Archos, maker of well priced Android tablets is set to launch the first of its G9 tablet series before the end of this month in the U.S. - the Archos 80 G9 8GB. Costing $299 USD, the tablet uses Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and runs off a 1GHz OMAP 4 dual-core processor. It sports an 8-inch (1024 x 768) touchscreen and packs an 8GB SSD. Archos has said it will be available for preorder from the 20th of this month, and online availability is planned for the 30th.
Come October, another four models will enter the G9 series, all using 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processors. They include the :-
- Archos 80 G9 with a 16GB SSD - $329
- Archos 80 GB with a 250GB hard drive and a 4GB flash caching system - $369
- Archos 101 G9 with a 16GB SSD - $399
- Archos 101 G9 with a 250GB hard drive and a 4GB flash caching system - $469
ASUS have confirmed that they will release the slip 'n' slidin' Eee Pad Slider before the end of the month, at $479. The 10.1-inch slate sports a 1280x800 IPS Gorilla Glass touchscreen, whilst being powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC - identical to the awesome Eee Pad Transformer. The Slider has the hardware keyboard as shown in the picture below. Liliputing has had hands-on experience with the Slider and says that the Slider's keyboard is sufficient for productivity sessions, but it's not exactly ideal because its layout is more cramped than you'd find on a notebook or 10.1-inch netbook.
I'm guessing the Slider's keyboard (for me at least) would only be used for those quick e-mails, or messages. The touchscreen is just that, a touch screen. I find the Transformers screen and the use of SwiftKey X is amazing as it's a thumb-based keyboard. But the Slider with it's own slide-out keyboard is just another step into Awesome Town.
Another day, another iPhone 5 news bit. France Telecom CEO, Stephane Richard believes that the iPhone 5 will be unleashed on October 15. The remarks came during an interview with French reporters at a business conference earlier this week. Rumors have been flying left, right, centre and somehow, in 4D, but never from someone as high up as the CEO of a major telecommunications company. Richard has been quoted "If we believe what we have been told, the iPhone 5 will be released on October 15".
October 15 is a Saturday, which seems odd. But, the original Wi-Fi only iPad debuted on April 3, 2010 which was a Saturday. Could it be? The next-gen iPhone 5 could be in your hands within a month!
Apple have delayed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia from their lawsuits, but this hasn't stopped Kogan from importing it and selling it cheaper than the iPad 2. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that Kogan are selling is the US model, but say that the 3G will work fine in Australia. There's a delivery fee involved of course, but it is still cheaper than the iPad 2. Kogan includes a 12-month warranty and surprisingly, Kogan will pay for freight costs to the US and back if it ever requires repair.
Qualcomm have come out swinging with their roadmap for their Snapdragon range of mobile processors during their Innovation Qualcomm event in Istanbul. We should be expecting their next-gen chips to be available at an astonishing 2.5GHz. The roadmap (as seen in the pic below) shows that there will be four new Snapdragon classes. S1 class will be for the mass market with speeds of 1GHz and Adreno 200 graphics. S2 will be for high-performance smartphones and tablets based on a 45nm process with 1.4GHz processing speeds and an Adreno 205 GPU.
Next up we have the multi-tasking and advanced gaming devices which will have 1.5GHz dual-core chips slapped inside, with Adreno 220 graphics, 3D and 3G HSPA+. Finally, there's the next-generation devices which will get the S4 polish which includes a 28nm-based manufacturing process, up to 2.5GHz CPUs which will be made available in single, dual and quad-core configurations, dual or quad-core next-gen Adreno graphics and 3G/4G LTE networking.
Still sitting down, or are you on the floor in a puddle of drool? These new Snapdragon parts should be sent to manufacturers by years' end and consumer-based products should launch in early 2012. This means we might see some mobile phones at CES 2012 at the earliest, if not, possibly the Mobile World Congress shortly after. Excited?? I am!
This isn't the first time the Superman-named Kal-El tablet from NVIDIA has been seen, but it's the first time its been seen close up. NVIDIA just recently launched their Windows 8 developer program, in anticipation for the absolutely salvatingly beautiful Windows 8. Some interesting news did catch my eye though: NVIDIA expects to see significant battery life gains on Kal-El notebooks, as in days, not hours.
Yes, you read that right: days! Unfortunately, the tablet was not able to be tested... but I'm sure it won't be long until we see Kal-El.
And yet, no release date. ASUS's 10.1-inch hybrid tablet with a full QWERTY keyboard is now on Amazon for pre-order with pricing of $480 and $580 for the 16 and 32GB variants respectively. The ASUS Eee Pad Slider is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, sports Honeycomb 3.2, 1GB of RAM, mini-HDMI out, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.
In the meantime, Amazon has pulled the pages. But, the pic above shows it was there, so ner ner, Amazon.
Microsoft is prepping to show off a Windows 8-based, Intel-powered, Samsung-built tablet at the Microsoft conference this week with at least one of the tablets being shown will not only be distributed to some attendees, but will be built from Intel silicon. People were expecting a move to ARM-based processors, but Intel seems to have won that battle. ARM-based providers such as Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA all provide hardware for Motorola, Samsung and Sony tablets that are Android-powered.
