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.

ZTE T98: The Most Powerful Tablet on Earth

ZTE seems to be really focused on entering the big leagues now. Just a day after it unveiled its first Windows Phone 7 device – the ZTE Tania, which wasn’t much to speak of, its new tablet — the ZTE T98 — was spotted at the Expo Comm in China.

While most quad core Tegra 3 powered devices have been seen only as reference designs and FCC filings, the ZTE T98 prototype was actually up and running at this event. It is probably the most powerful consumer tablet on Planet Earth right now, and also the most impressive.

The ZTE T98 will sport a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It will also have a 5 MP primary camera and a 2 MP secondary camera. It will be powered by the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 (Kal-El) processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. It will have 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. It runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

It will offer Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and comes bundled with a 4000 mAh battery. It is only 11.5 mm thin. While the device seems really impressive right now, by the time it launches, there will likely be many similar tablets on the market.

Here are some images of the ZTE T98, courtesy Engadget

ZTE T98 Android Tablet

ZTE T98 Android Tablet

Motorola’s Unannounced Tablet Caught In The Wild

The Motorola XOOM was the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablet. For an iPad competitor, the XOOM was nothing short of a disaster. Compared to the iPad 1 and iPad 2, the XOOM was bulky, slow and buggy.

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Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha had hinted earlier this year that the company will release a funand portabletablet for consumers. Now, the folks over at This Is My Next have got their hands on a leaked picture of the upcoming tablet from the Google-owned-Motorola.

From the leaked picture, this new tablet from Motorola looks pretty sleek and sexy, unlike the XOOM. The styling of this unannounced tablet from Motorola is clearly influenced from the recently released Photon 4G. From the picture, it also looks like the tablet will have a microUSB port and a mini-HDMI port.

Hopefully, unlike the XOOM, this new tablet from Motorola will be priced sensibly. Also, I hope Motorola will not make any promises which it is not able to fulfill. (Hint: XOOM’s 4G LTE update)

Perhaps, Motorola will announce this new tablet in conjunction with Google’s announcement of the next version of Android?

Toshiba AT-200 Tablet; Makes the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Look Fat!

Toshiba has just announced a new tablet at the on-going IFA event. The new tablet has a strange name, AT200, and packs a 10.1-inch display with WXGA(1280×800) resolution.

The AT-200 is the thinnest 10.1-inch Android tablet until date, with a slim waistline measuring only 7.7mm. The tablet is also reasonably light at only 558 grams. Unlike other 10.1-inch tablets, this tablet from Toshiba is powered by a 1.2GHz TI-OMAP processor (OMAP4430 chipset), and along with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

The tablet also comes with other basic’ features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack and sensors like accelerometer, proximity sensor and gyroscope etc.

The AT-200 is also capable of handling all the multimedia needs of a user, thanks to its stereo speakers and the micro-HDMI port. The tablet is also capable of recording and playing back full HD video content. The tablet will be available in various storage capacities with up to 64GB.

At the back of the tablet is a 5MP camera with an LED flash, and in the front is a 2MP one.Toshiba states that the AT-200 has a battery life of around 8 hours, which is not too shabby.

Overall, the Toshiba AT-200 looks like a sleek Honeycomb based tablet, with all the necessary ports and connectivity features in place. Hopefully, Toshiba will be sane enough to price the AT-200 competitively, and while they are at it, they might come up with a   better name for the tablet as well!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Announced; Packs 7.7-inch of Super-AMOLED+ Goodness!

Samsung has just announced a new Galaxy branded tablet at the ongoing IFA 2011 event. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the slimmest (7.89mm) and lightest (339gms) tablet in the market, even besting the iPad 2 vital stats. The tablet is mainly made up of plastic, with a metal casing running around its edges.

As the name suggests, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with a 7.7-inch screen. The drool-worthy thing about this tablet is that the 7.7-inch screen is a Super-AMOLED Plus one, with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. Yes, that’s 7.7-inch of Super-AMOLED Plus goodness for your eyes to feast upon! This 7.7-inch tab is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor made by Samsung (Exynos 4210 SoC). The usual tablet features including dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n support, Bluetooth 3.0, DivX/Xvid support, GPS with A-GPS, HSPA+ support, microSD card slot and the usual sensors.

The tablet is backed up by a 5100mAh battery, which can power the tab for up to 10 hours. There are also two-3MP cameras in the back and a 2MP camera in the front of the Tab 7.7. It is also capable of recording and playing back full HD (1080p) videos. The tablet will come in various capacities ranging from 16GB to 32GB. Sadly, the tablet comes with the same 30-pin  proprietary  connector as found on the Galaxy Tab 7 and 10.1.

Like all other Android tablets, the Tab 7.7 runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX running on top of it.

