Lenovo was one of the first manufacturers to announce a tablet, way back in June 2010. Since it first talked about it, about 132 tablets have already been launched, but Lenovo hadn’t said anything about its tablet until CES 2011.
At CES 2011, we finally got a good look at the LePad. The Lenovo LePad will come with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
It will sport a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. You can also use a digitizer for pen input, instead of your fingers. It will likely be priced between $399 and $449. it will go on sale in China by the end of Q1 2011, followed by a world wide launch in June 2011.
It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with a custom UI shell by Lenovo. With Google having launched Android 3.0 Honeycomb already, I hope Lenovo offers the LePad with vanilla Honeycomb on it, as a “Google Experience” Android tablet. At the $449 price point, it seems like a very sweet buy, especially compared to the Motorola Xoom which will be priced at $800, or even the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which will also be priced in the $600-$800 range.
The Motorola Xoom has been one of the most highly anticipated tablets of 2011. It was unveiled at CES 2011, and now, at MWC 2011, we got a better look at it.
The price of the Motorola Xoom was initially rumored to be $799, which is a bit steep, but comparable to the Apple iPad, which is its biggest competitor. Soon after, a leaked Best Buy document led to new rumors which said that the Xoom would be priced at $1199. This new figure was bashed by bloggers, being completely ridiculous. We were hoping that it would be wrong, and apparently it is.
In an interview with Reuters today, Motorola CEO, Sanjay Jha, confirmed that the unsubsidized version of the Motorola Xoom will be sold for $799 on Verizon. At this price, it is just a bit more expensive than the iPad 3G, which is priced at $729, but offers a lot less, in terms of features.
A Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola Xoom will also be launched soon, at $600, exactly the same as the 32 GB Wi-Fi iPad. Another interesting bit of information: In the interview, Jha also claimed that Motorola was looking at launching its own application store, for its range of Android phones.
The Motorola Xoom is an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet which has a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and has 1 GB RAM. It comes with a 5 MP camera and also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity with 32 GB internal storage.
Along with a bunch of handsets, HTC also announced their first tablet the HTC Flyer at MWC 2011. The HTC Flyer has a 7-inch screen with a 1024×600 resolution.
The tablet is powered by a blazing fast 1.5 GHz single core CPU from Qualcomm. The handset also packs 1GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal memory.
The tablet will be made of aluminum and will weigh in at 415grams. The back of the Flyer features a 5MP camera with AF (Auto-Focus) while there is a 1.3MP camera in the front. The Flyer also supports HSPA/WXDMA network along with quad-band GSM support.
The usual Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and all other relevant sensors are also present. It will also have a microUSB port for docking, charging and connecting to PC purposes. The Flyer will ship with a pressure sensitive capacitive stylus Scribe as well.
The tablet will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread when launched. According to HTC, there are not much has changed visually in Android 2.4. The Flyer will also have a tablet optimized version of Sense UI on top of Android 2.4. The tablet will be powered by a 4000mAh battery which will provide users with up to 4 hours of continuous video playback.
The Flyer will hit the retail stores sometime in Q2 of 2011. HTC did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet though.
The Motorola Xoom, the first “Google Experience” Android tablet which was announced at CES 2011 is supposed to launch soon, by the end of February. Until now, almost all the rumors pointed that the Motorola Xoom would be priced at $799. The figure was a bit high, but considering that the comparable 32 GB iPad 3G sold for around the same price, it was understandable. Even so, the general consensus was that a lower price point would be much helpful in boosting sales of the Xoom, especially when many similar Android tablets are set to launch soon after the Xoom.
Today, Best Buy has officially listed the Motorola Xoom on its site, and it is priced at a mind-bogglingly high $1199. That’s almost 65% higher than the 32 GB 3G iPad. You could also get two Samsung Galaxy Tabs for that price. Motorola is literally inviting competitors to come and take away the advantage it had in the Android tablet space due to the early launch. For Motorola’s sake, I hope that it’s either a joke or an error by Best Buy. Or maybe Motorola is trying to exploit the early adopters and will drastically drop prices when the other tablets like the LG Optimus Pad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 launch. Who knows!
A new rumor says that HP’s new webOS tablet, which was unveiled on February 9 at HP’s webOS press event, will be priced at $699, which is quite close to the iPad, and less than what the Motorola Xoom is to be priced at. The pricing seems decent, but a lower price point would have helped HP a lot more if it really wants to make a dent in the iPad’s market share.
BGR‘s sources also point that HP will be launching the TouchPad by the end of June 2011, which should send it straight into war with the likes of the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Apple iPad 2, Blackberry Playbook and just about every other promising tablet announced at CES and even those which are expected to be unveiled at MWC.
The HP TouchPad is a very promising tablet which runs webOS 3.0. It offers very tight integration with webOS based devices like the Palm Pre 3. It comes with a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and offers 1 GB RAM. It also has a 9.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It also comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. It has a 1.3 MP front facing camera as well, for video calling. The Wi-Fi only version of the TouchPad will likely be priced much lower than this.
