Built around the 1GHz Tegra 2 SOC which provides performance/speeds that can beat the apple ipad, the 11.2-inch ICD Gemini should provide a tough competition to comparable tablets. The tablet which will initially run android could support chrome OS later in the year. It can decode 1080p video and the spec sheet reads like a wishlist. Headlined by a 3G connection that allows cellular voice calls, it also includes a user-replaceable long lasting 40Wh battery, an SD card reader, FM radio (a first), GPS, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB connectivity to PCs and USB peripherals, stereo mic and stereo speakers, and dual webcams – a 2 megapixel front-facing unit for videoconferencing, and a 5 megapixel autofocusing snapper on the back.
Multitouch displays will be available in both resistive and capacitive flavors, with the 1,366 x 768 resolution being filled by Google’s snappy Android OS. Oh, and did we mention it will run Flash?
Its said to be “Blisteringly fast,” according to Stuff.tv. Why? Here’s a knol on Tegra. The ICD Gemini which was expected to hit the shelves in August once carrier deals were signed has not yet been launched.
- Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- Flash 10.1 Enabled Browser
- Optimised For Full Multitasking with hybrid widget support
- Front Facing Camera For Anytime/Place Video Conferencing
- Full HD(1080p) Video Playback
- Moderate Battery Life
After careful consideration of market conditions and user feedback, Lenovo has decided to focus its resources on building a family of next-generation mobile internet devices based upon open technologies such as (but not limited to) the Android kernel, similar to the Lenovo smartphone, which is available for sale in China now.As a result of Lenovo’s strategic shift towards open standards such as an Android kernel based environment, the Company has shelved its plans to release the initial version of the Skylight smartbook that featured a proprietary Linux based OS.Lenovo remains committed to working with our strategic partners to deliver innovative products in the growing mobile internet space, including the aforementioned smartphones and smartbooks, as well as exploring innovative new concepts that continue to “push-the-envelope” like the U1 hybrid PC.
The Notion Ink Adam tablet is based on the NVIDIA Tegra, T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback. It has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA and uses the Pixel Qi 3Q transflective display. It also has a 3-megapixel camera with a patented swivel action, so you can use the Adam for video calling. On the back there’s a trackpad used for navigating without leaving smudges on the display, similar to the motorola backflip. The tablet weighs 1.71lbs and would be available in 12.9mm and 11.6mm thick versions. It will use the regular Android UI (gesture support) and will be capable of running Flash.
The Notion Ink folks are fully aware that the Adam would need an enthusiastic developer community that needs to back the Adam with quality apps. Which is why they are planning a developer challenge that will have a $1 million prize money for the winner. Now, that is bound to attract some attention!
One of the features of the PixelQi display is that its easy on the eyes – the tablet can be used as an ebook reader as well, but we havent heard any announcements from NotionInk on starting their own ebook service, though they confirmed working with various content producers – including some big-name blogs – to “reinvent” magazines and newspapers.
Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan reckons the Adam will run for 2-3 times longer than the iPad, thanks to the Tegra chip and the low-power Pixel Qi display. Using Tegra 2 will last for around 16 hours of Full HD video with a standard 3-cell battery, and Rohan says that, because their display uses just 0.2W in its electrophoretic reflective mode, with that 3-cell battery you’ll potentially see up to a breathtaking 160 hours use.
The specs are awesome, but the only reason we think we might not see this device too soon is the fact that the team consists only of developers fresh out of college with no product experience, and a missing marketing team. Not to mention, there are no Android apps optimized for this screen size. Follow them on twitter: http://twitter.com/NotionInkAdam
The NotionInk tablet is expected to be available in Q4 2010 at http://www.notionink.in
Update [September 25th]: NotionInk has updated its website to suggest their first factory release should be around October 6th. The updated blog describes the design for each of the components of the Adam tablet and wants to involve users to help them choose colours for the final hardware.
