Motorola Unveils The Android Powered Xoom Tablet

motorola xoom

Motorola finally announced its much awaited tablet, the Motorola Xoom at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This device runs on the Google’s latest Android OS (Honeycomb), optimized for tablets. Motorola Xoom comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4G LTE upgradeable, Full HD (1080p) video playback and more. This device allows you to access more that 3 million Google eBooks. Check out the complete specs below.

Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform. Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country,said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.

Motorola Xoom Specifications:

  • 10.1 inch touchscreen display
  • 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro USB 2.0
  • Corporate Sync
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 4G LTE upgradeable
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Full HD (1080p) playback
  • 32GB internal memory
  • SD card support
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Up to 10 hour video playback

The Motorola Xoom device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011, the Motorola Xoom will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device. The price of this tablet is not announced yet.

Samsung Announces Wi-Fi Only Galaxy Tab

samsung galaxy tabBack in September, Samsung launched its first tablet device, the Galaxy Tab. And now, the company announced a Wi-Fi only version of their popular tablet at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. There are no changes in the device, expect the fact that, the lastest variant does not come with a 3G connectivity option. The Wi-Fi only version of Galaxy Tab is powered by the same old Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system.

Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and 4000mAH battery.

The AllShare DLNA Technology in the Galaxy Tab allows you to take video or pictures with the device and send the original content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTVs, laptops, PC monitors, etc. The price of this device is not announced yet. The Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab will be available for purchase in the US from the first quarter of 2011.

ASUS Announces 3 Android and 1 Windows Based Tablet

Today, ASUS unveiled a bunch of new tablets at the ongoing CES 2011. In all ASUS announced 4 new tablets, of which 3 are based on Android. The three new Android based tablets from ASUS are the Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad Slider and the Eee Pad MeMo.

The Eee Pad MeMo has a 7-inch screen (1024×600 resolution) and is powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualacomm. The back of the tablet sports a 5MP camera with a LED flash while there is a 1.3MP camera in the front for all your video chatting needs. ASUS has also bundled a capacitive stylus with the Eee Pad MeMo.   The Eee Pad will run on Android 3.0 when launched in June. The tablet will be priced from $499.


The other two Android 3.0 based tablets Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Pad Slider. The former has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard while the latter has a dock (or a detachable keyboard, whatever you prefer to call it) which has a full size keyboard and number pad. Both the tablets are powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 processors and have a 10.1-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280×800.

The tablets also sport a mini-HDMI port, a microUSB port, Bluetooth 2.1, a 5MP camera at the back and a 1.3MP front cam along with a microSD card slot.

The dock’ for the Eee Pad Transformer also has an inbuilt battery which will help the tablet provide a battery life of nearly 16 hours.   The Eee Pad Slider will hit the stores sometime in May and will cost in the $500-$800 range. The Transformer will launch in April and will cost around $400-$700.


Along with the trio of Android 3.0 tablets, ASUS also announced a 12-inch Windows based tablet. The ASUS Eee Slate EP121 tablet is powered by a Core i5-470M processor, 64GB SSD, and up to 4GB of RAM. The 12.1-inch IPS display has a Wacom digitizer, thus allowing users to draw portraits and take notes with the included stylus.

The usual Wi-Fi, mini-HDMI port, microSD card slot, microUSB port and dual-cameras are also present. The EP121 tablet should be out sometime later this month for a whopping $1000.


Viliv to Launch Android and Windows Tablets at CES 2011

It seems like CES 2011 is going to be dominated by tablets. The prospect of Motorola and scores of other manufacturers planning to showcase their tablets at CES was already very enticing for techies like us. Today, JKK reported that even Viliv, which makes some of the best UMPCs, is planning to launch its Android and Windows tablets at CES 2011.

It will be showcasing three tablets:

Viliv Android and Windows TabletsViliv X7 Android Tablet

A 7 inch tablet, roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will run Android, probably version 2.2 Froyo. Its tagline – “the leadership of Anywhere Connectivity” suggests that it will probably have 3G connectivity.

