HP Topaz webOS Tablet Specifications Revealed

The HP Topaz, the first webOS tablet by HP was leaked a few weeks back. The Topaz will likely be launched at HP’s press event on February 9, along with the Opal.

Today, Precentral has revealed some detailed specifications of the HP Topaz.

The HP Topaz will be powered by the Qualcomm MSM8660 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It also has a Adreno 220 GPU and comes with 512 MB DDR2 RAM. It will have a 9.7 inch XGA display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

It will also have Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a front facing camera for video calls. The initial version will offer only Wi-Fi, but 3G and 4G versions should also launch soon. It also has a built in accelerometer, compass, gyrometer and a light sensor. It will have two integrated speakers and will come with two 3150 mAh batteries. It’s quite light, at just 700 gms.

It will support Touchstone charging as well as wireless audio streaming via Bluetooth, wireless picture sharing, website sharing, printing, music sharing etc. For more details, including pricing and launch dates, we will have to wait for the February 9 event.

Check out these images of the HP Topaz webOS tablet with the hardware specifications listed.

HP Topaz

HP Topaz

via Precentral

Notion Ink OTA Update Bricks The Adam – DON’T UPDATE

First of, it was a pleasure to see the Notion Ink Adam finally shipping last week. However, it looks like bad publicity is written in their fate. From the launch fiasco to shipping problems, this device is getting into the news for the all the wrong reasons.

Notion Ink Adam

Some of the people who pre-ordered the Adam got their units today, however, instead of enjoying one of the best Android tablets, people are handling a device that won’t even start. This issue is occurring  when a user applies an Over-the-Air (OTA) software update to the device.

Bricked Notion Ink Adam

Police are in possession of a picture of the bricked unit and also an email from the Notion Ink team about "NOT APPLYING" the OTA update to the device. This is definitely been a ridiculous journey for a device that showed much promise.

Hopefully, the problem should not take a long time to fix, however, it shouldn’t have happened at all, considering all the things that the Adam had to endure during the past couple of months.

Hi!

Greetings from Notion Ink!

First of all, we would like to Welcome you to the Notion Ink Family!

We understand and share your excitement about you receiving your Adam.

Secondly, a couple of our family members who received the Adam already, reported to us that they faced some issues in updating their device.

So, as a precautionary measure, we would advice you to refrain from updating your Adam until we investigate this matter and contact you with an official update regarding this matter.

In case you need any other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Warm Regards
Notion Ink

Please DO NOT reply to this e-mail. Instead, please send a fresh e-mail to the address mentioned above.

As an advice, if you are a owner of the Notion Ink Adam, do NOT APPLY the new OTA update.

Apple to launch the iPad in India on January 28

Apple iPadApparently, Apple is planning to finally launch the iPad in India. It will be launched on January 28, according to a report by the Telegraph, exactly an year after it was announced by Apple.

The Apple iPad has had record sales and has single-handedly conquered the whole tablet market. Since its launch, many Chinese tablets have been launched with Android and other OSes, but none has seen the kind of success that the iPad has.

The only tablet that has managed to come close to the iPad has been the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but it’s still way behind the iPad in terms of sales. Apple plans to launch the iPad 2 soon, which is a great move considering that Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate as well as other tablets like the Blackberry Playbook and HP webOS tablets will soon be available.

The iPad will be available in both versions – Wi-Fi only, and Wi-Fi + 3G. The Wi-Fi model will be priced between Rs. 26,000 and Rs. 37,000 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions.

The Wi-Fi + 3G model will be priced between Rs. 33,000 and Rs. 44,000 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions. This is very competitive pricing, especially when the Galaxy Tab sells for Rs. 32,000 in the Indian market. Maybe Apple is looking to sell off its entire iPad stock before it launches the iPad 2. Whatever the reason may be, I know many people who would readily buy the iPad at these prices.

via Fonearena

Motorola Xoom to Launch on February 17 at Best Buy

The Motorola Xoom is the first “Google Experience” Android tablet which will be running the latest version of the Android OS optimized for the tablet form factor – Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform, and will be the most powerful tablet when it is launched. It was showcased by Motorola at CES 2011 and has set the blogosphere abuzz with speculation. Almost everyone is trying to get some information on when it will be launched and what it will be priced at. We got the answer to the latter, when we discovered that it might be priced at $799 for the unsubsidized version, but we still didn’t have any idea when it will be released.

Well, now we do. Engadget has stumbled upon an internal Best Buy document which states that the Motorola Xoom Android tablet will be launched on February 17 at Best Buy. The stock of the Motorola Xoom tablet will arrive at Best Buy on February 16 and it will be on sale the very next day. We still don’t have any confirmation about the price of the Motorola Xoom yet, but we surely hope that it’s much less than the rumored $799.

Motorola Xoom

Head over to Engadget to check out the leaked Best Buy documents which state the price of the Motorola Xoom.

Motorola Xoom to be Priced at $799?

When the Samsung Galaxy Tab was first announced, there were cries of joy from Android fans who had been waiting for a good Android tablet which could compete with the iPad. The Galaxy Tab seemed perfect; it was better than the iPad in terms of specs and was powered by a more “open” OS – Android.

However, as soon as the pricing for the Galaxy Tab was announced, those very same fans started cursing it. Pricing a tablet at $599 was nuts, and expecting it to beat a juggernaut like the iPad in terms of sales at that price point was insane. Even so, the Galaxy Tab did see decent sales, though they were nowhere as good as the iPad.

