TabCo is creating a lot of buzz by touting its upcoming tablet as an “Aha!” moment for the tablet industry. In an article today labeled “Secretive TabCo Gets Closer to Big Reveal“, Ina Fried, of AllThingsD, says that TabCo is “playing a high-risk game” by the way they’re choosing to market their product. So why all the hype about this new tablet anyway?
First of all, it has to be the way they have chosen to market the tablet. They have chosen to shroud their product in mystery, all the while building anticipation for their big reveal on August 15th. Their website, whoistabco.com, basically creates a lot of hype, and begs more questions than it really answers. Yesterday they posted a video on YouTube called “Lemmings”. Below you can see the video.
The second reason for all the hype, has to be the pretty bold claims TabCo is making in regards to this new tablet. I think it is a pretty gutsy statement to say they “reinvented the wheel”, as well as, to say they are “about to reinvigorate a market”. Bold statements like these can really come back to bite you. Let’s hope they don’t eat their words on this one.
If you dig through the TabCo website, you can start to piece together some technical specs about the new tablet. It appears to have Bluetooth, USB, wi-fi, and 4G connectivity. One statement they make about what sets them apart is “The UI, for one is like nothing else out there. It is predictive and draws its inspiration from the semantic web. The desktop is different, almost a canvas that gives you extensive flexibility to organize your life and work.” They state that third party developers will be allowed to build applications for it. Most importantly, you will be able to play Angry Birds on it.
While there are many questions still awaiting to be answered, August 15th is just around the corner. There is a lot of speculation out there as to who might be behind this project. One major rumor is that this is Nokia behind it all. Others believe it possibly could be Google. All I know is it will be interesting to see if this new tablet is truly innovative, or if it will be just another over hyped flop. Keep checking in here for the latest information.
So the third quarter of 2011 has already started, and it seems that the folks at Digitimes have gotten their hands on some really interesting data. In a post today, they have posted a list of the supply volume of tablets by all major manufacturers. Since most of the tablets are now manufactured in Taiwan and China, this could be quite an accurate indicator of the total tablet production by these companies.
According to the list, Apple, obviously, is the most optimistic about its tablet – the iPad. It has ordered close to 14-15 million iPad units from its hardware partners. The total orders are close to 22 million, so iPad production volumes will be close to 65-70% of the entire tablet market.
After Apple, the second largest order for tablets was given by Amazon. As we already know, rumors are that Amazon is planning to launch its own Android powered tablet by August 2011. Following the success of the Kindle, they seem to be quite optimistic about their tablet prospects. They have ordered close to 1.2 million units from their supply partners.
Every other Android tablet manufacturer, including Acer, Asus and Samsung has ordered between 750,000 and 900,000 units. HP and RIM have also ordered around the same number of their tablets – the TouchPad and the Playbook.
HTC, Motorola and Dell don’t seem very optimistic about the sales of their tablets. They have ordered less than 400,000 tablets each.
I was expecting Samsung to order much more, considering that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently the best Android Honeycomb tablet around. If Amazon can replicate the success of the Kindle in the tablet space, which seems very likely, it will have a much larger order in the next quarter.
Both these tablets will run Android 3.1 Honeycomb and come with a 1.5 GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, as well as a 250 GB hard drive by Seagate. The Archos 80 G9 will come with an 8 inch display, while the Archos 101 G9 will come with a 10.1 inch display. Unlike the Archos Arnova 7, both these tablets will come with access to Android Market.
The Archos 80 G9 will have a display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels while the Archos 101 G9 will sport a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Archos has priced both tablets very competitively, with the Archos 80 G9 priced at $279 and the Archos 101 G9 priced at $349. Both the tablets support 1080p video playback and will come with 3G support.
The only concern is the presence of an HDD instead of an SSD, which are much faster and consume much less battery. Both the tablets will be available for purchase by the end of September.
Digitimes, the premier source for all news about the rumored Amazon Android tablet, is back with another interesting piece of news.
Apparently, Amazon is working to time the launch of its Android tablet around the peak sales period before Thanksgiving in the US and year-end holidays in the US and Europe.
It will launch its Android tablet in August or September, and is estimating sales of about 4 million tablets globally in 2011, which seems to be quite a realistic estimate.
The Amazon Android tablet will be powered by processors by Texas Instruments, touch panels by Wintek, and LCD driver ICs by ILI. The tablets will be assembled by Quanta Computer.
Amazon will provide movie streaming services to its tablet users via the Amazon Prime program.
The Amazon Kindle has been a bestseller, but Amazon needs to launch a tablet soon, in order to prevent B&N from further capturing the ebook market with devices like the Nook Color. Amazon is in a very good position currently, to launch a viable competitor to the Apple iPad.
The homepage for the Archos Arnova 7, a 7 inch Android tablet priced at just $99 has gone live. Details of the Archos Arnove 7 were first revealed through its FCC filing, but now we have some more scoop on the cheapest Android tablet.
The Archos Arnova 7 comes with a 7 inch resistive touchscreen display and has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It supports 720p video playback and comes with USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity.
