Acer Iconia Tab A200 Unveiled; Another Run Of The Mill Tegra 2 Android Tablet

Acer has just announced its latest addition to the Android tablet world, the Iconia Tab A200. Apart from the name and looks, the A200 is similar to the Iconia A500, internally.

The A200 sports a 10.1-inch display with 1280×800 resolution, and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor. Other usual specs include 1GB of RAM, 2MP front facing camera, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS with A-GPS. The tablet will initially come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb update pre-installed, but Acer has promised that the A200 will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box in January 2012.

The Acer Iconia A200 is just another run-of-the-mill Android tablet powered by the slow Tegra 2 SoC. Compared to all other tablets, the only selling point of the A200 is its full blown USB 2.0 port. The tablet will also come with some pre-installed apps from Acer including SocialJogger, which consolidates all updates from your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

The Iconia Tab A200 will be available in Titanium Gray and Mettallic Red for an unknown price on an unknown date.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 3.2 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out Again!

Samsung has again started rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi edition in the United States.The company had originally rolled out the update last week, but had to pull it back since it broke Wi-Fi functionality for most users who installed the update.

The Android 3.2 Honeycomb update does not bring much visual changes, but does bring a noticeable improvement in the performance stability of the Tab. Google has also tweaked the GPU drivers in this update, so Tab 10.1 owners should expect to see a notable improvement in the gaming department and benchmarks as well. Other than this, the update also brings a compatibility mode for unsupported apps, ala the iPad’s 2x mode for iPhone specific apps.

The update is rolling out via OTA (Over-The-Air), and should hit all Tab 10.1 owners in the next couple of weeks.  Tab 10.1 owners, who have installed the previous broken Honeycomb build, need to download the update manually via KIES and then install it on the tablet manually.

This is the last Android 3.x related update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Tab Owners should expect the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, to land on their tablet sometime in late-Q1 of 2012.

Toshiba Thrive Gets The Android 3.2 Update

Toshiba Thrive is the company’s first tablet device. It was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This tablet originally runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Don’t get confused with the 7-inch Toshiba Thrive, which runs on the Android 3.2 OS from day one. We’re talking about the powerful 10-inch Toshiba Thrive tablet.

If you own this tablet, then you might want to check the system update option in the settings, since Toshiba finally started rolling out the latest Android 3.2 update for its year-old tablet. The latest update is numbered 3.2.1.31.5.0002 and it comes with increased compatibility with applications that are not optimized for larger screens. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Enables an improved compatibility mode enhancing the way applications originally designed for smaller screen devices appear and function on the larger tablet display.
  • Improves screen rotation acceleration.
  • Adds extended screen support API, giving developers more precise control over the user interface across a range of Android-powered devices.

Toshiba Thrive owners should also note that YouTube and Android Market widgets may disappear from the home screen after installation of this update due to a change in the application naming convention. To check the update manually, go to Settings > About Tablet > System Updates. The size of the update is just 74 MB. If you find any other changes, then please let us know in the comments section below.

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AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Coming To The U.S On Nov. 20

Samsung and AT&T have just announced via a press-release that both the companies will be joining hands to bring the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to the United States.

As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch HD screen, and is a mere 8.6mm thin. The tablet is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, along with an Adreno 220 GPU. The tablet also packs in 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

This 8.9-inch tablet sports a 3.2mP camera at its rear with an LED flash, and a 2MP camera in the front. The tablet runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. All the usual connectivity features are also present, including support for AT&T’s recently released 4G LTE network and its ‘fake’ 4G network – HSPA+ – as well.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will burn a hole of $479.99 through its future-owners pocket, which will be accompanied by a two-year commitment. Early Tab 8.9 owners will also get a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket free of cost with the tablet, with a separate two-year contract. The tablet will be available at all retail stores and online stores beginning from November 20th.

AT&T will also expand its 4G LTE coverage to six new markets on November 20th including Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas city, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The cheapest iPad costs $499 without any sort of contract and offers a bigger screen, and a faster processor and GPU combo, and not to mention the fact that more apps are available for it. Compared to all this, the Galaxy Tab costs $479.99 with a two-year contract, offers a smaller screen, inferior processor+GPU combo, hardly has much apps available for it. Its high time Android tablet manufacturers get their pricing right, else the iPad will continue to rule the tablet market.

