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Watch Windows 8 run on Kal-El and AMD Fusion-based tablets

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We already knew that Windows 8 is super smooth on a tablet with quad-core Intel CPU, but that’s hardly a surprise now, is it? What’s more interesting is if Microsoft’s new OS will remain buttery smooth when given less powerful hardware as that will be the usual case with tablets, who need to maintain reasonable power consumption.

So here we have a couple of hands-on videos for you, showing Windows 8 running on an AMD Fusion and Nvidia Kal-el-powered slates. The first of those is a netbook-meant chip with one of the lowest power demands among x86 CPUs, while the other is an ARM-based chip, which is even more economical (even though it’s quad-core). Read more »

Thunderbolt support announced for Wintel platform, should be here in 2012

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Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak technology is going places. Intel has now announced that they will be bringing the technology to Windows-based computers as well, with companies like ASUS and Acer joining the bandwagon and getting their products ready for a 2012 launch.

Being the same essential technology, Thunderbolt on these other devices will work the same way as it does on the new range of Mac computers. It will have the same specifications and features that Apple touts for its new range of Macs and will work with the same set of accessories. Read more »

You can now unlock your Flyer bootloader with the HTC web tool

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HTC just added another device to the support list of their bootloader unlocking web tool. The Flyer is the third HTC droid to embrace custom ROMs with the blessing of its maker after the revision of the company’s bootloader policy.

So, if you happen to own an HTC Flyer and you always wanted to customize it beyond what the HTC Sense could offer you, hit this link and follow the simple instructions. According to HTC, though, unlocking the bootloader itself might void your warranty (you should double-check to be sure) so only proceed if you really need it. Read more »

Windows 8 previewed on video, mysterious Samsung slate leaks

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A Samsung-made tablet has leaked from Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference, sporting what appears to be Windows 8. The device is a demo one intended to be given to devs (exclusively) to begin testing on.

It could be the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC, which was revealed at IFA at the beginning of the month, meaning it will have an 11.6″ capacitive touch display with 1366×768 pixels resolution and 400 nits of brightness and a selection of Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5 and i7 (all should be Ultra low-voltage ones) processors with the generous 4 gigs of DDR3 RAM. The Series 7 Slate PC will feature Windows 7 upon launch and will be upgradable to Windows 8, once it’s let loose by Microsoft. Read more »

Panasonic unveils super-durable Toughbook Android tablet, sort of

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Panasonic introduced the first Android-running addition to its Toughbook lineup of elements-defying devices at the annual Defence and Security International exhibition that started today in London.

Curiously, Panasonic chose to leave the 10.1″ tablet nameless for the time being and it didn’t provide the most detailed specs sheet for it. Still, we know it comes with a XVGA touchscreen, which remain perfectly legible even in bright sun and supports stylus input (an active stylus is included in the package). Read more »

T-Mobile-friendly Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G passes through FCC

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T-Mobile might have another Samsung device join the Galaxy S II at launch. A version of the tablet supporting the T-Mobile 3G frequency just got the mandatory FCC clearance ahead of its US launch.

Of course, the FCC sketches aren’t enough to give us a full run-down of the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 10.1 specs, but it’s pretty safe to guess that it will be identical to its European sibling. The 4G marking at the back (see image below) couldn’t mean anything else, but HSPA+, as that’s as good as it gets on T-Mobile. Read more »

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be restocked and sold in Germany, Apple asks ,’Pardon?’

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Samsung Germany still can’t promote or sell their Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it looks like that doesn’t stop anybody else from doing so. This is probably going to leave a bitter taste in Apple’s mouth too.

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Those in the know will be aware of Apple’s multi-pronged attack on Korean tech giant Samsung for infringement on patents pertaining to i-products versus Galaxy Tabs across various countries worldwide. Read more »

Fusion Garage Grid10 gets a $200 price drop, launch date pushed back to October 1

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It seems these days if you are a tablet manufacturer other than Apple, the only way to get your device noticed and start flying off the shelves is to give ridiculous discounts on the price.