Update [Dec 3]: We are weeks away from the Notion Ink’s release. Follow us to get the latest on NotionInk!
Key features of the Litl:
- 3 hour battery life
- 0.3 MP camera
- Requires a reliable net connection for running most applications.
The litl seems like a laptop at first. Turn it on and you see one of the finest netbooks running an intuitive web OS, completely designed for the web with a focus on usability.
The litl comes with a 12.1″ display an is powered by a 1.6Ghz Atom with 1Gb SDRAM and 2gb of memory. Since the ipad got released it has become a requirement to specifically mention on board camera, microphone, USB and wifi. It uses a solid state drive which makes it free of moving parts. Litl also sports a plug n play HDMI port for using external displays. Theres a full keyboard too, which can be used in “laptop” mode. The device has a small fan which we wish could have been eliminated.
The litl decodes HD videos, so you can look forward to crisp 720p videos on your tv screen. We also found that the software transformed certain websites such as facebook to look different on its browser, this wasn’t too appealing to us. Not sure how this will be taken by the websites that are transformed.
The litl supports an innovative “easel” mode which makes it look like a digital photo frame, to function as a display system that can be kept in your living room. In this mode you can browse through a series of applications using a wheel similar to iriver’s spinn. The easel mode definitely fits in with the litl display’s viewing cone of 178 degrees.
With its WebOS, the litl removes the hassles of configuring/maintaining an operating system. No settings, no configurations, no messing around with drivers. Consider it as a system which has the latest of the best applications at the touch of a button.
At $399 the device is well priced.
Here’s a video of the Litl:
The litl was designed by a startup of 40 persons, and considering the amount of innovation in this device we hope to see more such products from this company. Wonder what the two IR receivers onboard are going to be utilized for.
Specifications of Litl
Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.06 x 9.25 inches
Weight: 3.4 lbs
Resolution: 1280 x 800 Pixels
Color: 16M Colors
Size: 12.1″ widescreen
Primary Camera: 0.3MP
Type: 3-cell Lithium Ion
StandBy Time: 3 hours
AUDIO & VIDEO
Music Player: Music Player With 3.5mm Socket
Video Player: 720p
DATA & CONNECTIVITY
Wlan: Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G
USB: Yes, one V2.0
Touch Screen: Multi touch Capacitive
OS: litl Web OS
CPU: Intel Atom 1.6 gHz
GSM/CDMA/Dual Sim/Triple Sim: None
Internal Memory: 2 GB
Easel 178 degree mode, HDMI port, Full sized keyboard, 2 IR receivers
Browser, Social Networking Integration, Ereading, TV-Out, Organizer, WebApps for litl
Fusion Garage’s JooJoo (formerly known as the CrunchPad) was slated for release in December 2009, before being shelved. JooJoo is now in full-production with a new round of funding by the CSL Group – the largest OEM in Malaysia – and has hit stores.
The joojoo has a 12.1″ capacitive touchscreen, which means it is about as responsive as an iPhone touchscreen.. two-finger zoom out gesture lets you switch between tabs; a pinch to zoom-in gesture takes you back to the homepage.
The Joojoo will support Flash and Silverlight, allowing users to surf the web as it’s meant to be surfed. In terms of hardware it features wifi, 4 Gb memory, a webcam and a USB port. The new Nvidia ION chipset powers this tablet, which explains its ability to play 1080p HD videos.
JooJoo runs a custom operating system built by Fusion Garage and boots in just under nine seconds directly to a homepage screen. It’s fast and takes the user directly to services that they may use.
The JooJoo will feature a Web App Store on which developers can showcase their applications. It will also be made simpler to develop applications for the JooJoo, with the ongoing implantation of APIs, which will let developers access the hardware easily.
JooJoo is heavy for a tablet, at 2.4lbs. Coming to battery life, the JooJoo is rated at just 5 hours but this would probably be because of its large screen size.
Open for pre-order, it is priced at $499 at https://thejoojoo.com/