Let the “iPad Killer” hype begin. According to multiple unconfirmed reports, Samsung is all set to unveil the Galaxy S tablet, whose existence was confirmed back in June.
Very little concrete information is available about the Samsung Tab, other than that it will run on Android 2.2 and will feature a 7 inch screen. PCWorld expects it to be powered by a 1.2 GHz A8 processor, with a Super AMOLED screen, 16 GB of internal storage and 32 GB MicroSD expansion.
There is a good possibility that the tablet will be officially announced on August 11. Samsung has already invited members of the tech press to celebrate “a new dimension of Wonder with new products and announcements” in an event scheduled to be held on August 11.
In related news, the other highly anticipated tablet – Notion Ink’s Adam, is also making steady progress. The Adam, which is expected to arrive by October, has already passed the HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Test) test and Notion Ink is preparing to revamp its brand identity.
Cisco has finally entered into the tablet market with the launch of its Android based tablet named Cisco Cius. Cisco believes that Cius is a business tablet and it is definitely not a competitor of Apple iPad. This device has a 7 inch diagonal, high-resolution color screen with contact-based touch targets which delivers an elegant and intuitive experience. Check out the specs of this device below.
- Atom Processor 1.6Ghz
- 32GB of Flash storage
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G
- Bluetooth 3
- HD video (720p) with Cisco TelePresence
- 7diagonal (unknown exact resolution)
- External display support
- 8-hour battery
- Virtual desktop client
- Android operating system
- Cisco Quad, Cisco Show and Share, WebEx, Presence, and IM
- Cisco AnyConnect Security VPN Client
This device can run modified Android Apps as well as Cisco’s software products such as Cisco Quad, WebEx, Show and Share, Presence and Cisco TelePresence. It has support for both USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 keyboards, mouse, and headsets. The Intel Atom 1.6-Ghz processor and 32-GB of flash memory allows you to run and store Android applications locally.
Cius supports various connectivity options such as 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB and Bluetooth. This device has a front facing camera with HD (720p) video recording capability and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. These cameras can be easily used for teleconferencing. The price of this device is not announced yet and it is expected to be shipped in early 2011.
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While the iPad has been setting tablet computing on fire, a tiny Indian startup, Notion Ink has been working diligently to roll out its own tablet computer – Adam. We covered Adam fairly extensively in the past, including an exclusive interview with its CEO Rohan Shravan.
Some recent reports suggested that Adam might have been delayed until November. Notion Ink has now come out and debunked those rumors without promising any specific release date. “We are on track” is all Rohan Shravan revealed in his blog post. This probably means that Adam will be launched in a couple of months. However, like the iPad, Adam will have a staggered roll out all over the world. The good news for Indians waiting for a competitive tablet device is that India will definitely be among the first to receive the gadget.
Notion Ink has also closed their final round of fund raising. Once again, they didn’t provide any specifics, but Shravan did seem pretty jubilant about it. He wrote, “We have closed the final round of funding and are now in perfect sync with our investors. This is extremely good news for everyone. I say that, because if we have Global ambitions, there must be someone who can help us achieve that. And now we have got the muscle power”.
The Adam is an nVidia Tegra 2 powered Android tablet with Pixel Qi technology, which ensures readability even under direct sunlight. A cheaper version with normal LCD screen will also be available for users who don’t plan on doing too much reading on the Adan. In fact, we may even get a third variation, which is supposed to run on a mysterious battery efficient platform.
Whether Fusion Garage is a fraudulent entity or not is something the courts will have to decide. Nevertheless, they have now proved that they are at the very least dumber than dirt.
Apparently, Fusion Garage wanted to gather feedback from their entire customer base. So, they fired off the following mail to their customers:
Dear Sir and Madam,
Thank you for supporting JooJoo.
We hope to get your feedback about the JooJoo Tablet.
Please revert back to us want you think of our product.
Please drop us a line on how your JooJoo is working.
The trouble is that not only did their customer relations guy not know how to use a spell checker, but he was also oblivious to the purpose of the Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy) field. You can very well guess what happened next.
JooJoo Support dispatched the email using the CC field and in the process revealed the e-mail id of its entire user base.
As if this guffaw alone wasn’t embarrassing enough, it also revealed that Fusion Garage has managed to sell a grand total of 64 units. Yes, JooJoo has managed to do the seemingly impossible. It is faring even poorer than the rock bottom market expectations.
