Monthly Archive: May 2013
MSI is on the tablet train at Computex 2011 this week too, and its Android offering is the WindPad 100A. A 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS slate weighing 740g, the WindPad 100A has an unspecified dual-core Cortex A9 processor - we're guessing NVIDIA's Tegra 2 - along with 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage and WiFi b/g/n. There's also an HDMI port, g-sensor, ambient light sensor, an SD card slot, USB port and audio output; cameras front and back complete the deal. OS is "the latest Google Android operating system" which certainly suggests Honeycomb, perhaps with MSI hedging its bets a little just in case a newer version pops out before the WindPad 100A reaches shelves. No word on when, exactly, that will be however, nor for how much it will cost. MSI also unveiled a new Windows 7 tablet, which you can find details of at the via link below. [via SlashGear] Press Release:
Powerful, Stylish MSI WindPad Tablets To show stuff at Computex 2011 As tablets take the world by storm, MSI is leading the way in terms of R&D. This big name in high tech products is unveiling the latest additions to its WindPad Tablet Series at Computex 2011. They feature the latest, greatest power-sipping processors and a full array of I/O and expansion ports, so hooking up to your computer and multimedia devices at home and work is a cinch. MSI also joined forces with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to design the looks of the MSI WindPad Series. Scott has an impressive résumé, having collaborated with big name celebrities, like Madonna and Lady Gaga, as well as sports product giant Adidas. This is his first time working with the high tech industry. Taipei—As big names around the world in PCs and mobile phones try their hands at tablet computers, MSI, which boasts innovative R&D capabilities, chic designs, and a cautious approach to market development, will be exhibiting its own wares, including the 10-inch WindPad 100A and WindPad 110W, at both Computex 2011 (May 31-June 4) and L607 at the Taipei World Trade Center in Nangang. Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, points out that MSI's new generation WindPad Tablet Series includes WindPad 110W with AMD Brazos processing platform and Windows 7 OS as well as the WindPad 100A with ARM Cortex™-A9 architecture processor and the latest Google Android OS. Both tablets are equipped with all-new soft/hardware to satisfy your work and entertainment needs. MSI WindPad 110W Power and style Mainstream operating systems: MSI's new generation tablet series include the WindPad 110W and WindPad 100A. The WindPad 110W features Microsoft's Windows 7 OS—ideal for businesses, because the prevalence of Windows and the enhanced application support vastly reduce the possibility of incompatibility issues. The WindPad 100A uses the latest version of the open-source Google Android OS for which new applications are being designed at unheard of rates. As a result, the WindPad 100A has no problem meeting consumer entertainment software needs. Cutting-edge fashion by Jeremy Scott: MSI went the extra mile to provide its WindPads with sophisticated looks, sheathing them in color film print to not only give them an extra touch of class, but to safeguard them from scratching and wear. So whether you're zipping along on the subway, kicking back at a cozy café, or enjoying nature, you can whip out your WindPad tablet with confidence. Some beautiful WindPads will debut at this year's Computex, including models designed by world-famous fashion designer Jeremy Scott who has incorporated cutting-edge style into MSI's cutting-edge high tech to create the perfect blend of fashion and technology. MSI WindPad 100A Unparalleled entertainment platform WindPad 110W: MSI's WindPad 110W packs AMD's Brazos dual core processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 6250 display chip for impressive processing and display performance, giving this tablet graphics processing capabilities on par with a discrete graphics card. Pop open the hood and you'll find 2GB DDRII of memory, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, a G-Sensor gravity detector, an ALS light sensor, and an SSD hard drive with up to 64GB of memory. Weighing in at 850 grams, it