Samsung's SMT-i9100 Android tablet for Japanese carrier KDDI, but the 7-inch slate is almost here. According to KDDI, as of March 11, 2011, buyers will be able to pick up the Galaxy Tab-esque Froyo slate. The specs are unchanged, so you still get a 2-megapixel camera on the back, a 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. There's a bundled docking station in the box, and a full charge is expected to last around 6hrs. No internal 3G, though, with KDDI suggesting you use a mobile hotspot instead. Frankly, with new Honeycomb slates arriving imminently, this no longer seems that great a device (and it was hardly ground-breaking four months ago); pricing will be the deciding factor, but KDDI isn't saying exactly what that will be until closer to launch day. [via Impress]
AC100 smartbook has been released, bringing Android 2.2 along with Flash Player 10.1 support to the Tegra 2 based ultraportable. Spotted by owner Steve Paine (of Carrypad fame), the 202MB update was pushed out this morning via Toshiba's official software upgrade tool. It replaces the Android 2.1 Eclair OS the AC100 launched with back in the second half of 2010, and will hopefully add up to a new turn of speed for the 10-inch ultraportable. Without a touchscreen, many of the original complaints about the AC100 will still stand, but at least it shows that Toshiba hasn't forgotten completely about the device. [via SlashGear]
Touchnote or Smartia of being alluring in their design. However, all that looks set to change with the NEC MEDIAS N-04C, a 7.7mm thick Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone expected, according to Draft Life with Blog, to hit Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo on February 24. The super-slim smartphone hasn't been fully detailed, but it will have a 4-inch display, NFC and 1-Seg digital TV tuner, and be available in black and white. At 7.7mm it's thinner than the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc (which is 8.49mm thick) and the Arc doesn't even have NFC. No word on international launch plans, but NEC would be crazy not to take the MEDIAS E-04C abroad. [via Akihabara]
ViewSonic's freshly-outed range for MWC 2011, a dual-SIM smartphone and a dual-booting tablet headed to Barcelona next week. The ViewSonic V350 is a 3.5-inch HVGA Android 2.2 Froyo handset which can keep two SIMs active simultaneously, and packs a 5-megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS and a microSD card slot. Meanwhile the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro is a 10-inch capacitive 1024 x 600 tablet which can boot into either Windows 7 or Froyo. It has integrated 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth, and ViewSonic reckon the battery is good for up to 6hrs runtime. No pricing or availability at this stage; we should find out more when Android Community goes to MWC next week. Press Release:
ViewSonic Europe targets prosumer market with Dual-SIM Android Smartphone and Windows/Android dual-boot Tablet device Devices to be previewed for the first time in Europe at Mobile World Congress on stand 2B77 Hall 2. Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 11 February 2011 – ViewSonic Europe, a global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced the launch of its new Dual-SIM Android Smartphone, the V350 and its new 10 inch professional tablet PC, the ViewPad 10Pro. Both products have been designed to enable users to easily access both their work and personal life via just one device and will be previewed for the first time in Europe at Mobile World Congress (2B77 Hall 2) on 14 February 2011. The V350 Smartphone with 3.5 inch display is an active Dual-SIM device running the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, enabling the use of two network services at the same time. Its Dual-SIM capability is ideal for businesses wishing to provide staff with a mobile device that can offer separate numbers and bills for both personal and business use. This feature also enables travellers to carry just the one phone whilst still be able to take advantage of different pricing plans and network offers for voice and data in various countries. The V350 however does not compromise in other areas, with Android 2.2, a HVGA capacitive touch screen, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, Micro-SD expansion, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® 2.1 and assisted GPS navigation. The ViewPad 10Pro is a 10” professional tablet PC with dual boot functionality, offering a quick switch capability between Windows® 7 Professional for business use and Google Android 2.2 for personal and social entertainment. Dual-boot enables users to access business software that only runs on Windows and investigate Android without switching completely. Many users enjoy the familiarity of Windows but want to get to know Android and configure their preferences before using it more widely. The ViewPad 10Pro is one of the first tablets to have the Intel Oak Trail processor combined with support for flash 10.1 and the new interface provides an excellent navigation experience. It has a 1024x600 LED backlit capacitive multi-touch panel, is fully connected with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and has at least six hours of battery life. “Last month Deloitte predicted, in its annual sector forecast, that UK companies will buy more than 10 million tablet devices in 2011. ViewSonic is well placed to capitalize on this market and offers users the best of both worlds from one device” said Derek Wright, Product Marketing Manager at ViewSonic Europe. “Our V350 Smartphone is one of the most functional Dual-SIM phones on the market. With Android GMS for access to more than 200,000 Google applications, it has powerful multimedia capabilities and with both SIM cards active, you can place and receive calls on each at any time. The Dual-SIM proposition is compelling and will generate considerable market uptake this year.” Wright concluded. For the first time in Europe, ViewSonic will also show its ViewPad 10s 3G. Launched at CES in January, the ViewPad 10s now benefits from 3G functionality that enhances current features that include GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. About ViewSonic ViewSonic® Corporation is a leading global provider of visual display and computing products. ViewSonic develops, markets and supports a broad range of innovative products, including computers, LCD monitors, projectors, LCD TVs, digital signage solutions, digital photo frames and other consumer electronics products. For further information, please contact ViewSonic Corporation at 0871 855 3355 or visit http://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/.
Dell Streak 7 up for order, as promised, with the 7-inch Tegra 2 slate priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement (and after a $50 mail-in rebate). The Streak 7 supports HSPA+ along with video calls using a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. It's not all good news, however. The Streak runs Android 2.2 Froyo, rather than Honeycomb, and there's no word on when - or indeed if - it will see an upgrade. Plus, the display runs at WVGA resolution, which is low when you consider the Galaxy Tab is 1024 x 600. More in Ben Bajarin's review over at SlashGear.
Galaxy Tab sales situation goes from bad to worse as, only moments after Samsung was forced to admit that its much-lauded sales figures were in fact merely shipments to retailers and carriers, analysts suggest returns rates for the 7-inch slate have been surprisingly high. ITG crunched the numbers across 6,000 US retail locations and discovered that, between the November launch of the Galaxy Tab and January 15, 15-percent were returned. In the run up to the holiday period, the number was a little closer - at around 13-percent - but in the period after it rose to 16-percent, likely as unwanted gifts were returned. In comparison, ITG suggests, Verizon has been seeing just 2-percent returns on Apple's iPad since it began selling the larger iOS slate. ITG blames Android 2.2 Froyo as unsuited to tablet-scale use, despite Samsung's attempts to customize the platform with its own apps. Google will attempt to change its fortune in the tablet space later this week, with a Honeycomb launch event; for more on what that will bring to the table, check out our deep dive into Android 3.0. [via SlashGear]