Viliv X10 Android Tablet

A 10 inch tablet powered by Android which will compete with the likes of the Apple iPad and the Motorola tablet which is also to be launched at CES.

It should have a very long battery life, as claimed by Viliv – “Longest battery life powered 10.2 inch Android”.

Viliv X70 Windows 7 Slate

The Viliv X70 is what many Windows fans have been waiting for. It is the “Most slim and light Windows 7 based tablet in the world”. Sounds interesting, right?

What makes it even more interesting is the rumor that Microsoft may be planning to launch a ARM based version of Windows at CES. This might be one of the first devices to run it.

via JKKMobile

Notion Ink Adam Tablet’s Video Is Still Coming, I Stopped Waiting For It A Day Ago

Updates at bottom of post..

It is well past December 18th, 2010 in India, where Notion Ink is based. It is a really big day for their team because they announced the Adam Tablet on this date, they also promised a video of the device, however, it looks like we’ll have to wait 6 hours countless hours or maybe until eternity to get a chance to watch it.

Notion Ink Adam


In a very short and brief post on Notion Ink’s official blog, the founder Rohan said this (do read the comments there):

The video is being sent to Android Police and they will have exclusive access to it for the six hours before we can post it here.


Now there are few things here. Notion Ink has had over 8 days to get this video ready. They already passed their deadline, technically they didn’t but according to the IST they did. Now, it has been over two hours since they had promised the exclusive video to Police, however, they seem to have not received it yet. Here are couple of tweets from AP.

Hey guys! We’re still waiting on the video from Rohan, re: the Notion Ink Adam. Once we have it, it will be posted ASAP.#notionink #adam

@keithdsouza From what we were told, we were to have to video a bit ago, and that, supposedly, we’d be the only ones to have it for 6 hours

Prior to the post being published on their site, several people including me started tweeting about how Notion Ink hadn’t posted their promised video. I bet the folks at Notion Ink are savvy and might have caught up on it; as if they thought that no one would notice; and went ahead and wrote that post.

So, why is Notion Ink in such a haste? Why couldn’t they write the blog post after they sent the video there promised in the post? Why are they acting in such a suspicious manner? Why are they alienating customers who pre-ordered through their system, which was a stupid way to start out with things in the first place.

So is the Notion Ink Adam for real? Well I certainly am very very skeptical about it right now. The wait is not six hours though, here is the catch: The video is being sent to Android Police and they will have exclusive access to it for the six hours before we can post it here.

So this means that people can only see the video 6 hours after Android Police has seen it, now when Android Police will see it is a mystery, when people will see it is not. However, here is hoping that these guys get a better PR agency to handle the shit storm they have created.

Update: Wow, I am glad I turned out to be the one eating my words on this. Notion Ink just released a video demonstrating the Adam and it looks really good, check out the Notion Ink Adam Tablet Demo.

Notion Ink Adam Goes On Pre-Order With A Twist

The much anticipated Notion Ink Adam is up for pre-order now, however, there is no direct link for pre-ordering the device and users will require to comment on the blog post to get a link to pre-order the device (thanks @manan).

Notion Ink Adam

Notion Ink recently cleared the FCC checks for Adam and had promised a December launch. They have kept their words and have started accepting pre-orders for the device. Adam’s prices have been lowered from the initial estimates and will be available in the following price bands, the prices will remain same for all the countries.

  • LCD Wi-Fi version will start at $375.33
  • LCD 3G version will start at $425.33
  • Transflective version (Pixel Qi) Wi-Fi will start at $499.45
  • Transflective version (Pixel Qi) 3G will start at $549.99

Pre-booking for the device will start for those who commented on the blog post from December 10 00:00 IST and will open for everyone after 6 hours. Adam will come in 2 different colors which includes Matte Black Color with a white strip and The device which runs on comes with it’s own flavor called Eden which borrows a lot of features from Android 2.3 Ginberbread and Android 3.0 Honey Comb.

