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Samsung Galaxy Tab Official Teaser Website Goes Live

The Samsung Galaxy Tab, the most anticipated Android tablet has been in the news all week. First, detailed specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab were leaked, then it was announced that it will be launched at IFA 2010, Berlin in September. Then a video of the Galaxy Tab surfaced on the internet, and today we also saw a few leaked images of the Galaxy Tab in action, running Android 2.2 Froyo.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Teaser

Just a few minutes back, Samsung also launched the official teaser website of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It doesn’t reveal much, just that it will be launched on September 2 in IFA. It also confirms that the Galaxy Tab will have a 7 inch touchscreen display and runs Android 2.2. It will also offer video calling, Swype for text input, HD video playback, Flash support, GPS, ebook support and full web browsing.

The teaser is really awesome, do check it out at http://galaxytab.samsungmobile.com/

Pictured: Samsung Galaxy Tab Running Android 2.2

Finally, after the endless wait with only some blurry images and spy videos of the Galaxy Tab to keep us company, we have some clear pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung’s upcoming Android tablet in action.

ifanr, a chinese blog, has uploaded some clear shots of the Samsung Galaxy Tab which is supposed to be unveiled officially at IFA 2010, Berlin in September.

It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 7 inch SuperAMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It will have a 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 processor and a PowerVR SGX 540 graphics processor. It will also have 512 MB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It will also sport a 3.2 MP camera and all the usual connectivity options: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth. It will also have A-GPS and will be priced around $499 – $599.

Check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab images

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

via ifanr

Viewsonic to Launch Android-Windows 7 Dual Boot Tablet

Viewsonic is not a company you would normally associate with cool consumer gadgets like tablets; its primary business is making LCD monitors for computers. However, today, Viewsonic announced that it will be launching two new tablets at IFA 2010 in Berlin.

The first will be a 10 inch tablet based on Intel’s Atom platform. It will dual boot Android 2.2 and Windows 7 (hopefully the original desktop version, not CE).

Viewsonic Tablet

The other tablet will be the 7 inch ViewPad 7 tablet, an Android tablet which will probably run Android 2.2. It will come with features like A-GPS, expandable memory via microSD slot, a G-sensor and USB and Bluetooth connectivity. It will also feature 3G and Wi-Fi.

A lot of tablets are slated to launch by the end of 2010, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Chrome OS tablet, the Toshiba SmartPad, LG’s “Better than the iPad” Tablet, the RIM BlackPad and the HP WebOS Tablet. What remains to be seen is if any of these will be able to overthrow the reign of the iPad.

Source: TechRadar

HTC Chrome OS Tablet To Use N-Trig Touchscreens

Google is reportedly working with HTC and Verizon to launch a Chrome OS tablet on November 26. It will have some great hardware specifications — it’s powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB SSD. It will have a 10.1 inch multitouch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity and GPS.

HTC Chrome OS Tablet

Today it was reported that HTC is working with an Israeli based startup, N-Trig to create multitouch enabled screens for its tablet. Microsoft had invested in N-trig for its multitouch display technology research during the development of the Microsoft Surface. N-trig’s Duosense capacitive touch technology allows you to use both pen input and finger based multitouch input.

Last week it was revealed that the latest beta of Chrome 6 has menus optimized for multitouch operations. All the rumors and leaks seem to indicate the same thing — that we may indeed see a Chrome OS tablet by the end of this year.

Check out more details about N-trig’s touchscreens here.

Source: Haaretz

Toshiba SmartPad Images Leaked

There have been many rumors about an Android powered tablet by Toshiba launching in the September – October timeframe. The 10.1 inch display tablet was supposed to run Android 2.2 Froyo and will run on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 platform.

Today we have more details of the “Toshiba SmartPad” — yes, that’s what it will be called. Notebook Italia has leaked some images of the Toshiba SmartPad along with some hardware details.

Toshiba SmartPad Android Tablet

Toshiba SmartPad

Toshiba SmartPad

It seems to have a sleek and stylish design with four touch sensitive buttons next to the display – Search, Back, Home and Menu. It also has USB ports, HDMI out and a card reader. It also has a webcam on the top of the display and two speakers. It will probably be unveiled officially at IFA 2010 in Berlin.

Source: NotebookItalia

Velocity Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet Up for Preorder

Velocity issued a press release today which stated that the Velocity Cruz Reader and the Cruz Tablet are now available for preorders.

