Ramos to Launch Android/Windows i10 Pro Tablet on March 25

Ramos to Launch Android/Windows i10 Pro Tablet on March 25

Microsoft and Google may not approve Windows and Android dual booting devices at the moment, but that isn’t stopping Ramos from launching such a tablet, as the Ramos i10 Pro is designed to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Android Jelly Bean 4.2. The tablet will be powered by the Intel Z3740D Bay Trail chip, matched up with a 2 GB RAM along with 32 GB internal memory. The 10.1 inch display will be lit up by 1920 x 1080 pixels. The tablet will also be 3G compatible and is slated to go on sale in China on March 25th for $450 or less. There’s no word yet of the international availability of the device.

Meanwhile, that’s not the only tablet that the Chinese manufacturer has lined up for release, as the Ramos i10 Note is in the pipeline as well. Running Windows 8.1, the i10 Note gets its name from its compatibility with a pen, allowing users to make pen input right on the display. The i10 Note offers the same specs as the i10 Pro, but with a slightly lower resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels.

There’s an 8 inch Windows tablet in the works, one that’s tentatively named i8 Pro. The tablet running Windows 8.1 offers GPS and is built around an Intel Z3740D chip (the same as seen on the Dell Venue 8 Pro and others). Other specs include a 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage along with front and rear cameras. The tablet is designed to offer basic computing and can be a direct competitor to the new crop of 8 inch Windows tablets that have come out lately. The i8 Pro doesn’t have a clear launch date, though it’s likely to be after the i10 Pro. Also, given Ramos’ strength in coming up with budget priced devices, it will be interesting to see how much the i8 Pro is priced when launched.

Another tablet being talked about is the i10s, which is believed to be an Android-only device with specifications identical to that of the dual booting i10 Pro. Meanwhile, a bigger i12 version is also rumored, but there’s not much known about it yet.

Ramos to Launch Android/Windows i10 Pro Tablet on March 25

G-Slate price less by $100 if you ask for it

G-Slate price less by $100 if you ask for it

Here is something of a believe-it-or-not sort of thing though in today’s fast paced world where something as basic as survival is at stake at all times, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise. T-Mobile is willing to slash $100 off the price of the G-Slate tablet . The only requirement – you got to ask for it. The thing goes like this:

T-Mobile, the official carrier of the LG tablet in the US had come out recently with a special promotional offer and all those who had signed up for it are eligible for the special $100 discount. At least, that is what T-Mobile had meant when it sent out the the promo code ‘ GSLATE100 ‘. Now the code was supposed to be confidential and T-Mobile has wanted only those whom it had sent out the mail to be eligible for the rebate. Alas, things worked out in much a different manner so that the special code is now a public property.

However, you got to have a few things right in order to claim the rebate. To begin with, you need to be the subscriber of an existing voice plan or are willing to be one. Then you will also be required to sign up for the 2 year data plan announced earlier. So if you think you satisfy all these, you can then proceed with the call and mention the code – GSLATE100 to be the proud owner of the world’s first 3D enabled tablet running Android Honeycomb . Let’s also hope T-Mobile does not withdraw the offer now that it has lost its exclusivity. The offer is supposed to last till April 27th.

Also, the G-Slate’s original price as announced earlier is $529.99 subject to agreeing to the 2 year data plan. However, the cost will go up to $729.99 if you opt for a monthly data plan.

via engadget

G-Slate price less by $100 if you ask for it

New Toshiba Tablet With 13.3-inch Display Revealed

New Toshiba Tablet With 13.3-inch Display Revealed

How about a tablet device that’s thin and light along with a screen size of 13.3 inches. Toshiba recently showed off just such a device at the Toshiba 2012 conference held in UK and the device in question did look sleek and beautiful. It wasn’t a working prototype though it did seem to pack in all the necessary hardware inside. Also, while details of the tablet are being kept under wraps as of now, what seems a possibility is that the tablet will pack in a Tegra 3 chip. However, its not also known for sure if the tablet will at all make it to he market, and if does, of what use a tablet that big will be of. Also, a 13.3 inch sized tablet might not be the cheapest around which means, the tablet will have a niche market to itself. As such, volume sales will not be a possibility with a tablet with a 13.3 inch display.

via pocket-lint

New Toshiba Tablet With 13.3-inch Display Revealed

Seven-Eleven Using tablet PCs in their Delivery Service

In Japan Seven-Eleven is taking customer service to the next level. The company made an announcement that they plan to offer patrons the opportunity order their meals and other store items from tablet PC menus. This is being done in an effort to support those reluctant shoppers like the elderly and those with mobility concerns.

