RIM PlayBook Will Get BlackBerry 10 OS, Dolphin Browser Arrives on the RIM Tablet

RIM PlayBook Will Get BlackBerry 10 OS, Dolphin Browser Arrives on the RIM Tablet

RIM has said it will make the BlackBerry 10 OS available for the PlayBook tablet , though that will happen only after the OS is already up and running on the new range of BlackBerry smartphones. The new crop of BlackBerry smartphones are set to arrive towards the end of 2012. Also, this will mark a shift in strategy on part of RIM, which had been following the path of having in place separate operating systems for its smartphones and tablet PCs . With this, RIM will soon make it to the exclusive club comprised of Apple and Android, both having the same OS version for both their smartphone and tablet devices. The BlackBerry 10 OS is based on the QNX platform, which is already the base of the PlayBook OS .

RIM has also stated it will provide the OS version to PlayBook via an update after the same is first launched in its smartphones. This again will set it apart from Apple and Google, which update their respective operating systems simultaneously. RIM has just made available PlayBook OS 2.0 for its tablet device, leading to greater acceptance of the tablet that has rarely seen good sales ever since it was launched almost a year ago.

Meanwhile, in another development that should bring some parity with its iOS and Android counterparts, the PlayBook will now also play host to the Dolphin browser. The base version of the browser will be 7.2, which means users will be able to make the most of the Dolphin’s Webzine features as well as custom Gesture-enabled browsing on the PlayBook device.

via notebookreview

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RIM PlayBook Will Get BlackBerry 10 OS, Dolphin Browser Arrives on the RIM Tablet

AT&T to offer Pantech Element 4G tablet from Jan 8 for $300

AT&T to offer Pantech Element 4G tablet from Jan 8 for $300

Pantech is an electronics device making company that is not much heard of even though they do make products that are sturdy and stable. Their latest development is the Pantech Element and just as the name might suggest, the tablet is indeed capable of standing up to the elements (water — to be more specific), at least up to some extent. The tablet would be formally inducted into AT&T’s LTE tablet lineup from January 8 and has been priced $299 for a two year contract. If you don’t like being tied up to AT&T for that long, you can have the tablet outright for $499.99.

Specification wise, the Pantech Element packs in a 1.5 GHz dual core CPU at its core, 16 GB of internal storage, along with rear 5 megapixel and front 2 megapixel webcam, among others. Also, the Pantech Element runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb with an 8 inch sized display upfront.

However, while all of that is common stuff by now, Pantech has tried to stand out of the crowd by ensuring its tablet is actually waterproof, claiming its been accorded a waterproof rating of IP57. Technically, that should allow you to take the tablet to a maximum depth of 1 meters and still expect it to behave normally provided all ports are closed. Beyond that and abnormality might begin setting in though AT&T insiders claim its not as waterproof as it is being made out.

However, waterproof or no waterproof, the Pantech Element is still the cheapest 4G LTE offering from AT&T, with the others being Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the HTC Jetstream. Both are from more illustrous companies with equally illustrous price tags.

Also, twenty twelve might well be the year of 4G and we sure will come across a lot of 4G tablets this year. Keep watching!

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AT&T to offer Pantech Element 4G tablet from Jan 8 for $300

Lenovo LePad to go on sale end of March 2011

Lenovo LePad to go on sale end of March 2011

Remember the Lenovo LePad ? Well there has been a flurry of high profile tablet launches of late, so much its becoming tough to keep track of each of them. Plus there are many more waiting in the wings. Also, with increased competition, the rules become simple – its only the cutting edge that survives while those that has been promising yesterday might have it tough tomorrow. And as it has always been, its only the tough that survives.

Case in point, the LePad from Lenovo. Not too long ago it used to be one of the most eagerly awaited tablet concepts. But it runs the risk of being a case of too late too little. The LePad is still in the realm of Android 2.2 Froyo when everyone else has started to get used to Honeycomb. Behind the scenes, its going to be a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor while on top of it is a 10.1 inch display. The relatively affordable price tag $399 to $449 is a saving grace though.

Meanwhile, CEO of China’s biggest PC maker, Yang Yuanqing has confirmed the LePad will be in the market by this March itself, refuting rumors the Lenovo tablet might be in for some delay.

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Lenovo LePad to go on sale end of March 2011

ZTE SmartTab 10 hits FCC

ZTE SmartTab 10 hits FCC

Close on the heels of the ZTE Smart Tab 7 appearing on the FCC scene, the Chinese company has now made it to the premier certification authority another of its tablet creation — the Smart Tab 10. With this, what also becomes evident is the that both of these Android based tablets will soon be seen doing the rounds in the American market though any sort of official confirmation towards this will clear the air further. What also needs to be confirmed is whether these are copies of the Smart Tab from Vodafone that have been slated for the European market. External looks point out to s=just such a scenario.

