If Notion Ink sent you an email confirming shipment of your Adam tablet, count yourself among the lucky 94.69 percent of those who put their pre-order in. And as for the other 5.31 percent? You should have received a separate email from Notion Ink, one asking you to hang tight until February 14, 2011.
Notion Ink says several Adam tablets suffered damaged touchscreens during shipping, so they went ahead and cancelled the entire batch. It's unfortunate, the company says, "but there is a whole group at Notion Ink and at our manufacturing plants putting in all the efforts at delivering your Adams."
As can be expected, Notion Ink acknowledges it received lots of angry emails and comments, but says Chinese manufacturer Sintek is working overtime to replace the busted units.
Depending on who you ask, Motorola's Xoom tablet currently ranks as the most anticipated slate of 2011, primarily because it's supposed to be the first to sport Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. According to DigiTimes, Motorola will launch the Xoom sometime this month (a leaked Best Buy document suggests a February 17th release), while most other Android 3.0 tablets won't see the light of day until after March.
That's great news for everyone who resisted giving into the Dark Side by picking up an iPad. Early Android tablets never really lived up to the hype, but Honeycomb is the first version to be built from the ground up with tablets in mind. What little Google has shown of its next generation OS looks highly promising; let's hope Motorola makes good use of it.
Asus subsidiary ASRock, which recently leapfrogged ahead of both MSI and ECS to take third place in the motherboard market, is planning to dive head first into the tablet market, perhaps as soon as the second quarter of 2011, DigiTimes reports.
ASRock's VP of Sales, Li Jun-Ying, says it will tap into Pegatron Technology to produce the devices, though the company has yet to decide on whether to build a 7-inch slate or a 10-inch tablet. What is certain, however, is that ASRock is only interested in building around Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor and Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform, a potent combination that's sure to show up in a number of mobile devices as the year goes on.
The company didn't reveal any potential price points, but if ASRock sticks to the same philosophy it follows for making motherboards, it's likely they'll try to cram in a number of features at attractive price points.
A leaked PR schedule for the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2011 event managed to fall into the hands of Electronista, who posted the details to the Web. Assuming it's real, the itinerary confirms Samsung is working on a pair of second-generation Galaxy devices.
There aren't any details to go on, just the fact that Samsung plans to present the Galaxy S 2 smartphone and Galaxy Tab 2 tablet at MWC. Depending on the direction Samsung takes these devices, we could be in store for some nifty upgrades. Imagine a dual-core processor in the Galaxy S 2, along with a bigger screen and front-facing camera. And as for the Galaxy Tab 2, we'd be willing to gamble (a small sum) that it will ship with a 10-inch screen, a speedier processor, and of course Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).
What would you like to see included in the next generation of Galaxy devices? Hit the jump and sound off!
Sanho just introduced its second run of HyperDrive hard drives for the iPad, this time upping the storage ante to 1TB. The HyperDrives hook up to any iPad using the Apple Camera Connection Kit and then acts just like any normal USB hard drive would.
"HyperDrive iPad Hard Drive lets you carry your entire HD movie and photo library with your iPad," says Daniel Chin, President of Sanho Corporation. "HyerDrive is as compact as your portable USB hard drive and yet at capacities up to 1TB, can hold more data than your laptop. "The iPad is the perfect media player but its capacities are limited and it requires a computer and iTunes to transfer media to the iPad, HyerDrive releases the iPad from this restriction and truly turns it into a media consuming device."
The HyperDrive line isn't cheap, however. You'll have to fork over $400 for the 1TB model. Other capacities include 320GB ($200), 500GB ($250), 640GB ($300), and 750GB ($350). Sanho also sells just the case alone for $100.
Fresh details about one of HP's upcoming webOS tablets have emerged, thanks to an admittedly “massive” internal document published by webOS-centric site Pre Central. According to the leaked document, the 9.7-inch Topaz will be powered by Qualcomm's MSM8660 Snapdragon chipset that features two 1.2GHz processor cores and integrated Adreno 220 graphics. If the final product does not deviate from the spec sheet – a strong possibility at this point, it will include a 9.7" XGA (1024 x 768) screen, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, 16/32/64GB storage and a 1.3MP camera on the front. It will have different SKUs based on different connectivity options, including HSPA , LTE and WiFi-only models (former two to also feature A-GPS). A CDMA variant is also on the cards.
HP has quite a few plans for the second iteration of its Topaz inductive charging dock.Touchstone v2 will do a lot more than its predecessor by enabling a number of wireless services, including video streaming, video game playing, audio streaming and printing. Finally, HP is very keen on offering a rich cloud experience in keeing with its stated goal of making webOS a continuous client. To this end, the Topaz will support a number of cloud-based services, including Snapfish, Melodeo music integration, HP Cloud Drive and HP Cloud Canvas.
Want to see what the MeeGo OS will look like on a Nokia tablet? So do we, but unfortunately for us all, the leaked photo that's making its way through cyberspace isn't a very good one.
Regardless, this is likely the first shot of the new MeeGo tablet. The forum photo reveals what looks like a 7-inch device with the integrated video player loaded up. Other than that, there isn't a whole lot you can glean from the photo, even after doing our best to clean up the poor exposure. You can make out the Nokia logo and a glossy bezel, and really that's about it.
MeeGo is an open-source mobile OS jointly developed by Intel and Nokia. It merges Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo projects into a single platform the companies hope to see employed in everything from netbooks and TVs to in-car devices and tablets.
As Android grows, so too does HTC, Taiwan's No. 1 smartphone maker. It's been a banner year for HTC, which announced fourth-quarter earnings twice as high as one year ago, according to an AP report.
HTC continues to cash in on the smartphone frenzy and saw its net profit for the fourth quarter reach $500 million. That's a 160 percent jump from a year earlier and a 31 percent surge from the third quarter. All this success has HTC thinking about tablets, albeit cautiously.
"It's a new market with many competitors, and we don't want to rush into it," said Peter Chou, HTC chief executive. "We hope the product we eventually unveil will be one that meets consumers' needs."
HTC is wise to play it patient here. Early Android tablets, while showing some promise, lack the polish that Google's upcoming Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is supposed to bring to the table. Honeycomb is being built from the ground up with tablets in mind, and from what little we've seen so far, it appears to be a much more appropriate OS to base a tablet on.
In the meantime, HTC is killing it in the smartphone market. The handset maker shipped 24.6 million handsets in all last year, which is more than twice the number it shipped in 2009.
Remember how the iPad was submerged under tons of ridicule for a variety of reasons even before its release? Of course, you remember it all. The fact is a lot of people simply can’t miss an opportunity to poke fun at the Cupertino-based iEverything vendor. As for its competitors, they just love it even more. Now, Toshiba is mocking those visiting its tablet site from iOS-based devices by reminding them just how big a handicap the lack of Flash can be.
This is the message that greets iDevice users: “Such a shame. Add this to the list of interesting places on the Internet you can’t see on your device. Of course, if you had a Toshiba Tablet, you would enjoy the entire Internet. Yep, Flash sites too.”
Toshiba’s tablet will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC and run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. However, iPad owners need to wait a few more months if they wish to switch to Toshiba’s 10.1-inch.