As expected, the launch of the Google Nexus 7 tablet has sparked off yet another series of rumors about a low end tablet by Apple, also known in the tech press as the iPad Mini.
There have been a lot of rumors so far about the fabled iPad Mini, which Apple will supposedly launch to reign supreme over the entire tablet market, by grabbing even the budget segment from the hands of Google’s Android.
The new rumors suggest that the iPad Mini is already in the works, and will sport a 7.85 inch Sharp IGZO display panel, which supports Retina display resolutions.
Apple will price it in the $249 to $299 range to compete with the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire. It is supposed to be unveiled later this year, but we would take this rumor with a pinch of salt.
Apple has already managed to almost perfectly optimize its production processes for the iPad. We expect it to drop prices on older iPads to target the budget market rather than launching new variants.
With each new iPad, Apple just drops the price of each older variant by $100 or more. That might be the best way to maintain a consistent experience across devices while ensuring minimum fragmentation. It also enables Apple to maintain its high margins by minimizing costs.
And rest assured, Apple will never take a hit on each unit sold, like Google or Amazon. It doesn’t need to.
Sharp recently announced its latest smartphone – the Sharp AQUOS 104SH. It is officially the first device which runs on the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System. You heard it right! Most of us were expecting that the Google Nexus Prime will be the first device with Android ICS, but unfortunately, it will be the second device running on the latest Android OS.
Some notable specs of this device includes the 4.5 inch HD touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Sharp AQUOS 104SH is powered by the same 1.5 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core processor, which has been used in the upcoming Google Nexus Prime smartphone. On the back of the device, you will find a 12.1 megapixel camera with full HD (1080) video recording capabilities. On the front-side, you will find a 3 megapixel camera for video calls.
Other features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSDHC card bundled, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, etc. The Sharp AQUOS 104SH is a dustproof and waterproof smartphone.
The Sharp AQUOS 104SH will be exclusively available for the customers of the wireless carrier Softbank in Japan. The price and complete specs of this device has not been announced yet. This handset will release next year sometime around February-March. The specs of this device might get refreshed before the actual launch. It is also expected to come with a custom UI, on top of the Ice Cream Sandwich, similar to the HTC Sense 3.5 UI.
Are you planning to buy this device? Or waiting for the official announcement of Google Nexus Prime? Let us know your views in the comments section below.
One of the greatest advantages of Android is the variety – you get a huge list of phones to choose from. Android phones have been launched in almost every form factor. There are the standard candybar touchscreen phones, the sliding QWERTY smartphones, the sliding gamepad ones, the candybar QWERTY ones and many more. Until now, we didn’t have any clamshell phones running Android, but Sharp just announced the Sharp Aquos 007SH Android smartphone which comes with a clamshell form factor.
It comes with a 16 MP camera and 720p video recording, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also has a 3.4 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. It also comes with Wi-Fi support and HDMI out. It also has a 0.7 inch secondary display and has dimensions of 51.8 Ã— 113 Ã— 19.3 mm with a weight of 140 gms.
Well, here’s the catch. First of all, it doesn’t have a QWERTY keypad, just a standard numeric one. Secondly, it is ugly. Seriously, have a look.
I don’t know what the designers were thinking, but there is no way I would ever buy anything that looked like this. I doubt anyone else will either.
It will be launching soon in Japan on Softbank Mobile.