Sony officially launched its new tablet here at IFA — and it’s keeping that folded-over profile. Happily, it’s running Android ICS. We’ve just spent some time with the Xperia Tablet S here in Berlin and it’s looking like Sony wants this to be the center of your media-consuming world. The new tablet pals up with the company’s range of phones, bearing that familiar Xperia branding on a freshly hewn metal slab. Yes, the new tablet sidesteps the plastic build of Sony’s last two tablets going for a solid metal build. Fortunately, it feels just as light in the hand, while that folded design also remains well-balanced. We’re particularly pleased with the tactile finish on the folded-over surface of the tablet — it’s very grippable. Internally, we’re dealing with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, while a 10-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS display will be showing off all that media and gaming content. Browse our gallery of images below and check out our hands-on video and first impressions after the break.
Sony Xperia Tablet S official: slimmed-down design, Tegra 3, IR remote and Android 4.0, starts at $400
Looks like those leaked slides showing Sony’s Xperia-branded tablet were right about pretty much everything. (Well, everything except the price, anyway). The company just formally announced the Xperia Tablet S and, as rumored, it features a Tegra 3 chip, Android 4.0 and up to 64GB of built-in storage. Like last year’s Tablet S, it has that distinctive folded-over magazine shape, except this go-round it’s made of metal, and measures between .35 and .47 inches thick (the weight, too, has dropped to 1.26 pounds, down from 1.31). Sony also kept the Tablet S’ IR emitter, which allows the tablet to double as a universal remote, and this time you can program shortcuts to do things like watch sports. Rounding out the spec sheet, there’s a full-size SD slot, a 9.4-inch (1,280 x 800) IPS screen and a 6,000mAh battery promising 10 hours of runtime.
As we mentioned, the tablet will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, but Sony is promising an upgrade to Jelly Bean as soon as it can optimize all its custom apps. And indeed, there are quite a few specialized applications here. For starters, there’s a new Watch Now app that allows for live TV-viewing (cable subscription required), with the option to “check into” shows and share comments on Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, Sony added a Guest Mode that lets you create custom user profiles, forbidding the use of certain apps — a handy parental control tool, we say. Naturally, Sony also threw in Music and Video Unlimited, where you can buy content from Sony’s vast movie and song catalogs. Finally, the tablet comes with 5GB of space in PlayMemories, Sony’s new cloud storage service.
The tablet will be available September 7th, though Sony is accepting pre-orders starting today. It will start at $400 for the 16GB model, with the 32GB going for $500 and the 64GB for $600. And yes, as those leaked slides indicated, there will most certainly be accessories. For starters, there’s that optional Surface-like keyboard we heard about, priced at $100. There’s also a three-position stand, with HDMI output and a USB adapter for a charging. That, too, costs $100. Sony is also selling a charging cradle ($40), a plain-Jane stand ($25), a dock speaker ($130) and a carrying case, priced at either $51 or $80, depending on whether or not you get it in leather. We very much expect to get some hands-on time at IFA, so stay tuned for first-hand impressions.
Toshiba has officially unveiled its latest Android tablet, the Toshiba AT300 which will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 10.1 inch touchscreen display and a quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM.
The Toshiba AT300′s 10.1 inch display features a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and the tablet features dual cameras with a front facing 2 megapixel camera for video chat and a rear facing 5 megapixel camera for photos and video.
Other specifications on the Toshiba At300 include 801.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, a full size SD card slot, microUSB, microHDMI, audio in/out and a pair of 1w speakers.
The Toshiba AT300 will also come with a choice of either 16GB or 32GB of built in storage, it will go on sale before the end of quarter two, there are no details on pricing as yet.
You complained, Toshiba listened. After its Thrive tablets were widely panned for their short battery life and chunky, cheap-feeling design, the outfit decided to put those models out to pasture and start anew. So bid goodbye to the Thrives, then, and say hello to the Excite 7.7, 10 and 13 (yes, 13). If you’ve been paying attention, these are the same tablets we first saw in prototype form at CES (and again at Mobile World Congress), complete with their slim builds and textured aluminum backs. Now, though we know that all three will pack NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoC, and ship with unskinned Ice Cream Sandwich. The 7.7, in particular, sports the same AMOLED display inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, while the 13-incher steps up to 1600 x 900 resolution (as opposed to 1280 x 800). Oh, and for those of you who think you’ll miss the 10-inch Thrive’s full-sized SD slot, that feature carries over to the Excite 10 and 13. (As you can imagine, there was no room for the full-sized USB and HDMI ports on tablets this thin.)
