Dell today launched its first convertible tablet, the Dell Inspiron Duo. It sports a unique flip-hinge design and it combines the simplicity of a tablet, the functionality of a full keyboard and the convenience of a dock. The touch screen display offers easy access to movies, TV shows, social-networking sites and more. The Inspiron Duo is loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium and a dual-core processor. Check out the complete specs below.
Dell is changing the shape of computing, with products that usher in new experiences and allow people to stay connected to each other and the content they love from almost anywhere,said Sam Burd, vice president, Dell Consumer, Small and Medium Business Product Group. The new Inspiron duo’s dual purpose delivers one-touch access to great content and yet offers the functionality of a full keyboard for more intensive applications. We’re excited to offer such an innovative and unique design to our customers.
Dell Inspiron Duo Specifications:
- 10.1-inch HD display with capacitive multi-touch and HD accelerator for smooth HD playback
- 1366 x 768 pixels resolution
- Windows 7 Home Premium installed
- 1.5GHz Intel AtomTM N550 dual core processor
- Dell duo Stage software
- Flips from touch to type
- Integrated 1.3MP Webcam and digital microphone
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- One headphone port
- 250GB, 5400 RPM and 320GB, 7200 RPM hard drive options
- 2GB RAM DIMM DDR3 800 MHz
- Optional Inspiron duo Audio Station dock with 7 in 1 card reader, JBL speakers
- Ethernet adapter
- Charges battery while displaying photos or digital alarm clock
- Colors: Foggy Night standard; optional Fastback Red, Marlin Blue
Dell Inspiron Duo comes with a price tag of $549 (without optional dock) and $649 with the optional dock. Inspiron Duo is currently available only in the US and it will be available from December 2 in the UK for £449 with a 250GB HDD, £499 with the optional dock and £479 with a 320GB HDD. If you are planning to buy this amazing device, head over to this page.
Google’s Chrome OS cloudoperating system may be close to release, but it’s slower to launch than previous rumors suggested. (see video: What is Chrome OS?)
We reported the rumors of November launches for a Chrome OS Tablet and Chrome OS Netbooks and Smartbooks. However, during the recent Web 2.0 Summit, all that Eric Schmidt (Google CEO) would say about it was the software is coming out in the next few months. Since that’s the case, Google has definitely missed the upcoming Christmas shopping and we won’t see Chrome OS until the beginning of 2011.
If you are curious, here’s the latest peek at the Chrome OS wallpaper and screensaver.
(Wallpaper: click to enlarge)
(Screensaver: click to see animation)
Naturally, these images could change any time before the actual release.
Some people believe that the delays in Chrome OS are due to Android being used in more and more devices. Some say that there isn’t a big demand for a cloud OS that depends entirely on web apps. For a good example of a cloud OS, see Jolicloud.
For those wanting a live preview, you can run this new OS from a USB stick by using the Chrome OS builds by Hexxeh.
A Korean newspaper The Korean Herald has reported that Samsung have managed to sell more than 600,000 Galaxy Tab worldwide. The newspaper reports that these numbers have been confirmed from the company itself. Earlier, analysts suggested that the sales of Galaxy Tab is pretty weak worldwide due to its high pricing.
However, the sales figure of the Tab sure has managed to beat the analysts’ prediction. According to the newspaper, the demand for the tablet is higher than its supply in many countries. In its home land Korea Samsung has managed to sell around 30,000 units since the Tab launched on November 14. At its current pace, the sales of Galaxy Tab will be able to meet Samsung’s expectation of 1 million units by the year end.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has to be the first tablet running Android 2.2 to have sold in such huge numbers. Even though not an iPad killer, the Galaxy Tab sure is a worthy competitor to the Apple iPad.
The Velocity Micro Cruz tablet which was first unveiled months back has finally hit the market. The Velocity Micro Cruz 7 inch Android tablet is now available for $299.
Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet Specifications
Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.75 x .6 inches
Display: 7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
OS: Android 2.0
RAM: 512 MB RAM
Memory: 4 GB internal storage, 8 GB microSD card
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, mini-USB
eBook support: ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML
Audio support: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
Video support: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MOV, AVI video support
Image support: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support
Battery: Standard Li-ion battery, 10 hours battery life
It doesn’t support the Android Market, and cannot stand up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab in terms of features, but it is still quite a good deal considering it is priced at less than half what the Galaxy Tab is priced at.
Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet
The tablet arena is definitely heating up. After the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it looks like another Android tablet is entering the race. It’s the Archos 101 10.1 inch tablet which was unveiled way back in September, along with 4 other tablets. The Archos 101 is the biggest of the 5 and competes directly with the iPad.
It has a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It also offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity and a front facing camera. It is shipping with Android 2.1 Eclair, but will be upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. It doesn’t have access to the Android Market.
It is available in 2 variants – the 8 GB one for $299 and the 16 GB one for $349. It also supports microSD cards.
There is no doubt that Microsoft is big in the operating system market and office products. However, they also have another huge cash cow in the form of Xbox 360, the gaming console. It looks like it now has another one in the form of Microsoft Kinect.
Since it’s launch 10 days ago, Microsoft has sold over 1 million units of the Kinect and are claiming to sell about 5 million units by the end of this year. With Black Friday coming up next week and the holiday season to follow, their claim will definitely come true.
Microsoft’s Kinect is in direct competition to the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Move by Sony, which is available on the Xbox rival PS3. Microsoft also recently announced that the more than 25 million Xbox LIVE members have spent more than 1 billion hours on the service a month, an average of over 40 hours per member.
Microsoft Kinect sensor is available for purchase for $149.99 with an Xbox bundle starting at $299.99.
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Word on the street is that Google has officially chosen the MotoPad, Motorola’s soon-to-be-launched Android tablet as the launchpad for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
@mobireview, the official Twitter account of Mobile Review tweeted out this interesting bit of news just a few hours back, so I guess their source must be pretty reliable.
The only details we have right now are that the Motorola tablet will be called the MotoPad and will have run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, just like the Galaxy Tab.
While Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab about 2 months back, both Motorola and LG had stated that they would be waiting for a more mature version of Android. Looks like Motorola got what it wanted. The MotoPad will probably be launched in Q1 2011.
T-Mobile is first wireless carrier to launch the Samsung’s first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab in the US. This device is already available in UK and India. T-Mobile offers two data plan with unlimited text, picture and video messaging from the device.
Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display with 1024Ã—600 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 4000mAH battery.
Galaxy Tab comes with a price tag of $399.99 with a 2 years contract agreement. T-Mobile customers can also get this device without any contract for $599.99. T-Mobile offers a $24.99/month plan for 200MB of data and $39.99/month plan for 5GB data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging.
Nvidia has officially unveiled the world’s fastest DirectX11 GPU’ the GeForce GTX 580. The GTX 580 sports 512 CUDA cores, 64 SPUs (Special Function Units) and has 1.5GB of memory. The core of the card is clocked at 772 MHz and the Shader core is clocked at 1.5GHz, while the memory is clocked at 4 GHz.
Even though the clock speed and the number of cores have been bumped up, the TDP of the GTX580 is still 6 Watts less than the GTX480 (250W). Nvidia also claims that the GTX580 will run cooler than its predecessor thanks to a new vapor-chamber cooler. The card also supports quad-SLI for phenomenal performance. Early reviews suggest that the card is 15-20% faster than its predecessor.
The card is already available on all major retail stores and should officially retail for $550.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab should soon see some serious competition; according to a report by a Chinese blog, the LG Optimus Pad will be launched in Q1 2011.
The only two major contenders in the tablet market today are the Apple iPad which has captured over 95% of the market and the Galaxy Tab which has just been launched.
LG had earlier stated that the current version of Android – Android 2.2 Froyo was not suited for the tablet form factor; that it was holding out for a more suitable variant.
Today, it announced that it will be launching the LG Optimus Pad in Q1 2011. It will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb which will natively support higher resolutions. It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will have a 8.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display.
The tablet wars are soon going to start, and the iPad is what each of the new tablets has in its crosshairs.