Update: Fusion Garage has denied that this e-mail represents their entire customer base. Apparently, this mail was intended for only a select group of customers. See the comments section for more information.
Google is on the edge of announcing its own Google Tablet PC. The tablet is expected anytime now, given that Eric Schmidt was recently describing it to some of his friends at a party in Los Angeles. NYTimes reports the device to be an e-reader that will also behave like a computer. It is quite obvious from these facts that it will be powered by the Android OS.
The choice of the OS also ends at Google Chrome which provides some basic cloud services. Though, Android is a better choice, given a huge developers community and the customizations that can be carried out on this scalable OS.
If and when this tablet arrives, it will be the perfect challenge to the Apple iPad. Currently, Google is the only company which would dare to stand up against the iPad and bring out its own tablet. Google’s services and their integration with the Google tablet will make it a hot favorite amongst avid internet users.
The Google Tablet will be heavily web based and will offer cloud storage. However, if this device is a response to the iPad pressure, it will not fare well. Google should stick to its charisma and simply do its original thing.
Tablet computing is the hottest thing right now and it seems that everyone wants to cash in. iProf is the latest entrant, which promises to revolutionize the way students prepare for entrance tests.
The iProf is hoping to cash in on the lucrative education market in India by bundling high quality study material along with its custom Learning Management System. Initially, the iProf would be catering to IIT aspirants through its tie up with Brilliant Tutorials. However, in the near future it will expand its portfolio to service MBA PMT, CPT, and CA students among others.
The iProf can be picked up from any of the iStudy Zones around the country for Rs 14,900. The price is fairly reasonable, considering the value of the bundled study material. However, it still may be too high for the Indian market, especially since it is aimed at young students.
- 7-inch touchscreen
- Android OS
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Bundled Learning Management System and study material from Brilliant Tutorials
Oh, who needs netbooks and laptops these days, what with some awesome tablets set to be released in 2010. However, if the rumor mills are to be believed, you will also see Steve Ballmer from Microsoft revealing a HP tablet based on the Courier concept at CES 2010.
According to NYT, Steve Ballmer may spring a surprise on Apple by revealing an HP tablet based on Microsoft’s Courier concept. The tablet is not yet named, however it may have an e-reader and multi-touch functionality.
One or more tablets will also be unveiled by HTC at the CES 2010. So it looks like this years CES 2010 will be dominated by tablets. CES 2010 is set to start on 7th January and continue till the 10th January. More than 20,000 products will be unveiled at this event, so expect it to be a gadget freak’s Disney world. By the way, you can also check out some of our Predictions for CES 2010.
Much speculation has been done around the heavily rumored and over-hyped tablet by Apple. The initial price tag people expected was around $700 but Wall Street Journal just reported that the tablet will sold for $1000 and would be offered starting March 2010. Apple is expected to make the announcement on 27th of January.
Apple’s tablet is potentially called iSlate and would have a 10 or 11 inch screen. With MacBook being sold around the same price tag, the tablet might have a hard time unless it completely stands up to the hype being created. People are also speculating that the tablet would implement a new kind of 3D graphics which will change the future of UI at Apple.
Do you think the tablet will live up to the hype or be a massive failure as some people predict.
Get ready Apple fans and Tablet aficionados. The much talked about Apple Tablet is coming. AllThingsD is reporting that Apple is planning a major media event later this month. The event will be held on 27th January, 2007 in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Last month, Financial Times had reported that Apple had rented the stage at Yerba Buena Center for several days towards the end of January. Of course, like most of the information available about Apple Tablet at this moment, this is also a speculation. However, Apple has utilized the Buena Center on several occasions in the past.
Fox News just confirmed that Apple has scheduled an event on 26th Jan in San Francisco at Yerba Buena. The spokesperson from Apple told that the scheduled event is going to be a bigone. Nothing at this point is official, but my guess is Apple will be announcing about the Apple iSlate/Tablet in this event, about which we have been hearing a lot since the past few weeks.
The spokesperson from Apple also said that the event will focus on the mobility space which indicates something related to Apple’s iPod/iPod Touch line up. The upcoming bigApple event will be held at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, where previously Apple has held its iPod centered events every year. Rumors of Apple Tablet where enough to push the stock of Apple at an all time high. While there is a strong probability of Apple announcing a Tablet PC, the fact that Apple is also known to scrap products just before its scheduled announcement must be kept in mind as well.
This will be the first time in recent memory that Apple will not be announcing a product launch at the Mac World.