The 9-inch slate is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. It features a capacitive touch screen (1280 x 800), 16GB of storage and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The best part is the IdeaPad A2109 weighs only 14.1 oz. and measures just 0.5" thin, plus it's only $300!
Toshiba's first tablet the Toshiba Thrive is set for a July 10 release, shipping with a Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core Processor and Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
The 8GB model will retail for around $429, the 16GB model at $479 and the 32GB model at $579, slightly cheaper than its main competitors. All three versions are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible.
The Thrive's most interesting features are the user replaceable battery and a variety of connectivity ports, including a built-in HDMI out port, USB, mini USB and an SD card slot. It weighs 25.6 ounces and has a 10.1-inch capacitive display with a 1280x800p resolution. Other goodies include a 2.0 front facing webcam, 5.0 rear camera with autofocus, Wi-Fi access with Flash, and customizable back panel colors (green, orange, violet, blue, pink silver or black).
Amazon's Kindle made a big splash in the world of portable e-readers, and Amazon is a household name when it comes to books, shopping and digital content online. With the recent launch of its own Android App Store, Android has made it clear it's staking out a claim in the mobile OS space. The competing Barnes and Noble Nook Color has been upgraded to a tablet thanks to Android 2.2 firmware, while Apple's iPad continues to fly off the shelves.
Enter the Amazon Android tablet, a device that's one step closer to reality according to a report from DigiTimes in Taiwan. Notebook maker Quanta Computer has already received orders from Amazon to build its tablet, shipping in the second half of 2011.
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.
Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer Gigabyte plans to release two dual-boot tablets in October, giving users an operating system choice between Android and Windows 7 on the same device. Preliminary information points to Android 3.0 Honeycomb installed on a 10-inch screen model, with a smaller 7-inch version running Android 2.2. Pictured below is the Gigabyte S1080, a current offering available in Taiwan running Windows 7 Home Premium.
The S1080 is heavy at two pounds, but it includes a large 320GB hard drive and runs Windows applications. Gigabyte is still working on the designs for these new dual-boot tablets and will finalize the versions of Android to be installed before release. Pricing is expected to be competitive, coming in at under $400.
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.
Despite reports yesterday that Dell would be delaying the release of its expected 10-inch Android tablet, Forbes is reporting today that Dell will instead be releasing their 10" Android tablet earlier than expected, possibly as early as June. Regardless of whether or not Dell's currently unbranded 10-inch tablet hits the streets by June, Forbes' Elizabeth Woyke is reporting information from a source which indicates the tablet is expected sometime this summer.
Dell is also expected to release another 10 inch tablet, one that will run Microsoft's tablet OS rather than Android, sometime later this year. Instead of being pushed forward, this tablet has been pushed back, due to unexplained delays. This tablet is expected to share a body with its Android cousin.
We reported yesterday that the price leak that suggested the Asus Eee Transformer tablet would retail for $400 was looking more and more likely to be true. Today, there is more Eee Tranformer news, as Asus launched the official website for the Eee Transformer tablet.
The website is chocked full of photos of the upcoming device, as well as offering up a comprehensive feature list and specifications of the 10.1" tablet. Unfortunately, what's not included is a confirmation of the leaked $400 price tag. So, despite how likely that is to be the street price when the Transformer is released, there's still nothing in the way of confirmation.
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.
The Android tablet market is heating up, and ARCHOS wants to prove that it's still very much in the game. Hardware details for its upcoming Gen 9 tablets are impressive, and the devices will hit shelves starting in June 2011. This took some by surprise as the company was expected to reveal its latest products in September at IFA in Berlin.
Engadget reported on the photo taken above, in which Archos reveals the four key technology differentiators in Gen 9 tablets. The 3G data equipped model will retail for around $570.