The Blackberry Playbook is supposed to be one of the strongest competitors to the Apple iPad and the slew of Android 3.0 powered tablets which will launch in a couple of months, barring the new HP Touchpad, which was announced yesterday.
It was unveiled months back by Research in Motion and will be available soon. However, we still didn’t have any official word on the pricing of the Playbook. It was speculated to be priced at $399 for the 8 GB version and at $499 and $599 for the 16 GB and 32 GB versions respectively.
It seems that the pricing was right. A leaked image reveals that the Blackberry Playbook is priced at $499 for the 16 GB version and will be available by the end of March at Office Depot. The pricing is quite good, especially when compared to the Motorola Xoom which is priced at $800.
The Blackberry Playbook comes with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has a 1 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. It comes with a 5 MP and a 3 MP camera with support for 1080p HD video recording. It also offers Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. It will run a new tablet OS based on the QNX architecture.
When the Motorola Xoom was officially unveiled at CES 2011, earlier in January. It is probably the best Android tablet yet, and the first one to run the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It has some really impressive hardware specs but is priced a bit high, at $800 for the 32 GB version which comes with both 3G + Wi-Fi connectivity.
Today, another tablet by Motorola has passed FCC testing. It seems to the Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola Xoom, about which we had reported earlier.
It will have the exact same specifications as the Motorola Xoom 3G version. It will come with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with 1 GB RAM. It also has a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash as well as a secondary 2 MP camera. It comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and has 32 GB internal storage. It will likely be priced much lower than the 3G version, which is great for buyers who want the Xoom, but can’t afford the 3G version at $800. Motorola will also be launching a 4G version of the Xoom soon.
Check out more details about the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi version at WirelessGoodness
Huawei, the company which launched the cheapest Android phone – the Huawei Ideos – in 2010 has been trying to make its presence felt on the Android scene. So far, it has been completely overshadowed by the likes of HTC, Samsung and Motorola. Even the announcements of the Huawei Ideos X5 and the Ideos X6 failed to make any major impact.
Now, images of an Android tablet and a new Android smartphone by Huawei have been leaked on its official Flickr account, just a week before MWC.
The Huawei Ideos S7 Slim is an Android tablet which has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display. From the images, it seems to have a front facing camera and keys for Home, Menu and Back. We don’t have any other details yet. We can expect it to run Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, with a Android 3.0 Honeycomb upgrade coming later. It will likely be priced much lower than the current crop of Android tablets.
The other leaked device is the Huawei Ideos X3 Android smartphone. It will be a budget phone and will likely have a 3.2 – 3.5 inch display. Both these devices will be launched at the Mobile World Congress in a week. Stay tuned for more MWC updates at Techie-Buzz.
The Motorola Xoom has been one of the most talked about Android tablets since the end of 2010. It is the first Android tablet which will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the tablet version of Android. It will be the first serious competitor to the iPad, which is outdated now. Until the launch of the iPad 2, the Motorola Xoom will probably be the best tablet you can buy.
Today, the pricing details of the Motorola Xoom have been revealed, thanks to a leaked Best Buy ad. Just as we predicted earlier, it has been priced at $799.99 which is a bit high, but is comparable to the 3G iPad (32 GB) which is priced at $729. It will be available on Verizon with data plans starting at $20 per month for 1 GB data transfer to $80 per month for 10 GB data transfer.
Until the iPad 2 is launched, the Motorola Xoom will definitely be the best tablet around. However, I would rather wait till the iPad 2 launches, or till more Honeycomb tablets launch; the Xoom pricing should become more sensible then.
The Motorola Xoom is an Android 3.0 tablet which has a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It also has a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM and comes with a 5 MP camera. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity and has 32 GB internal storage.
However, 2011 will see a lot more new tablets coming into the market and the iPad will definitely have more competition. So which are the tablets that you can look forward to in 2011? Here is a list of top 5 tablets which you can buy in 2011.
Apple iPad 2
Well, iPad was a run-off success; however, it did lack quite a few features including a camera. In 2011 (most likely in April), Apple will announce the iPad 2. It is rumored to do away with the home button and replace everything with multi-touch gestures, similar to what you would see on a Mac.
iPad 2 is also rumored to have a camera which can be used to record videos and video chat using Facetime. Rumors also suggest that the next generation of iPad will feature a Retina Display’. Users should also expect the iPad 2 to sport a dual-core processor which should be easily able to play back 1080p videos.
What users should not expect the iPad 2 to feature is the support for Adobe Flash. The iPad 2 will be running on a new iOS version which might include some basic photo and video editing capabilities as well. Expect Apple to set the bar so high with the iPad 2 that rest of the manufacturers will be playing the catch-up game for the rest of the year.