We heard rumors before and during CES that ASUS would begin shipping a new sub $150 class Android tablet, and it seems that the rumors were true. The MeMO Pad is a direct competitor with Google's Nexus 7, which by the way, is manufactured by ASUS.
The MeMO Pad is a 7-inch 1024x600, 170 pixels per inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly bean. At the MeMO's core is a VIA WM8950 A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM and a Mali-400 GPU. The tablet features a 10 point multi-touch digitizer, and a Micro SD slot that supports up to 32GB SDHC cards.
With a 140-degree viewing angle, the Nexus 7's IPS display greatly outshines the MeMO however. 802.11 N, 720p, 30FPS front facing camera, and a 4270mAh Li-Po battery round off the 7" tablets features. The MeMo is finished with a rubberized coating and is available in three colors including white, grey and pink. The MeMO is expected to ship in April at a price point of $150.
Huawei used the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 last week in Vegas to unveil two new smartphones, but it looks like we're going to see the same strong presence and unveiling of new devices at Mobile World Congress next month.
The news comes from Huawei's Consumer Business Group's head, Richard Yu. Yu wouldn't go into details of course, but he's quoted as saying "Huawei will be launching two new products at MWC that are more innovative than these phones." The phones he is referring to are the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate. Considering the Ascend D2 sports a 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display and the Ascend Mate sports a huge 6.1-inch device, this should excite most.
What innovative smartphones could we expect from Huawei? Something thinner? Something much faster? Something that has a little of both? We only have a few weeks left until we find out, and we should be bringing you this news live from MWC 2013 itself.
CES 2013 - FinderCodes, a new startup that has partnered with AT&T, uses QR codes to facilitate the returning of lost devices. Stickers or other tags can be attached to devices, key rings, luggage, or really anything that can be lost. If a device is found, the QR code can be scanned or the code entered on a website. The video below explains the returning process:
It's pretty cool and seems like it could be something that really catches on. They currently have about 2000 tags registered and some devices have already been returned using the service. FinderCodes has partnered with both AT&T and FedEx, so the company should be around for a while.
Windows RT-based tablets aren't quite making the splash that Microsoft wanted, with a big player already pulling out of the US market. South Korean electronics giant Samsung have confirmed to CNET that their ATIV Tab will not be sold, nor distributed throughout the United States.
Samsung's decision comes from feedback from retail partners which have suggested that a Windows RT-based device in the US wouldn't be successful to launch from Samsung. The South Korean company have also said that the lack of education about Windows RT is a factor, and that it would be too much of an investment to inform customers of the differences between Windows RT and Windows 8.
Samsung will now wait and see how to tackle the Windows RT market, where they'll watch it from a distance and see how it develops.
CES 2013 - Google's Nexus 7 which is manufactured by ASUS is finally getting a docking station after six months of dock-less misery. It looks like the dock, which was unveiled this week at CES, will begin shipping in roughly two weeks and will be set at a price point of just $39.99 in the US.
That price seems very reasonable when you compare it to the UK MSRP of 79 pounds (approx. $126) which is only $70 cheaper than the tablet itself. The dock is already showing up on NY City retailer B&H's website, and it should pop up on retailer's sites nationwide shortly.
The dock includes a mini USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, and not much else. The dock still allows your tablet to charge and reports that the tablet's on-board speakers sound just fine while on the dock. ASUS isn't saying why this dock took so long to bring to market since other Nexus 7 accessories have been out for months, not that it matters much anyway now.
CES 2013 - Samsung has shown off a revamped Galaxy S II at CES and is targeting the budget minded smartphone user. The Galaxy S II Plus is essentially a Galaxy S II that is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Sporting a 4.3-inch 480x800 screen, 1.2GHz dual core processor, 2 megapixel and 8 megapixel front and rear camera respectively, the S II Plus is still a very viable smartphone. It also features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage that can be augmented via SD card.
Samsung has not released pricing info as of this posting, but given its mid-range specs, it should prove to be very affordable. There is no word yet either on when existing Galaxy S II's will get the Android 4.1 upgrade.
CES 2013 - Antec Mobile Products (a.m.p) debuted the PowerUp line of products at CES 2013. These on-the-go cell phone chargers are rechargeable batteries that can charge a wide variety of mobile products. Really anything that charges through USB is supported. A cool feature is that the battery itself charges off of mini USB, so the same charger can then be flipped around to charge your device.
The PowerUp battery packs are available in three sizes: 2,200mAh, 3,000mAh, and 6,000mAh. a.m.p also has the Hub Charge product, which features four USB ports.
CES 2013 - We've heard about Samsung's flexible OLED displays before, but it looks like CES 2013 was the time to show them off. The Verge have had some hands-on time with the flexible device, which is a "nameless prototype".
The screen on this nameless prototype curves at the rear edge of the device, with The Verge reporting that Samsung don't quite know what to do with the extra screen real estate. The current prototype shows landscape-oriented notifications along its edge. This would allow users to read text messages, stock tickers and other notifications from the side of the device, even if the phone is covered up by a case.
