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5 years ago

Video hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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Words don't really describe just how nice the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 really is, and images only capture some of the beauty. Check it out in full action here, and no -- we don't know when it is released, but we want one now!

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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If you thought you'd get through CES this year without a new decimal-sized Galaxy tablet, you were wrong. Tonight here at Pepcom we got our hands on the upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Verizon LTE connectivity, slated to hit Big Red "soon." Formally announced just a few hours ago, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor hidden beneath a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the true star of the show. It's a 720p HD display at 1280 x 800 resolution, which is sure to knock your socks off. It seems like each iteration of the Galaxy Tab line comes packed with a more gorgeous display, the 7.7 is no exception. It's really, really nice. I'll tell you what else is nice after the break.

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5 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime ICS update arriving today! [updated]

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Update - The update is now fully rolling out, you can discuss it in the Android Central Forums.

We're live at NVIDIA's CES 2012 press conference, where it's just been announced that the ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime will receive its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update today, instead of the previously-announced date of Jan. 12. This makes the Prime the first Android tablet to be upgraded to ICS, so head over to that software updates menu to see if your update is ready to roll out.

Prime owners, be sure to shout out in the comments when that all-important update arrives.

More: NVIDIA CES 2012 Liveblog

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5 years ago

NVIDIA announces 7-inch tablet - Tegra 3 and Ice Cream Sandwich for $249 [updated]

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This just in from the ZOMG! department -- NVIDIA has announced that a 7-inch version of the Transformer Prime will be available, complete with the Tegra 3 processor and Ice Cream Sandwich (wait for it) for $249.  We don't have the full details just yet, only what we've said above.  But isn't that enough to get you excited?  I'm ready to get in line tonight!

Update: We just heard back from ASUS, and the model number for this tablet is the M370T.  That model was used incorrectly in a press release for the ME171 earlier this morning.  It still has the Tegra 3, and it's still $249.  I know most of us weren't really concerned about the name or model number, but now everything is all cleared up.

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5 years ago

Samsung Media Hub extends on-demand streaming from phones and tablets to TV

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For over a year, Media Hub has offered owners of Samsung smartphones and tablets access to on-demand streaming of TV shows and movies. Today at their CES 2012 press conference, Samsung announced that they would be expanding the service to their selection of smart TVs, so if you buy a show on one device, it would be available on others. NBC Universal is one of the premiere partners in this endeavor, and they'll be showcasing Battlestar Galactica through Media Hub.

It's a sensible move to include TVs in Media Hub, considering the breadth of Samsung's business, and a great way to get people on the hook to buy other Samsung products if they already own one. While I'm sure the selection isn't quite up to snuff with Netflix, if you're just interested in renting titles a la carte rather than signing up for a subscription service, Samsung Media Hub might be for you. 

Samsung had a few more interesting announcements in their press conference that at least indirectly effected smartphones, in addition to the AT&T LTE handsets and the Verizon Galaxy Tab 7.7 announced earlier today. Stick around for all the rest of our CES 2012 coverage! Remember kids, the show hasn't even technically started yet... 

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5 years ago

Video - the Pantech Element gets wet

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A waterproof tablet? We know you're skeptical. So if you don't believe it to be true, I have some video evidence for you to check out. Really. See it in action above, and be sure to check out the rest of the Pantech Element coverage.

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5 years ago

Samsung Mobile announces the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 for Verizon

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When it comes to tablets, Samsung isn't exactly new to the market.  However, this time around, they're bringing a little something to the table in cooperation with Verizon Wireless that they are hoping will stand out among the rest of the crowd. Although it's not exactly anything brand new, it's the same device that was announced at IFA in Berlin.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be packing a Super AMOLED Plus display with 1280x800 resolution, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor along with a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera featuring LED flash and capable of 720p playback (1080p playback through HDMI dock or adapter).  A 2-megapixel front facing camera for video chat, 16GB of storage, and connected through Verizon's 4G LTE round out this device.