As for the tablets specifications, the Smart Tabs are based on 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processors that work in conjugation with a 1 GB RAM. Internal memory stands at 16 GB. The display supports resolutions of 1280 x 800 pixels and comes equipped with both front and rear facing cameras. The device runs on the Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS . For connectivity the tablet has support for Wi-Fi as well as 3G though its not yet clear who would be the official telecom partner.

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ZTE SmartTab 10 hits FCC

Toshiba offers Folio 100 videos

Toshiba offers Folio 100 videos

Toshiba has come up with an array of videos that aims to highlight the various features of their next offering in the tablet segment – the Folio 100 tablet PC . And the timing couldn’t have been better what with rival companies upping the ante in the tablet scenario, which makes it the right time to offer a video insight of the Folio 100 and its various virtues.

The Folio 100 will also perhaps be the first serious tablet effort in the 10 inch segment running the Android operating system. The Samsung Galaxy Tab too runs the Android, but what makes the Folio 100 special is that its in the bigger 10 inch category, which pitches it slam bang in the hot iPad segment. However, the Folio 100 shares a similarity with the Galaxy Tab in that both the tablet devices run the latest Android 2.2 Froyo version of the popular Google operating system.

But then, there is also no denying the fact that the Folio 100 is without an important lifeline. The Android Market will be out of bounds though Toshiba has made genuine effort to make that up by introducing its own apps. In fact there is in place the Toshiba Market that, as per Toshiba , can be an alternative to the famed Android MarketPlace.

The rest of the tablet specs too are impressive to say. Like its got 10.1 inch of capacitive touchscreen up front with a display resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels while on the other side of it lies a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. The tablet supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and is also compliant with the all important Adobe Flash 10.1, something that you need to have if you wish to enjoy a complete and unrestricted web experience.

The Folio 100 will also include the Opera web browser which will be in addition to the Android browser that comes by default. These apart, the tablet includes Fring as well that will make it possible for making voice and video calls.

Refers to the videos for a more in-dept look at the Folio 100.

Toshiba offers Folio 100 videos

Karuma launches PlayBase Tablet PC for Kids

Karuma launches PlayBase Tablet PC for Kids

With so much tablet action going on all around us, there has been very few so far that are targeted specifically for kids. Sure we have the Fisherprice ISL or the V.Tech V-Reader but they need expensive cartridges.  Now we hav ea kids device with an Android experience and kids worldwide can  thank Karuma for having come up with the PlayBase tablet that can let them just be themselves without the elders going crazy around them. What’s more, the PlayBase tablet sports some nice cool specs to show in a kid specific tablet while still sporting a decent price tag.

To begin with, its  a 1.2 GHz single core Rockchip RK2918 Cortex A8 that hums underneath a 7 inch capacitive multi-touch display having a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. Assisting the CPU will be a 1 GB DDR3 RAM while its a heavily customized version of Android Gingerbread that acts as the operating system. Also with that much of memory at disposal, an upgrade to Android Honeycomb or ICS is definitely in the cards in future.

Karuma is claiming a battery life of around 5 hours while the tablet will connect to the internet via Wi-Fi connection. The tablet also includes a front facing camera while on-board storage amounts to 8 GB. While that should be enough for kids, there also is a microSD card slot that can accommodate another 32 GB. Integrated stereo speakers as well as an accelerometer round off the spec sheet. Further, a silicon cover acts to protect the tablet from the innumerable bumps and shocks the tablet will be subjected to which also saves the screen from scratches and marks. The silicon cover also folds back to act as a kickstand.

All of the above will cost parents £170 or about $270 with the pre-order process kicking off from November 15th while deliveries start from the 1st of December.

“Low cost does not mean having to compromise on quality. The idea of kid-proofing PlayBase came from my personal experience (and many others!), with my 2-year-old nephew who broke my tablet’s screen, after dropping it on the ground,”said Ashley Sayed, Karuma managing director before also adding, “PlayCovers will offer extra grip for little hands and butter fingers and keep it safe from drops, knocks and bumps.”

Karuma launches PlayBase Tablet PC for Kids
Karuma reveals the world’s slimmest 7″ kid-proof tablet for £169

Singapore, 1 November 2011 – Singapore-based consumer product developer and manufacturer, Karuma, officially announces the launch of their upcoming, upgradable Android Tablet, PlayBase®, today.

