Tag: 1Gh+

ICD’s Tegra-2 powered Gemini is well spec’d

by editor on Dec.07, 2010, under ICD Gemini

ICD Gemini
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.

ICD Gemini

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 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.

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FIC Tycoon tablet

by editor on Nov.22, 2010, under Tycoon Tablet


First International Computer, a Taiwan based manufacturer of notebooks and desktops launched their first tablet, the ‘Tycoon’, running on windows.
The tablet has a 10.1″ LED screen and will run Windows 7 Ultimate. Powered by a Intel Atom N455 procesor paired with a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator, the tablet allows for flawless HD video playback. The tablet is commuter friendly, weighing 840 grams.

It incorporates 2GB DDR3 RAM, has 2 USB (2.0) ports and a mini HDMI for video out, besides 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Since Windows 7 supports multi-touch by default, the platform does not seem to have been redesigned for the tablet. Dismal battery performance of just 3 hours. If you were looking for a portable tablet like form factor for your Windows PC then go for the tycoon, as you the experience is more like a PC than a tablet with apps.
The Tycoon tablet is available on sale at $660 in Taiwan on the U Life TV shopping channel. FIC is expecting sales to be around 1000 pieces a month at the domestic level.

Technical Specs

10.1 inch LED, 1024 x 600 pixels

9.6″ x 6.9″ x 0.6″

850 grams

1.66GHz Intel Atom N455

Windows 7 Ultimate


1.8 inch HDD

802.11b/g/n WiFi
Bluetooth 2.1

VGA, 2 USB ports, Mic and Headphone jacks

2700mAh Polymer battery (up to 3 hours)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

by editor on Nov.15, 2010, under Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Key Features of Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000:
  • 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

  • Expensive
  • Moderate Battery Life

The Galaxy Tab is Samsung’s 7 inch Tablet touted to be a full-fledged, compact communication and entertainement device. At 1024 x 600 pixels the 7 inch SVGA screen makes for an impressive pixel density. If you are someone who spends a lot of time commuting, you will like the fact that the tablet weighs just 0.84 pounds, which makes it a good content consumption device while on the move. The Galaxy Tab will have a “Readers Hub” app for eBook aficionados.
Samsung Galaxy screen

Internally, Galaxy Tab houses practically the same hardware found in the Galaxy S GT-i9000 touchscreen smartphone. Just like the smartphone, the Galaxy Tab runs Android Froyo 2.2 update along with Android Market and Samsung Apps to download apps. The same 1.0GHz Cortex A8 Humming Bird application CPU with PowerVR SGX540 GPU remains at the heart of this tablet. Packing 512MB RAM, Samsung will offer the Galaxy Tab in 16GB and 32GB versions. Of course, you can add up to 32GB memory card in the expandable memory slot.

Android 2.2 Froyo OS packs a whole lot of goodies, which includes full-multitasking, unrestricted app access and Adobe Flash support. Android open tethering lets you connect your laptop to the web using the Tab’s 3G connection. For connectivity, Galaxy Tab will support quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and tri-band 3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps) networks. One can always use the Wi-Fi (802.11n) for faster browsing experience and use Bluetooth 3.0 for wireless connectivity with other devices/peripherals.

The tablet is capable of full HD video playback. This is worth mentioning because although the display can only provide 1024x600, the device CAN decode HD content, meaning you donot need to re-encode videos to play on the tablet. The device supports a broad range of video formats, including DivX & Xvid formats. As with video, the Tab supports a huge range of audio formats, including OGG, FLAC & AC3.

The Tab lets you make video calls over 3G with the front facing 1.3MP camera just above the display. Galaxy Tab jabs iPad by showing off its 1.3megapixel front camera and 3 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash at the back which can capture videos at 30fps.
Camera of Samsung Galaxy Tab

There were concerns around porting the Android 2.2 into Tablets, considering it was developed for smartphones, but the Galaxy Tab decimates all apprenhensions and manges to run the Android 2.2 near flawlessly. The device comes with five (customisable) home screens, which you can cramp with all sorts of widgets & app shortcuts. The bottom part of the screen sports the dedicated shortcuts to the Web browser, email and the menu. The interface is simple, powerful and customisable, also, swiping through the menus is quick with almost negligible lag. The keyboard is cramped, but when held in the portrait orientation, its easy to type away using your thumbs. With swype you can type away on the Tab much more comfortably.

