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.


Lenovo Unveils LePad S2007 and LePad S2010, Android Honeycomb Tablets

Lenovo unveiled two new Android tablets at an event in China today. The LePad S2007 and the LePad S2010 run Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and will likely get an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich eventually.

The LePad S2007 comes with a 7 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, while the LePad S2010 comes with a 10.1 inch display with the same resolution.

Both these tablets are powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor, and 1 GB of RAM. They offer dual mode 3G connectivity (EVDO & WCDMA), so they will work with both China Telecom and China Unicom. Both also come with an 8 MP primary camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera.

The LePad S2007 comes with a 3780 mAh battery and weighs 360 gms, while the LePad S2010 comes with a mammoth 7560 mAh battery and weighs 670 gms.

Both devices will be available in China, next month, along with the 5 inch Lenovo LePad S2005, which was also unveiled today.

Here’s an image of the trio – LePad S2005, LePad S2007 & LePad S2010 – posing together.

Lenovo LePad S2007 & S2010

Everyone seems to be focusing on the largest smartphone market in the world – China – these days. Hopefully, we will also see Lenovo launch variants of these devices globally.

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.

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 Gets a Software Update

Asus has started rolling out a new software update for one of the most popular Honeycomb running tablet – the Transformer. The update is aimed at mainly fixing the bugs found in the current software of the Transformer, including the abnormal battery consumption issue. The update also introduces an application named ‘App Backup’, which allows users to backup their installed apps and games.

One handy feature of the app is that it allows you to restore the backup on another Asus tablet. Looks like Asus wants to make sure Transformer users are easily able to upgrade to the Transformer Prime. Below is the full change-log of the update-:

Performance Improvement:

  • Improve Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Fix mobile dock abnormal battery consumption issue
App Updates:
  • Latest version of Google Books, Maps and Market
  • Asus Sync – Ability to turn on/off Asus Sync
  • Email: Supports .Zip download
  • MyNet: Improves Device Search
  • Browser: Improves Compatibility
  • MyCloud: now supports remote desktop within different network
  • Update Italian Input method
  • Supernote: Improves performance and bug fixed
  • Polaris Office: supports large file loading, improve compatibility
Next week, Asus will also announce its much anticipated successor to the Transformer, the Transformer Prime. The tablet will be powered by Nvidia’s quad-core SoC, dubbed Tegra 3.
Recently, some  preliminary  benchmarks of the Prime leaked on the Internet. The tablet blew its competition out of the water, by scoring more than 10k points in the AnTuTu benchmark.

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.

Motorola XOOM Family Edition Announced; Comes with a Bunch Of Pre-loaded Apps

Motorola has just announced a new variant of the world’s first-ever Honeycomb tablet XOOM the XOOM family edition.


Hardware wise, there is no difference between the XOOM and the XOOM family edition. The tablet is powered by the same NVidia Tegra 2 processor, packs 1GB of RAM along with 16GB of on-board storage. The 10.1-inch display also has the same quality and resolution as its older sibling.

At the back of the tablet is a 5MP camera, capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. There is also a front-facing camera, and Moto promises up to 10 hours of battery life. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options including an HDMI port are also present. The tablet runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

The main difference between the XOOM and the XOOM family edition is that the latter comes pre-loaded with some quality apps. Motorola has pre-loaded almost $40 worth of applications along with Zoodles, QuickOffice HD, MotoPrint and Asphalt 6. The Zoodles application will make sure that kids are not displayed any inappropriate content.

The XOOM Family edition will be available exclusively on Best Buy starting from October 16, for a limited time price of $379. Thankfully, unlike the original XOOM, Motorola has managed to get the pricing of the XOOM family edition right on target.

HTC Flyer Price Dropped To $299.99 At Best Buy

Earlier this year, HTC announced its first tablet device – the HTC Flyer at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. This device was released later in the Q2 of 2011 with a price tag of $499.99. HTC Flyer is one of the best 7 inch Android powered tablet. But, on the other hand, it is also the costliest 7 inch tablet available in the market.

HTC Flyer

Most of the Android tablets launched in this year, runs on the latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System, which is specially designed for tablet device. But, the HTC Flyer runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, which is not optimized for tablet devices. Due to the low sales of this tablet, Best Buy permanently reduced the price of the HTC Flyer from $499.99 to $299.99.

HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz single core processor, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS), HTC Sense UI, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 16 GB internal memory, 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.

HTC has already promised that the HTC Flyer will be upgraded to the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, but we’ve seen nothing yet. The HTC Flyer will now be available for just $299.99 at Best Buy starting from October 1.

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.


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.

Motorola XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Begins; Free Dock For Early Adopters!

Verizon and Motorola have finally announced that owners of the first ever Android Honeycomb powered tablet, the XOOM, can get their much-awaited 4G LTE upgrade from tomorrow.


When Motorola initially announced XOOM at the beginning of this year, the company promised free 4G LTE update for the tablet within 90 days of its availability. While the update is still free, it’s been more than 5 months (150days) since the XOOM was released to the public.

Motorola promises to ship back the XOOM to its original owner within six days, with 4G LTE modem installed. The company also suggests users to back up the data on their tablet, before shipping it to them.

XOOM owners, who will be among the early upgraders, will get a Standard dock for their tablet for free. However, this offer is valid only till stock last, so XOOM owners better hurry up. XOOM owners will also be able to keep their current existing data plan, post the upgrade.

For users who still have not subscribed to a data plan, they will three options 30$ for 2GB free monthly data, 50$ for 5GB free data, and a whopping $80 for a paltry 10GB of free monthly data.

XOOM owners can head over to this link to begin the 4G LTE upgrade process.