After the HP TouchPad fire sale a few weeks back, Fusion Garage, who were planning on announcing their Android-based Grid 10 tablet this month has decided that their original $499 and $599 price tags for the Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi + 3G model was perhaps a bit too ambitious. Fearing they may have another JooJoo on their hands, they have announced a rather generous price-drop. Read more »

ASUS X101 ultra thin Meego netbook is up for pre-order, goes easy on your budget

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In case you have been worrying about the future of Meego OS lately, we have some good news for you. The latest addition to the already impressive ASUS portfolio of netbooks, the X101 appears to have enough arguments to put the yet to become popular OS back to relevance.

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A quad-core Windows 8-running tablet from Samsung coming next week?

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As far as news from the electronics business go, it doesn’t get much more exciting than this. If the latest bit of online rumor is true (and given that it comes from Korea Economic Daily that’s quite probable) we are just a week away from seeing the first Windows 8-running tablet. And the first tablet with a quad-core CPU. And the first Windows device with an ARM processor. And the best bit is, those aren’t three different devices.

According to the industry source that went all chatty in front of the Korean newspaper, Samsung will manufacture the slate that will be given to developers at the upcoming Microsoft BUILD event next week. It will be running the software giant’s newest OS and will rely on NVIDIA’s Kal-El chipset. Read more »

AT&T’s LTE network tested, how do 22Mbps downlink and 6Mbps uplink sound?

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Okay, now this is 4G – tests were performed on AT&T’s brand new LTE network using the HTC Jetstream 4G, one of their first LTE-enabled gadgets, and the results are fast enough to make some home Internet plans nervous.

Keep in mind that AT&T’s other 4G (HSPA+ with “enhanced backhaul”) goes up to about 6Mbps real-life speeds. Read more »

HTC Jetstream online in AT&T store, live pics, video and benchmarks inside

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The HTC Jetstream is now official and heading to AT&T with LTE connectivity, 10.1″ screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1 gig of RAM, 8 MP camera on its back and HTC Sense on top of its Android Honeycomb OS. It’s a very appealing slate by any standards. But it’s steep – prices start from $699.99 on a two-year deal.

We were also treated to the first batch of live pictures of the Jetstream, along with a quick hands-on video and finally two some benchmarks to show how powerful its hardware actually is. Read more »

Shots emerge of the HTC Flyer running Honeycomb, we can nearly taste it

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After the recent leak of an RUU (ROM update utility), was found to contain an early beta build of Android 3.2 Honeycomb destined for the HTC Flyer, hacking masters including Paul O’Brien from MoDaCo, set about making it into a usable ROM for users with rooted devices to try out.

HTC Flyer running Honeycomb

One such user from the XDA forums has provided screenshots to the internets of this Honeycomb ROM running on their 32GB 3G HTC Flyer. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE arriving in Europe in 2012, Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE this December

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Samsung has announced an LTE version of their popular Galaxy S II smartphone as well as the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Galaxy S II LTE will feature an updated hardware, where the CPU clock speed will be bumped to 1.5GHz from the 1.2GHz on the current model and the display will be taken to 4.5-inch from the 4.3-inch on the standard Galaxy S II.

The LTE model will be launched in Europe in the second quarter of 2012 on T-Mobile’s network. The delay is due to the fact that T-Mobile’s LTE network is currently not equipped to handle voice calls. Also, the device itself is not ready to go on sale at the moment. Read more »

Apple wins injunction against Samsung in Germany, results in the Galaxy Tab 7.7 being pulled out

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In the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung, one more round has gone in favor of the Cupertino-based company. Apple won the second preliminary injunction against Samsung in Germany, causing the court to ban the sales and promotion of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the country.

A few days back Samsung had announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at IFA 2011 in Germany. The devices had large stickers on them that stated that the device won’t be offered on sale in Germany. Read more »