Samsung claims an impressive 7 hours of video playback on the 4000 mAh Li-Po battery, possibly the most CPU intensive application you can throw at the device. It’s expected that the Tab would easily a day of normal usage without wanting to be plugged in. Initial tests though have shown poor battery performance compared to the claims. If you own a Samsung Galaxy tablet do give your feedback in the samsung galaxy lounge.

A couple of accessories have been already been released for the samsung galaxy tab HERE

Please add your thoughts after using the device!
Layar on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

Dimensions:  190.1 X 120.45 X 11.98 Mm
Weight:  385 G

Type:  WSVGA
Resolution:  1024 X 600 Pixels
Color:  16M Colors
Size:  7 Inch

Primary Camera:  3MP With LED Flash
Secondary Camera:  1.3MP
Video Recording:  Yes(720 X 480@30fps)

Type:  Li-Po 4000 MAh
Talk Time:  1,000 Minutes3G (Maximum)
StandBy Time:  1,500 Hrs 3G (Maximum)

Music Player:  MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, WAV, AC3, MIDI, RTTTL/RTX, OTA, I-Melody, SP-MIDI Player With 3.5mm Socket
Ringtone Formats:  MP3 & Vibration
Speaker:  Yes( With Stereo Speakers)
Video Player:  1080p

GPRS:  Yes
EDGE:  Yes
3G:  HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Wlan:  Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G/N
Bluetooth:  Yes, V3.0 With A2DP
USB:  Yes, V2.0

Touch Screen: Multi touch Capacitive

OS:  Android OS, V2.2 (Froyo)
CPU:  ARM Cortex A8 Processor, 1 GHz Processor; PowerVR SGX540 Graphics
Operating Frequency:  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Java:  Yes
GSM/CDMA/Dual Sim/Triple Sim:  GSM

Internal Memory: 16 GB
Cards Slot: Up To 32GB

Accelerometer, Three-Axis Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, GPS with A-GPS Support

Browser:  Android Browser With Flash Player 10.1 Support
Messaging:  Yes(Threaded View), MMS, Email(Push Mail Support), Instant Messaging
Miscellaneous:  Social Networking Integration, Ereading(Newspapers,Magazines & Books), DLNA Convergence, TV-Out, Organizer, Image/Video Editor, Thinkfree Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa Integration, Music Hub, TouchWiz UI, Swype Text Input, Adobe Flash 10.1 Support, Voice Memo/Dial/Commands
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Lenovo Skylight Tablet book

by editor on May.28, 2010, under Lenovo Skylight Tablet book

When we first heard about Lenovo’s innovative tablets they were supposed to be running their own custom version of Linux. They have thrown out the idea and decided to go with Android instead.

The “Skylight” smartbook (above) is reportedly powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 1GHz ARM processor core and was equipped with 10” screen (1024×600 resolution), 20GB flash storage, Wi-Fi, 3GB,  and a keyboard. The “UI Hybrid” which has a detachable touch screen tablet, that while docked, runs Windows 7 and when you remove the tablet portion it runs the same custom version of Linux that the Skylight has.
Since it’s now being preloaded with Android we don’t know yet if it will keep this same setup or have the ability to dual boot Android and Windows 7 or if it will be all Android. Lenovo is now targeting Q4 as a release for their Android powered devices. Pricing for these devices is rumored to be around $499.

May 28, 2010
From Lenovo Sales.
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.
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Notion Ink Adam – A smart tablet with PixQi

by editor on Apr.17, 2010, under NotionInk Adam

NotionInk AdamWe have already seen a bunch of mockups on the Notion Ink Adam, the sleek android tablet developed in India has finally been announced for release!

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:

The NotionInk tablet is expected to be available in Q4 2010 at

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!

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Litl webbook comes as a big surprise!

by editor on Mar.30, 2010, under Litl


Key features of the Litl:

  • WebOS


  • 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 keyboard

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.

Easel mode of litl

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

Music Player: Music Player With 3.5mm Socket
Video Player: 720p

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
Ram: 1Gb
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

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Joojoo Tablet, formerly CrunchPad

by editor on Mar.07, 2010, under Joojoo

JoojooFusion 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

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