boasts six-plus hours of battery time—the longest of any tablet with Windows architecture. WindPad 100A: MSI's WindPad 110A features ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor architecture and the latest Google Android operating system, giving it plenty of processing power. It also features 1GB DDRII of memory, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, G-Sensor, ALS, and an SSD hard drive with up to 32GB of memory to meet the entertainment needs of users. It tips the scales at 740 grams and offers more than eight hours of battery power. Complete array of I/O ports: The WindPad 110W and WindPad 100A tablet computers come equipped with a complete array of I/O ports, including an SD card reader, USB port, and mini HDMI slot, supporting the largest number of external devices, from printers and projectors to mouses, keyboards, and flash drives. And if you're looking to kick up your multimedia experience a few notches, you can connect your tablet to any size HDTV screen or surround sound stereo. MSI WindPad tablets come with complete array of I/O ports Multimedia that will knock your socks off Wide screen, dual cam lenses double your visual pleasure: The WindPad 110W and WindPad 100A tablets have 10-inch, 1280*800, rich color, IPS wide-screen displays. Not only are the screens completely viewable from every angle, they provide high resolution video, making them ideal for such applications as graphics work, surfing the Internet, and checking out photo details. These tablets also come with dual cams, one on the front, and one on the back, so whether you're shooting a video, taking pictures, or using them in concert with the mobile communication software, you can engage in high-quality conference calls with business associates, friends, or family anytime, anywhere. SRS wrap around sound: The WindPad 110W and 100A come with new generation SRS PC Sound™ wrap around sound to expand the overall sound field, so whether you use the internal speakers, external ones, or ear phones, you get an unprecedented, natural, true-to-life surround sound experience when you finally get a well deserved break from your school or office work. Most complete assortment of practical applications MSI Easy Face biometric software: The WindPad 110W tablet computer features MSI's own facial recognition software which works in concert with the high definition webcams to protect data biometrically. It employs your unique facial features to remember your passwords, so you don't have to. MSI EasyViewer photo manager: The WindPad 110W comes with EasyViewer photo management software, so you can use your finger to enlarge, reduce, and rotate photos. Sharing photos with friends and family was never easier. Office Starter 2010: The WindPad 110W comes pre-loaded with Microsoft's Office Starter 2010 word processing software, including Office Word 2010 and Office Excel 2010, making your tablet a mobile office. What's more, in order to meet the needs of mobile workers, the WindPad 110W comes with Adobe Reader, so you can read, print, search, sign, and authenticate PDF files anytime, anywhere. It also comes pre-loaded with Adobe Flash Player to maximize your multimedia experience. User friendly, one-finger control Touch control micro-vibration sensor: The WindPad 110W and 100A tablets sport a virtual keyboard design, so you don't have to relearn how to type and when you're typing on the screen, a micro-vibration function lets you know that the tablet recognizes that you have hit a key. The micro-vibration feedback makes typing more natural and faster as you don’t have to retype characters that weren't recognized the first time around. Easy one-finger control: The WindPad 110W sports MSI's own Smart Tracker, so you can grip both sides of the tablet and use small finger movements on the hotkeys on the right side of the tablet. Because you can use both hands, your wrists won't feel discomfort no matter how long you use it. In addition, the user friendly SAS hotkey performs the traditional role of the "Ctrl+Alt+Del" combination to open the Windows Security Window. MSI's own O-Easy interface offers easier management and use of frequently used functions and software, including turning on/off/adjusting screen brightness, volume, webcam, wireless, mute, and standby mode.