At the moment, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is possibly the most ‘different’ tablet from all other 7-inches Android tablets in the market. The Super-AMOLED+ display alone is a compelling reason to buy the tablet. The Tab 7.7 will also be more powerful than other Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablets, mainly thanks to the Exynos 4210 SoC!

Sadly, Samsung has not mentioned anything about the pricing and availability of the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Hopefully, Samsung will not be stupid enough to price the tablet at anything more than $550.

One crucial reason behind the success of the Apple iPad is its price point. Samsung, like all other Honeycomb tablet manufacturers, needs to realize this and price their tablet  competitively.

AT&T Jetstream Announced; HTC’s First Ever Honeycomb Tablet!

HTC and AT&T have finally announced there first ever Honeycomb based tablet, the AT&T Jetstream. The taiwanese company’s first ever Honeycomb tablet is different from the other run-of-the-mill Android Honeycomb tablets out there.

Unlike other Honeycomb tablets powered by a Tegra 2 SoC, a blazing fast 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm powers the Jetstream. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. Also, unlike most other Honeycomb tablets out there, the Jetstream will feature HTC’s popular custom UI skin, Sense UI, which will be optimized for tablet. The Jetstream will also feature HTC’s useful Scribe feature, which first made its appearance on the Flyer.

The Jetstream packs the standard connectivity features for a tablet including Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network, and most importantly its upcoming 4G LTE network.

At the back of the tablet is an 8MP camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. The device is also capable of recording and playing back full HD videos.

AT&T’s Jetstream will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb on-board, and will hit the retail stores on September 4. The disappointing part about the tablet is its price. The Jetstream will cost a wallet-busting $699.99 with a two-year contract. This probably makes the Jetstream the costliest Android tablet at the moment!

 

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.

sony s1, s2 tablets

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.)

Firefox for Honeycomb Tablets Design Revealed

Mozilla has been very keen on entering the tablet market with their browser and just like for mobile, the browser will provide a unique experience for tablets.

Firefox Honeycomb Browser

Today, one of the design team members at Firefox; Ian Barlow, revealed some new designs for Firefox that will run on Honeycomb based tablets. Most of the design has evolved from the mobile version of Firefox, however, it has been modified to take advantage of the larger screen sizes of tablets.

Firefox Honeycomb Tablets Awesomebar

The Awesomebar on Firefox for Tablets will continue to use tabbed menu to allow for quick access to bookmarks, history and synced desktop activity on the tablet.

Firefox Honeycomb Tablets Tabs

Additionally, Firefox for tablets will display more UI elements on the screen rather than hiding it like they did it on the mobile version of the browser. This will allow you to quickly perform tasks like opening new tabs or scrolling through them.

Overall the design for the tablet version of Firefox looks pretty good and I would definitely like to try it out. However, there is no date on when the tablet version will be released and it might only be compatible with Honeycomb and higher versions of the tablet. Ian has also posted some more mockups of the design of Firefox for tablets on his account, which can be viewed by visiting this link.

So what do you think of the design mockups of Firefox for tablets? Do you like it? Do you think you would prefer it over the Android browser? do drop in  your thoughts through your comments.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

Samsung recently announced a new LTE version of its popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 8.9. It is the company’s third tablet device and it runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System, which is specially designed for tablet devices. The original Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 comes with different connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0 and MicroUSB, but the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE comes with an added LTE connectivity option.

“With the introduction of GALAXY S II LTE and GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE, we will take the capabilities of these devices to a whole new level. LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE features a 8.9 inch WXGA display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual core application processor, Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UX, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Gyroscope, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Quickoffice HD Editor, Stereo Speaker, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, LTE Connectivity, Android Market, Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Samsung Mini Apps Tray and a 6000 mAh battery.

Theoretically, the LTE technology allows you to download files at speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload at speeds of up to 50 Mbps. It means that you can download an entire film in less than two minutes. The LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 measures just 8.6mm and weighs only 455g. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE will be showcased at the IFA 2011, along with the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE.

Motorola XOOM Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out in Europe

Motorola has finally deemed the XOOM owners in Europe worthy enough for a software update. While XOOM owners in the U.S. started receiving the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update this weekend, European owners will be getting the Android 3.1 HC update now.

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The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update mainly aims at improving the core stability of the apps, along with improvements in 2D rendering. The update also brings scrollable widgets, and removes the 5 app limit from the multi-task switcher.

Motorola is rolling out the update in stages, so it will take quite some time before some XOOM owners get the update. I am talking about weeks and not days here.

I guess XOOM owners should not even think about the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update before in the next couple of months. Impatient XOOM owners in Europe can always head over to XDA forums, and download and install the Android 3.2 Honeycomb ROM.

The XOOM was the first Android tablet to launch with Honeycomb on-board. However, it is among the slowest tablets out there to get updated to the latest version of Honeycomb. The most popular Android tablet, Asus EeePad Transformer, got its Android 3.2 Honeycomb update a couple of weeks ago!