To learn more about the device head over to

Dell To Launch 7" Tablet Soon

Looks like the wars is heating up and will have a lot of competition in the coming months. Just within a week of RIM announcing the  Tablet PlayBook, WSJ is reporting that Dell might also launch their own 7" Tablet shortly.

Dell Tablet

According to WSJ, Dell CEO Michael Dell had flashed a 7" tablet at the Oracle conference a week ago, however, there was no release date specified for the tablet.

Dell China President Amit Midha confirmed to WSJ that the tablet would be running , which is becoming a norm for most of the tablets which are going to be released in the holiday season. However, a Dell tablet might be unlikely this holiday season and may be released within the next 6-12 months.

A few weeks ago, bookies were betting that HTC would be the first to release a tablet in 2010, however, announcements like these might boot that odds at risk. Other than that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is also making quite a few waves in the industry, and it would be interesting to see who wins in this new and open market of Internet tablets.

Apple does have a strong foothold right now because iPad is the only device selling right now, but with introduction of more devices, iPad might lose that initial glory. Also most of the tablet devices that are announced pack in more features than iPad has and might also be lower priced than it.

Back in January I had predicted several internet tablets, though none of them except for iPad are out yet, I am definitely waiting to see which one I get my hands on.

Image Credit: Reuters

Blackberry PlayBook Pictures and Video

RIM announced their new competitor, the Blackberry PlayBook today. The new packs in a lot of power in a 7″ device. If you haven’t got your fill of the Blackberry Tablet yet, here are some pictures and a sneak peek video of the Blackberry PlayBook.

Blackberry PlayBook

Hit the gallery below to view more pictures of the Blackberry Playbook.


Blackberry PlayBook Preview Video

So what do you think of the Blackberry PlayBook? Would you consider buying it when it comes out? What is the fair price you would pay for the device? Do let us know about your thoughts.

7" RIM Blackberry Tablet PlayBook Unveiled

Research In Motion, the creators of the popular phone, have just made their foray into the market with the introduction of the 7" Blackberry Tablet called PlayBook.

Blackberry PlayBook

Blackberry PlayBook is built on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture  and will have a 7" Multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with screen resolution of 1024×600 pixels.  Playbook runs on a 1 GHz dual-core processor and packs in 1GB RAM. It also has Dual HD Cameras (3 MP front facing and 5MP rear facing) and supports 1080p HD video recording.

Blackberry Playbook Tablet Features

PlayBook can play most of the newer video formats and also has a HDMI video output so that you can connect it to your HDTV to watch movies on it. For connectivity, PlayBook has support for Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1.

PlayBook also has a microUSB connection which will allow you to connect external devices or hard drives. PlayBook enhances browsing experience with a WebKit/ compliant browser, Adobe Flash 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL and Java.

PlayBook is is lightweight and weights only 0.9lbs (400g) making it easier to carry around, unlike the Apple which is bulky. The Blackberry Playbook will run on the Blackberry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing.

The device will be launched in the United States in early 2011 and in other international market in Q2 2011. The Blackberry Tablet OS SDK will be released to developers in coming weeks. Pricing details of the device has not been unveiled and should be known in the next few months.

You can find more information about the Blackberry PlayBook tablet at or read the full press release here.

Betting On An iPad Killer? Bookies Pick HTC To Do The Job

Since the launched, there have been talks about an iPhone killer. Though there have been no real iPhone killers, several mobiles have come close to being competitive enough to it.

HTC Android Tablet

Earlier this year, Apple launched their tablet device, the . Though there haven’t been any tablet competitors to rival it, there will be a slew of them in near future. So who will be an iPad killer? Well none yet, but Bookies from have calculated the odds on which company will release a tablet to compete with Apple’s iPad in 2010, and that company is none other than HTC.

According to them, HTC has a 50% odds of releasing a tablet this year. Nokia has 40% odds and LG, Sharp, Motorola and Sanyo have 25% odds. iPad might get its first taste of competition with the RIM  Tablet "BlackPad" rumored to make its debut next week, though rumors of the HTC Tablet is also pretty loud.

So which company are you betting on to release a rival to the Apple iPad? HTC with or are you betting on someone else?