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Lenovo has added another Android tablet to their range with the launch of the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109, which will comes with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The IdeaTab S2109 features an 9.7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, there are no details on what processor it is using as yet, and the device also comes with a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chat.
Other specifications on the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 include a micro HSMI port, micro USB port and a microSD card slot, there are no details on when it will be available or how much it will retail for.
Archos first announced their new Arnova 9 G2 Android tablet a few months ago, and this week its now arrived in stores starting from $230, and runs Google’s Android 2.3 operating system.
The Archos Arnova 9 G2 Android tablet is equipped with a large 9.7 inch touchscreen, with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixel and offering a 4:3 ratio. Its powered by a 1GHz Arm A8 processor and comes complete with 4GB of internal memory that can be increased via the included microSDHC.
Fujitsu have announced a new addition to their range of Android tablets this week with the launch of their new Fujitsu Stylistic M350/CA2 Android tablet in Japan, later this month.
The new Fujitsu tablet is the same as the recently launched in Hong Kong back in September, and the Stylistic M350/CA2 Android tablet is equipped with a high-resolution 7-inch WSVGA 1024 x 600 pixel display, and is powered by a battery that is capable of provide the devices enough juice to keep it going for up to six hours.
The Fujitsu tablet weighs approximately 420g and has been designed with different character input modes: numeric keypad, QWERTY, and hand-writing recognition if required. Its also equipped with Fujitsu’s unique “NX! Input powered by ATOK” character input technology, especially designed for high speed and high accuracy kanji character recognition.
The Stylistic M350/CA2 tablet will be supplied running Android Gingerbread as its operating system, and has bend assigned to be used in a multitude of different scenarios including: a mobile sales terminal, as a handset for displaying digital catalogs within retail stores, and as an e-book reader in a classrooms.
Source: Droid Matters
When Toshiba said its skinny AT200 tablet wouldn’t be available until January, anyone with a casual interest in gadgets could have guessed that meant a splashy CES launch was in order. Sure enough, everyone’s favorite trade show has rolled around, and the company is finally ready to talk pricing and availability, four months after it first announced the thing. As we’ve suspected for some time now, it’ll go on sale in the US under the name “Excite” (Excite X10, to be exact), starting at $530 for the 16GB model, with a $600 32GB flavor also available.
To recap, this is supposed to be the premium slate the Thrive wasn’t, with a 1280 x 800 Gorilla Glass display, 178-degree viewing angles, TI OMAP 4430 chip, an anti-smudge coating and a 7.7mm-thick chassis, making it the thinnest 10-inch tablet on the market. It’ll also ship with Android 3.2, though Toshiba says it’s ICS-ready. And don’t let that serious metal exterior fool you: for all its gravitas, the 1.2-pound tab is lighter than it looks. (We should know: we got hands-on ages ago.) So is a super slim design enough to make this Tegra 2 slate worth choosing over the Tegra 3-packing Transformer Prime which starts at $500 with 32GB of storage? To be honest, we suspect not, given that the Prime isn’t much thicker and is also due for an upgrade to ICS. And besides, who knows what other Android tablets will surface at CES this week?
The ASUS news, it just keeps on flowin’. Shortly after getting a sneak peek at the Eee PC Flare, in flies yet another leaked image of yet another leaked ASUS product. This go ’round, we’re looking at what’s purportedly the 7-inch Eee Memo Pad, a handy little fellow that we’ve actually heard about before. We’re told that it’ll ship with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB to 64GB of internal storage space, built-in 3G, WiFi and a 1,280 x 800 screen resolution, and it’s apt to be revisited at CES 2012 before launching as an Asia-only product later in the year. It’s hard to say what edition of Android will pop up when this is formally unveiled next week at CES, but we’re guessing that it’ll stick its tongue out at the long-awaited Padfoneas it’s introduced, regardless.