Specifications were light on the device, but the screen size should be around 5 inches with a resolution of "about" 720p. Samsung told The Verge that the device they were playing with wasn't in fact a phone as it was missing a radio, operating system, camera and most other required features to make it a phone.
CES 2013 - Every time I think of the brand Polaroid, I think back to the Black Eyed Peas' song "Hey Ya!" and the lyrics "shake it like a Polaroid picture", but here we are at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas and Polaroid have some great news.
They've announced that they're releasing two new slates to compete with Google's Nexus devices. We're looking at the company releasing two new tablets which will be 7- and 10-inch, both sporting 1280x800-pixel IPS-based displays, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, microSD card slot for expandable storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The 7-inch Polaroid M7 tablet will sport a dual-core processor and 8GB of internal storage whilst its bigger brother the M10 will bust out the moves with a quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, HDMI and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. We haven't even gotten to the best bit yet, pricing.
Owners of the Kindle Touch may have been envious of the Kindle Paperwhite since it's release, but a software update just released may ease their minds a little bit. The update brings Paperwhite features to the older device.
A revamped user interface, enhanced parental controls, cloud storage, book cover view in library and store, and graphic novel support top the major features included in the update. Whispersync for Voice is also included which lets users swap between reading a Kindle book and an audible audio book without losing their place.
Another notable features is Amazon's Time To Read feature, which tells users how long it will take them to finish the book based on their pace. The software is available from Amazon now with an over-the-air update coming shortly.
CES 2013 - T-Mobile, during its CES 2013 press conference, has announced that starting today a new contract-free, unlimited data plan will be available to customers for just $70 a month. The plan includes unlimited voice, unlimited data and unlimited messaging.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere said: "As the 'Uncarrier,' we're doing the unthinkable. We're directly confronting the frustrations of American consumers fed up with the cost, complexity and congested networks of our competitors. Our Unlimited 4G Data plan means 4G speeds, no caps and no overages on a smoking-fast, nationwide, 4G network. What this means is simply that T-Mobile customers are going to be able to enjoy everything a 4G smartphone is actually designed to do without limits and without a term contract."
The company is offering am un-subsidized LG Optimus L9 alongside the new plan for just $199. I really think that this is a step in the right direction. Removing the phone subsidies, and freeing customers from multiple year commitments just seems like a better business model than we have been forced to conform to over the years.
CES 2013 - Lenovo's new K900, just announced today, is the company's new flagship device and will be coming to China in April, and subsequently to other markets. It features a 5.5-inch IPS panel pumping out full HD resolution and is powered by an Intel Atom processor.
"With the K900, our team has broken down the key functions of the smartphone and redesigned them from the ground up," said Liu Jun, president, Mobile Internet Digital Home, and senior vice president, Lenovo. "Rather than focus on specifications that look good on a datasheet, we've zeroed in on what consumers want and proved that for smartphone users, top performance doesn't require a thick profile. The K900 is a game-changer that looks as good as it performs."
The thing weighs in at 162 grams, or 5.7 ounces, and stacks up at a mere 6.9mm. The camera is a 13MP Sony Exmor BSI sensor on the rear. Pricing for the device will be announced closer to the April launch.
CES 2013 - Panasonic have used the Consumer Electronics Show over in Las Vegas to announce that they're expanding their Toughpad range of tablets. If you're not familiar with the Panasonic Toughpad range of tablets, they're the enterprise-grade tablets from Panasonic - the expansion includes the Toughpad FZ-G1 which is a 10-inch tablet rocking Windows 8 Pro, and the second in line is the Toughpad JT-B1, which is an Android-based 7-inch tablet. Both tablets are available now.
The Windows 8-based Toughpad FZ-G1 has some impressive specs:
- Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
- Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3437U vPro 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
- Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
- Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4' drop, IP65, 14F to 122F (operational temp range)
- Display: 10.1", sunlight viewable, touch screen and active digitizer, 800nit, WUXGA (1920x1200)
- Battery: 8.0 hours (user-replaceable)
- Dimensions: 10.6" x 7.4" x 0.75"
- Weight: 2.43lbs
- Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE or 3G
- I/O: Full size USB 3.0, HDMI, optional micro SDXC, Full size USB 2.0, wired LAN, true serial port or dedicated GPS.
CES 2013 - One of the cooler things unveiled at CES 2013 was NVIDIA's cloud-based Grid. Grid is capable of doing all of the hard work, rendering and all that jazz, for games and then pushing it out to compatible H.264-based devices. Android Central have gone hands-on and taken a look at a demo run on an HTC One X smartphone.
As you can see from the video above - we're watching damn Borderlands 2 being run on a smartphone - incredible. Any device that supports H.264 decoding is Grid-capable. Latency has been reduced on NVIDIA's side, with the video showing off some cool zooming-in abilities without any huge lag - a great feat considering this isn't running on the phone, it's being rendered off-phone, and streamed to the phone.
NVIDIA are looking at a business-to-business model, where they'll work with Verizon and others to provide this to consumers.
The Wall Street Journal are reporting that Apple currently have plans to release a cheaper version of the iPhone sometime later this year. As usual, it's according to people briefed on the matter who have said "the cheaper phone could resemble the standard iPhone, with a different, less-expensive body."
