Sony has been gleefully showing off their new tablets, temporarily named the S1 and S2, at various trade events for a few months now, but there hasn't been any new news since the initial announcement. On Monday, CNET revealed a few more details including that the S1 will come in four models; 16GB WiFi-only, 16GB WiFi/3G, 32GB WiFi-only, and 32GB WiFi/3G. The S1 will feature a 9.4-inch IPS display with TruBlack and Bravia technologies. The AT&T exclusive S2 will be offered as two WiFi-only 16GB and 32GB models.
Tablet and smartphone users with Android 3.0+ can now access SRI's 2D video stabilization software for better video chats and conferences on Google Talk. The new software eliminates shaky picture quality when video chatting on the go.
With all the hype surrounding the HTC EVO 3D it's easy to forget about Sprint's new tablet the HTC EVO View 4G. This is the first Android tablet capable of running Netflix, however, it ships with Android: 2.3 (Gingerbread), not version 3.0 (Honeycomb).
The View comes with 4G Wi-Max capabilities which is great for streaming media. Other features include a tablet-optimized version of HTC Sense, the Scribe Pen, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and both rear (5.0) and front-facing (1.3) cameras.
Leaked documents show that Lenovo plans to launch a business-focused tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb as early as June. The device is referred to as the ThinkPad Tablet or the Think Slate, and will reportedly retail for $499. The user interface has been modified to look much like the Skylight skin featured on Lenovo's Le Pad, a device only available in China.
Pictured above, an excerpt from This is my next... reveals Lenovo will ship a keyboard portfolio case that easily converts the tablet into a full-fledged notebook computer. The ThinkPad Tablet also sets itself apart with an optional stylus for sketching and writing directly on the capacitive touch display.
Yesterday, we reported on the aggressively priced Acer Iconia A500 tablet that is expected to land in stores later this month, and is already availabe for pre-order at Best Buy. We remarked, "another day, another tablet" and seemingly that trend isn't set to stop anytime soon. Now Toshiba has announced that it too has its previously announced Toshiba Tablet expected to hit Best Buy shelves very soon. But wait, there's more.
Although many of the specs on the Toshiba Tablet were already known, see if this sounds familiar: 1280x800 resolution 10.1-inch screen, 1 Ghz Nvdia Tegra 2 dual core processor, 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2.0 megapixel front facing camera, HDMI output, external card slot, out-of-the-box Adobe Flash support and Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
Another day, another tablet, right? That's how things seem to be unfolding these days. Today, Acer has announced a release date and a bevy of information on its Iconia A500 Android tablet it showed off at this year's CES. The A500 will be available in stores in just over two weeks, April 24th to be precise, with pre-ordering beginning today at Best Buy exclusively.
The Acer Iconia A500 is very well equipped and a low price of $449 will shock many. The $449 price of the Iconia A500 is below the similarly equipped iPad 2, and well below that of the comparable Motorola Xoom tablet. Affordable pricing for capable tablets may be a developing trend, as recent rumors suggest a bargain price point of $400 for Asus' coming Eee Transformer tablet.
It seemed like a done deal just the other day, but Sprint has removed reference to the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system from its HTC EVO View 4G pages on the web. Similarly, Best Buy has no mention of Honeycomb in its HTC Flyer announcement, which declares the tablet as exclusive to the retailer at launch. With the EVO View 4G coming this summer, it's not clear what version of Android will be installed on the device.
Those attending the CTIA show this year were treated to a demo of the EVO View 4G running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with representatives explaining that Honeycomb is on the way. Since then the Motorola Xoom has been the first device to launch with the tablet-optimized Android OS. Sprint still intends to update the HTC EVO View 4G to Honeycomb at some point even if it's not ready off the bat.
Sony has confirmed earlier rumors that the company had a tablet in the works that would run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. In a report by the Nikkei, reported by Bloomberg, Sony CEO Howard Stringer revealed that Sony has in fact been working on such a tablet and that it would come to market sometime before the end of the summer. Stringer also indicated that the tablet would be sold first in the US market.
Rumors suggest the tablet may come in a unique factor, as seen above in a mockup produced by Engadget. The tablet would offer a "wrap" design, with the wrap assisting in holding the tablet by balancing the weight of the tablet in all the right places. The wrap would also double to assist in positioning of the tablet for typing.
Sounds like Google is taking a few pages from its Nexus One and Nexus S playbook and plans to release a pure Android Honeycomb tablet later this year. The project is said to be a collaboration with South Korean device manufacturer LG.
According to Russian site Mobile-Review, the Nexus tablet could see launch this summer or in early fall 2011. If the past is any guide, Nexus devices run Android alone, without any added layer of proprietary software added on top.
Hot on the heels of the Amazon Android App Store launch, rumors are surfacing of a possible Amazon Android tablet much like the Kindle. Analysts expect that should Amazon come up with a device to compete with the iPad head-on, the company is positioned for success like nobody else.
Evidence is mounting that something is in the works. Amazon's Lab126 develops hardware and software for the Kindle, and recently hired developers with Android experience. The subsidiary was already merged with multi-touch startup Touchco, a acquired by Amazon last year.