It also has 4 GB internal storage, but we don’t know much about the processor or RAM. It will come with Android 2.2 Froyo, and I expect the developer support to be quite low, so don’t expect any unofficial ROM upgrades.
It won’t support the Android Market, but comes with AppsLib store support. At this price point, it is one of the cheapest Android tablets, and seems to be well worth the money.
A 17-year old boy, identified by the surname Zheng in the Anhui Province in eastern China sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPad 2 tablet. Zheng searched over the Internet and found a buyer who offered to pay 22,000 yuan ($3000) for the organ.
Zheng reports, I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it. A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan.’The report states that the operation was carried out in Chenzhou on 28th April and his parents knew nothing about it. Zheng’s mother grew suspicious when he returned home with an iPad 2 and an iPhone in his hand. When she successfully forced him to reveal the truth, she filed a complaint to the police immediately. The police could not locate the broker whose cell phone was switched off. The case is under investigation now.
MSI also unveiled two more tablets – the MSI WindPad 110W, a 10 inch Windows 7 tablet and the MSI WindPad 100A, a 10 inch Android tablet.
MSI WindPad 110W Windows 7 Tablet
The MSI WindPad 110W has a 10.1 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It runs Windows 7 and is powered by the AMD Brazos processor with Radeon HD 6250 graphics. It has 2 GB RAM and offers a 64 GB SSD. Its battery lasts for over 6 hours and it has dual cameras. It weighs 850 gms and comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and USB ports.
MSI WindPad 100A Android Tablet
The MSI WindPad 100A has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IP display as well. It is powered by a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor and has 1 GB RAM. It will come with 32 GB internal storage and offers 8 hrs of battery life. It has a weight of 720 gms and comes with SD card support and USB ports. It will likely run Android 3.0/3.1 Honeycomb.
One of the most pertinent rumors doing the rounds in the past month has been that Amazon is working on an Android tablet. While the Kindle 3 has been a bestseller, there is only so much that an ebook reader can do.
To compete with the Apple iPad, and other tablets, as well as the B&N Nook Color which has turned out to be a huge hit, Amazon needs a complete tablet which can offer much more than just a good reading experience.
In a recent interview, when asked about Amazon’s tablet plans, Jeff Bezos just said “Stay tuned”, indirectly confirming the existence of plans of such a tablet.
According to a report by PCMag, the Android tablet by Amazon will launch in two versions – with a 7 inch and a 10 inch display. Amazon was initially planning to go with Mirasol or Pixel Qi displays, but they will be in the market only by 2013, so the Android tablets will sport LCD displays.
Another interesting point – the report also mentions that the Amazon tablet will be powered by a quad core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. It will probably run Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 3.1 Honeycomb as the OS.
The iPad 2 still doesn’t have any serious competition. The Amazon tablet, with its other offerings, like video on demand, the Kindle app, and the Amazon App Store could turn out to be the best alternative to the iPad. As Bezos said, stay tuned.
The HP TouchPad, which will be the first webOS tablet, is touted to be the only tablet which can compete with the iPad and Honeycomb tablets. The RIM Blackberry Playbook hasn’t seen very good sales yet. webOS on the tablet has received some great reviews though, just like its smartphone counterpart.
Thanks to HP’s massive distribution network and reach, the HP TouchPad is expected have much better sales than the Playbook. We have seen glimpses of the TouchPad before, but the pricing details haven’t been announced yet. Today, a screenshot of Walmart’s inventory system was leaked by PreCentral, which reveals that the TouchPad will be priced at $599 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi version. The iPad 2 32 GB Wi-Fi is also priced the same, so I’m guessing HP doesn’t plan to compete on price.
Walmart will also be selling the Touchstone charger dock for $79.98, and a webOS Bluetooth keyboard for $69.98. The HP TouchPad may be launched by the first week of June.
The HP TouchPad comes with a 9.7 inch display with a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels. It will run webOS 3.0 and comes with a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor. It has 32 GB internal storage and comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It is powered by a 6300 mAh battery.
A new report by Digitimes has given rise to heightened speculation that Amazon is working on an Android tablet, to replace its Kindle ebook reader. According to the report, Amazon has already placed orders with its OEM partner, Quanta Computer, for its upcoming Android tablet. The touch panels for the tablet will be provided by E Ink Holdings, and will support Fringe Field Switching technology.
Amazon expects the sales to touch 700,000 to 800,000 units during the peak season. The Amazon Kindle has been a very popular device, but since the launch of the iPad and the new Android tablets, sales might have been slowing, as more and more users prefer a multi-functional device like a tablet, over an ebook reader. The Nook Color, an Android powered ebook reader has seen huge sales, thanks to its low pricing and its ability to double up as an Android tablet.
With the launch of the new Amazon Android tablet, Amazon can probably capture a large share of the Android tablet space and also sell more ebooks. Amazon recently launched an Android app store. It may also start offering music and videos, leveraging its new cloud locker service. It might be priced around the $200 range, and may be an ad-supported version, like the new $114 Kindle it launched recently.