It appears that Apple will ship significantly less iPad mini tablets in Q4 than initially predicted. According to component suppliers in Taiwan, the Cupertino giant will ship an estimated 8 million slates in the last quarter of 2012 – not the projected 10-12 million.
The reason for the occurrence is not lack of interest towards Apple’s creation – it remains quite healthy. Read more »
While it is hardly a secret that Nokia is hard at work on a 10″ Windows RT tablet, details on the upcoming slate are still fairly scarce. A fresh report however, has shed some more light on the upcoming Finnish tablet.
Reportedly, Nokia’s Windows RT tablet will sport a similar display to the Microsoft Surface RT. Read more »
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Acer will launch a $99 Android tablet in 2013. The sub-$100 slate will go head to head with the numerous low-cost Chinese tablets which are offered in developing countries under a plethora of different brands.
The budget-friendly Acer Iconia Tab B1 will sport a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU (likely a Mediatek unit), a 7″ display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, and 512MB of RAM. Read more »
A yet to be revealed Samsung GT-N5100 has made an appearance in GLBenchmark, thus all but confirming that there is a new member of the Galaxy Note family coming our way. As you probably know by now, the N moniker has been used by Galaxy Note products since the launch of the original N7000 last year.
According to the benchmark data, the Samsung GT-N5100 boots Android 4.1.2 and features a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 CPU. Read more »
For those of you who think that the likes of the Apple iPad 4 and the Google Nexus 10 are a tad too pricey, Archos has your back. The company’s latest tablet dubbed 97 Titanium HD is set to offer a 9.7″ IPS display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the cheap.
The rest of the tablet’s specs are far from impressive. Read more »
Asus seems to have two low-cost Android tablets in the works, carrying the model codes ME371MG and ME172V. Their specs were dug up by an Italian website and promise two 7″ tablets with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at a low price. The duo should make an appearance at CES.
The lower-end tablet, the Asus ME172V, will have a 7″ screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, built with TN tech rather than IPS (so viewing angles probably won’t be great). Read more »
Earlier this year we heard that Microsoft allegedly denied HTC early access to Windows RT, the reason being that HTC does not have enough expertise in the matter and does not sell enough devices.
Now, Bloomberg is reporting that HTC is in fact working on Windows RT tablets, two of them to be precise. One of them is said to have a 12(!)-inch display and the other one will have a 7-inch display, along with the ability to make calls like several small Android tablets out there. Read more »
Flipboard has been available on both Android smartphones and iOS devices but it’s just now that it comes to Android tablets.
The app has been tailored specifically for the various Android screen sizes and display resolutions. Read more »
According to DigiTime’s often reliable undisclosed Taiwan supply chain sources Nokia could be close to release a 10″ slate running on Qualcomm hardware and Windows RT software.
Nokia allegedly has had talks with chip-maker Qualcomm and manufacturer Compal Electronics to start production of the said tablet and could announce it in late February at the Mobile World Congress. Read more »
Samsung seems to be preparing new colors for its latest slates – the Tabs 2 7.0 and 10.1 as well as for the Note 10.1.
The new colors is called Garnet Red – if it sounds familiar it’s because the Galaxy S III is already available in it. Read more »
Samsung released the Jelly Bean firmware update for the 3G Galaxy Note 10.1 back in November, but owners of the Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet (GT-N8010) weren’t invited to the party. This just changed, though as the company has finally started pushing Android 4.1 for the Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Note 10.1.
The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean software update is 441 MB in size and is available only in Germany for now. Delivered in the usual over-the-air manner, the firmware update should hit rest of Europe soon. Read more »
The Sony Xperia Tablet S recently went back on sale after Sony fixed the issues that caused its IPX-4 certified splash-proof tablet to leak. Now they’re issuing a small software update that adds SDXC support.
The update means that 64GB and 128GB SDXC cards will work. Keep in mind that we’re talking full size SD cards here, not microSD cards like on most other tablets. Read more »
If you’re a U.S. customer and want to get some of the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD versions, today might be the best time to do it. Amazon’s deal of the deal lets you save $50 if you purchase one of the two slates today.
The $250/$450 prices are valid with a promo code, which you enter at checkout . Read more »
The downloads in the Amazon Appstore are up 500% from last year, which makes it the fastest growing app repository around.
Of course, Amazon mostly has its aggressively priced Kindle Fire and Fire HDs to thank for that but we shouldn’t underestimate the other Android smartphones that use it daily. That free app per day promotion has certainly helped the growth, too. Read more »
Archos has released its latest Android tablet, called the GamePad. As you can tell, the device has been optimized for gaming and as such comes with a full set of physical controls besides the display.
Of course, simply having the controls isn’t going to help. The games need to be able to use these controls, without which the whole thing would be pointless. This is where Archos’ mapping tool comes into play. Read more »