ViewSonic has refreshed its Android tablet range, with the new 7-inch ViewPad 7x offering Honeycomb on a 1024 x 600 touchscreen, while the 10.1-inch ViewPad 10Pro gives a choice of Froyo or Windows 7 on an Intel Oak Trail Atom processor. The ViewPad 7x - which leaked earlier this month - has a Tegra 2 processor and twin cameras, along with along with HSPA+, HDMI and DLNA support. It weighs 380g and has a microUSB port and an LED flash. As for the ViewPad 10Pro, that has a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Z670 processor along with WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth and all the usual features you'd expect from an x86 tablet. Unfortunately ViewSonic's decision to go with Android 2.2 rather than Honeycomb looks likely to hurt the 10Pro's reputation. No word on pricing or release dates at this stage. [via SlashGear]
ASUS is talking tablets at Computex 2011 this morning, and while we may have already seen the company's PadFone, there are still a few surprises on offer. That includes the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 3D, a glasses-free 3D update of the original MeMO Android Honeycomb tablet shown at CES 2011, with a 1024 x 600 IPS 3D display, an active digital stylus like the HTC Flyer, and a companion MeMIC Bluetooth headset for music and calls. The ASUS PadFone is what we're more interested in, though, a 10-inch 1280 x 800 slate into which can dock a roughly 4-inch ASUS smartphone. Once in place, the tablet can recharge the smartphone using its own inbuilt battery, as well as use the phone's 3G connection and rear 5-megapixel camera. That, ASUS suggests, means two 3G-enabled gadgets for the price of a single 3G connection. The company has also done some work fettling the UI, scaled both to suit phone use and tablet use. The PadFone can switch "seamlessly" between the two. According to ASUS this is all semi-conceptual right now, with no confirmed specs, but the company does intend to release the PadFone at some point. [gallery]
broken the 1m sales barrier for the Galaxy S II in South Korea, smashing sales records in the process. Meanwhile, mobile comms chief J.K. Shin has confirmed that a sequel to the GSII, aka the "Galaxy S III", is planned for the first half of 2012, while a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G slate should arrive later in the year. Details on the two new devices are unknown, with Shin only saying that the tablet would be built upon, and improve, what the current Galaxy Tab models offer. The 4G standard it will support is also unclear, so it could be LTE, WiMAX, HSPA+ or - most likely - all three to suit the various carriers. Samsung actually sold 1.3m GSII units in May, Shin says; the original Galaxy S took 70 days to reach the 1m mark. As for the ongoing legal battle between Samsung and Apple, Shin dismisses it as not being "legally problematic." "We didn't copy Apple's design" the exec insisted, "we have used many similar designs over the past years."
Kal-El, since February, and now the company has demonstrated just what sort of thing a quad-core CPU, twelve-core GPU SoC is capable of when you slap it into an Android Honeycomb tablet. A homegrown game, Glowball, shows how the four cores can crunch through real-time dynamic lighting in a way that would bring a dual-core like Tegra 2 to its knees. The game basically involves rolling an illuminated ball around an arena of interactive jack-in-the-boxes, curtains and barrels; hitting the boxes in the right order allows you to move on to the next level. The interesting thing, though, is the arena itself: the ball gives off an internal light that's projected through the patterns on its surface, and they're all calculated in real-time rather than being preset animations. That allows you to change the light, brightness and pattern and see it all take place in real-time. Meanwhile, the curtains and barrels react to movement of the tablet's accelerometer, fluttering and tumbling as you'd expect them to in real life. NVIDIA has added the ability to virtually shut down two of the cores, to show the stuttering, jerky mess you'd get if you attempted dynamic lighting on a current-gen dual-core chip. NVIDIA expect to release Glowball into the Android Market when Kal-El based devices go on sale, itself planned to take place later in 2011. [youtube eBvaDtshLY8] [gallery]
chomping at the bit for the past week or two to see Asus' new effort for Android, one that we found late this past week would be at least one, maybe two devices called Padfone. As it seems now, it's definitely SOMETHING like that. Have a look at what we're seeing here: what appears to be a tablet with a phone living inside it, able to come out at a moments notice via a sort of garage door hatch. What in the world?
starting to be rolled out to a small number of lucky Droid X owners, but now the update has been made available for those of you who don't like to wait. Naturally you'll have to be rooted with a recovery from which you can flash the upgrade, so if you're not you'll have wait for Verizon to push the update OTA.
we mentioned that the Droid X would be starting the Android Gingerbread 2.3 update Friday the 27th. It looks as if this time the date given has actually came true, sort of. According to sources the OTA update for 2.3.3 Gingerbread is rolling out in what Verizon is calling a "soak test" or a test run to put it plainly. It looks as if a few users are starting to see the updates on their devices.