It's not yet known if the Windows 8 tablets will be running ARM, but Intel is reported to be a go. ARM processors are generally favored for their power efficiency over Intel CPUs, but we should see a change in the wind coming in the form of next-gen Atom chips from Intel coming soon.
NVIDIA CEO, Jen Hsun Huang has said that there will be quad-core NVIDIA-powered tablets by years end and said that the Kal-El range of quad-core processors would be featured in upcoming tablets. Huang elaborated by saying: "We're the only people seriously on the dance floor with Qualcomm, we're really the only two active players (in the tablet PC marketspace)".
Huang also expects NVIDIA's revenue to grow as a result of their dominance in the tablet market, currently NVIDIA generate revenues of $2 billion and he says by 2015 that number should be at around $20 billion. NVIDIA's dominance is also shown in market share, with 50% of Android-based smartphones and 70% of Android-based tablets sporting NVIDIA chips.
Apple's next-gen iPad 3 is set to have a "massively upgraded" battery, but will cost Apple anywhere between 20 and 30% more per unit according to Cens.com. The new battery is reported to go into production early next year and has been designed to be both thinner and lighter with a longer service life than the current iPad 2. With the iPad 3 rumored to have a higher resolution screen, this would impact battery life. Apple would be smart to combat this with an upgraded battery.
The news site says:
Therefore, iPad 3 battery module will call for advanced technologies, selling for a higher price to benefit Simplo and Dynapack for sure, especially when the two companies have had their battery packs pass the IEEE 1625 test as the only two battery makers in Taiwan for the moment.
Riding on increasing sales of iPad 2, institutional investors noted, both Simplo and Dynapack will see their sales revenues for the third quarter of this year surge 10-15% from a quarter earlier. With iPad 3 battery packs said to be delivered starting in the fourth quarter, the two companies are likely to record new highs in revenues for the quarter.
While the wraps are still tightly sealed on the iPhone 5's complete official specs, many reports floating about combine to give a fair idea of what's on the cards with Apple's 5th gen smartphone.
There's still quite a bit of umm'ing and ahh'ing going on, but the folks over at Tech-Reviews help and draw a conclusion as to the most probable specs of the phone, basing their thoughts on the many reports and tid bits of info that have leaked in recent months.
As suspected for quite a while now, they believe the phone will use the new A5 dual-core CPU found in the iPad 2, a 3.7-inch display (but are hoping for a 4-inch using the latest Quantum Dot LED Technology), an 8MP camera, possibility (but not a probability) of 4G LTE support and NFC (Near field communication) Payment, a vaguely heard of, super convenient payment technology that simply requires the phone be waved in front of the counter in stores. They also acknolwedge reports that indicate Apple might be partnering with Paypal for NFC.
Of course, none of the above is confirmed and we're still waiting to get some real concrete info. But as the days tick on closer to launch, we'll no doubt start to see some more solid details emerge in advance.
Sony's upcoming Android-powered Tablet S is now available for pre-order, with shipping on September 16. The Tablet S sports an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, a 9.4-inch 1280x800 resolution display, a 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera, a paltry 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB storage and 1GB of RAM. It includes a Wi-Fi universal IR remote, Sony Entertainment Network with Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and games for PS certified devices.
Pricing isn't too bad, at $499.99 and pre-orders are available right now if you're interested. Hit up the source if you want to tap some of that Sony Tablet S.
KT, a Korean-based telecommunications provider has unveiled a concept smartphone that can morph into a gaming handheld, a tablet or even a laptop. Dubbed 'Spider Phone', the device can mimic the abilities of Motorola's Atrix or ASUS' Padfone. The device itself can connect to various accessories that expand its capabilities. There would be a laptop dock that adds a QWERTY keyboard, an extended battery, and USB ports for adding a mouse or an external hard drive, all whilst relying on the phone itself as a touchpad.
The tablet shell also includes its own battery, as well as featuring a 10.1-inch display while adding a few slate-friendly tweaks to the UI. Finally, the gaming dock is a simple cradle with a D-pad and buttons for those who want some serious Android gaming fun. The phone itself sports a dual-core Qualcomm processor clocked in at 1.5GHz, 16GB of internal memory, a 4.5-inch screen with a 1280x800 resolution, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with a KT UI overlay.
In somewhat quiet fashion Acer's subsidiary Gateway looks to have released its first 10-inch Android tablet this week, the TP Series A60 with it popping up on Canada's FutureShop for sale.
The unit is more or less a rebranding of Acer's Iconica Tab A500. It runs 3.1 (Honeycomb), weighs about 765 grams, is 1.3cm thick and uses a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen. Powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC (using two ARM cores @ 1GHz), it packs 1GB of RAM, 16GB of in-built storage, has an SDHC card slot, 5-megapixel rear facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, built-in GPS, a couple USB ports and a 6,520 mAh battery that is said to give it about 8 hours of operation.
