File this one under 'Y' for 'Yeah, right!,' or 'W' for 'We'll believe it when we see it, playa,' but for the time being, MIPS Technologies and Ingenic Semiconductor are laying claim to the world's first available Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet, the NOVO7. That's not the part that's hard to believe, nor is the fact that it's rocking a 1GHz processor. What we find suspect is that it's selling for less than $100.
Acer tells us its upcoming Iconia Tab A200 will debut "at an affordable price," a claim that's impossible to substantiate until the company actually announces how much it will cost (which it hasn't). What we do know, however, is that it will come packing an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) out of the gate in...November? Perhaps Acer has discovered time travel.
Research In Motion grossly underestimated what a big deal it would be to release a tablet with what some consider critical missing features, namely native email, calendar, and contacts support. The PlayBook was met with mixed reviews; some were willing to overlook the PlayBook's failings, others decided not to pull any punches in their criticisms. Give RIM credit though, the powers in charge stuck it out, and regarding that fire sale over Black Friday, it appears to be a sign of things to come rather than a declaration that RIM wants out.
Build a low cost tablet (that doesn't suck) and the buyers will come. Amazon's Kindle Fire is proof that there's a significant market out there for non-iPad tablets, and folks, we're just getting started. The Fire has only been burning for two weeks, yet is already on pace to grab the No. 2 spot in the global media tablet market, with shipments expected to reach 3.9 million units by the end of the year.
Amazon's only begun lighting up the tablet market with its recently introduced Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet built around a heavily customized version of Android and powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor, but it's never too early to look ahead. Especially if you're Nvidia, which reportedly scored a deal to supply the application processor in the next Kindle Fire device.
Having trouble deciding between a notebook, tablet, or desktop PC? You're not alone, and Gigabyte hopes everyone who's on the fence about which type of PC to purchase will consider the company's new Booktop T1132, the first and only 3-in-1 notebook on the market, according to Gigabyte. The trick is in the rotatable docking station, which transforms the T1132 into all three types of PCs.
We know almost everything there is to know about the upcoming Eee Pad Transformer Prime device from Asus except for two very important things: how will it perform and when is it going to be released? Fortunately, while we don't have concrete answers to either of those questions, there are enough clues to make educated guesses about both of them, and they're both encouraging.
What could potentially be your next high-end tablet just went up for pre-order. We're of course talking about the Eee Pad Transformer Prime from Asus, a next generation slate oozing with tech sex appeal. It has an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, for starters, along with a 10.1-inch WXGA IPS+ capacitive touchscreen display. And did someone say Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)?
Before you go and drop a couple of Benjamins on a Kindle Fire from Amazon or $250 on a Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble, there's something you should know. Research In Motion is slashing the price of its BlackBerry PlayBook to $199 at Best Buy, Staples, and a bunch of other popular retailers, putting it in direct competition with the two aforementioned tablets.
For better or worse, Asus has every intention of riding the growing tablet wave, no matter what else you might have heard. And what we heard earlier this week was that Asus, along with Acer, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, were likely to bow out of the tablet market now that Amazon and Barnes & Noble have both joined the fray. That prompted speculation that maybe Asus and others were giving up competing for Android and were going to wait for Windows 8, perhaps in a mad grab for enterprise dollars. Nope, that's wrong too.