With the Motorola Xoom, the much awaited Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet which was unveiled at CES a couple of weeks back, Motorola seems to be treading down that same path again. Apparently, according to some info that Android Central dug up, the Motorola Xoom will be priced at $799 for the unsubsidized version. For Motorola’s sake, I hope that’s not true. With the iPad 2 coming soon, and many other Android tablets coming too, the Xoom, however good, cannot possibly sell a lot at this price.

When the Galaxy Tab was launched at Rs. 38,000 in India, it didn’t see many sales. Its price has since dropped to 31,000. Even if Motorola does launch it at $799, it will have to drop its price when the iPad 2 launches.

Motorola Xoom

HTC Flyer Android Tablet Coming in March

HTC has been one of Google’s most popular hardware partners; it even launched the first Android smartphone – the T-Mobile G1. Naturally, everyone is a bit surprised that almost every manufacturer, including Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus and Acer have revealed their Android tablet plans, but HTC still hasn’t. According to the latest tablet rumor by Digitimes, HTC is planning to launch 3 Android tablets in 2011. The first will be named the HTC Flyer and will be an enlarged version of the HTC Desire. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI and will be upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It seems to be a 7 inch tablet, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

HTC seems to be rushing the Flyer launch, bringing it to market just before the Blackberry Playbook and the Motorola Xoom. It will also launch 2 other tablets after the HTC Flyer; they will likely sport better hardware and ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, competing with the Motorola Xoom and the LG G-Slate.

Though this is a rumor, it seems to be quite credible considering the past leaks by Digitimes. Launching an Android tablet is also the logical next step for HTC. It may unveil the tablets at Mobile World Congress in February.

Notion Ink’s Adam Tablet to Ship from Today

We have discussed Notion Ink‘s Adam tablet quite a number of times. Right from Rohan Shravan’s interview to the latest controversy of delayed pre-order shipments.

The Adam tablet’s pre-order shipments were delayed because they had not got the   Certification numbers from FCC and CE which are required to be printed on every device.

Rohan’s blog, updated yesterday, confirms that they have finally got the required FCC and CE clearance and they would start shipping this batch of devices from today, i.e., 19th January

Rohan has also posted a few pics of the   ready-to-be-shipped Adam devices on his blog.

Shipment Ready Adam Tablets

HP to Launch Topaz and Opal webOS Tablets in 2011

Ever since the iPad had a successful launch, it seems that everyone is trying to get into the tablet business. Those who don’t want to develop their own software, like Samsung, Dell, Motorola and LG, are using Android to power their tablets.

Some like RIM (Blackberry Playbook) and HP (webOS Tablet) are developing the software as well as hardware in-house. We have already seen the Blackberry Playbook in action, but we don’t know much about the HP webOS tablet. According to a training presentation by HP, the webOS tablet is going to be launched on February 9.

Well, here’s a big surprise. There’s not one, but two webOS tablets which are to be launched in 2011. There will be a 9 inch webOS tablet codenamed Topaz as well as a 7 inch webOS tablet codenamed Opal. Here are some leaked renders of the HP Topaz webOS tablet by Engadget.

HP webOS Tablet

They will apparently be launched rather late, only after June. The Topaz has a glossy design with a front facing camera, a microUSB port and three speakers. The Opal will have 3 variants – Wi-Fi only, AT&T 3G and Verizon LTE. It will be launched around September 2011.

HP also plans to launch webOS netbooks along with the tablets. No other details are out yet.

Dell Streak 7 to Launch on February 2?

The Dell Streak 7 was one of the many tablets announced at CES 2011. It was leaked way before CES though. It is one of the best Android tablets which will be coming to us in 2011. Dell is one of the more reliable tablet manufacturers, along with Samsung, Motorola and LG.

The Dell Streak 7 will compete with the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the LG G-Slate.

It has a 7 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display and is powered by a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. It has 1 GB RAM and comes with 16 GB internal storage. It will come with HSPA+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It will run Android 2.2 with the Stage UI, the same as the Dell Streak smartphone. It also has a 5 MP camera as well as a secondary 1.3 MP camera. We don’t know the price of the tablet yet.

We already knew that T-Mobile was going to launch the Streak 7 some time in Q1 2011, but what we didn’t know was that it was going to be launched as early as February 2. According to TMOnews, T-Mobile will launch the Dell Streak 7 on February 2. T-Mobile also plans to launch the LG G-Slate tablet soon. Even Samsung is apparently working on a successor to the Galaxy Tab with refreshed hardware specs and 4G support.

Dell Streak 7

Evolve III Maestro trible boots into Windows 7, Meego and Android

Evolve III is an Australian company with a tablet offering called Evolve III Maestro.

As per the company’s website, they offer two different “slates”,   one running Windows 7 and the other running a modified version of Meego. However, apart from the different OSes,   there doesn’t seem to be any difference in the hardware.

The thing that separates this tablet from most others is that it is based on Intel’s Atom N475 processor rather than any ARM core.

Currently there is no mention of Android on their website. But interestingly enough, they claim that the production version of the tablet will Triple boot into Windows 7, Meego and Android.

The hardware specs for the Evolve III Maestro are pretty impressive too :

  • Intel Atom N475 dual-core 1.83 GHZ processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and 3G network connectivity
  • 10 inch LCD touchscreen
  • 32 GB SSD (upgradeable to 64 GB)
  • Bluetooth

In a sea of ARM-based Android tablets, it would be interesting to see how Evolve III manages to hold their ground.