If you're concerned about thickness and weight, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 measures just 7.9 millimeters thin and weighs only 340 grams. Samsung and Verizon have plenty of accessories already lined up for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 such as a keyboard dock, multimedia dock, bookcase covers and plenty of HDMI adapters if using Wi-Fi Direct or AllShare isn't good enough for you.  Full press release is past the break for you all, however -- you find it void of any pricing or launch date details outside of it being available in the coming weeks.

Discuss in the Android Central Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Forums

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Pantech Element

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Tablets appear to be a dime a dozen now a days so a tablet has to be pretty unique in order to stand out in this market. Pantech announced earlier today their 8-inch tablet dubbed the Pantech Element, and you may be wondering what makes this one unique. Featuring an 8-inch touchscreen, and running a lightly skinned Honeycomb the device sure sounds like an ordinary device. However, unlike many other tablets, this device is waterproof, meaning if you want to use it in the rain, or by the pool you don't have to fear the device getting wet and rendering it useless.

At an 8-inch size the device fits nicely in the hand, though a bit awkward at how tall it is compared to wide, but nothing that would sway a purchase decision. The device moves throughout the OS rather fluidly, and I noticed very little lag. Pantech says they will be updating the device to run Ice Cream Sandwich, but unfortunately no timeframe for that update. Releasing on Jan 22 ($299 on contract, but if you buy it with the Pantech Burst it's $249 for both!) and running on the AT&T 4G LTE network you will definitely want to stay tuned for our video hands on. Hit the break for more images.

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5 years ago

First AT&T video of the Pantech Element

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Fresh from the announcement of the Pantech Element just a matter of minutes ago, AT&T has released their own first look video. We'll be looking for a hands on with the device but for now, take a look at AT&T's efforts after the break.

Source: AT&T

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5 years ago

ASUS announces Eee Pad MeMO ME171 and new Transformer Prime TF700T

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ASUS is bringing the Ice Cream Sandwich love in 2012 with the EeePad MeMO ME370T ME171, and a new upmarket model Transformer Prime, the TF700T.  The new Prime, which doesn't replace the existing Transformer Prime we all know and love, has a few upgrades from the original model, namely a 1920x1200 display, a 2MP front camera for HD video conferencing, and a re-designed back plate for better Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS reception.  It will use the same docking station and battery life should be very comparable to the current TF201 Transformer Prime. 

The MeMO is a 7-inch tablet with an emphasis more on media and entertainment than productivity.  Bundled are applications like MyPainter, MyNet, MyCloud, Asus Sync and other productivity and entertainment applications, making it an ideal tablet for folks who want the 7-inch form factor.  Its full specs:

  • 7.0” WXGA,  1280 x 800 resolution,  IPS panel with capacitive touch
  • Qualcomm 8260 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB storage; ASUS Webstorage options
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n , Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, aGPS
  • Camera- 1.2MP Video Camera (front)/5MP Auto-Focus Camera (rear) with 1080P recording
  • G-sensor; e-compass; Light sensor; Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
  • MicroUSB port (client); Audio Jack (Head Phone/Stereo Mic-in); Card Reader (MicroSD); microHDMI (1.3a); SIM Card slot; Stereo Speakers
  • Li-polymer 4400mAh battery (Battery Life: 8.5hrs video playback routine)
  • Android 4.0.1
  • Dimensions/Weight- 7.8 x 4.6 x 0.50”; 14.2oz

We don't have exact dates for either of these beauties, but we expect the MeMO sometime in Q2 of 2012. 

Update: We just heard from ASUS, and there was a slight mix-up with the model numbers.  The MeMO referenced in this post is actually the ME171.

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5 years ago

Motorola Droid XYBOARD review

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It's been a long year for Android tablets. Motorola was first to the Honeycomb party with the Motorola Xoom. And while it was the quasi-official developer tablet (and really no slouch of a device), the Xoom was quickly overshadowed by lighter, slimmer tablets. And so the Xoom languished. But at least it languished in good company as it and every other Honeycomb tablet has remained that -- a Honeycomb tablet. Little progress has been made, from a consumer standpoint, in getting 2011's tablets off of that interim version of Android.

