It was more than a year ago, since Google announced Chrome OS and presented its concept about the future of the netbooks. Following the Nexus S announcement on Monday, Google held another event yesterday – showcasing the latest in Chrome OS development.
Google is starting its Pilot program and its participants will receive the first Chrome-running netbook – Cr-48. It has no Fn keys, no Caps Lock, no optical drive and no spinning hard-drive either. But you get 12-inch netbook with Wi-Fi, 3G, an oversized touchpad and a webcam. The Chrome OS boots about 10 seconds on the Cr-48 and resumes from sleep state instantly.
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Is it just me or is the BlackBerry PlayBook getting more desirable after each public appearance? This time RIM’s VP of Special Projects David Neale demonstrated that the tablet is perfectly capable of playing a FullHD video in the background, while browsing Flash-heavy websites and checking out images.
But that’s not even the most impressive part of the demonstration. What excited me the most was the fact that it was all done using just one of the two cores of the PlayBook CPU. Imagine the heights this thing can reach, when its full potential is unleashed. Read more »
Yesterday Google unveiled the Nexus S and somehow the showcase of the unannounced Motorola tablet remained out of the spotlight. Well, the mysterious tablet is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, so there is no chance it could get away from our attention.
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It seems those offline breaks you had to take during long flights are coming to an end, as Lufthansa is launching a Wi-Fi service on its intercontinental flights. The servie, aptly called FlyNet, will be available for free until the end of January 2011 and will expand on all the company’s intercontinental flights throughout 2011.
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We just got pricing information on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and it’s excellent news indeed. Apparently RIM are going to deliver on their promise to release the slate with a sub-500 dollars price tag and then some.
According to the source the PlayBook will come in three different versions according to the amount of internal memory – 8GB, 16GB and 32GB (and not 16/32/64 GB as previously rumored). Read more »
Acer showed off a new phone and some new tablets but they also broke the mold – the Acer ICONIA is either a Windows 7 laptop with the keyboard replaced by a second screen or two tablets joined together.
The Acer ICONIA “Touchbook” packs two 14” multitouch screens (covered with Gorilla Glass) and the bottom one can serve as keyboard, among other things… Read more »
Acer are surely taking the tablet game seriously. After the two Android-running slates we saw earlier, we are now getting one with a proper OS. Acer are not giving away the name of this one either, but they confirm that it has a 10.1-inch screen, runs Windows 7 and is powered by some AMD chip (could it be the Zacate E-530?).
The Acer Windows 7 tablet measures just 15mm of thickness and weighs under 2.2 pounds. It has a 1.3 megapixel cameras on its front and has built-in WiFi and 3G radios. Read more »
It seems that every computer manufacturer wants in on the tablet action and Acer are not an exception. The company is next to join the slate wars – Android 3.0 Honeycomb is their platform of choice and they will be offering a device in both the 7-inch and the 10.1-inch category.
Both tablets will run on dual-core Tegra CPUs and will have integrated 3G radios. Read more »
While most of the world is eagerly expecting their Android-powered slate, LG made a surprising move and announced the E-Note H1000B. The Windows 7 Starter-running (upgradeable to W7 Professional) tablet packs a 10.1” capacitive touchscreen of HD resolution (1366 x 768 pixels).
The LG E-Note H1000B will come with a couple of options for the netbook-grade CPU – Intel Atom Z510 or Z530. Read more »
That rumor about Samsung cutting down production of the Galaxy Tab tablet may not be true – in fact, a new report allegedly coming straight from Samsung says that supply can’t keep up with the demand in some countries.
The sales numbers are not groundbreaking but it does look like the Samsung Galaxy Tab is quite popular. Read more »
The Dell Inspiron Duo hybrid was just officially unveiled, answering many of the questions those early ads raised. The 10.1 touchscreen netbook with rotating display is unlike anything we have seen so far on the market so the excitement that greets it is completely understandable.
On the inside you will find a dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM, a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator, 250GB of storage (there are also higher-capacity options), and Windows 7 Home Premium. The 10.1” display resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels and it uses the capacitive touch technology. Read more »
According to a recent market research Samsung is cutting the production of Galaxy Tab in half due to weak sales. Apparently Samsung may not fulfill its plan for selling 6 million Galaxy tablets after all. And I can totally get that having in mind the steep price in some regions.
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Okay this video comes from RIM’s own YouTube channel so you should probably take it with a bucket of salt but it’s worth checking out nonetheless. Here’s how it goes: the RIM upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and the insanely successful Apple iPad are placed side by side on a table and are then made to load several pages simultaneously.
The result is there for you to see – the PlayBook swim laps around the iPad and that’s discounting the fact that the Apple tablet lacks Flash. Read more »
Netbooks have been pretty much a one-horse race so far, but things seem to be about to change. The first batch of reviews of the new low-powered Zacate E-350 APU or Accelerated Processing Unit (that’s what AMD calls its CPU plus GPU combo) just came in and it outperforms the most powerful Atoms currently available, while still consuming less power.
The 1.6 GHz dual-core AMD E-350 compares favorably even to the desktop-grade Atoms with NVIDIA ION2 graphics, and that is certainly impressive. Does it really get any sweeter? Read more »
Samsung know they have something going with that SuperAMOLED technology of theirs and they are not hesitant to use it to their advantage. It appears that the next device to get a taste of those deep blacks and excellent sunlight legibility is the Galaxy Tab tablet. Samsung even showcased a working AMOLED Tab unit at the FPD International event.
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