Asus Transformer Prime Unveiled; World’s First Tegra 3 Tablet

Asus has just unveiled the successor to the Transformer, the Transformer Prime. The Prime will be the first ever tablet in the world to feature Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core, technically ‘five cores’, processor. The Prime is one of the slimmest Android tablet around at only 8.3mm thick, and weighs only a mere 586gms.

 

The Prime wil also boast of a 10.1-inch Super-IPS+ LCD display,  with 1280×800 resolution. Asus promises that the display will have a viewing angle of 178  degrees, and will also provide  up to 600 bits of brightness when at max brightness. The display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla glass, and there is also an oleophobic coating so as to prevent fingerprints. Other key features of the Prime include 1GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, micro-HDMI port, and a bunch of sensors.

Even though its a tablet, Asus has installed an 8MP camera with F2.4 aperture at the back, with an LED flash. There is also a 1.3MP camera in the front for video-conferencing. The Prime is physically smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and yet manages to pack in bigger speakers. Asus quotes the battery life of the Transformer at a staggering 12 hours while continuously playing back 1080p videos, which increases to a whopping 18 hours when the keyboard dock is connected.

The Prime will ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb on-board, and will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update shortly after its launch via an OTA update. The 32GB version of the Prime will cost $499, while the 64GB version will cost $599. This makes the Prime $100 costlier than its predecessor, but it is also lighter, slimmer and much faster than the Transformer.    The Asus Transformer Prime is expected to hit the shelves sometime next month in the U.S.

Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition Announced

In a press release, Motorola has just announced the successor to the XOOM – the XOOM 2. The XOOM 2 is accompanied by a small variant, the XOOM 2 Media Edition.

 

Like the original XOOM, the XOOM 2 also comes with a 10.1-inch HD display, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. However, the quality of the display on the XOOM2 is much better than the one found on the original. It is not only brighter, but also more vibrant and enhanced colors. The tablet also comes with a splash-guard coating, which allows it to withstand rough use. To improve handling, the XOOM2 comes with rounded corners, and is 100grams lighter than its predecessor.

The smaller version of the XOOM2, the XOOM 2 Media Edition sports an 8.2-inch HD display, which is again protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Like its elder brother, the XOOM2 Media edition also has a splash-guard coating.

Both the tablets are powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which in all probability must be the OMAP4430 or the OMAP4460. Other key specs include 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, and stereo surround speakers. The tablets also have a 5MP camera with LED flash and Auto-focus at their back, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling.

The XOOM 2 Media Edition tablet also has an infrared IR, which makes it an universal remote. Users can control their home AV devices, like TV, music system etc. right from their tablet.

Both the tablets run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with the XOOM2 having a  quoted  battery life of 10+ hours, and the Media edition having a batter life of 6+hours when web browsing. The tablets are also pretty slim at 8.8mm and 8.9mm, respectively. They will also have the Motorola’s MotoCast app pre-installed, which first debuted with the Droid RAZR.

Motorola also announced a bunch of accessories with these two tablets, including a stylus. The Wi-Fi version of both the tablets will be available in the U.K and the Ireland by mid-November.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Announced; Runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb

Samsung has just announced the successor to the Galaxy Tab 7, the Tab 7.0 Plus. The original 7-inch Tab was the first ever Android tablet, which was a worthy’ competitor to the iPad. With a weight of 345gms, and a thickness of only 9.96mm, the Tab 7 Plus is among the lightest and the most portable tablet out there. Its light weight and slim factor ensures that the tablet can easily fit inside a jacket or a handbag.

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The Tab 7.0 Plus sports a 7-inch PLS LCD display with WSVGA (1024×600) resolution, and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The device also packs in 1GB of RAM, and will come in 16GB and 32GB variants. Other key features of the Tab 7.0 Plus include a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 3.0, HSPA+, USB host support, and a microUSB port. There are also a bunch of sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Proximity sensor etc. on-board.

The back of the tablet sports a 3MP camera with LED flash, with a 2MP camera in the front accompanying it. The Tab 7.0 Plus also packs in a microphone and a speaker, so some people can use it as a rather large phone. It can also record videos in 720p HD resolution, and can playback Full HD (1080p) HD videos.

