Toshiba AC100 Android Smartbook Launched

Toshiba had announced its Android smartbook way back in June and it was quite eagerly awaited by Android fans. Today, Toshiba has launched the AC100 Android Smartbook in the UK.

Toshiba AC100 Android Smartbook

The Toshiba AC100 runs Android 2.1 and has a 10.1 inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has a heavily customized UI by Toshiba tailored for netbook usage. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform (1 GHz Tegra 250 SoC) and has 512 MB DDR2 RAM. It has an 8 GB internal SSD and comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR connectivity. A 3G version of the AC100 is also in the works. Besides these, it has a 1.3 MP webcam and an HDMI out.

The Toshiba AC100 is priced at GBP 290 ($449). With Windows 7 netbooks sporting much better hardware configurations like the Samsung N150 and the Asus EEE PC 1001P starting at $299, I doubt the Toshiba AC100 is going to be a hit, especially at this price.

India’s $35 Tablet Will Arrive in January 2011, Will Be Manufactured By HCL

The much-hyped $35 tablet announced by the Indian government is on track, and is expected to arrive before January 10, 2011. LiveMint is reporting that the contract for manufacturing the low-end tablet has been awarded to HCL Technologies Ltd, which will be manufacturing 100,000 units.


Back in July, India’s HRD (Human Resource Development) minister had created a flutter by promising to deliver an Android tablet to students for just $35. Initially, in spite of the hands on demo provided by Mr Kapil Sibbal, many pundits maintained that the tablet was priced too aggressively to become a reality. Nevertheless, this announcement should help the device in shedding its vaporware status.

Related: Meet STAMP: The $50 Tablet from India

IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Rajasthan has been tasked with carrying out intensive laboratory and field tests across the country. The government is hoping to make the affordable portable computing device available to university level students from the second half of next year.


Dimensions: 8.9×7-inch
Weight: 1.5kg
Connectivity: Wi-fi, USB
Operating System: Android


Samsung Unveils the Galaxy Player 50: Android Based PMP

Samsung plans to take on Apple with the Galaxy line of devices. Like the Samsung Galaxy S competes with the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy Tab goes up against the iPad, the newly unveiled Galaxy Player 50 goes head to head with the iPod Touch.

The Galaxy Player 50 was unveiled along with the highly anticipated Galaxy Tab at IFA 2010, Berlin.

Samsung Galaxy Player 50

The Samsung Galaxy Player is a PMP with specifications similar to the Galaxy S. It comes with Android 2.1 with the TouchWiz UI and has a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with WVGA resolution, much lower than the Galaxy S. The display is a simple TFT capacitive touchscreen, not a SuperAMOLED one.

It comes with a 2 MP camera and supports MPEG4, H.264, WMV and DivX, XviD video playback. There is a built in FM radio and 8/16 GB internal storage. It also supports microSD cards up to 32 GB. It supports Android Market and comes with Wi-Fi and GPS onboard.

It will be priced at €229 for the 8 GB version and €299 for the 16 GB version.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Tab To Cost $1000?

Samsung announced the highly anticipated Galaxy Tab few days ago. However, what the company did not announce was the pricing of the device. Rumors are floating around on the Internet about the pricing of the device. Galaxy Tab The specification of the Galaxy Tab looks very promising and its success now solely depends on its price. It is very important for Samsung to price the device right. Now time for the bad news.

Slashgear managed to get their hands on a screenshot of the pricing detail of the unlocked Galaxy Tab from Amazon and things looks pretty bad. From the leaked screenshot, it looks like the unlocked Galaxy Tab will be priced at Euros 799 or $1000. Now that is definitely way too much for a tablet I or for that matter anyone else would like to shell out. Rumors also suggest that the subsidized version of the Galaxy Tab will cost anywhere between $200-$400 which definitely hits the sweet spot for me.

Hopefully, Samsung will work closely with network operators to subsidize the price of the Galaxy Tab. Otherwise, I doubt the Galaxy Tab will be an iPad killer as many people had hoped for.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Officially Announced

After numerous leaks, Samsung have today officially announced the Galaxy Tab at the IFA 2010 conference. The Samsung Galaxy Tab will feature a 7-inch screen with WSVGA (1024×600) resolution. The tablet will be powered byGalaxy Tab a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and the PowerVR SGX540 will handle the graphics department. The device also packs in 512MB of RAM and a microSD card slot.

The device will also support GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA and HSDPA. Users can make phone calls from the Galaxy Tab but the device does not feature a earphone. It only sports a microphone and a speakerphone. The usual Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 3.0 and DLNA are also present. The front of the device houses a 1.3MP camera for video calling while the back sports a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED flash. The Galaxy Tab weighs in at 380grams thanks to its plastic body.

The Tab will run on Android OS 2.2 with TouchWiz 3.0 on top of it. It will also feature an iPad-like 30pin connector. The device is capable of playing back 1080p HD videos. The 4000mAh battery of the device can power it for up to 7 hours.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB variants. The Tab will be launched in Europe in mid-September and will hit various other regions of this world by the end of the year.

