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Verizon 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 To Be Available From July 28

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the company’s third tablet device and the successor of the original Galaxy Tab. This device was originally launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona, but after the launch of Apple iPad 2, Samsung went ahead and completely redesigned the device. Samsung finally launched the re-designed Galaxy Tab 10.1 at CTIA show. To avoid confusion, Samsung renamed the old Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Galaxy Tab 10.1v. This device is already available in US, but Verizon recently announced the availability of 4G LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusively for its customers.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1 inch WXGA display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Dual Core application processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Gyroscope, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Quickoffice HD Editor, Stereo Speaker, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, Samsung TouchWiz UX, Samsung Mini Apps Tray and a 6800 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE will be available from July 28 in either Metallic Gray or Glossy White color. This tablet will be available for $529.99 with a 2 year service agreement for the 16 GB version and $629.99 for the 32 GB version. You can also purchase the 16GB Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from July 28 for $499.99. The Wi-Fi-only model will be available in Metallic Grey.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets The Android 2.3 Update In The UK

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Samsung Galaxy Tab is the company’s first tablet device. It was launched during the Q4 of 2011. Samsung has already managed to sell more than 2 million units of this device in just 4 months. This tablet originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Samsung has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update in most of the countries, but Galaxy Tab users in the UK were left behind. Now, Samsung Galaxy Tab owners in the UK has finally started receiving the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update.

Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 4000mAH battery.

Sadly, the Android 2.3 update is not available via. Over-The-Air (OTA). You will need to manually update the device by connecting it to your computer and then using the Samsung Kies desktop software. Samsung has not released an official statement or complete changelog of this update. If you have faced any issues while installing the update, then let us know in the comments below.

Wi-Fi Ready For 45 Mile Range With Lower Power Consumption

Guys at On-Ramp Wireless have managed to invent a new way to transmit Wi-Fi signals that can now reach a 45 mile range with even lower power consumption.

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Wi-Fi signal starts getting distorted  with increase in distance. After 1/20th of a mile the signal gets so distorted due to the noise that it becomes unusable.     On-Ramp Wireless has invented a transmitter (pictured above) that transmits Wi-Fi signals at the same frequency but in such a way that it is more resistant to noise so it can propagate through the noisy environment over a 45 mile distance.

Besides that, it also manages to consume lesser energy. It does this by facilitating fewer smart grid access points due to the fact that traditional access points don’t transmit nearly as far and so more access points are needed so that more access points are closer to buildings with smart meters. If this manages to make into main stream, we will be able to connect wirelessly   with Wi-Fi enabled devices for 45 mile distance without having to use the Internet.

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iriver Story HD Launched: The First Google eBook Reader

iriver Story HDWhile Amazon plans to launch an Android tablet by the end of this year, Google has already announced the launch of an eBook reader by iriver. The iriver Story HD will be the first eBook reader powered solely by Google eBooks and will offer access to more than 3 million e-books hosted by Google.

While Google eBooks offers support for multiple platforms, this is the first eBook reader which offers direct integration with Google eBooks platform. It will retail for $139.99, at exactly the same price point as the Kindle Wi-Fi. Which is why I think it won’t make much of an impact, considering we already have very good options in the form of the Kindle, the new Nook and the Nook Color.

The iriver Story HD comes with a 6 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel XGA e-ink display and is powered by a Cortex A8 processor. It has 2 GB internal storage, and comes with an SD card slot and Wi-Fi support. It is similar to the Amazon Kindle in terms of design and form factor and offers 3 weeks of battery life. It will be available starting July 17 at Target stores.

Apple and Amazon Expect to Sell Most Tablets in Q3 2011

Apple iPadSo the third quarter of 2011 has already started, and it seems that the folks at Digitimes have gotten their hands on some really interesting data. In a post today, they have posted a list of the supply volume of tablets by all major manufacturers. Since most of the tablets are now manufactured in Taiwan and China, this could be quite an accurate indicator of the total tablet production by these companies.

According to the list, Apple, obviously, is the most optimistic about its tablet – the iPad. It has ordered close to 14-15 million iPad units from its hardware partners. The total orders are close to 22 million, so iPad production volumes will be close to 65-70% of the entire tablet market.

After Apple, the second largest order for tablets was given by Amazon. As we already know, rumors are that Amazon is planning to launch its own Android powered tablet by August 2011. Following the success of the Kindle, they seem to be quite optimistic about their tablet prospects. They have ordered close to 1.2 million units from their supply partners.

Every other Android tablet manufacturer, including Acer, Asus and Samsung has ordered between 750,000 and 900,000 units. HP and RIM have also ordered around the same number of their tablets – the TouchPad and the Playbook.

HTC, Motorola and Dell don’t seem very optimistic about the sales of their tablets. They have ordered less than 400,000 tablets each.

