Toshiba 7.7-inch prototype quad-core tablet hands-on

And you thought Toshiba's super-skinny Excite was... uh... exciting. Get a load of this 7.7-inch version of the hardware, with the all-important (and seemingly ubiquitous) addition of an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The beautiful little tablet is code-named the AT270, and in addition to the processor it sports a full 1280x800 AMOLED(!) screen, 1GB of RAM and - wait for it - Ice Cream Sandwich. This one's obviously in the early stages of development, but shows a lot of promise already - we'd be very surprised if it didn't reach retail shelves at some point this year.

HTC Ville prototype caught on video

Exciting news for HTC fans this morning, as one of the two models expected to debut at Mobile World Congress in February has jumped through the loops of secrecy to grace YouTube. The HTC Ville is one of the Taiwanese manufacturer's "hero" devices for 2012, with impressive specifications, a slim profile and subtle styling. One of the most notable features of the Ville (likely a code name) is that it's rumored to be one of the first HTC phones to reach retail with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Intel gives us a better glimpse at its Android prototype

No, this amazingly sleek phone doesn't exist - yet. It is a prototype that may never surface for the public's use, but nevertheless it is sporting an Intel chip and Android OS. Finally, Intel intends to make a comeback in 2012 by incorporating their technology into both tablets and smartphones. Technology Review was able to test out both of the prototypes, and they state we should see them officially within the first half of 2012.

NEC’s MGX prototype is a super-slim Android netbook

What do we have here? This isn't the first netbook we've seen running Android, but it is one of the most Interesting. Japanese manufacturer NEC has revealed the MGX, an Android-powered device in the "pocket translator" form factor popular across Asia. The device is in the early stages of development - you can see it's running Android 1.5 or 1.6 in the photo below.

Sony S1/S2 tablets get PlayStation demo and video fondle

The last video teaser we saw of the Sony S1 and S2 tablets, the company was strapping them to a Rube Goldberg-style machine and hardly telling us anything at all. Happily a brief demo of the Android Honeycomb prototypes in Munich this week has been more elucidating; while Sony still isn't saying much about final specs or software, at least Golem got to briefly play with the slates. The S1's 9.7-inch display, folded-magazine style tapered form factor and light, 600g weight met with approval, the wedge shape make for something easy to hold. Sony apparently had Crash Bandicoot running on the tablet, with the on-screen PlayStation controls straightforward to use. The company is still generally quiet, but has apparently confirmed PlayStation Suite compatibility. As for the S2, that's a lot more compact than we initially expected - the clamshell form-factor hiding its dual 5.5-inch touchscreens well - and does a decent job of minimizing the gap between the two panels. Sony hasn't confirmed pricing or availability, but previous leaks have suggested a September launch in Europe which could well mean an IFA 2011 official reveal. [youtube nGyynWokrpA] [via SlashGear]

Toshiba Honeycomb Tegra 2 tablet due first half 2011

The Toshiba Folio 100 failed to take the tablet world by storm, but the company isn't planning on leaving it at that. A new, unnamed Toshiba tablet prototype running NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip has shown up, with Engadget grabbing some time with a non-functional prototype. The slate won't arrive until Google release Android Honeycomb. Specs include a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen, rear 5-megapixel camera, front 2-megapixel camera, accelerometer, ambient light sensor and a removable battery. There's also HDMI, USB, mini-USB and an SD card reader, along with interchangeable rubberized rear door panels. The slate weighs in at 1.7lbs and will be 0.6-inches thick; Toshiba say it'll drop sometime in the first half of this year.

Sony Ericsson ANZU/XPERIA X12 previewed

A prototype Sony Ericsson ANZU - aka the XPERIA X12 - has dropped into the hands of Mobile-Review, and they've given it a thorough (some might say pessimistic) preview. The XPERIA X12 has a 4.3-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, and is powered by the 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 chipset seen on the T-Mobile G2/HTC Desire Z. In this case it's running Android 2.1, but the version the XPERIA X12 will launch with is unconfirmed. Some things are definitely improved on over the X10: the display has native hardware multitouch support, and the chassis is slimmer (though not necessarily more quality-feeling in the hand). However, there's still only 720p HD video capture (with an HDMI output), though that can't be tested on this particular prototype since the 12-megapixel camera doesn't work properly. [via Twitter]

4.8 Inch Clamshell Android MID Prototype by Dion

Here's a rather fat hybrid machine for you to place your eyeballs on. This machine is being worked on by Chinese brand Dion and is generally thought to be still in the prototype stage. It has no name, no number, and basically appears to be very similar to a mini notebook when closed. When open, it runs Android 2.1 and has a Samsung-sourced 4.8 inch WVGA capacitive LCD touchscreen with LED backlighting, support fo rmulti-touch, and has a full QWERTY keyboard clearly made for thumb typing. There's also a tiny 1.3MP webcam and mic for all your video calling needs.

Android 2.1 Moorestown powered by Intel

Intel had their new Atom processor on display at this year’s Computex, Engadget had a few representatives at the expo where they got some hands on time with multiple different Android devices. One of which is this handset powered by Intel first chip designed for Android. The prototype phone used in this demo was manufactured by a company called Aava.

Acer eBook: Qualcomm MSM7227 Android Tablet

Acer is at it again, just last week when their CEO demonstrated an Acer tablet another one emerges. In the past Acer has said they will not be entering the tablet market but it appears that decision has been overturned. This is the second leak in as many weeks of an Acer branded Android tablet.
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