There are a handful of tablets out there that can dual-boot Windows 7 and Android. But Evolve III feels dual-boot tablets are still one operating system short of perfection. The Australia-based company, a tablet manufacturer that started out in the digital screen business, has decided to take things in its own hands with its dual core Oak Trail Atom-based Maestro tablet that can boot not one, not two, but three OSes: Windows 7, Android and MeeGo Linux. The 10-inch Maestro features an Intel Atom N475 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, and 3G. Evolve III hopes to launch the Maestro in the second quarter of 2011. The company has yet to reveal the slate’s price.
The Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet Motorola unveiled last week at CES 2011 in Las Vegas is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2011. Xoom, as the upcoming tablet is called, not only grabbed quite a few eyeballs but was also adjudged the best gadget at the official Best of CES awards and best tablet at Maximum Tech’s FTW awards. The initial buzz certainly must be heartening for Motorola.
Thanks to Digitimes’ sources at “upstream component makers,” we can actually quantify Motorola’s initial sales expectations. According to the site’s sources, the mobile device maker has already placed orders for around 700,000-800,000 units, with every possibility of the eventual order for the first quarter touching the one million units mark.
Skype video conferencing on the PC has been the reality for a while now, and their recent expansion into mobile devices has helped turned the software client into a household name. With few places left to expand it should be no surprise that the VOIP solution is coming to the living room, but this time you’ll find it packed into upcoming Sony Blu-Ray players.
At the Sony CES booth in Las Vegas they were showing demos of the interface which requires not just the player, but a separate proprietary camera accessory. Video quality will be limited to SD resolution at launch, and according to Sony representatives they have no plans at the current time to make the leap to HD.
With Video calling being a built in feature of Kinect, I’m a bit surprised Sony hasn’t tried to make this happen first on the PS3 first. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see if they end up changing their mind, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time.
PC vendors at CES have been busy unveiling new products built around Intel’s latest generation of Core processors (Sandy Bridge). Unwilling to be left behind, Toshiba too announced a Sandy Bridge-inspired overhaul of its Qosmio and Satellite family of laptops. According to the company, it will begin rolling out new premium and mainstream laptop models with the latest Intel processors later this month.
The high-end Qosmio X505 is among the notebooks that will shortly be receiving new models. Starting at $1,299.99, the new Qosmio X505 laptops feature an 18.4-inch diagonal HD TruBrite widescreen display, the new Core i7 or Core i5 processors, 8GB DDR3 memory, GeForce GTX 460M graphics with up to 1.5GB of discrete DDR5 graphics memory, and a hard drive that spins at 7200 RPM.
The Satellite A660, M640, L650, and E305 notebooks will also be available in completely fresh flavors. However, while Core i7-toting Qosmios and Satellites will be available in January, new Satellite models with the new Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors will only become available in February 2010.
Much of the Maximum PC and Maximum Tech staff is in Las Vegas right now at CES 2011, checking out all the newest gadgets on display. We've got a film crew down there, putting together high-quality videos of the show, but sometimes we know that you just want a quick glimpse at what's hot on the show floor. That's why we're bringing you guerrilla footage, shot by our editors using handheld cams.
First up, Jon Phillips takes a look at the Viera, the newest, thinnest, bad-ass-est 3D TV from Panasonic. Check out our review of the last-gen Viera right here.
Tablets are still a trend at this year’s CES, with Sharp jumping on the bandwagon and announcing its first entry to the U.S. tablet market – Galapagos – as well as announcing several gigantic 70-inch LED display. The Galapagos tablet – which was announced last year in Japan -will be partnered not only with an ebook store, but will also ultimately work with Sharp’s web-connected HDTVs.
For those of you who were betting on Sony announcing a PSP phone at CES: get ready to be disappointed and pay up. The company instead opted to push its “total 3D solution” by announcing a series of 3D products in the form of 27 new models of 3D Bravia TVs, 3D Blu-ray disc players and the Bloggie handycam. They also announced a 3D Vaio laptop that can be connected to 3D compatible TVs and can convert 2D to 3D in real time – with the push of a single button. The Vaio F-Series features a built-in 3D sync transmitter, 16” widescreen display, Sandy Bridge, USB 3.0 and comes bundled with 3D active glasses.
During their CES announcement, Sony stated that this is the year that 3D will become personal. They’re banking on further adaption of 3D with the Sony 3D cable network, 3net, due out in the coming months. 3net, part of a partnership with Imax and the Discovery Channel, is only part of the plan which includes 3D production of films – think Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – and should help to counter the argument by critics that 3D content hasn’t kept up with the hardware.
Toshiba is quite far along when it comes to large autostereoscopic 3D displays. After all, it raised the curtain on the world’s first glasses-free 3D TVs as recently as October at the Ceatec electronics show in Tokyo; two of those TVs have since been launched in Japan. So it should surprise absolutely no one if Tosh also secures the bragging rights for unveiling the first notebook capable of spitting “dead-zone free stereoscopic 3D images” without the need for any special glasses.
The company is about to do precisely that at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Apparently, the glasses-free notebook prototype it's bringing to CES wears the familiar Qosmio badge and combines eye-tracking technology with a parallax 3D LCD display to create the glasses-less 3D effect. The company is targeting an end of the year release for the 3D Qosmio.
If you’re on the market for a new business ready Dell netbook than you might want to hold out just a bit longer. Rumor has it that Dell plans to launch a follow up to the Latitude 2110 at this years CES which will be very similar in design to its predecessor, but sport the N550 dual core Atom processor instead of the single core N470, along with a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator. The Broadcom isn’t as capable as ION, but its significantly less expensive to implement and has support for flash 10.1.
On the pricing front we haven’t heard anything official, but since the Latitude 2110 starts at around $650, you should expect the 2120 to carry a slight premium over this. More details will follow in the coming weeks with our comprehensive CES coverage.
With Dell putting more resources behind Atom based PC’s in business, do you see it catching on over the more expensive CULV option?