- Front facing VGA camera for Video Conferencing
- $250 for the 8Gb model with SD slot
- X-Fi Crystalizer and Expand enhancements, and its apt-X codec allows for high-quality audio streaming
- HD(720p) Video Playback
- Resistive touchscreen
- Plastic finish
The Creative ZiiO is available in 7″ (480×800) and 10″ (1024×600) varieties with 8GB or 16GB of storage. It has 802.11b/g (no N, no 3G) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, and can be set up to communicate with Creative’s wireless speakers. The big minus in this tablet because of which they get away with such a low price, is its resistive touchscreen. The touchscreen is not too bad, but if you are used to capacitive screens you will definitely recognize its lack of response. To make up for this the tablet includes a stylus, although the tablet lacks handwriting recognition that is expected with a resistie touchscreen.
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
Velocity Micro is now taking orders for two Android tablets the company first introduced a month ago. One is marketed as a 7 inch color eBook reader, while the other is pitched as a multipurpose Android tablet. Both are available for preorder and will ship in october.
The Cruz Tablet runs Google Android 2.1, features 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage space. It also comes with an 8GB SD card and usb slot. The tablet has 802.11n WiFi, and a Lithium Ion battery which Velocity Micro says is good for 10 hours of run time.
But the thing that’s probably most exciting about this tablet is the 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display. Priced at $299.99, the Cruz Tablet is one of the cheapest Android tablets we’ve seen to come with a capacitive touchscreen, which should make the experience of using the tablet significantly more pleasant than on cheaper Android tablets with resistive touchscreens.
• Supports ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
• MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
• MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MOV, AVI video support
• JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support
The $199.99 Cruz Reader isn’t quite as exciting. This model runs Android 2.0 and comes with 256MB of RAM and 256MB of internal storage. This model comes with a 4GB SD card, 802.11b/g WiFi, and a 10 hour battery. It has a 7 inch 800 x 600 pixel display, but there’s no mention of what kind of screen it uses. Probably a resistive touchscreen.
Both tablets come with “access to the Cruz Market” which seems to be a pretty good indication that you won’t actually be able to access the Android Market on these devices.
The Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet also ship with an eBook reader which lets you access the 2 million digital books in the Borders online book store (powered by Kobo).
Now available at Fry’s and Newegg although the Cruz Reader will ship on September 30th while the Cruz Tablet isn’t expected to land until October 15th. Will soon be available at BestBuy.
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!