Archos has already started preparations on what it will have to show off at the IFA event . This is spite of the fact that the premier show is still almost half a year away. (IFA 2011 will be held in Berlin from 2 – 11 September). Although preparations are perhaps necessary in view of the fact that the French consumer electronics manufacturer wishes to break into the rarefied territory of high-end tablets that is currently dominated by the likes of Apple, Samsung, Motorola and so on. And its no secret, to compete with the likes of the iPad 2, the XOOM or Galaxy Tab et all, Archos will have to considerably better the best tablet it has delivered till now. Meanwhile, Archos has also recently unveiled two tablets at the CeBIT event though both the tablets are for the budget category.
So come September and be ready to be treated with two new tablets from Archos, one each in the popular 7 and 10 inch category of tablets. However, there isn’t any other information available of the tablet, like what its processors will be like or what operating system the two tablets will be based on. Archos already has quite a few tablets to its credit, which means this might be just the right time for them to aim higher. Then there obviously are other reasons. For its in the high-end tablets where the money really is. And all that Archos has to do to tap into this vast segment is to come up with a reasonably priced tablet that delivers on the performance front. However, we will have to wait till September to have a clear idea of what comes out of this though there sure will be the usual dose of rumors and leaks in between to keep us engaged. Hope we then come to know more of the two tablets of which we know virtually nothing.
Taiwan based research firm TrendForce has stated Apple might be readying its fifth generation iPad for a launch in Q3 2013. Also, the new iPad 5 will come with several new features which will mark its first complete overhaul since it was launched almost three years ago.
These include a thin bezel design that Apple introduced in the iPad Mini along with the incorporation of the “thin GF2 touch module of the same level as iPad Mini .” This, it is believed, will lead to an iPad that will be thinner, lighter, and more compact than the current gen versions. Another aspect that is expected to inject a fresh dose of excitement around the 9.7 inch iPad is a likely price cut. Interestingly, the once mighty iPad is having to ward off the most intense competition from none other than its own stable mate, the iPad Mini. Each iPad version has been a trendsetter, though the recently launched iPad Mini has gone on to be more of a consumer favorite and has eaten into its bigger cousin’s market share. So much so that the iPad Mini is likely to make up about 65 percent of Apple’s tablet shipment during the first half of 2013. However, the launch of the new iPad 5 is expected to balance things out when it’s launched.
Meanwhile, in another related development, images supposed to be that of the next gen iPad Mini real shell have appeared online. The shell looks a lot like the same on the current gen iPad Mini, though maybe a tad thicker. This again might be the indication of the tablet incorporating retina display for its future iteration.
This is the aftermath of the success that the Amazon Kindle Fire has enjoyed. A whole new tablet segment is developing, where companies like Amazon, B&N, or Kobo will offer tablet devices that your wallets will love. The strategy seems to have been successful enough to entice Samsung to have a presence in this emerging segment with a new tablet device they are developing. Code named GT-P3100, the tablet device is still in a nebulous stage and betting on it might not be the wisest thing to do.
The tablet is believed to sport a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display, which incidentally is the same as Samsung’s very first tablet device, the Galaxy Tab 7 . Further, the tablet will likely have an ARM11 mobile processor, which would mean that Samsung plans to use the Samsung S3C6410 Application processor on the tablet. This would enable the tablet to go up to speeds of 800Mhz. The tablet is therefore expected to boast a good battery life, given the low power ARM Processor that it is expected to have. Other details of the tablet are not known, like whether a camera will be present, or what the OS will be (it is expected to be Android 2.3 Gingerbread).
We have already have a lot of tablet devices in both the 7 and 10 inch segments, most of which can’t be called cheap but usually have all the features loaded. While the segment currently led by the iPad seems to have settled down, the budget segment will take some more time to reach that stage. Until then, it’s not a bad idea to have many of the mainstream players develop a presence.
E-Ink is one of the leading screen manufacturers for e-readers and their technology is found in Amazon , Sony, and Barnes and Noble e-Readers. The most recent iteration that came out in 2010 was called Pearl, found in the recent Kindle 3 and Sony PRS-650. The latest technology they developed for mass production was called “ Triton .” This is color e-ink, recently seen in the new Hanvon Color e-Reader.
