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2 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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2 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

More info

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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

Pantech Element poster spied in AT&T store, coming for $300?

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We're all expecting to see the Pantech Element shown off at CES this week, but as this image sent to Engadget shows, AT&T seems all set to be selling the tablet soon. 

The AT&T store in question appears to have received their marketing a few days early and were a little keen in getting it out on display. Some of the specs and pricing were also on display which are in line with the earlier reports. LTE, Android 3.2, 16GB of memory, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Price, $300 on a new two year deal, $450 off contract. Availability is slated for the week of January 15.  

Oh, and it is waterproof, more or less. 

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Updated Ice Cream Sandwich available for the Novo 7 Basic, but think hard before you apply it

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The Ainol Novo 7 Basic (here's our review) has an updated build of Ice Cream Sandwich available, but you may want to think twice before flashing it.  Funny how drama and issues follow these Chinese sub-100 dollar tablets around, ain't it?  Here's the whole scoop.

Our old buddy Dieter Bohn (Hi, D!) put up a short review of this one at his new home The Verge.  And I noticed in said review that his model was running a different version of software than mine, so off to Ainol.com I went.  What used to be broken links now had a full-blown update file for Ice Cream Sandwich in place (and kudos to Ainol for that one, nice and fast is how we like our updates) with instructions to flash it.  You know I had to try this.

Well, the download took a little longer than I had expected, so I spent a few minutes looking for folks who may have already flashed it, and sure enough I found a few -- and they weren't very happy.  The folks who updated from Honeycomb (yes, this tablet shipped last year with Honeycomb as well) noticed they no longer had Flash support, and most people were saying that the new update didn't have Google's apps (Gmail, Market, etc.) included.

And here's where things get sticky.

Because the Novo 7 Basic is MIPS-based (that means it uses a different architecture than we're used to) applications compiled for ARM processors won't work -- ever.  That's half of the reason the Android Market that is (barely) working in the original version looks so bare.  This means that even though the Gmail.apk file would work, we can't just flash Gapps from the usual places, because the needed framework files are built for ARM, and not MIPS.  That makes things a bit more difficult.

Of course, since the newer build has sideloading fixed (yay!) and includes a cool-as-hell looking SpiderMan game, I'm bound and determined to sort it all out using framework files from the OS that shipped with this thing, the files from the new update, and Gapps from that secret place you can download Gapps from.  In the meantime, you might want to hold off updating yours if you spent the Benjamin on it.  I'll be poking around, and of course anything I find will get posted in the forums.  Let me be the guinea pig on this one folks.

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2 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime .33 firmware update now available online

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If you didn't get the .33 OTA update for the ASUS Transformer Prime, it's now being hosted at the ASUS support site for manual installation.  The update brings an overall speed boost to the 10.1-inch tablet, and it's especially noticeable on the camera interface.  Add in the magic that's done under the hood and unless you're a hacker following your own update path, this is one you'll want to apply -- even if it's not Ice Cream Sandwich.  Hit the link to grab the firmware from ASUS.

Source: ASUS; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Wifi-only Motorola XYBOARDs shipping in mid-January, pre-order now

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Motorola has four new versions of the XYBOARD tablet up for preorder. They've dropped the cellular radios as thus the Verizon "Droid" branding as well, and they've shed a few bucks, too. There are 10.1- and 8.2-inch versions, of course. And other than also shedding some Verizon apps, it looks like we're pretty much looking at the same devices here. Pricing is as follows:

  • XYBOARD 10.1 32GB: $599.99
  • XYBOARD 10.1 16GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 32GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 16GB: $399.99

Across the board, that's actually $20 less than what they're going for on Verizon, though you're saving hundreds in monthly charges by going wifi-only. Moto's got them shipping the week of Jan. 18. Hit the link below to preorder.

Preorder: Motorola; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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