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.
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.
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.
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.
It is a 4G tablet with HSPA+ connectivity which comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will likely be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will come with 1 GB RAM. It also has a front facing camera for video calls. No other details about the exact specifications of the G-Slate are out yet.
In the FCC filing, the tablet’s model number is V900. It has WCDMA and AWS with Bluetooth and WLAN connectivity.
Notion Ink’s CEO, Rohan Shravan, just posted on the official blog that the Notion Ink Adam, which has been riddled with controversies, has finally passed FCC clearance. Notion Ink will start mass production of the Adam tablet on Monday and shipping will commence on Wednesday.
Those who pre-ordered the Notion Ink Adam should get it in about a week now.
The product code of the Notion Ink is NI3421A01. It was one of the best tablets to be showcased at CES 2011, and has received great early reviews, but the PR team has been receiving a lot of flak for goofing up the launch.
For more information on the Notion Ink Adam, including hardware specs and other details, check out this post.
Research in Motion has apparently ordered shipments of close to 1 million Blackberry Playbook tablets. Quanta Computer has begun production of the tablets, and RIM expects to sell them in Q1 2011.
RIM plans to launch the Playbook in March with a 3G version coming later. Honestly, 1 million Playbook sales seem a bit too ambitious now, with a flood of Android tablets coming soon.
Even Motorola expects to sell about 800,000 Xoom tablets, but that is more realistic, as Android is a much more popular OS than the QNX based OS in the Playbook. Even HP plans to launch a webOS tablet soon and Apple may launch the iPad 2 in April.
A new rumor says that the iPad 2 will be launched on either the first Saturday of April, or the second – April 2 or April 9. The dates definitely seem plausible and many earlier rumors have also pointed to a late Q1 release.
It will be available exclusively in Apple Stores for 6 months and will be available in Walmart and Target only around October. It will be available only in the US for 3 months, and will have an international launch only in July.
It is rumored to have a retina display, USB port and two cameras.
SlashGear has gone hands-on with the highly anticipated and controversial tablet from India, the Adam, and they are impressed. Adam has excited and teased tablet users and Android fans around the world since its announcement last year. Things turned ugly (and fast) with the opening of pre-orders, thanks to Notion Ink’s inexperience. However, as the video demonstrations have shown, Adam is quite unlike any other device on the market.
Apple has made a name for itself by paying attention to detail. Now, Notion Ink is trying to challenge iPad’s supremacy by following the same principle. Although the Adam is an Android tablet running on the powerful Tegra 2, it has its own user interface (called Eden), and its own set of carefully developed applications.
According to Slashgear:
Eden, the multitasking UI, splits the screen into three panes, and intelligently uses the dual-core NVIDIA processor to balance power and battery life. For instance, the CPU shows up as a single core in the Android Aboutpage; Eden won’t activate the second core if there’s still capacity in the first core. The way individual apps are handled does its part to minimize Tegra 2 exertion too. In the mail client, for instance, when you’re only reading emails it doesn’t load the send-mail library. That reduces load times and shrinks the amount of memory and power required. Other apps work in a similar way, only loading the libraries that are necessary for the functions you’re actively using. Background apps are frozen to free up their resources.
Thanks to all the optimizations, Adam is silky smooth even under heavy load. Switching between applications is near instantaneous, and video playback is remarkably fluid. In fact, SlashGear found the entire experience to be as smooth as watching videos on a dedicated Blu-ray player.
Judging from the initial impressions, Adam might indeed be the perfect blend of beauty, flexibility and power. I am expecting iPad 2 to get multi-tasking capabilities. If that indeed turns out to be true, it will be interesting to see Apple’s approach, as Notion Ink seems to have done an outstanding job.
It’s CES’ worst nightmare come true. Apple products hogging the limelight even before the event could kickoff. Earlier today, Engadget spotted an eager exhibitor at the CES 2011 showing off what appeared to be cases for the yet to be unveiled iPad 2.
Very little is known about iPad 2, and even that too is mostly through unconfirmed rumors. However, that hasn’t stopped several manufactures from designing cases for the highly anticipated successor to the king of tablets. Dexim, the manufacturer in question, has gone a step further than others, and has even prepared an iPad 2 dummy to display with their cases. The dummy iPad 2, as captured by Engadget, is displayed below in its full glory.
If Dexim’s sources are correct, then the iPad 2 will indeed be slimmer and slicker than its predecessor. It will also have a camera at the rear and front, along with a larger speaker. Apple is expected to announce the iPad 2 in the coming weeks.
Acer has just revealed a new Android tablet – the Acer Iconia Tab A500. It’s a 10 inch Android tablet which likely runs Android 2.2 Froyo with a custom Acer UI shell (Acer UI 4.5) on top.
It has a 10.1 inch multitouch touchscreen display and is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform with a dual core 1 GHz processor. It also sports a gyroscope as well as HDMI out.
At just 13.3 mm, it’s quite slim and looks great. It comes with 4G LTE connectivity and will be bundled with a Verizon Wireless 4G data plan. Acer is targeting it at gamers, touting the gyroscope and the 3D gaming capabilities.
The pricing details aren’t out yet and we also don’t know when it will be launched. Keep checking this post, we will soon update it with images of the Acer Iconia Tab.
Looks like the folks at Engadget could not wait another day or so before LG unveiled the LG Optimus Pad to users, the got a sneak(y) peek at the LG tablet at a CES 2011 venue.
The LG Optimus Pad was supposedly going to make an appearance in 2011, and from the Engadget video it looks more certain to show up at the LF press conference. The device will definitely be running Android, but the good part is that it is not just your regular tablet. As you can see from the screen above, the device is wirelessly able to calculate the energy used by different appliances through Wi-Fi. It could possibly also be used to control these devices.