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]
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rumored 10-inch tablet have emerged, suggesting that contrary to original reports, the Dell Streak Pro will, indeed, run Honeycomb. According to Tweakers' sources, the Streak Pro packs a 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core chip and 1GB of RAM into its 261 x 176.4 x 12.9 mm, 720g frame, along with dual microphones and twin cameras. That's 5-megapixels on the back and 2-megapixels up-front, matched with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash storage (and an SDHC memory card reader). The 10-inch display runs at 1280 x 800, and there's WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and the possibility of AT&T 4G LTE support. Dell will apparently offer different black, pink, blue or red skins for the slate, which has a brushed aluminum back panel. Accessories will include a media dock, in-care charging adapter, a "productivity" dock and a folding cover with integrated keyboard. Dell's Stage 2.0 software will be preloaded. The Dell Streak Pro is expected to go on sale in June.
Viewsonic's Android tablets attempts haven't quite hit the mark yet, but the company is readying a new Android Honeycomb model that could well change all that. The Viewsonic 7x is, Pocket-lint has heard, headed to Computex 2011 at the tail-end of this month, with a 7-inch touchscreen as the name suggests. Like other Honeycomb tablets we've seen, it'll pack NVIDIA's 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, twin cameras - front and back, though no word on how many megapixels yet - and integrated HSPA+ WWAN. There's also the somewhat mysterious "greater support on the connectivity front" which we're assuming means WiFi, Bluetooth and USB along with the HDMI port, at the very least. DLNA and a distinctive patterned back panel round out the key specs of this 380g slate, which is expected to hit retail in June 2011. No word on pricing at this stage.
from our post last week, this isn't the first time the G2X has been acting quirky. In that story, we reported screen bleeding affecting screen colors, especially on a black screen. Now this issue and it can only point to one thing ... Go Fever. Back in the 60s during the Apollo program, the ongoing worry was being so eager to get there that problems and defects were overlooked. And with the wild west competition for getting out the latest and greatest handset and riding the wave of hype and interest, it can often be easy to release a product first, and fix the bugs later in a firmware update. But quality control issues can also kill the wave, causing future users to look elsewhere. Fortunately, G2X users have been able to exchange the defective handsets for another. But if it's a design issue, it's not really clear what good that does. And if it's a software issue, then they'll have to wait for that update. Then again, it isn't happening to every G2X user just yet, so only time will tell what the answer is. Stay tuned. [via Gotta Be Mobile]
Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet official, with the 10.1-inch slate newly christened the Toshiba Regza Tablet AT300. Fronted by a 1280 x 800 "Adaptive Display" which promises better visibility when outdoors, the AT300 runs NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, HDMI, an SD card slot, USB and miniUSB. There's also a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front, along with a battery Toshiba reckons is good for up to 7hrs use. Interestingly, there's also Toshiba's "Regza Apps Connect" which allows the AT300 slate to integrate with other devices from the company's A/V range, including HDTVs, Blu-ray players and notebooks. It will hit Japan in June, priced at the equivalent of around $700; US availability is tipped for sometime in the first half of 2011. [gallery] [via CrunchGear]