USM to issue tablets to students in Honors College

Posted in News by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2011

Today students have many more tools at their disposal for research and studying. For example Samsung will be offering 1,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 units to 1,000 students at the University of South Mississippi. The tablets will be given to selected Honors College, McNair Scholars, Southern Style and Gulf Coast students, and the goal is to give students and educators mobile access to their courses, textbooks, grades and schedules.

It will be interesting to see if grades improve after they receive the tablets or if it just means more playing of Angry Birds.

Amazon Tablet 7 & 10-Inch Variants Reportedly In Production

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

In June the rumor was that Amazon isn’t getting enough parts for the production of the company’s upcoming tablet devices. But now it looks like Amazon has found the right suppliers and is reportedly buying all parts that it can to ramp up production of the 7 and 10-inch tablets.

Vendor reports suggest that Amazon now comes second only to Apple when it comes to IC parts shipment from Taiwan. This synchs up with the previous report that Amazon is importing 2-finger touchscreen display solution for its devices. So we may be seeing three sizes of tablets.

EKing claims to be world’s thinnest tablet PC

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2011

Apple’s iPad 2 and Samsung’s new Galaxy Tabs are among the thinnest tablets on the market today. Well, there’s a new thinnest tablet on the scene according to an announcement made by a Chinese manufacturer known as Shenzhen Guangxuntong Communication Technology.

They have developed what they claim is the “world’s thinnest tablet PC’, and it comes in the form of its new EKing T9 device. The EKing T9 sports a 9.7-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display and Intel’s Z670 processor which is clocked at 1.5GHz. The EKing T9 tablet is also said to feature 2GB of memory, along with both front and rear-facing cameras.

Razer Electra Smartphone & Tablet Gaming Headset Coming October 2011

Posted in Headphones by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

Razer has a new set of gaming headphones called the Razer Electra, which are specifically designed for tablet and smartphone gamers. They have enhanced bass response with optimized drivers, as well as replaceable sound-isolating leatherette ear cushions.

It also has a detachable rubber sheathed audio cable and detachable inline microphone audio cable for voice communication. However the combined inline cable microphone only works in a port that mixes audio and microphone capability, like many smartphone and tablet jacks.

HTC Puccini 10-inch tablet revealed

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2011

The first solid images of HTC’s upcoming 10-inch slate have surfaced, called the HTC Puccini. Looks pretty sweet. We don’t have much in the way of confirmed specifications, but the tablet will feature an 8-megapixel camera with what appears to be a dual-LED flash, as well as stereo speakers and a microphone.

The Puccini also supports stylus input just like the HTC Flyer. Other rumored specs include a 1.5GHz processor, Android Honeycomb, HTC Sense and a 4G LTE radio. Nothing on a launch date, but we hope it will be soon.

Notion Ink Adam 2 Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

If you were hoping for a new Adam tablet from Notion Ink, here’s some good news. Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan has confirmed that the Notion Ink Adam 2 tablet will be released in December of this year.

We don’t have any details on the hardware of the Adam 2, but it looks like it will feature the Tegra 3 Kal-El chip and a new generation of Pixel Qi display. We will let you know more when we know it.

Lenovo IdeaPad P1 Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Lenovo is ready to launch a new Windows 7 tablet, even though Windows 8 is coming soon. The IdeaPad P1 features a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) capacitive touchscreen display with a 1.5GHz Intel processor.

Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a front-facing 2-megapixel webcam, USB 2.0, a microSD memory card slot, up to 2GB DDR2 RAM and up to a 64GB SSD. Lenovo is expecting to launch the IdeaPad P1 in Q4 of this year. They should have waited for Windows 8.

Amazon Sells ViewSonic ViewBook VB730 7-inch Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Amazon is now selling the ViewSonic ViewBook VB730 for just $230. The device features a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with 512MB of RAM, an HDMI port with 1080p playback and a stylus for input.

That’s not all. The new Android Froyo tablet also features a 7-inch (800×400) touchscreen display, 8GB of storage space, a built-in microSD card slot for storage expansion and a front-facing camera for your video chat needs.

MSI WindPad 110w tablet up for pre-order

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

MSI has just made its WindPad 110w available for pre-order for $599.99. For that price, you get a 10-inch screen (1280 x 800), 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 32GB solid state drive, a pair of full-size USB ports, a mini-HDMI port, Windows 7 and AMD’s Brazos processor.

Will you be getting one? Still undecided? It ships on August 1st. Let us know in the comments below, but if you are getting it, head on over to Amazon and get in line.

HP Touchpad costs $328 to make

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

Isuppli tore down a Touchpad and in doing so they found that the cost is $318, with another $10 for manufacturing costs. $132.50 for the display and touchscreen parts make up the most expensive assembly, which is 41.7 per cent of the cost.

The next most expensive part is the NAND flash memory, costing $45. The mechanical/electromechanical system is next at $30. The HP 32GB Touchpad sells for $599, so the markup is $271. It’s always fun to know what it costs compared to what it costs us.

Motorola XOOM WiFi Tablet Now $499

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

Looks like Motorola has dropped the price of the WiFi-only XOOM tablet. The Android tablet is now available for just $499 if you still don’t have one.

The Motorola XOOM WiFi sports a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display, a 1GHz nVidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, Google Android 3.1, a 24Whr battery, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 2MP front-facing camera, and a 5MP rear camera with auto-focus and a LED flash. Are you getting one now?

Infinite Loop Tablet/Phone Stand mounts your tablet anywhere, on anything

Posted in Tablet PC by Reuben Drake on June 27th, 2011

The Infinite Loop Tablet/Phone Stand is an ergonomic, portable and generally useful stand for tablets and smartphones. That’s because it can be molded into any shape and if you need it for something else you can use the suction caps and adjustable side clips.

When you are done, the whole stand can be rolled up into a circle and put away. Tim Gushue needs just $27,500 to make it a reality. If you donate more than $19, you are in the pre-order pool automatically. Nice idea.

MeiYing Android 2.3 Gingerbread Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

Not enough Android tablet options for you? Check out MeiYing’s new Android Gingerbread tablet for the Chinese market. This tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz Rockchip processor and has an 8-inch multitouch capacitive display.

Other features include 512MB of RAM, 16GB of storage capacity, a front-facing 3MP camera and a rear-facing 2MP camera. There’s also an HDMI out, USB host and client ports and a 5000mAh battery. No info on pricing yet though.

Archos Arnova 7 Now Available For $99

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

Archos is now selling the Arnova 7 tablet for just $99 in the U.S. This ultra affordable tablet features a 7-inch (800×480) resolution display, 4GB of internal storage space, a USB port and a micro SD card slot for your storage expansion needs.

This Android 2.2 Froyo tablet comes with AppsLib, which gives you access to a bunch of apps, but it is limited compared to the official Android Market of course. The Archos Arnova 7 can also be used as a color e-book reader.

Amazon tablet shipping in August?

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

It has been rumored for months that Amazon is about to get into the tablet market. The latest rumor is that Quanta Computer will be responsible for assembling the tablet with a TI processor and Wintek touch panel.

DigiTimes says that Amazon has it’s sights set on selling four million units in 2011 and has plans to launch the new tablet as early as August. It seems pretty likely this is true, but you never know. For now, grain of salt.