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Pioneer Computers bringing a new Android tablet to Australia

March 18th, 2011 · hardware news

A few days ago Pioneer Computers (not the electronics giant) posted the first details on their new Android tablet. The DreamBook ePad H10 HD is based on a 10 (1280×800) capacitive touchscreen, and it’s running v3.0 Honeycomb on a Tegra 2 CPU. It has 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, 2 cameras (2mp and 5MP), speakers, microphone, and all the other specs you’d expect on a high end tablet. It’s supposed to ship sometime in mid April, but that doesn’t sound firm. The price is lsited as $699 AUD.

This reminds me of another tablet, but I can’t recall which. Does anyone recognize it?


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I wouldn’t get too excited about that Amazon tablet

March 14th, 2011 · opinion

Earlier today Joe Wikert wrote a post explaining why he would buy an Amazon Android tablet. I personally disagree with the idea, but I ran the post anyway. And now I’m glad I did.

One commenter pointed that the Amazon tablet would likely be as closed as the Kindle ereader, so any openness you might expect from Android would be lost. Amazon already sell ebooks, music, and movies, so why would they allow a competitor to sell that content on their tablet?

Basically the Amazon tablet would be as closed as iOS. Actually, I would say that it would be more closed. [Read more →]

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The Amazon Android Tablet I’d Buy

March 14th, 2011 · opinion

Amazon is apparently preparing to launch an Android App Store as early as this month.  Meanwhile, GigaOm’s Kevin C. Tofel talks about how the real iPad challenge might come from Amazon in the form of an Android tablet.  I love it!

Why?  I could easily jump from iPhone/iPad to the Android platform this summer because my AT&T contract expires in June.  If the Samsung Galaxy Tablet I tried at the AT&T store recently is any indication, nobody is offering a compelling iPad alternative on the Android platform…yet.  Amazon could be uniquely positioned to do just that. [Read more →]

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Prestigio to launch new 10″ Android tablet MultiPad 7100C

March 10th, 2011 · hardware news

Yesterday Prestigio, a consumer electronics company, unveiled their latest tablet. The MultiPad 7100C has a 10″ (1024×600) capacitive touchscreen, and it’s running Android v2.2 on a 1GHz CPU. It looks to me like this is a Rockchip design, but I’m only guessing here.

It also has Wifi, Bluetooth, a VGA camera on the front, 8GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, accelerometer, microphone, speaker,and a kickstand. It also supports 3D graphics and has a HDMI port (so you can hook it up to a HDTV).

It’s going to be available in mid-March, and you can pre-order it now for €299.

via Prestigio

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Microsoft now working on a digital pen & tablet concept

March 4th, 2011 · hardware news

I’ve just come across a paper this past week discussing a research project funded by MS in India. This concept device was developed to explore low cost record keeping in rural India. The project was run with the assisntance of India’s Self Help Group, a microfinance network.

This tablet is running custom software on top of Windows CE, and that screen is 3.5 inches across. If you’ll click on the picture, you’ll see that the writing on the paper matches what’s on screen. The pen has a built in sensor that transmits the motions of the pen to the WinCE device.

Do you recall the Yifang Android tablet I showed you earlier this week? This is pretty much the same idea, except for the fact that this one costs a little more ($100 manufacturing costs) , does less, and is no where near ready for the market.

This paper is fascinating, but strictly from a usability viewpoint (I’m still reading it). The gadget is not that impressive.

via Microsoft

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Quanta QV3 tablet clears the FCC

March 4th, 2011 · fcc, hardware news

Another mystery tablet showed up on the FCC website this week. Unfortunately, Quanta elected to hide all the info. All we know at the moment is that it has Wifi, Bluetooth, and probably a camera. I’m guessing that it has a 10″ screen and a microSD card slot, but we don’t really know for sure.


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MSI demo dual screen tablet at CeBIT

March 2nd, 2011 · hardware news

MSI  are showing off a new concept tablet at CeBIT this week . This isn’t just a tablet with 2 screens; the goal of this design is to let you separate the 2 screens and only carry one with you when you don’t need the second.

This is one that’s going to get all the attention, even though it’s vaporware at this point. But if they get it working it will be fascinating.

This model is running Win7 on 10″ capacitive touchscreens with an Intel Atom CPU.

via Akihabara News

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Yifang M7 Android tablet (video)

March 1st, 2011 · hardware news

Charbax found this tablet at CeBIT, which is going on right now in Hannover, Germany. At first glance, the M7 looks like an ordinary Android tablet. But that’s before you know about the pen. Yifang have integrated a digital pen into the tablet. You can write on a sheet of paper and the tablet will pick up the scribbles. The price of the pen/tablet bundle should be below $199 at retail. This tablet has a Rockchip RK2818 CPU and runs Android 2.1 for now, and will be upgraded to Rockchip Rk2918 Gingerbread/Honeycomb when that one is available within a couple of months.

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First look at the Archos Arnova 8″ tablet

February 25th, 2011 · hardware news

Charbax scored another exclusive yesterday when he sat down with Archos other new tablet, the Arnova 8″.

Like the 10″ model, this baby has is running on a 600MHz RK2818 CPU, with resistive touchscreen, 4GB Flash, microSD card slot, Wifi, speaker, microphone, and an accelerometer. It weighs about 17 ounces, and has 6 hours of video battery life. It’s going to sell for $149/149€, and is already up for pre-order here in the US. [Read more →]

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First look at the Archos Arnova 10″ tablet

February 25th, 2011 · hardware news

I found some more info in the Archos tablets that cleared the FCC this week. Charbax got some facetime with Archos’ newest tablet. It does have a 10″ screen, like I though, and the resolution is 1024×600. It’s going to ship with a resistive touchscreen, but a later model should ship about April with a capacitive touchscreen (and a better CPU).

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