I was expecting Samsung to order much more, considering that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently the best Android Honeycomb tablet around. If Amazon can replicate the success of the Kindle in the tablet space, which seems very likely, it will have a much larger order in the next quarter.

Sony S1 and S2 Tablet Captured on Images and Video

Sony announced the new Sony S1 and S2 tablets powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb back in April, but we hadn’t seen any actual images of those devices. Today, thanks to Notebook Italia, we have some close up shots of both the tablets – the Sony S1 and S2.

As we had posted earlier, the Sony S1 sports a very stylish curved design and comes with a 9.4 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset.

The Sony S2 comes with a dual display, like the Kyocera Echo, each measuring 5.5 inches. It has a resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels. Both the tablets are Playstation certified and will support all the new Playstation titles.

I don’t quite like the Sony S2, but the Sony S1 is very appealing. Anyway, here are some of the images of the Sony S1 and Sony S2 Android tablets:

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And here’s the video of the Sony S1 and S2.

Motorola Launches The Xoom Android Honeycomb Tablet In India

Motorola finally launched its Android powered Motorola Xoom tablet in India. This device was announced at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas and it was later showcased at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. Motorola Xoom is the first tablet, which runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Motorola is selling both the Wi-Fi only version as well as the Wi-Fi + 3G version of this tablet in India.

Motorola XOOM is redefining the tablet experience by pre-empting the future mobile experience today,said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head for Sales and Operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility. Designed from the ground up with the user in mind, it offers productivity while on the go and, provides more ways to have fun and connect with friends. Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie as it was intended or video-chatting with friends, Motorola XOOM will delight customers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics. Motorola XOOM is everything that a tablet should be!

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi comes with a price tag of Rs.34,490, while the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G is available for Rs.41,490. The Best Buy prices of Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G are Rs.32,990 and Rs.39,990 respectively.

Currently, 5 major tablets are officially available in India – Apple iPad 2, HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook and Acer Iconia Tab A500. Which tablet you are planning to buy? Let us know in the comments below.

HTC Flyer Launched In India For Rs.39,890

HTC recently launched its much-awaited tablet, the HTC Flyer in India. This device was already available for pre-order at Flipkart, but today, the company officially launched the tablet in India. HTC Flyer was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. After waiting for nearly 4 months, the tablet is finally available for purchase in India.

HTC Flyer runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System instead of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, which is specially designed for tablet devices. But the company is expected to roll out the Android Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer, shortly after launch.

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HTC believes that many people are progressing beyond a single wireless device paradigm into an era where some will own multiple wireless devices that serve their different needs,said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager, HTC India. We saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive, and are extremely excited to introduce the HTC Flyer in the Indian market.

HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS), HTC Sense UI, 1.5 GHz Processor, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours video playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

The HTC Flyer is the first tablet to premiere HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service, offering more than 600 premium movies and TV shows from major studios. HTC Flyer comes with a MOP (Market Operating Price) of Rs.39,890. You can easily purchase this device from any of the authorized HTC resellers across the country.

Apple MacBook Air Getting a Refresh Soon ?

According to a new  rumor  from DigiTimes, MacBook Air’s production will run in full gearbeginning in July. If true, this report suggests that new MacBook Air could be launched after the release, or more likely alongside with the release of Mac OS X Lion, which is scheduled to be released this July.

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Digitime says, Apple is expected to take deliveries of over eight million MacBook Airs in the third quarter, nearly doubling from the previous quarter, the sources in the supply chain estimated. This is in line with a previous rumor from Taiwan’s Economic Daily newspaper that Apple will ship 380,000 new MacBook Air units within the next month.

Shipments of parts and components for MacBook lineups totaled an equivalent of 2.2-2.4 million MacBooks in June, and orders for July are likely to top 2.7-2.8 million units, said the sources, noting that the increase is in line with Apple’s previous strategy to ramp up deliveries prior to the launch of new products.

Last time Apple refreshed the MacBook Air range, they added a new size(11.6), upgraded processor to Core 2 Duo, and used SSD for storage. This time we are expecting Thunderbolt ports, either Core i5 or Core i7 chips, or maybe Intel’s new ULV processor. Few rumors suggesting option of a black color have also surfaced.

Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 Android 3.1 Honeycomb Tablets Unveiled

We told you about the $99 Archos Arnova 7 Android tablet yesterday, but it seems Archos isn’t done yet. Today, it announced two more tablets – the Archos 80 G9 and the Archos 101 G9.

Both these tablets will run Android 3.1 Honeycomb and come with a 1.5 GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, as well as a 250 GB hard drive by Seagate. The Archos 80 G9 will come with an 8 inch display, while the Archos 101 G9 will come with a 10.1 inch display. Unlike the Archos Arnova 7, both these tablets will come with access to Android Market.

The Archos 80 G9 will have a display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels while the Archos 101 G9 will sport a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Archos has priced both tablets very competitively, with the Archos 80 G9 priced at $279 and the Archos 101 G9 priced at $349. Both the tablets support 1080p video playback and will come with 3G support.

