for industry-leading eBook reading.

“In the tablet marketplace, there are plenty of solutions to choose from,” said Michael Holstein, vice president of business development, ViewSonic. “We recognized a need for a tablet device that offers users an excellent multimedia experience with a very affordable value proposition. From the pre-installed Amazon Kindle eReader to full Amazon app integration and Flash 10.1 support, our new ViewBook 730 enables consumers to do all the fun things that they want to do on a tablet without the added cost for features they don't need.”

In addition to an ample 8GB of memory, the ViewBook 730 offers up to an additional 32GB of storage capacity via the microSD card slot. Teamed with a long-lasting battery for up to 8 hours of use per charge, consumers can bring all their favorite multimedia content with them wherever they go. For added convenience and functionality, the ViewBook 730 offers ViewSonic's AirSync technology to ensure that tablet owners will receive over-the-air device updates as they are rolled out, from feature add-ons to software updates. The ViewBook 730 will be available at the end of June 2011 for an ESP of $249.99.
source: Eurodroid

FlyScreen updated with new Android 3.0 tablet version

The very popular FlyScreen Android app, which lets users customise their phone's lock screen to include all manner of additional functionality, now exists in a standalone format for those of you lucky enough to own Android 3.0 devices.

FlyScreen for Tablets is pretty much the same thing as the mobile version, offering streaming RSS and Twitter feeds, so you can get yourself even more addicted to today's non-stop flow of DATA. Here it is:

Eurodroid does not have a tablet of any sort. Still not been tempted, although if the HTC Flyer ever gets Android 3.0 and drops to about £199, then we might make the leap.
source: Eurodroid

ViewSonic Introduces $250 ViewBook 730

Monday, June 6, 2011

It's no Honeycomb powerhouse, but ViewSonic has introduced the ViewBook 730, a 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet that will sell for $250. At that price, the 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 slate is sure to sell a few units when it hits shelves later this month. The LED backlit touchscreen display runs at a resolution of 800×480, and other specs include 8GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, USB and HDMI connectivity, and Bluetooth 2.1 support.

ViewSonic is aiming to hit a sweet spot that combines a well-polished Android experience with plenty of multimedia support at a cost that won't break the bank. We get the sinking suspicion this one might become a favorite of hackers and modders based on the price alone.
source: Android Phone

Sony S2 tablet arrives at the FCC

How do you know that a particular device is being prepared to be released to the mass market? Well, just knock on the doors of the FCC to find out – it is that easy. One of the latest devices that we have stumbled upon would be the Sony S2 tablet that sports a couple of displays, not to mention running on the Android operating system. Having picked up the collective nod of approval from the FCC, which means it is very near a US release.

Having won approval for GSM 850 and 1900 bands, in addition to WCDMA bands II and V, they will correspond to AT&T's network Stateside, so you can more or less make an educated guess on which mobile carrier the S2 will appear on way before it actually makes its way to the market.

We have heard that the Sony S2 will run on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system which has been specially configured to work with tablet devices. Each display on the S2 measures 5.5″ at 1024 x 480 resolution, working with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and camera to boot.
source: Ubergizmo

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