This 7-inch Tab will run on Honeycomb 3.2, with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. A beefy 4000mAh battery powers this tablet. The tablet will be available in Indonesia and Austria from end-October, and will be gradually available in Southeast and Southwest Asia, US, Europe and Latin America. Sammy did not mention anything about the pricing of the device though.

Toshiba Unveils The Thrive 7″ Honeycomb Tablet

Earlier this year, Toshiba announced its first tablet device – the Toshiba Thrive. It was unveiled and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Last month, Toshiba announced its second tablet device – the Toshiba AT-200 tablet at the IFA event. It had a slim waistline measuring only 7.7mm. Now, Toshiba went ahead and unveiled its third tablet device – the Toshiba Thrive 7″. This tablet is the 7 inch version of the original Toshiba Thrive tablet. It runs on the latest version of Android Honeycomb Operating System. Toshiba Thrive 7″ tablet comes with the company’s exclusive Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancement technologies. Check out the complete specs below.

This is a seven-inch tablet done right,said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. The Thrive 7Tablet is the first seven-inch tablet in the U.S. market to offer a true HD display that when combined with the selection of ports, premium audio, and a better, more robust Android experience make it a great choice for on-the-go consumers looking for a no-compromise tablet.

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Toshiba Thrive 7″ Tablet Specs:

  • 7 inch touchscreen display
  • 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16 or 32 GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • miniUSB
  • microHDMI
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Integrated GPS
  • Android Market

The Toshiba Thrive 7tablet weighs only 0.88 pounds and measures just 0.47 inches. The price and release date of this tablet will be announced later. Are you planning to buy this tablet? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Sony Tablet S and Tablet P Announced

Sony today at IFA 2011 announced two tablets, the Tablet S and Tablet P. The Tablet S was initially rumored as S1 while Tablet P was rumored as S2. The Tablet S has a unique and attractive folded’ design which has a good grip when held in portrait style, while Tablet P is a dual screen tablet and can be folded to fit in the pocket.

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The Tablet S and Tablet P sports Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC and has 1GB of RAM. The Tablet P comes with a 9.4LED (tru-black) screen with a resolution of 1200*800 and weighs 1.33 lbs. It has a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. It also has a SD card slot and a USB slot. But there is a catch in the expandable SD card; you won’t be able to play contents on the SD card directly. For playing contents on the SD card you’ll first have to copy it into the internal storage and then play it. The Tablet S will have only Wi-Fi support, if anyone was expecting 3G/4G support will be disappointed.

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Both the tablets will sport Android 3.1 at release. There are few services which Sony will be offering with their tablets like Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited. By Video Unlimited you can either buy or rent latest releases. Initially, the content will be limited but more will be added later. Music Unlimited will offer over 10 millions songs from major record labels and will have six months free trail. Moreover, both the tablets are Play Station certified and two PS 1 games will come pre installed.

The Tablet S will be available from mid-September in 16 GB and 32 GB versions and will cost $499 and $599, respectively.

The Tablet P has 5.5″ twin-screens with a resolution of 1024*800. It has a 5MP rear and a VGA front camera, just like in Tablet S. It has a 4GB internal memory and a expandable SD card slot. This tablet is 4G capable exclusively on AT&T. It also has a 3080 mAh battery. The Tablet P will sport Android 3.2 at release.  The price of the device is not disclosed and it is expected to release later this year.

(  UPDATED:  Details of Tablet P.)

Motorola XOOM 3G Android 3.2 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out Now

Google released Android 3.2 Honeycomb without much fanfare. The Asus EeePad Transformer, which is the most popular Android Honeycomb based tablet out there, got the update last week. Now, Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 3.2 update for the first ever Honeycomb tablet, the XOOM 3G.

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The Android 3.2 update brings some new features, and some much needed performance and stability improvements for the core apps. First and foremost, HC 3.2 brings a screen scaling compatibility mode, which is similar to the one found in iPad. On a single tap, users can double the pixel of the incompatible app, making it usable to a certain extent. Something is better than nothing, after all!

Post this update, XOOM owners can also finally make use of the SD card slot present in the tablet. There are also improvements in Google Movie rentals, streaming support and Exchange ActiveSync.

Motorola has already started rolling out the update, and aims to complete the roll-out within the next 2 weeks. Impatient XOOM owners can find the required files to update their tablet to Android 3.2 Honeycomb, over at XDA forums.