Continuano ad arrivare sul mercato tablet Android da 7 pollici indicando una precisa scelta dei produttori che stanno puntando sempre più su questo segmento. L’ultimo in ordine temporale è il Toshiba Thrive che, presentato qualche mese fa, è ufficialmente entrato in commercio da oggi.
Dal punto di vista hardware questo piccolo Tablet non ha nulla da invidiare ai modelli da 10″ attualmente in commercio vista la presenza del processore Tegra 2 da 1 GHz, 1Gb di Ram, porta micro HDMI, display HD con risoluzione da 1280 x 800 e Android Honeycomb 3.2 (aggiornabile appena possibile ad ICS).
What’s this oddly curved box we see before us? Ah, yes, it’s Motorola’s (joint) second attempt at the Android tablet game. The Xoom 2 is another 10.1-inch widescreen Honeycomb offering, looking to make up for the lost opportunities of its predecessor — slimmer, faster and certainly packing more vertices. While we put it through its paces, we thought you’d appreciated some close-up shots with what appears to be the final retail model. First impressions? Those corners certainly do help keep it in our hands, and performance seemed suitably speedy. It’s worth noting that — at least on first impressions — Motorola hasn’t tampered excessively with the Honeycomb, something we weren’t too happy about on Moto’s Droid RAZR. We also suspect that splash-proof nanotech coating could also be acting as fingerprint magnet. Delve into the secrets of the fitted retail box, some tablet comparisons and a touching reunion with its smartphone sibling in our gallery below, or catch a brief video tour after the break.
Motorola Xoom 2 unboxing
Back in October, as you may recall, Adobe unveiled its Touch Appsfamily — a collection of six tools designed to make life easier and more tactile for tablet-using creative types. Today, those apps are finally available on the Android Market, for tablets running Android 3.1 or higher. The sextet includes Photoshop Touch, Collage and Proto, among other Adobe products, each of which is priced at $9.99. These applications will also play a central role in Adobe’s forthcoming Creative Cloud initiative, which will allow users to share, view and transfer files across multiple devices. That isn’t expected to launch until the first half of next year, while the full suite of Touch Apps for iOS users should be released by “early 2012″ (Adobe Ideas is the only member currently available on iTunes). Android slate wielders can get their hands on all the Touch Apps now, though Adobe says they’ll need at least an 8.9-inch, 1280 x 800 display to get the most out of it. Check out the source link below for more details, or head past the break for the full PR treatment.
Transformer Prime detailed: 10-inch Super IPS+ display, 12-hour battery and quad-core Tegra 3, ships in December for $499
A trio of new tablets from Energy Sistem(a company known for low-end PMPs and e-readers) may not ordinarily turn many heads, but if you look closely at these you’ll notice they don’t quite match your average budget-minded slate running Android 2.x. They’re not actually running Honeycomb, unfortunately, but rather a “Honeycomb-style” skin that’s been slapped on top of Android 2.3 (much to the displeasure of Google, we presume). Otherwise, there’s decidedly few surprises to be found — you can choose from a 16:9, 7-inch or 4:3, 8-inch screen (with the higher-end model topping out at 1024 x 768), and they each pack an ARM A8 processor and either 4GB or 8GB of storage (with a microSD card slot for expansion). Prices are also expectedly on the low-end, running between $185 and $270, and all three are set to ship on November 19th. Hit the link below for the complete rundown.
Sit back and take notes while we… talk about Supernote. This note-taking app quietly debuted on the Eee Pad Transformer and Slider earlier this month, when ASUS rolled out an OTA update to Android 3.2.1, but the company has now provided substantially more details on the feature, which promises to “revolutionize the way you take notes in class.” With Supernote onboard, students can write or scribble using either the keyboard or their own fingers. That isn’t exactly enthralling, in and of itself, but what’s cool is the fact that Supernote will convert each hand-drawn item into an image, allowing users to seamlessly modify or delete their own characters as if they were typed text. The tool also makes it easy to insert graphs or charts, thanks to an “Add Annotation” option that integrates diagrams directly into your lecture notes. And, perhaps best of all, the app will even let you insert photos, meaning you can just take a shot of your professor’s blackboard and worry about understanding it later. Intrigued? Check out a demo video, after the break.