A leaked Best Buy document shows that Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores are anticipating taking pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 5 as early as this week with the actual hardware rocking up in Best Buy stores as early as the first week of October! Sprint looks to be carrying the iPhone 5 at launch and Best Buy is quick off the mark to make note that Apple product introduction and launch dates are subject to change, but a pre-order date changing is pretty different from a new carrier getting a phone for the first time.
Excited, iPhone fans?
Amazon's upcoming Google Android-powered 7-inch tablet is reportedly called "Amazon Kindle," but differs from the other Kindles. The new Kindle is due for launch in November and at a very eye-opening price of just $250. Amazon's competitive price mixed with their large range of content could push the Kindle into the race against already established tablets like the iPad and GALAXY Tab.
Amazon are using an older Android 2.2 OS but have built things on top of it of course and have deeply integrated their services into the new tablet with a Kindle app for reading books, Amazon's Cloud Player for music, Amazon's Instant Video player for watching movies and Amazon's Android Appstore. The Kindle reportedly only has a single-core chip and 6GB of internal storage and the initial Kindel will be WiFi-only.
The biggest news is of course, the price. At $250 it is super competitive and should gain a fair amount of sales on price alone.
HTC have sure been quietly brilliant lately with the announcement of yet another Android-based smartphone. The new phone is called the Runnymede and will sport a decent set of specs including Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with Sense 3.5 on top, a 4.7-inch 800x480-pixel display, a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera (720p video, dual flash), a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, less than 10mm thick, DLNA and includes HTC's Beats headphones (note: note earphones).
Only a single-core processor? Just an 800x480-pixel resolution? Really? But then, we do have more details on the specs:
The camera, for instance, is said to feature a backlit sensor plus 28mm wide-angle lens and focal ratio of f/2.2 (compared to the iPhone 4's smaller f/2.8); in video mode, it can supposedly capture footage at 60 frames-per-second, more than twice that of the average handset. Obviously sound quality will also play a big role here, with Runnymede featuring SRS Surround, dual microphones, and even recognizing when it's plugged into the Beats headphones.
It was only a few days ago that I posted about the upcoming GALAXY Tab 7.7 that was shown off alongside the GALAXY Note smartphone at IFA. A Dusseldorf-based court has granted Apple's request to add the Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7 to the list of banned Samsung devices in Germany. The result? Samsung is forbidden from selling or marketing the GALAXY Tab 7.7 in Germany. Samsung spokesman James Chung said to Bloomberg, "Samsung respects the court's decision," and he went on to add that Apple's actions in this matter "severely limits consumer choice in Germany."
Apple needs to drop the sh*t, seriously. I'm sure most people would agree. Why don't they release new products, instead of suing anyone that releases something that even remotely resembles their iPad. They know their sales will go down eventually because of their lack of innovation and lack of products within the iPad range. Whereas Samsung have multiple sizes, multiple prices within those sizes, and are constantly releasing new products.
Grow up, Apple.
Following an interesting piece of news that went up on CNET a couple days ago regarding the supposed loss of an iPhone 5 prototype at a bar (dejà vu anyone?), the smell of a rat is starting to surface as an updated report on the situation (or should we say, a lack of one) from the San Francisco police department gives hint that the events described leading up to, and post loss never actually took place.
CNET reported that San Francisco police investigators, working with Apple personnel, had traced a recently lost iPhone 5 prototype to the home of a man in Bernal Heights, who denied possessing it or having any knowledge of it. The phone was never recovered.
There's just one problem: SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza says no records exist of any such activity by SFPD inspectors.
In knowing it's where much of the activity is of late, Cyberlink, makers of one of the most popular DVD and Blu-ray playback softwares of all time have acknowledged the massive uprising of Android powered devices, thus making efforts to produce "PowerDVD Mobile" which it has just now made available on the Android marketplace.
PowerDVD Mobile is an all-in-one media player suited to tablets running Android Honeycomb (3.x). With it you can create playlists, organize your media collection, stream media from a PC that also has PowerDVD installed, wirelessly save MP4 videos, photos and music from PowerDVD on the PC, and of course provide video, music and photo playback. There is also a function for one-click photo enhancement and slideshow creations.
MeeGo's future is looking a little grim at this time with little to no takeup from partners which has resulted in Intel apparently putting its in-house OS on hold well into 2012, if not eventually choosing to bomb it entirely.
With Nokia choosing to stick to variants of Symbian (Belle being a newly launched revision) and setting its sights ahead on Windows Phone (apart from the N9, the only phone Nokia chose to use MeeGo on), and most other smartphone and tablet makers opting for Android or WP7, it's become a case of 'can't beat 'em? Then join 'em' for Intel which Digitimes reports is looking to transfer efforts into Android and WP work.
However, with that said, Windows Phone raises a question in that it currently only runs on ARM processors; even more specifically, due to chassis guidelines from Microsoft around what WP7 partners are allowed to use, a Qualcomm Snapdragon.