Here is the link to the press release.

Second Generation Apple TV Announced

The surprise of the Apple event in San Francisco has been finally revealed. It’s the second generation Apple TV. The new generation of Apple TV is very very small. In fact it’s so small that you can hold it in yourclip_image001 palm. At the back of this tiny box lies an HDMI port, an Ethernet port and built in Wi-Fi. The Apple TV also has a very nice remote control.

With the second generation of Apple TV, Steve Jobs also introduced a brand new rental model for the device. Users can rent HD content (when available) for very low prices 99 cent for TV shows and $4.99 for first-run movies. The TV shows will be commercial free as well! Netflix subscriber can also stream content to the Apple TV from their Netflix library. Along with this users can watch YouTube videos in HD, and photos from Flickr and MobileMe. Another option the Apple TV provides is to stream content from your Mac or PC.

The new Apple TV does not have any storage management or a storage disc. It does all the above said stuff via streaming only! The AirPlay feature which Apple will be introducing with the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad will support Apple TV as well. AirPlay feature will allow iTouch device owners to stream media for their iTouch to the Apple TV. The UI of the Apple TV is pretty simple and is mainly oriented at what its meant to do.

Sadly, the Apple TV won’t be supporting any applications which many people expected. The second generation Apple TV will be up for sale in four weeks for a retail price of only $99.


Archos Unveils 5 New Android Tablets

Archos was one of the first manufacturers to release an Android tablet. Its first attempt wasn’t very impressive, but Archos isn’t backing down. It has announced 5 new Android PMP tablets with different specifications and price ranges. Here are the complete specifications of the 5 Android tablets by Archos.

Archos 28

This is the cheapest of the lot. It has a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It has an 800 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and comes with 4 GB internal memory. It is priced at $99.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.

Archos 28

Archos 32

This is the next tablet in the list. It has a 3.2 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. It has 8 GB internal memory and comes with a camera which can record 720p video. It is priced at $149.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo too.

Archos 32

Archos 43

The Archos 43 has a 4.3 inch resistive touchscreen display like the other two, but it has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex processor powering it. It will ship with Froyo too and comes with 720p video recording and an acclerometer. It comes with 8 GB internal memory and costs $199.99.

Archos 43

Archos 70

This is the standard sized 7 inch Android tablet you have been waiting for. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with a front facing VGA camera for video calls. It has USB connectivity and comes with HDMI out. It comes in two versions- 8 GB and 16 GB, priced at $274.99 for the 8 GB model and $349.99 for the 250 GB model.

Archos 70

Archos 101

This is the best Android tablet Archos has to offer; it has the same form factor as the iPad. It has a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display. It has a 1 GHz processor and HDMI out. It also offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity and comes with a front facing video camera. The 8 GB version is priced at $299.99 and the 16 GB version is priced at $349.99. Like all the other Android tablets, it runs Android 2.2 Froyo.

Archos 101

Archos – List of Android Tablets

First Glimpse of LG Optimus ‘Better Than iPad’ Tablet

LG’s Chang Ma set the expectations really high when he claimed in an interview given to the WSJ that LG’s tablet PC is going to be better than the iPad. The tablet, which is being dubbed as the Optimus Pad, will run an unknown version of Android operating system, and is expected to be released in Q4.


LG is claiming that the Optimus Pad will offer superior performance, while being sleeker than its competitors. The slide shown above also claims that the tablet will boast of “many firsts”. With very little information being currently available about LG’s iPad competitor we can only wait with baited breath. Let’s hope that it will live up to the expectations.

ViewSonic ViewPad 7: Pricing, Specification and More

Just last week, we reported that ViewSonic is planning to enter the rapidly growing tablet market. Now, we have official confirmation. In a press release, ViewSonic revealed that the ViewPad 7 is going to be 7″ Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet with phone facilities.


The 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled device will come with front (VGA) and back (3MP) facing cameras. Other features include G-sensor (for automatic screen orientation), AGPS, handwriting recognition and document reader.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 will be on display at IFA 2010, Berlin. Although the price is yet to be determined, the ViewPad is not expected to cost more than £350 (including VAT).

World’s Fastest CPU IBM z196 Clocks 5.2 GHz

I purchased my own computer back in 2000 something and that gorgeous beauty had a Intel Pentium3 1.1 GHz processor. Since then, I have changed several computers which have simply grown in speed and processing power.

Using the same 1.1 GHz processor would definitely make my work look like a chore today, however, thanks to hardware manufactures like Intel and AMD, I am assured of getting a better experience every time I use a PC. But here is something that will engulf all the currently available CPUs in the market, an IBM processor name z196 which clocks in 5.2Ghz.

The IBM z196 processor can execute 50 billion instructions per second, which makes the current generation of desktop processors look like a pauper. The CPU also has 1.4 billion transistors. The CPU also has a 64KB L1 instruction cache, 128KB L1 data cache and a 1.5 L2 cache.

However, don’t expect this CPU to make to desktops anytime soon, it costs several hundred thousands of dollars and was designed for IBM’s mainframes.

(Source: Tom’s Hardware)