Ultra HD displays are clearly the next big thing as far as display manufacturers are considered, with 3D being suddenly relegated to the status of a secondary feature. During the first two days, we saw Samsung and LG announce gorgeous 55-inch 4K OLED TVs, Panasonic showcase its massive 20-inch Windows 8 table with a 4K display targeted at designers, and LG and Sony announce affordable (comparatively) smaller 4K displays. Ultra high definition displays represent the next radical improvement in display technology, and the good news is that 2013 looking to be the year where it will finally spread its wings.
Yesterday, LG announced a 30-inch monitor with an astounding resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. Although, we don’t know the price of this little beauty, it will surely put a dent in your pocket. LG is billing the 153 ppi display as a professional monitor aimed at designers and artists. Viewsonic also displayed a 32-inch monitor with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 that will be shipping towards the end of this year.
Sony on the other hand is displaying a curious prototype that is labelled as a 4K handycam for consumer use. It’s not even known if the prototype works since its currently securely locked in a glass cage, but as per The Verge, it records 4K videos using the XAVC open-source format. To be honest, the 4K video recorder sems to be too big and bulky for most consumers.
Last, but not least, Westinghouse stayed true to its word, and unveiled the biggest 4K TV in the world. Westinghouse’s 110-inch 4K TV is a good 25 inches bigger than its nearest competition. However, it comes at a price. The world’s biggest 4K TV will only be manufactured to order, and will cost $300,000, which is more than ten times the price of 85-inch and 84-inch 4K televisions from Sony and LG respectively.
[ via The Verge and Engadget ]
ViewSonic is on a roll. After its three new dual SIM Android smartphones – the ViewPhone 4s, 4e, and 5e – we have confirmation that it will be launching three new tablets too, at the Mobile World Congress this year.
Here are some details.
ViewSonic ViewPad G70
The ViewPad G70 seems similar to the ViewPad E70 which was a budget Android ICS tablet launched at CES 2012. It will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and microSD card support. It will also sport a 2 MP camera and a 0.3 MP secondary camera. It also comes with mini-HDMI, micro-USB, and mini-USB slots. It will have a 7 inch display, presumably with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
ViewSonic ViewPad E100
The ViewPad E100 comes with a 1 GHz processor and an IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It will be powered by a 1 GHz processor and offer HDMI and USB connectivity and microSD card support. It weighs around 620 gms and is quite slim at just 9.1 mm.
ViewSonic ViewPad P100
The ViewPad P100 is a Windows 7 tablet which sports a 10 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It’ll be powered by a dual core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N2600 processor.
We should see the complete spec sheets of all three tablets at their official unveiling at MWC 2012. Stay tuned.
ViewSonic will be launching three new Android smartphones at MWC this year. Its new ViewPhones will be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and as an added bonus, will also offer a second SIM card slot. All three of its new ViewPhones – 4s, 4e and 5e – will be dual SIM phones and will likely be positioned as budget smartphones.
ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s
The ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s will sport a 3.5 inch SuperClear IPS LCD display with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels. It will also offer a 5 MP camera and a 1 GHz processor, as well as a secondary VGA camera. It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which makes it one of the first ICS enabled dual SIM Android devices.
ViewSonic ViewPhone 4e
The ViewSonic ViewPhone 4e will sport a 3.5 inch display too, but it will have a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It will come with a 3.15 MP camera and a slower 650 MHz processor. It will run ICS too, but I’m not sure how well the underpowered processor can handle it.
ViewSonic ViewPhone 5e
Samsung seems to have made the 5 inch smartphone-tablet space cool again. LG recently launched the Optimus Vu, and now ViewSonic has launched the ViewPhone 5e. It comes with a 5 inch display, and will have a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Other than that, we only know that it will run ICS too, and will be a dual SIM device. No other specifications have been revealed yet.
We should see more updates on the new ViewSonic ViewPhones at MWC 2012. Stay tuned.
Viewsonic is making a play at the budget Android tablet segment, which seems to be under siege by almost every Android tablet manufacturer at CES 2012. After Asus, it’s now Viewsonic’s turn to launch an ultra-cheap Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Viewsonic ViewPad E70 comes with the latest version of Android – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will be priced at just $169, which makes it one of the cheapest Android ICS tablets around.
Viewsonic ViewPad E70 Specifications
However, the specifications match the price. It comes with a 7 inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which is arguably too low for a tablet. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and will presumably come with 512 MB of RAM. It also offers 4 GB of internal storage with support for microSD cards, and supports 1080p HDMI output and a front facing camera for video calling. It will come with the Amazon Appstore, but won’t support the official Google Android Market.
The specifications seem to be too low, even for $170, especially if you consider that the Asus EEE Pad MeMo ME370T is priced at just $250, and offers much better specifications. The Viewsonic ViewPad E70 will start shipping in Q1 2012.
Check out our complete CES 2012 coverage: Techie-Buzz @ CES 2012
Viewsonic has launched two new tablets at CES 2012 – the ViewPad 10pi and the ViewPad 10e. While the ViewPad 10e is a standard Android tablet, the ViewPad 10pi is a dual booting tablet which runs both Android and Windows.