Recently E-Ink Holdings unveiled new prototypes for next generation screens that play video and appear on billboards. This is consistent with their other screen technology and adheres to the high resolution and high contrast philosophy. Although the company has said most of these new screens will not be available for e-readers, the future looks bright for refining the technology further.
Hewlett Packard’s effort in the tablet world is mostly known for a certain WebOS debacle that etched a place in computing history. So while the absence of the HP TouchPad signifies one tablet less for the consumers to consider, the company continues to maintain a presence in the enterprise tablet segment.
There is some great news coming from HP and the company seems to be in the process of bolstering its presence in the business tablet segment. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as HP had already made it known they are not quitting the tablet game altogether and that their next venture in the tablet segment will be based on Windows 8 . Sources maintain the tablet will have Windows 8 Professional and not the tablet optimized Windows RT version.
The tablet in question is tentatively named HP Slate 8 and is based on an x86 chip. Details aren’t in abundant supply right now. Still, sources with Neowin maintain they are pretty sure of the tablet’s specs. It’s allegedly a 10.1 inch device that sports an all aluminum body about 9.2 mm thick, weighs at 1.5 pounds, and has 8 – 10 hours of battery life. There could also be an optional docking station and a pen based input for the Slate 8. No word on what the tablet will have at its core though an Intel Clover Trail Atom processor can’t be ruled out considering the 8-10 of battery life that is quoted, which is in line with what Intel has claimed the chip is capable of delivering. Also, considering the tablet is targeted at the business community, it is natural for the Slate 8 to come pre-loaded with a few business oriented apps. Another nice aspect of the tablet is the outdoor readable display that the Slate 8 is reported to come with.
HP though hasn’t confirmed any of this and has stated “we don’t comment on rumors or speculation.” However, if the specs are correct, this will be a device that can not only set things right for one of the largest technology companies, but also take things right to the Apple camp.
One of the big drawbacks of having an Android device is sometimes the lack of quality content. It is hard to sift out the good apps from the heaps of bad ones. When you have an Android tablet it is often bundled with music or movie companies you have never heard of and most of them have a lackluster selection. However, Android tablets got a boost today with the announcement that Google is launching a movie rental business within the Android Market.
Google is certainly hoping to compete against Apple with its strong content delivery system and already beat its competition to the punch with the annoucnement today of its cloud based music storage system. The Movie rental business is running in paralell to its new Youtube Rental system that allows you to rent most new releases for a nominal fee. This is great, because most low end tablets do not have access to the Google Android Market, but do have access to Youtube. So whether you have a cheap tablet with no features or a high end one, you can tap into Google’s Movie Rental business.
To take advantage of the Movie Rental system you need at least an Android 2.2 device, and it will come bundled with tablets that run the Android 3.1 update going in next week for the Motorola Xoom and other devices.
When you rent a movie you have 30 days to watch it, and once you do you have a 24 window period to re-watch it. The average price for HD movies is around $4.99 which makes it more affordable then most TV providers PPV fees.
No sooner has the Nexus 7 tablet transitioned rumor to reality, that word of a bigger 10 inch version got out. All the speculation did culminate into a the new 7 inch Nexus tablet and a 10 inch version of the same will be equally exciting if made available at an attractive price point. Also, look at what Samsung had done with their 7 inch Galaxy Tab , following it with the release of its more successful 10.1 inch version.
Digitimes is reporting Google is likely to source the 10 inch touch panels from Wintek and AU Optronics. Wintek is already believed to be involved in the Nexus 7 project, with some sources also claiming the company might have supplied Asus over a million 7 inch touch panels for building the Nexus 7. TPK Holdings is another company that is also touted to be supplying the touch panels for Nexus 7.
Needless to say, there is no further info available as yet about the 10 inch Nexus and it’s anybody’s guess when it’s going to be launched, though there are chances it could happen during the holiday period in December. A Nexus 10 tablet could pinch Apple hard if Google can ensure the Nexus 10 is also just as affordable, though let’s just hope it’s innovative enough to dodge clear of Apple’s legal web.