Designed and engineered in Singapore, PlayBase® is a sleek, durable and tough tablet for adults, built with kids in mind. Weighing in at just 325grams and at a thickness of 9.7mm, you’ll want to slip it into your pocket and take it everywhere you go. It features a 7″ capacitive multi-touch display, formed metal rear covers as well as interfaces for micro USB and a headphone jack, all housed in a sleek, kid-friendly and lightweight design for ultra portability.

Powered by Android,PlayBase® is more than just a well-built, multimedia device. Specifically designed to address the growing demand for kid-friendly tablets, it emphasizes on style and value while providing the latest technology and exceptional features users want, at very attractive price point. “Low cost does not mean having to compromise on quality. The idea of kid-proofing PlayBase® came from my personal experience (and many others!), with my 2-year-old nephew who broke my tablet’s screen, after dropping it on the ground. PlayCovers will offer extra grip for little hands and butter fingers and keep it safe from drops, knocks and bumps”, says Ashley Sayed, Managing Director.

Its sleek, stylish Dura-Body® features 5 main attributes that distinguishes it from other Android devices:

PlayBase® PlayCover®
PlayBase® introduces its innovativePlayCover®, a shock-absorbent silicone cover that wraps around the device and prevents damage from drops* and protect against rain,spills, dirt, scratches and screen marks. When not in use, it serves as a stand to watch videos and browse the internet. This unique slip-resistant rubberized surface is comfortable to the touch and easy to hold. Best of all, it comes with a complete range of PlayBase® accessories to fit your personality and lifestyle!

Each PlayBase® unit comes together with its own PlayCover®.
*PlayCover® increase the drop test performance by up to five times when compared to similar 7″ tablets, meaning your device lasts longer than any other tablet on the market.

Upgradable firmware
With 1GB system RAM, users will be able to upgrade from the current OS to the latest Android releases, through our website, within the next few months.Combined with a powerful 1.2 GHz processor + 3D GPU, it promises to give you a smoother user interface and one of the best 3D gaming experiences ever.

Discover a whole new level in sound quality
When fitted with the PlayCover®, dual speakers deliver stereo audio to give improved bass and enhance your music, movie, video and gaming experience.

PlayBase® games
Pre-installed with our very own play-based learning game, it will be the first in a series of educational games that will challenge children and adults alike with its varying difficulty levels. New games and updates can be downloaded from our website, http://www.play-base.com. Follow us on Twitter (@Play_Base) for updates.

Intuitive User Interfaces
PlayBase® provides user-friendly control via the capacitive touch screen to tap into the growing Android developer community. Experience thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications,without compromising on portability.

Key features and specifications of the PlayBase® include:
7″ LCD, 800 x 600 resolution display, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch display
1.2 GHz single-core processor
Built-in Wi-Fi
8GB of NAND flash
Up to 32GB Micro SD card
Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback
RAM : 1G DDR3
Output: Micro USB, Earphones
Dimensions: 204mm ×122m × 9.7mm
Weight: 325g
Stereo speakers
Front-facing camera
Accelerometer
Up to 5 hours of battery life, 60 hours on standby

Pricing & Availability
PlayBase®will be available for pre-orders from 15 November 2011, through http://www.play-base.com, with units arriving early December, in time for Christmas. PlayBase® will retail at £169 and is available to buy online via http://www.play-base.com, Amazon and eBay from 1 December 2011.

For the latestPlayBase® ®news, please visit http://www.play-base.com and on Twitter @Play_Base. For video of PlayBase® in action, visit PlayBase® TV at: http://www.youtube.com/user/PlayBase TV

Karuma launches PlayBase Tablet PC for Kids

Verizon Motorola XOOM news

Verizon Motorola XOOM news

Meanwhile, there has emerged some more hard core evidence that seems to point out the earlier rumors of the XOOM’s Feb 24 launch date to be true after all. And the latest to testify the earlier rumor is this Best Buy ad which incidentally also lends some weight to another rumor – the price of the XOOM Android tablet . An earlier Verizon leak had pointed out the price to be around $800. Exorbitant it sure is but that seems to be the amount that one has to shell out to be the proud owner of the first Honeycomb tablet . There are some mention about the data plans as well. Like its going to cost $20 for a month of 1 GB data usage while the same will go up to $80 for 10 GB.

Also, there are some facts that has emerged, which as engadget points out is both “ominous and ridiculous.” The two adjectives owes its existence to this single line:

“To activate WiFi functionality on this device, a minimum of one month data subscription is required,”

which sort of acts as a veiled threat that one won’t have the Wi-Fi bit activated on the XOOM tablet if they do not opt for at least a month of Verizon’s data plans. It will be interesting to see what emerges on this later on as the launch date draws closer.

Verizon Motorola XOOM news