Good e-Reader CES Exclusive – The Samsung Slide Series 7 – Windows 7 Tablet PC

Good e-Reader CES Exclusive – The Samsung Slide Series 7 – Windows 7 Tablet PC

The Samsung Slide is a throwback to the initial style of tablet computer that had a full external keyboard and then the screen that slid over the keyboard to function as a full interactive tablet computer. The Samsung Slide expands on the old school way of doing tablets with new hardware to bring it more up to date.

The Samsung Slide features 10.1 inch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels on a back-lit LCD screen. Its core processor is run on Oak Trail 1.15 GHZ processor and has 2 GB of RAM. For storage it will feature two different models, a 32 Gig model and a 64 Gig edition. You can also further enhance the memory of your Samsung Slide Series 7 via the Micro SD port. It will also have an ambient light sensor to make the screen brighter or dimmer depending on your environment.

For internet connectivity you will have a 802.11b and 3G with WIMAX technology. You will have around 8 hours of battery life and you can further extend it by turning the WI-FI off.

Other features of the device will entail a USB 2.0 port, integrated stereo speakers, HDMI out a 1.3 MP front facing webcam and all being run on the Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

Although this new device was admitted as a late prototype it was supposed to have a button that booted up a custom Samsung launcher. You had neat widgets that were popping up for you to interact with such as a clock, compass, Bing Maps, voice search, and many more. More touch based applications will be available via the Samsung App Manager and Windows Product Scout. Samsung AllShare (preloaded) enables users to control, search, swap, and play videos, photos, and music across a full range of DLNA certified Samsung devices, ranging from cameras and smart phones to TVs and PCs.

Finally, the content distribution system was done by Tribune and had magazines that had animation embedded on the front cover. One of the covers that blew us away was for the current issue of Marie Claire where the model on the front color actually smiled, winked, and moved her head from side to side, then settled back into her natural pose. Amazing.

In terms of price, the product reps that were showing off the demos had no clue, but we heard one of the managers comment that it would be $599.00 and be released in April of 2011.

Good e-Reader CES Exclusive – The Samsung Slide Series 7 – Windows 7 Tablet PC

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Good e-Reader CES Exclusive – The Samsung Slide Series 7 – Windows 7 Tablet PC

Samsung, Verizon launch Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE, to reach markets soon

Samsung, Verizon launch Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE, to reach markets soon

The 4G capable Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet device is what the market is going to get in a few weeks time with Verizon being the carrier partner. Pricing details of the gadget though has not been announced as yet.

Specifications wise, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a 1.4 GHz dual core processor at its heart. The display unit is based on Super AMOLED technology and boasts of a high-definition 720p (1280 × 800) resolution. The tablet has 16 GB of internal storage capacity and comes fitted with two cameras, with the front being of 2 megapixel and the rear one of 3 megapixel. Other features include Infrared blaster, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth and DLNA support. As far as software goes the tablet runs on Android 3.2 while having TouchWiz loaded along with a number of other security related applications like Mobile Device Management (MDM), on-device Encryption and Virtual Private Network (VPN). The tablet features native support for email, calendar and contact as well.

via slashgear

Samsung, Verizon launch Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE, to reach markets soon

NVIDIA shows off Tegra 3 based tablet running Windows 8

NVIDIA shows off Tegra 3 based tablet running Windows 8

NVIDIA Today showed off a prototype tablet that is built around its latest Tegra 3 quad core processor at the ongoing CES event . However, for a change, the tablet isn’t going to run Android 4.0 (or for that matter any other flavor of Android). Instead, the tablet is seen running Windows 8. However, the tablet isn’t seen doing much though the lock screen, start screen, and Windows store are there to be seen.

“I can’t wait to ship it,” said Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. “This is going to be a fantastic tablet year, with (Google’s) Ice Cream Sandwich and Windows 8 .”

Already it’s been a year since Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be running on devices both based on ARM based processors or on X86 chips. However, the problem lies elsewhere. There are hundreds of thousands of Windows apps already available in the market though nearly all of them are compliant with X86 platform and not on ARM based devices. However, Microsoft is attracting developers to develop apps so that the full screen Windows 8 Metro user will be able to run on devices with both ARM and X86 processors.

All this notwithstanding, the excitement Windows 8 has generated can be measured in Huang’s words when he said: “Windows 8 is coming to market and I don’t remember another Windows version as exciting as this one since Windows 95,” said he before also adding, “Just as Windows 95 enabled a new class of devices in consumer PCs, Windows 8 is going to enable a new class of devices, this time moving Windows to mobile devices. This is an epic event.”

Windows had long been associated with Intel though the emergence of Windows 8 is set to change all of that as its ARM based platforms that we will also be seeing a lot of Windows 8 action in the coming days.

via pocket-lint

NVIDIA shows off Tegra 3 based tablet running Windows 8

Huawei Launches New Color Options for the MediaPad, Android 4.0 Update to Come Q1 2012

Huawei Launches New Color Options for the MediaPad, Android 4.0 Update to Come Q1 2012

Next version of the MediaPad from Huawei with Android Ice Cream Sandwich pre-loaded is going to be available in select markets by this quarter. Present owners of the MediaPad need not despair as the company has announced availability of the update OTA for all existing users at around the same time. The MediaPad is available in the US as the T-Mobile Springboard and the Orange Tahiti in the UK.

In another interesting development, Huawei also stated a color version of the MediaPad is next. It will be available in shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink, though the colored tablets will come pre-loaded with Android 3.2 and not the latest Android ICS. So users opting for the colorful MediaPads will have to upgrade to ICS on their own after the update is released.