The Velocity Cruz Reader runs Android 2.0 and is meant for ebook reading, while the Velocity Cruz Tablet runs Android 2.1, offers better specifications than the Cruz Reader, and can be used as a tablet. The Cruz Reader is available for $199 while the Cruz Tablet is priced at $299.

Velocity Cruz Reader Tablet

Velocity Cruz Reader Specifications

Display: 7 inch TFT display, 800 x 600 pixels, resistive touchscreen
OS: Android 2.0
Memory: 256 MB RAM, 256 MB internal storage, 4 GB Bundled SD card
eBook support: ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
Audio support: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
Video support: MPEG-4, H.264
Image support: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
Battery: Li-Ion battery – up to 10+ hours of life, 24+ standby

Velocity Cruz Tablet Specifications

Display: 7 inch TFT display, 800 x 480 pixels, capacitive touchscreen
OS: Android 2.1
Memory: 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, 8 GB bundled SD card
eBook support: ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
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
Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Mini USB
Other Features: Built in speakers, Mic and headphone jacks
Battery: Li-Ion battery – up to 10+ hours of life, 24+ standby

Check out more details at CruzReader

Meet “STAMP”: The $50 Tablet from India

Last month, the Indian government made headlines by announcing the $35 tablet. While the hands-on demo by the Indian HRD minister Kapil Sibbal might have allayed fears that the tablet will turn out to be another vaporware from the Indian government, it is still a year away from mass production. In the meantime, Bangalore based Allgo Embedded Systems has created their own prototype tablet, which should cost around $50.

The tablet, which is being called “STAMP“, will sport a 7 inch touchscreen, and run Android or Linux. K. Srinivasan, the founder of Allgo said, “We have developed the prototype for which the material costs are $35 and are currently in talks with manufacturers”.

Stamp is still just a prototype. According to the estimates provided by Srinivasan, Stamp’s cost can be brought down to $45 if 100,000 units are manufactured and $40 if 1,000,000 units are manufactured.

LG to Release Android Tablet in Q4 2010; “Will be Better than the iPad”

LG Android Tablet A lot of Android tablets are slated to hit the market by the end of 2010. LG’s Marketing VP, Chang Ma, said in a WSJ interview today that LG will be launching an Android tablet too, under the Optimus line of devices. The LG Optimus tablet should be available by Q4 2010.

LG hasn’t had much luck in mobiles yet; almost all its Android smartphones have fallen flat on their faces.

Mr. Ma said that LG is taking a very different approach for its tablet. While the iPad is focused on media consumption, LG’s tablet will focus more on content creation and productivity applications.

“Our tablet will be better than the iPad. It’s going to be surprisingly productive.” Mr. Ma stated.

That’s a very bold statement considering LG hasn’t even figured out their mobile strategy yet. Hopefully, LG will deliver on its promise and we will get to see some good competition to the iPad soon.

LG is also on track to release 10 new Android smartphones by the end of the year. Some of them will run on Nvidia’s new Tegra 2 platform.

via WSJ

HP To Release WebOS Tablet in Q1 2011

HP today confirmed that it will be launching a webOS tablet soon. Todd Bradley, Executive VP, HP’s Personal Systems Group, told employees that a webOS tablet would arrive in early 2011, but he officially declared it today in an investor call, in response to a question on whether tablets were hurting HP’s netbook sales.

HP webOS Tablet

HP acquired Palm earlier this year for $1.2 billion, primarily for webOS which it plans to use in its tablets, smartphones and netbooks.

They also plan to release a Microsoft Windows 7 tablet in the near future. While the webOS tablet will be aimed at consumers, the Windows 7 tablet will be aimed at enterprise users.

No other details are out yet, but we can expect them soon.

Acer To Delay Tablet Launch; Waiting for Android 3.0

Acer Android TabletThere has been a flurry of news related to Android tablet launches in the past week. Samsung, Motorola, Asus, Acer are all planning to launch their Android tablets soon.

Earlier, Acer announced that it will be launching its Android tablet by the end of 2010. The rumored Acer tablet was supposed to run Android 2.2 Froyo and had a 10 inch touchscreen display.

However, now it seems that Acer is holding out for the launch of Android 3.0. This will delay the tablet launch to the first quarter of 2011. Android 3.0 Gingerbread will sport a revamped stock UI and will support much higher display resolutions. It will also offer much better performance.

Even Motorola is supposedly waiting for the Android 3.0 launch to start shipping its Android tablet with Gingerbread.

Acer is still expected to launch a Windows 7 based tablet right on schedule, in 2010.

via Digitimes