WSJ does back up their huge rumor with "Apple could decide not to move forward with the device". I don't think we'll see a "cheaper iPhone", maybe an iPhone mini or a larger device pushing the current- or next-gen iPhone down in price. A cheaper-made iPhone? Wouldn't that take away all of the credit Apple have built over the years for making the best-made smartphones in the world?
I think we should see the current iPhone become $299 to compete with the incredible Nexus 4 at the same price - and then have Apple introduce the iPhone XL at 5 inches. Yes, that's what should happen.
CES 2013 - Gigabyte had a suite full of notebooks and tablets and the really cool one out of the group was the S1185. This tablet features a full 17 watt Core i5 processor, combined with a full HD IPS display. It comes with a smattering of ports and around five hours of battery life.
The really cool and unique feature that I haven't seen on any other tablets is the inclusion of a mouse-like touch sensor that works much the same way as the nubs in the middle of the keyboard. It also features two mouse buttons on the other side to allow for a nearly full mouse experience while not using the keyboard dock.
Speaking of the keyboard dock, the tablet has a dock that features both a keyboard and a touchpad, in case you need that precision that only comes from using a mouse. Really, the system is nearly a convertible notebook more than a tablet, though it will be just a tablet if that's what you want.
The release of the device is still a couple of months in the future, but should be quite the device when it launches.
CES 2013 - Panasonic has announced a 20-inch tablet with 4k resolution that is targeted towards business. The announcement came at the company's keynote.
The Windows 8 based tablet is said to be designed for professionals such as architects and graphic designers who need a higher resolution screen to create and show off their work.
With 720p and 1080p being the norm for tablets, a 4k resolution would have 4 times the pixels of a 1080p screen. We want to know what you think of a 20 inch tablet offering. Would you use it, or would it become a cumbersome, novelty that you do not use much because of its size? Let us know in the comments.
CES 2013 - Acer have confirmed the rumors that they were working on a 7-inch tablet that would be priced at around $99 - but it won't quite reach that sub-$100 price point unfortunately.
The tablet in question is the unreleased 7-inch Acer Iconia B1-A71, which will debut at "less than $150". We should expect a $149.99 price tag, which would make sense, as it's still "under $150". It will sport Android Jelly Bean as its mobile OS and the company describers the tablet as "the most premium experience at its price point".
Acer have confirmed some of the rumored specifications - and it does not look too bad at all - I'm loving the idea of microSD expansion for a sub-$150 tablet, nice work Acer!
- Android Jelly Bean operating system
- Mediatek dual-core 1.2GHz processor (MTK 8317T)
- 7-inch WSVGA capacitive multitouch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution display
- 8GB of internal storage, 512MB DDR3 memory
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth wireless technology 4.0 GPS
- 3.5mm headset/headphone/microphone jack
- MicroSD expansion slot with up to 32GB support
- Front-facing 0.3-megapixel webcam
- Rechargeable 2,710 mAh battery
- Micro-USB (charging and PC connect) with USB 2.0
- Dimensions: 197.4 mm x 128.5 mm x 11.3 mm
- Weight: 320 g
CES 2013 - ASUS have unveiled Qube, their Google TV-powered device which comes in the shape of a cube - how would you have guessed? Qube sports a Marvell Armada 1500 chipset, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.
Connectivity wise, we're looking at HDMI-in, HDMI-out, two USB ports, Ethernet and IR-out. It comes with its own remote control - shock - and sports the usual buttons on the front side of it, with a full QWERTY keyboard on the back. Voice command is on offer here, which makes the most out of Google TV 3.0.
If you don't want to use the remote control, you can download the app onto your ASUS-made Nexus 7, or any Android device in order to get the same functionality. Finally, we're seeing some out-of-the-box thinking here. ASUS should launch the Qube in the US sometime in March for around $150.
CES 2013 - We've been hearing rumors for a while, but now is the time for Huawei to officially take wraps off of two of their new smartphones. The first of which looks like a Samsung Galaxy Note II competitor, which is the Ascend Mate.
Huawei's Ascend Mate sports a 6.1-inch screen and is being pushed as the ultimate all-in-one device, with a screen that is large, yet still portable. Huawei are pushing that it will replace a notebook, phone and camera with one great device.
Huawei's second announcement was the Ascend D2 which sports a 5-inch 443ppi display. A 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is on offer here, with a huge 3000mAh battery which reportedly offers up to two days battery life - now that is a kick ass feature right there!
Vizio announced their answer to Google's Nexus 7 challenge, a 7 inch Android tablet is basically spec for spec a Nexus 7. Packaged in a case roughly the size of a Amazon Kindle e-reader, the new tablet from Vizio packs a nice punch.
Featuring a Tegra 3 processor, 1280x800 IPS display, 16GB of on-board storage, 1.2mp front facing camera and running stock Android Jellybean, the tablet looks to be serious competition to Google's Nexus 7.
"Most people use the 7 inch devices for reading, which is why the company designed the tablet for mostly portrait orientation use." Vizio's head of design, Scott McManigal said in an interview. The Tablet will arrive sometime in the first half of the year with no word on pricing yet.