A little over a week after pictures of Motorola's Xoom 2 tablet were the leaked to the Internet, the mobile device maker went and got all official by launching two refreshed Xoom slates in the U.K. and Ireland: the Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition, both of which feature a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Corning Gorilla Glass, a splashguard coating, and Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).
After one door closes, another is supposed to open, or at least that's what people always say. Maybe it's true, because after Hewlett Packard closed the door on its TouchPad tablet, the OEM opened its door to the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC. The Slate 2 is an 8.9-inch slate HP says is ready for instant deployment for business and vertical markets such as education, healthcare, government, retail, and any other job that doesn't always keep workers tethered to a desk.
We like it when Amazon and Barnes & Noble go to war with each other. We like it because when the two sides try to undercut and one-up each other, the consumer wins every time. These two are responsible for sparking an eBook reader price war that brought significant savings to the eReader market in a short period of time, and it looks as though the two sides are getting ready to force the other's hand once more.
It's looking as though tablets will pick up the slack left by less than expected Ultrabook sales, at least for Asus. Asus, along with Acer, figure they'll each move as little as a third of the number of Ultrabooks by the end of the year as they initially hoped, which is the result of prices simply being too high. But as far as tablets go, Asus expects to reach its goal of 1.8 million units in 2011.
Hewlett Packard over the weekend began sending emails to customers who signed up for updates on the TouchPad tablet to let them know the company is officially out of stock. Whatever remaining units HP had were sent off to retailers, but as far as HP's online inventory, it's been "depleted," HP said. For those of you still interested in snagging one of these fire sale tablets, Best Buy is one of the few places you'll be able to pick one up without an aftermarket price hike, albeit with a one very big caveat.
GameStop is the place you go to for used game trade-ins, new titles, new and used hardware, accessories, and things of the sort, most of which are related to consoles (save for a sad one-sided rack of PC games). But would you buy a $400 or $500 Android tablet at GameStop? The brick-and-mortar chain is going to try to sell you one this coming holiday shopping season, with free games added to sweeten the pot.
So Pew Research set out to study "How People Use Tablets and What It Means for the Future of News," and what it found was a market in which greater than one out of every 10 U.S. adults now own a slate (11 percent). A little more than half -- 53 percent -- follow the news on their tablet every day, reading long articles and glancing headlines. However, most of them say they wouldn't be willing to pay for news content on these devices.
Android tablet makers who aren't willing to compete with Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire are likely to get burned (which is why some are choosing to focus on Windows 8-based slates instead). ViewSonic's message is 'Game on' as it introduces its new ViewPad 7e tablet with the "economical consumer in mind." And by economical consumer, ViewSonic is referring to customers willing to pony up no more than $200 for an Android slate.
Samsung today officially announced the upcoming availability of its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus tablet featuring the Peel Smart Remote TV appliation. The 7-inch slate will hit retailers on November 13th for $400, four days before Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet starts shipping. Those who want to get a jump start can put their pre-orders in beginning October 23rd.
Perhaps looking to steal a little thunder from Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire launch on November 17th, Asus is gearing up to officially announce it's Eee Pad Transformer 2 tablet on November 9th. Asus posted a teaser video that's more flair than informative, but company chairman Johnny Shih did share some juicy details with Walt Mossberg at the AsiaD conference.