“In a tablet market defined by staid black and white tablets, the new colorful MediaPad offers a personalized look without the need for an external case. With a hardware package that includes a high-quality screen, a powerful dual-core processor, and long battery life, these colorful MediaPad embodies a rare combination of style and performance,” said Richard Yu, Chairman, Huawei Device.

As a refresher, the MediaPad packs in some decent specs in the form of a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 7 inch 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 5 megapixel rear camera with HD support, 1.3 megapixel front cam, along with a 4100 mAh battery that should be enough for 6 hours of run-time. Also, Huawei has been the first to adopt Android 3.2 for use on a 7 inch tablet device.

Huawei Launches New Color Options for the MediaPad, Android 4.0 Update to Come Q1 2012
Huawei’s MediaPad Now Comes with Android 4.0

Huawei also unveils new MediaPad color series, operating on Android 3.2

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the Huawei MediaPad is now one of the world’s first tablets to come pre-loaded with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. First launched in June 2011, the original MediaPad was the world’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet. This latest version of the MediaPad once again provides users with the very latest Android experience, along with access to the newest and hottest services and apps available in the Android marketplace.

Huawei also unveiled its new MediaPad color series – fashionable MediaPads in three new colors: shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink and running on Android 3.2. Both MediaPad versions have a high-quality display, with screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels at 217 PPI and supporting 1080P Full HD video playback. Additionally, they come with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and have a battery capacity of six hours or more.

“In a tablet market defined by staid black and white tablets, the new colorful MediaPad offers a personalized look without the need for an external case,” said Richard Yu, Chairman, Huawei Device. “With a hardware package that includes a high-quality screen, a powerful dual-core processor, and long battery life, these colorful MediaPad embodies a rare combination of style and performance.”

Huawei’s new MediaPad color series and the MediaPad with Android 4.0 will be available in selected markets in the first quarter of 2012. Existing MediaPad owners will receive an OTA Android 4.0 upgrade to their tablets by the first quarter of 2012.

Huawei Launches New Color Options for the MediaPad, Android 4.0 Update to Come Q1 2012

Intel to Launch Clover Trail Chips in Second Half of 2012

Intel to Launch Clover Trail Chips in Second Half of 2012

Intel announced that they will be ready for the release of their Clover Trail processor in the second half of 2012, which is around the same time that the Windows 8 OS is also expected to reach markets.

The new Clover Trail CPUs would take over from the Atom Z670 Oak Trail chips that have been rendering — though a not so glorious — service since last year. Obviously, one of the biggest pluses with the new Clover Trail chips is that they use less power. They are manufactured using 32nm process technology and should be able to support tablet operations for about 8-10 hours with standby times extending into weeks.

Also, while Intel isn’t coming clean with the power characteristics of the new Clover Trail chips, a definite plus with the x86 chips on the tablets is the possibility of legacy PC applications also running on such devices and the number of such apps run into millions.

Compared to this, tablets powered with ARM processor running Windows 8 would not be able to run those applications that have been written for x86 devices. Rather, it’s just those apps that are designed to run on the new Windows 8 Metro user interface that the ARM based tablets will get to play with.

Also, before the Clover Trail hits the market in the second half of 2012, Intel’s Medfield CPU’s will be ready for commercial application by Q2 2012. However, that’s just a single core processor and is suited more for application in smartphones than tablet PCs, while Clover Trails, with its dual core architecture, would be more ideal for use in a tablet device.

via softpedia

Intel to Launch Clover Trail Chips in Second Half of 2012

Hannspree also unveils a tablet trio

Hannspree also unveils a tablet trio

Hannspree had three tablet devices to add to the tablet crowd at the recently concluded CES at Las Vegas . The company is targeting both the two most happening segments in the tablet sphere – that of 7 and 10 inch tablet devices .

The 10 inch model on display at the CES ran an earlier version of Android, though Hannspree claims it will be released with Android 3.0 Honeycomb when that version becomes available. One of the most notable aspects of the yet unnamed 10 inch tablet is its resolution, which is quite impressive at 1280 x 800 pixels.

Other salient features of the tablet include an HDMI output, a micro USB port, along with a SIM card slot, and a battery life expected to be in the range of around 10 hours.

The other tablet device that Hannspree too had on display was also a 10 inch model though, the display resolution was down to 1280 x 600 pixels. Nothing much is known of this tablet PC , except that it also currently has Android 2.2 or the latest 2.3 version as its OS and will include 3G as an optional feature.

While the company had a 7 inch model on display, there seems to be some confusion whether or not the smaller sized tablet will ever reach the markets.

More information on these is awaited, but we do know that higher resolution 10 inch Android tablet will be ready for a market launch towards May of this year.

Hannspree also unveils a tablet trio

E Ink Demos New Luggage Tags

E Ink Demos New Luggage Tags

E Ink has been traditionally known for the screen technology found on popular e-readers such as the Kindle Paperwhite, Kobo Aura and Sony PRS-T3. The company has been developing digital signage technology for the past year and a half, and now accounts for 6% of their revenue stream . This year at CES the company debuted a new luggage tag system that will allow travelers more flexibility to track checked baggage.

The tags are made of low-power E Ink screen technology that feature RFID for tracking and Bluetooth for information updates. Users can use an upcoming app to program in flight information and connector flights. This is a boon for the frequent traveller that needs to know if their luggage made it and track its exact position.

The tag system is currently being tested at by Vanguard ID and British Airways. It has also been approved by IATA, the trade association worldwide airlines.

E Ink Demos New Luggage Tags