Posts Tagged ‘Tablet’
Man do we envy the 5,000 geeks who attended the recent Google I/O 2011 in San Francisco. Not only were they first to find out about Google Music Beta, Chromebooks, and the up and coming Android Ice Cream Sandwich; they were recipients of a cool giveaway, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
If you take a closer look at the slimmest tablet in the planet, you will notice no HDMI or USB connection. Furthermore, there is no SD card slot as well. This may sound strange for other Honeycomb tablets such as the Motorola Xoom comes with these connections as well as micro SD support. You may even think that the Korean-made tablet is following the path of the iPad 2. However, this is not the case. Due to the tablets slim design, it makes use of an innovative feature, a 30-pin connector.
Aside from the 30-pin connector, the tablet comes with unique accessories as well. Taken from Samsung’s German website, two protective casings are available for the tablet. If you’re looking for a more traditional leather casing, it is available for £26.00. If you’re looking for a hard protective casing with a kickstand, the “pocket diary” is available for £60.00.
If you’re looking for keyboards, there are a couple of options you can choose from. There’s a Bluetooth keyboard available for £130.00. A keyboard dock with a sound amplifier is available for £69.00, and a desktop docking station is also available for £30.00. If you’re looking for a Bluetooth headset, it can be purchased for £43.00.
A 30-pin connector with support for HDMI connections and a 30-pin connector with support for USB connections are said to come the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. In case there is no truth in these rumors, each connector can be purchased for £26.00. The tablet is said to hit the US on the 8th of June. Hopefully, a UK version will soon follow.
This May, the HTC Flyer went on sale in the UK. However, many feel that the 7 inch tablet will not do well. The competition offers tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and the iPad 2, which clearly outclass the Taiwanese manufacturer’s first tablet. Just when we thought that HTC’s plans to be a worthy competitor in the tablet market went up in flames with the Flyer, information about a bigger and better HTC tablet has been leaked over the internet. This is the HTC Puccini. Form what we know; it has all the makings of a highly competitive tablet.
These days, tablets come with more real estate compared to before. One good example is the Motorola Xoom. The Xoom comes with a 10.1 inch display, which is perfect for viewing the web, images, gaming, and watching videos. Furthermore, Motorola’s tablet will allow you to enjoy more from touch screen features. This is exactly what the Puccini comes with. The Taiwanese manufacturer’s new tablet will come with a 10.1 inch WXGA display capable of 1280 × 800 pixels of resolution.
The tablet’s impressive specs sheet does not end here. It will also come with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor. With this powerful dual-core processor, the Puccini is sure to blow the competition away when it comes to processing power.
Unlike the Flyer’s Android OS version 2.3 (Froyo), the Puccini will be powered by the latest Android tablet OS the Honeycomb. Furthermore, with the help of the latest Sense UI, the tablet is more optimized for making use of HTC’s unique approach to tablets, the magic pen. The HTC Scribe capacitive pen input technology is said to function better than before.
Although the HTC Puccini will be initially launched in the US on a 4G network, hopefully, a UK version will be available soon after. The tablet is rumored to hit US shelves by June.
When Dell comes to mind, we often thought of powerful desktop and laptop computers that defy imagination. They came with powerful specs that allowed users to enjoy more from multi-tasking and hardcore PC gaming. In May of 2010, they surprised us all with the Streak. This 5 inch tablet was compact, protected with gorilla glass, had a powerful 1 GHz processor, and was powered by the Android OS version 1.6 (Donut). They have now entered the tablet arena.
Months rolled on and we barely heard from the computing firm. Other manufacturers were starting to release more impressive tablets. These were the 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab and the highly popular 9.7 inch Apple iPad. With the competition releasing larger screened slates, we thought Dell bowed down from the tablet race, but in March of 2011, they released a 7 inch tablet the Streak 7. However, by this time, the competition has announced tablets with displays as large as 10.1 inches.
The Streak 7 was hardly a worthy adversary for the competition. Almost every new Android tablet came with the latest Android OS Google had to offer with the Honeycomb. The 7 came with the outdated 2.2 version the Froyo. It seemed as if Dell was about to bow down from the competition once again. However, recent reports by Androidcentral announced a 10 inch Honeycomb tablet by the company. This is the Dell Streak Pro.
The Streak Pro comes with impressive specs. Aside from the 10 inch display and the Android Honeycomb OS, it comes with the Tegra T25. This processor is a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor specifically designed for 3D displays. No wonder Dell was holding out. They wanted to save the best for last.
The Streak Pro will not be the only 10 inch tablet coming this 2011. Leaked information has revealed the Latitude ST and the Latitude XT-3. These tablets are Windows 7 tablets powered by the Intel Oak Trail 1.5 GHz CPU and the Intel Huron River Core CPU (i3, i5, or i7?). It is rumored that the Dell Streak Pro was scheduled for release in June, but was pushed back to September of 2011.