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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.
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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.