Viewsonic ViewPad 10pi Specifications
The Viewsonic ViewPad 10pi comes with an Intel Oak Trail z670 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and 2 GB of RAM. It also offers a 64 GB SSD and sports a 10.1 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and optional 3G connectivity support.
It also offers a microSD card slot, and 2 USB ports. It has a primary 3 MP camera, as well as a secondary 1.3 MP camera. It is powered by a 3200 mAh battery, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well as Windows 7 Professional in a dual booting setup.
Viewsonic ViewPad 10e Specifications
The Viewsonic ViewPad 10e is a standard Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet, which comes with a 9.7 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It is powered by a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and 512 MB of RAM. It offer 4 GB of internal storage, and microSD card support. It also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 3.0. It sports a 1.3 MP camera on the front face, and comes with a 5400 mAh battery.
The pricing for either tablet hasn’t been announced yet.
Check out our complete CES 2012 coverage: Techie-Buzz @ CES 2012
With the entry of Amazon in the budget tablet segment with the new Kindle Fire, it seems that everyone now wants to crack that space. Rumors indicate that Apple may be working on an iPad Mini, and many other Android manufacturers have already slashed the prices of their pricier tablets.
Today, ViewSonic announced the new ViewPad 7e, an Android tablet which will be priced at just $200. It comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and is powered by a 1 GHz ARM A8 CPU with 512 MB of RAM. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a custom UI – ViewScene 3D.
It also offers 4 GB of internal storage and supports microSD cards. It doesn’t support the Android Market, which is a deal breaker, at least for me. However, it does come with access to Amazon’s Appstore.
I would rather buy a Kindle Fire, which has much better hardware, and then flash it with a custom ROM, which is sure to come, given the tremendous popularity of the device and the awesomeness of XDA.
Here’s the official product page: Viewsonic ViewPad 7e
Thanks to its large stash of patents, Microsoft has been one of the largest beneficiaries of the patent wars currently underway in the smartphone industry.
In an earlier post (Android: Microsoft’s New Cash Cow), I already explained how Microsoft had turned Android into its new cash cow. It was actually on track to generate more than a billion dollars by licensing patents to Android smartphone manufacturers in 2012, and was making way more money from Android than it did from Windows Phone 7.
It has already been getting patent licensing payments from HTC, Onkyo, Wistron, and was in talks with Samsung for a licensing agreement which would net it close to $15 for every Android smartphone manufactured by Samsung.
According to a report by BGR, Microsoft has confirmed that it has signed licensing agreements with two other major Android manufacturers – ViewSonic and Acer. Both the companies make Android smartphones and tablets. Apparently the deal covers not only Android devices, but also devices running Chrome OS.
We are pleased that ViewSonic is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android’s IP issues. This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.
While these specific deals are unlikely to net Microsoft a lot of money, they do help Microsoft send across a clear message – if so many heavyweights decided to license its patents instead of fighting patent lawsuits, other Android manufacturers should rather directly pay a licensing fee to Microsoft instead of fighting it in the courts, where Microsoft is likely to win.
It’s a win-win situation for Microsoft.
Today, at Computex 2011, Viewsonic unveiled the ViewPad 7X, an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. It will have the distinction of being the first 7 inch Honeycomb tablet.
It comes with a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and is powered by a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, presumably clocked at 1 GHz. It also offers HSPA+ connectivity and a set of cameras. It weighs only 380 gms, exactly the same as the Galaxy Tab.
Besides the ViewPad 7X, it also showcased the ViewPad 10Pro, which is one of the 10 Intel tablets we mentioned in an earlier post.
It has a 10.1 inch display and comes with a 1.5 GHz Intel Oak Trail processor. It comes with Windows 7 Pro and Android 2.2 with fast switching, which allows you to switch between the 2 OSes without rebooting. It has 32 GB internal storage and a 3500 mAh battery.
Launch dates and pricing details should be revealed soon.
A recent report by Pocket-lint states that Viewsonic will be launching its new smartphone – the ViewPad 4 – in April. Meh! Who cares? The reason I’m mentioning it though, is because it also says that the ViewPad 4 will be running Android 2.4 at launch.
According to the source, Android 2.4 is being launched mainly to ensure that dual core apps built for Android 3.0 Honeycomb devices work with single core smartphones. Apparently, it’s not possible to do it with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, hence the new release.
It won’t offer a massive upgrade over Android 2.3, but will ensure that new apps created work with both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. This is probably the reason why no manufacturer has offered Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrades yet; they may all jump to Android 2.4 directly. Android 2.4 will be called Gingerbread too, not Ice Cream Sandwich.
What puzzles me a bit, is the fact that Google is choosing to go with the Viewsonic ViewPad 4 as a launchpad for Android 2.4. Surely, HTC, Samsung or Motorola would have lapped up the chance to launch it on one of their new devices.
The Viewsonic ViewPad 4 has a 4.1 inch display and comes with a 5 MP camera with 720p video recording. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and was unveiled at CES 2011.
While 2010 was supposed to be the year of tablets, it did not turn out to be. The only two noteworthy tablets that launched in 2010 were the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. iPad went on to become a runoff success for Apple, just like the iPhone.
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.