And that brings us to the Motorola Droid XYBOARD. Actually, a pair of XYBOARDs. Motorola's got a 10.1-inch version as well as an 8.2-incher. They've been redesigned -- slimmer, sleeker, and with a few oddball design cues. But they're still running Honeycomb. And they're still pricey.

Will they be enough to turn the tide for Motorola's Android tablet stable? Read on for our complete Motorola Droid XYBOARD review.


A worthy upgrade from the Motorola Xoom. Nice to see an 8-inch version alongside the full 10-incher. Faster and more svelte than the Xoom. Nice industrial design.


Ugh. The XYBOARD name (never mind that we're playing along with the capitalization game) is awful. And the tablet's still pricey and launched with Honeycomb.



The XYBOARD isn't a bad tablet -- far from it. But what does it bring to the tablet in 2012 that other tablets haven't already done in 2011?

Inside this review

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5 years ago

Lenovo announces IdeaPad S2 10 tablet and S2 smartphone

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Lenovo, the world's number two computer manufacturer, has announced a duo of new Android products -- the IdeaPad S2 10 tablet and the S2 smartphone.  Checking in at less than 1.5 pounds, the IdeaPad S2 10 tablet has the following specs:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core Processor
  • Lenovo's Mondrian custom version of Android 4.0
  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
  • Wifi and 3G Connectivity
  • micro USB, micro SD, Micro HDMI ports
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Integrated keyboard dock also available

The Lenovo S2 smartphone claims to be running a secure version of the Linux kernel (such things do exist) that protects personal data.  We'll have to wait to see that in action, but in the meantime here's the specs:

  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor
  • Lenovo Magic 3.0 UI (Android 2.3)
  • 3.8-inch 800x480 TFT display
  • 8MP camera and .3MP VGA front facing camera
  • 512MB RAM for devices with 8GB internal storage
  • 1GB RAM for devices with 16GB internal storage
  • Micro USB port
  • HDMI and MHL Connectivity
  • 1500mAh battery

Initially these will be available in China, but they are both expected to make their way to the rest of the world.  CES hasn't even officially started folks.  Get ready!

Source: Lenovo Newsroom

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5 years ago

Acer announces 1080p display quad-core Iconia tablet

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To kick off CES with style, Acer has announced that they will be bringing the next generation Iconia Tab with some impressive specs.  Bundled amidst the news of ultrabooks, Acer said that the next Iconia Tab will feature a 10.1-inch 1920x1080 (that's 1080p) display and feature a quad-core ARM processor.  The exact type of processor wasn't announced, but the NVIDIA Tegra 3 is a serious contender, as are the quad-core Qualcomm chips we're expecting to hear about this week at CES.  No mention of OS version, but we certainly expect it to be Ice Cream Sandwich.

1080p quad-core Android tablets?  Now we're talking.  Stay tuned for even more CES coverage, it's going to be a good week.

 

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5 years ago

Asus UK confirming ICS update for original Transformer coming soon

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Asus UK have taken to their Facebook page to let us all know the state of their Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer. To cut a long story short, it's good news. 

They're confirming the update is incoming, although exact date is still TBC. What they have said is that they're working hard on getting the OTA update out as soon as possible after the Jan. 12 launch with the Transformer Prime

Source: Asus UK

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5 years ago

Toshiba outlines what they're showing off at CES

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We're almost there folks, CES 2012. Toshiba will also be there, and they've taken the opportunity to give a little preview of what to expect from them at this years show.

As has been leaked earlier in the week, they will be showing off "the worlds thinnest and lightest 10.1 inch tablet." The translation is a little ropey, but we're also seeing mention of Organic EL panel and the word "waterproof" also crops up. Hit the source link for more.

Source: Toshiba(translated)

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