Customers of Seven-Eleven Japan are already familiar with their internet and telephone ordering services. This new feature should make shopper even easier for the elderly and others with special needs. It will also help those that don’t have store location I their immediate area. Customers will them have three different options for accessing the store’s inventory from their home. The new service is a joint venture with NTT East Corp and Urban Renaissance Agency.

This new tablet PC service is still in the experimental phase and the developers will be running their trials for a 6-month period. They plan on targeting 500 households containing elderly individuals across seven buildings in the Chuo and Meguru wards of Tokyo. Urban Renaissance Agency will be heading the trials. Hopefully these trials will prove successful as it will open the door for more ways those with special needs can gain access to much needed resources and services. Also other company may eventually get on the bandwagon, providing even more products and resources in a manner that the elderly and disabled can obtain them easily at home.

NTT will be taking care of the broadband services by supplying optical-fiber to these locations. Customers will use the specialized tablet PCs to place orders from the menu provided. There is already a wide selection of about 200 items for boxed lunches, drinks and vegetables.

Seven-Eleven Japan in co-op with a homemaking service will also provide cleaning services to these locations. Laundry service will be accepted through telephone orders. This is just one more way the company will be using technology already at the resident’s location to make their lives easier.

Tablet PCs Nationwide

The use of tablet PCs as a customer service device doesn’t just stop at Seven-Eleve Japan. The Japan Department Stores Association started using these devices in several of their store locations nationwide as part of a trial. The objective is to provide foreign customers with a means of interpreting information on store items.

The in-store tablet PCs display information in four languages which are simplified Chinese (mainland China), traditional Chinese (Thailand), Korean and English. When a customers selects a word or phrase on the screen that information is read aloud in the language have selected.  Store clerks equipped with these tablets will use them to assist foreign customers when in need. Each store participating in the trial program has received two tablet PCs from NTT Docomo Inc.

This trial period will go on until May 15 at which point the results will be assessed. Participating stores will then try to figure out what they can do to improve upon the service and tailor it to the needs of their customers.

Seven-Eleven Using tablet PCs in their Delivery Service

Vizio Can Now Playback Netflix Videos

Vizio Can Now Playback Netflix Videos

The Vizio tablet should appeal to those who are hooked on movies. For the tablet that earlier boasted of its association with Hulu plus鈥攁mong the first to have done so 鈥攊s now ready to play host to movies from Netflix as well. So there you are, two of the biggest names in the field of online video genre ready to be tapped via the Vizio tablet, which in itself costs an affordable $270.聽However, all of the video goodies do not come free and requires a monthly subscription of $7.99 to avail of each of the services.

The Netflix support comes in the form of an update, VIA Plus 1.3, that also promises better security features and performance on the tablet device. To avail of the update, simply restart the device and it should automatically be searching for the new update. After the update is downloaded, which should’t take more than a few minutes, the tablet will be able to playback contents from Netflix.

via androidcentral

Vizio Can Now Playback Netflix Videos

Blackberry 10’s 100,000 Apps Includes 20k with Android Origin

Blackberry 10’s 100,000 Apps Includes 20k with Android Origin

One way to get people hooked on to a new platform is to ensure there are lots of apps that are compatible with it. Towards that, Blackberry did the right thing by luring in developers to port Android apps to the Blackberry 10 operating system . This ensured BB10 could quickly reach the 100k app figure mark, something that could have been pretty much impossible if the company had only focused on developing native apps for the new platform.

So what the Blackberry folks essentially did was devise an emulation engine that allowed Android apps to run on the Blackberry 10 OS. This resulted in about 20 percent (20,000 apps) of the 100,000 Blackberry 10 apps to be directly modified Android apps that can now run in a Blackberry environment.

“We give them a very nice on-ramp to get onto the platform,” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President for Global Alliances and Business Development for Blackberry. “Our users deserve to have great content. If that is the fastest way we can get some of that content, that’s great.”