The only concern is the presence of an HDD instead of an SSD, which are much faster and consume much less battery. Both the tablets will be available for purchase by the end of September.

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Motorola Xoom Up For Pre-Order In India

Last week, Motorola announced its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom in India. This device was first showcased at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. The Motorola Xoom is the first tablet device to feature the Google’s Android Honeycomb Operating System, which is specially designed for tablet devices.

Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently taking the pre-orders for the Motorola Xoom tablet in India. You can pre-order the WiFi-only version as well as the WiFi + 3G version of the Motorola Xoom at Flipkart. This handset will compete with the recently launched BlackBerry Playbook and the Apple iPad 2 in India. If you are planning to get this tablet, then check out the specs of this device, after the break.

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

The WiFi-only version of the Motorola Xoom comes with a price tag of Rs.32,990. On the other hand, the WiFi + 3G version of this tablet is available for Rs.39,990. Motorola Xoom will be released during the 5th week of June. Check out the pre-order link below.

RIM Launches The BlackBerry PlayBook In India

Research in Motion (RIM) recently launched the much-awaited BlackBerry Playbook at an event in Mumbai, India. The BlackBerry PlayBook is the company’s first tablet device which was announced last year and it was showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. This device comes with a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and so on. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an incredibly powerful and innovative product in the growing tablet marketplace. It’s perfect for both large organizations and individuals, and it gives users an unmatched mobile experience. With the BlackBerry PlayBook, we are stepping into a new era of mobile computing and opening up new and even more exciting opportunities for developers and content publishers with support for Adobe Flash, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5,” said Frenny Bawa, managing director, Reasearch In Motion (RIM) India.

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BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording and so on.

Other features include HDMI video output, 1 GB RAM, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

Blackberry Playbook comes with a price tag of Rs.27,990 for the 16 GB version, Rs.32,990 for the 32 GB version and Rs.37,990 for the 64 GB version. Are you planning to buy this device? Or waiting for the launch of HTC Flyer and Motorola Xoom? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Amazon to Launch Android Tablet in August 2011

Digitimes, the premier source for all news about the rumored Amazon Android tablet, is back with another interesting piece of news.

Apparently, Amazon is working to time the launch of its Android tablet around the peak sales period before Thanksgiving in the US and year-end holidays in the US and Europe.

It will launch its Android tablet in August or September, and is estimating sales of about 4 million tablets globally in 2011, which seems to be quite a realistic estimate.

The Amazon Android tablet will be powered by processors by Texas Instruments, touch panels by Wintek, and LCD driver ICs by ILI. The tablets will be assembled by Quanta Computer.

Amazon will provide movie streaming services to its tablet users via the Amazon Prime program.

The Amazon Kindle has been a bestseller, but Amazon needs to launch a tablet soon, in order to prevent B&N from further capturing the ebook market with devices like the Nook Color. Amazon is in a very good position currently, to launch a viable competitor to the Apple iPad.

Archos Arnova 7: The $99 Android Tablet

The homepage for the Archos Arnova 7, a 7 inch Android tablet priced at just $99 has gone live. Details of the Archos Arnove 7 were first revealed through its FCC filing, but now we have some more scoop on the cheapest Android tablet.

The Archos Arnova 7 comes with a 7 inch resistive touchscreen display and has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It supports 720p video playback and comes with USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity.

It also has 4 GB internal storage, but we don’t know much about the processor or RAM. It will come with Android 2.2 Froyo, and I expect the developer support to be quite low, so don’t expect any unofficial ROM upgrades.

It won’t support the Android Market, but comes with AppsLib store support. At this price point, it is one of the cheapest Android tablets, and seems to be well worth the money.

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HP TouchPad Pre-Orders Open; 16GB for $499, 32GB for $599, Ships July 1st

The much awaited tablet HP TouchPad is now available for pre-orders on the official HP site and several retailers including Amazon and BestBuy. The tablet runs on WebOS 3.0 and will sport a 9.7 inch display and a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 Ghz processor. (HP TouchPad Specs)

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The pricing for the HP TouchPad 16GB in UK is £399 (~$643) and for the 32GB TouchPad is £479 (~$773). In the United States the tablet pricing is $499.99 for the 16GB version and $599.99 for the 32GB version. The pricing of the device looks on par with other tablet devices available in the market.

HP is betting big in the tablet market with their WebOS 3.0 platform and had also said that they would be manufacturing PCs and Laptops which will run the software. The launch of the TouchPad in July should give them an idea on how consumers react to it. It will also be pitting WebOS 3.0 against Apple’s iOS which runs and and Google’s which powers several tablets including the and 10.1.

So if you are looking forward to get your hands on the HP TouchPad, you can pre-order the HP TouchPad tablet for US from Amazon or directly pre-order it for UK from here.