Blackberry has been going all out to woo developers into writing codes for Blackberry apps. This included a $10k guarantee to developers to convince them they will have enough returns in this venture. “Overall we’re excited by what we are seeing in the marketplace,” Mallick said. “We have a high level of confidence we will continue to see more of the application partners come on board.”

However, not all seem to be convinced and among those who aren’t on BB10 yet include Netflix and Instagram . But most of the major apps are present, with companies like Amazon who devised a native Kindle app for the new Blackberry OS.

Right now, it’s only the Z10 smartphone that runs the BB10 operating system, though there obviously are a few more in the pipeline due to launch later in the year. Then there also is a new PlayBook tablet that is also rumored to be in development.

Blackberry 10’s 100,000 Apps Includes 20k with Android Origin

Top Tablet News – November 30th, 2012

Top Tablet News – November 30th, 2012

Microsoft Surface Pro pricing revealed

This can be considered the biggest news of the day, though it evoked the least enthusiasm. The 64 GB version of Surface Pro with an Intel inside and running the full blown Windows 8 version is $899. The top of the line model carries 128 GB of internal memory and comes for $100 more at $999. The Surface touch and type keypad cover will cost another $120. Both the Surface versions include Microsoft’s proprietary stylus, the Surface Pen based on Palm Block technology, and will reach stores January 2013.

Also, if the high price tag alone is not enough, there are reports from official Microsoft sources of the Surface Pro having half the battery life as the Surface RT . This gives it only four hours of stamina for the Pro in spite of it being endowed with a larger battery pack. The Surface Pro comes with a 42.5Wh battery against the RT’s 31.5Wh, but is having to support a hungrier processor and more pixels.

The Surface Pro shares the same appearance as its RT cousin, though the hardware is very different. An Intel Core i5 processor with integrated graphics brings everything to life for the Pro. The 10.6 inch display is lit up by 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, which is quite a few pixels more than what the Surface RT has. The Surface Pro also comes with a a full size USB 3.0 port, as well as a Mini DisplayPort that is capable of outputting to an external display of up to 2560 x 1440 pixels.

What remains to be seen is whether the Surface Pro manages to evoke mass appeal with its heavy price. Clearly, Microsoft is targeting the notebook/ultrabook segment with the Surface Pro and not the tablet segment alone. The Surface Pro can best be seen as a replacement for traditional computing models. Maybe Microsoft, or any of its hardware partners, will think it over and develop a device that can fit in the entry level tablet segment. Until that happens, the Surface Pro will only be a niche product.

Microsoft cuts Surface RT orders by half

Microsoft is reported to have halved its orders for the Surface RT citing weak demand, claimed Digitimes sources. The Surface RT opened to a huge demand and the device was impressive with its build quality and the huge potential. However, with an app store that is yet to mature and the fact that the tablet lacks compatibility with proprietary windows apps, the Surface RT didn’t stand much of a chance. The device is also not competitively priced, making it unpopular against the host of recent tablets, such as the iPad Mini, iPad 4, or the Nexus 10 . Sources with Digitimes claim Microsoft has revised its sales target for the Surface RT to 2 million units by end 2012, down from the 4 million it had estimated earlier.

Microsoft hasn’t commented on this as yet.

Lenovo tablet makes it to FCC

A mysterious tablet device from Lenovo has been spotted at the FCC site, which has raised a few eyebrows. FCC documents are notorious for revealing a lot about the devices it processes and the only fact that has emerged about the Lenovo device is that it is 802.11n Wi-Fi capable. A few USB ports were seen, and it seems to be Windows 8 based.

Aocos PX102 bring Transformer style computing for just $200

Asus may have pioneered the concept of detachable kayboard with a battery of its own, though the concept was quickly replicated by a host of other manufacturers in their own hardware. None has been as cheap as $200, however, which is what a Chinese company Aocos is asking for its PX102 tablet .

Packing in a 1.6 GHz Rockchip  RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Mali-400 graphics, the tablet comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. Also, contrary to what its price might suggest, the PX102 is actually a 10.1 inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display. The tablet is just 0.4 inches thick and runs Android 4.1 . The PX102 is also wi-fi and Bluetooth capable and has a HDMI slot. Of course there is the tablet cover that also acts as a keyboard, though it’s not clear if the battery management calls for powering up the entire device as a whole or the tablet and keypad portion separately. Both the tablet and keyboard have separate battery units installed.

Top Tablet News – November 30th, 2012