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Acer’s Iconia Tab A100 7-inch Honeycomb tablet gets bargain pricing

Acer left the Iconia Tab A100 out of the loop when the company priced and dated the A500 and W500 last month, but we're not sure why; the 7-inch Honeycomb slate is perhaps the best deal of them all. Fresh to Amazon UK, the Tegra 2 based A100 is expected to arrive on April 20, and is priced at just £299.99 ($485). That's the same price as Samsung asks for the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab, which only has a single-core processor, as well as the Dell Streak 7, which has 3G but a lower-resolution, WVGA touchscreen and doesn't (yet) run Android 3.0. You'll have to make do with just 8GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, but there's a memory card slot to address one of those issues at least. If the 8.9- and 10.1-inch tablets we're seeing from Samsung, Motorola and others are simply too big for your bag or (oversized) pockets, then the 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 may fit the bill. No word on US pricing as yet, though we're expecting it to be even cheaper than the $485 a direct conversion suggests. [via NetbookNews]

Dell Streak 7 gets priced & dated for UK launch

Dell has confirmed UK pricing and availability for the Dell Streak 7, the 7-inch Tegra 2 based Android tablet currently only available on T-Mobile USA. The Streak 7 will be priced from £299 (including VAT and delivery) when it goes on sale via Dell's online store at the end of April 2011. Your money gets you an unlocked 3G radio, WiFi, a 1GHz dual-core processor and Android 2.2 Froyo with Dell's custom Stage UI software. Our main criticism of the Streak 7 is the display resolution; as Ben Bajarin found back when he reviewed the tablet in February, the WVGA panel falls short of the 1024 x 600 rivals like Samsung offer. However, the lower-res display does enable Dell to bring the Streak 7 in at under the £300 mark, around £100 less than a Galaxy Tab 3G is currently going for (or what you'd pay for a WiFi-only Galaxy Tab). [gallery]

ASUS’ Honeycomb Eee Pad Transformer tablet gets official launch

As promised, ASUS has officially launched the Eee Pad Transformer, the company's Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. The 10.1-inch slate runs NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and has a removable keyboard with an integrated secondary battery that helps boost runtime to 16hrs. Alone, the Transformer slate manages a healthy 9.5hrs according to ASUS' predictions. There's also 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, twin cameras - 5-megapixels on the back, 1.3-megapixels on the front - and optional integrated 3G. The 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display uses an IPS panel with 10-point multitouch and Gorilla Glass. Unfortunately, ASUS hasn't confirmed official pricing for the Eee Pad Transformer in the US, though there was the suggestion last week that it could be €399 in Europe. More details in the press release below. Press Release:
ASUS Introduces the Eee Pad Transformer -- Innovation meets Versatility as ASUS launches the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 tablet with a unique expandable keyboard docking station -- Fremont, CA (March 25, 2011) - ASUS is excited to announce the launch* of the Eee Pad Transformer, the best tablet choice for users looking for media consumption and mobile productivity in an elegant yet versatile design. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer features the powerful and responsive Android 3.0 operating system, an optional expandable keyboard docking station, and ASUS’ intuitive Waveshare user interface that results in an exciting portable tablet for content creation, social communication, high-definition media playback and smooth realistic game play. Exciting mini-cinema entertainment on-the-go Powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 dual-core processor, the Transformer browses the web at blazing speeds, providing snappier response times and excellent multi-tasking performance. An IPS (in-plane switching) Panel made from durable and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass is viewable at angles up to 178°, perfect for sharing your favorite photos, web pages, work documents and more with co-workers, friends or family next you or across the room. The 10.1” IPS panel features LED backlighting that provides brilliant and vivid colors at a 1280x800 resolution, perfect for viewing high-definition movies and other media content. Built-in SRS Sound technology provides a dynamic 3D stereo audio experience, with maximum bass response and a wide sound field from the discrete speakers housed in a thin 0.51” thick chassis that only weighs 1.49lbs. A 1.2MP front-facing camera is perfect for video conferencing while the rear-facing 5MP camera can shoot and record HD video, which can be played back on HDTVs via the mini HDMI output port, making the Eee Pad Transformer a true mobile entertainment device. Transform from pad to notebook mode with optional keyboard docking station The Transformer sets itself apart from other tablets on the market by featuring an optional docking station. This unique docking station provides access to a full QWERTY keyboard along with unique Android Function keys, instantly turning the Transformer into a mobile content creation device. A touchpad, 3.5mm audio jack, two USB ports as well as a built-in SD Card reader for easy file sharing and storage expandability makes the Transformer a versatile media hub. The docking station also extends the Transformer’s 9.5 hours** of battery life up to 16 hours**, so users can use it all day for work or play. In addition, the ultra-convenient ASUS WebStorage* with one year of unlimited storage space provides worry-free cloud computing. Android 3.0 OS melds with ASUS’ Waveshare UI for a unique user experience Google’s Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is a revolutionary operating system specially designed and optimized for tablets, which enables users a rich web experience for on-the-go web browsing, social media activities, video playback and casual gaming. Supporting Adobe® Flash® 10.2*** and the ever growing Android Market, media entertainment is just a finger swipe away. The convenient ASUS Launcher also allows users to easily launch software, manage content and access online services and connect devices with a few simple taps, while ASUS’ Waveshare Interface hosts a variety of unique applications* such as MyNet, MyLibrary, MyCloud and more. MyNet easily streams digital media wirelessly within home network devices so HD videos or music can be played on devices such as an HDTV or desktop PCs for an even better experience from the Transformer. MyLibrary consolidates downloaded books, magazines and newspapers in to one easy to browse profile while MyCloud is a total cloud solution, providing access to digital content such as music, videos and files from the cloud anywhere, anytime. Users can even use MyCloud to remotely access and control any PC or Mac system and access applications or files to extend the versatility of the Eee Pad Transformer experience.

Toshiba 10.1-inch Android Tablet gets fully detailed

Toshiba's Android 3.0 tablet has quietly shown up at Amazon, though still lacks a price or a release date. First tipped back in January, the NVIDIA Tegra 2 based 10.1-inch slate has a 2-megapixel front camera, 5-megapixel rear camera, and runs at 1280 x 800 resolution like the Motorola XOOM. There's also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, a full-sized USB 2.0 port and a miniUSB port, a full-sized SD card slot and an HDMI port. The rubberized back panel is user-interchangeable, as is the battery, though there's no word on how long it should last. Toshiba is also readying a docking station for the unnamed slate, with "additional connectivity ports," and there's obviously Android Market access. No word exactly on launch dates from Toshiba, but previous rumors have suggested the slate will drop in the first half of 2011. [gallery] [Thanks John!] Product Description:
Well-equipped with stand-out performance and features plus smart technologies that adapt to the way you want to use it, the Android-powered Toshiba Tablet features a brilliant 10.1-inch wideview screen with Toshiba Adaptive Display technology and an advanced NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor. Powered by the Android OS, the Toshiba Tablet is ready to delight and entertain, delivering a lightning-fast web experience complete with support for Adobe Flash and a broad range of HD multimedia content--including rich console-like games and movies. The Toshiba Tablet features both a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for taking high-resolution photos and videos, and it includes integrated GPS and compass so you can take advantage of location-based services. It also offers built-in HDMI, USB, mini-USB and SD memory card ports, making it easy to share content with your other devices. It's loaded with exclusive Toshiba smart technologies, like Resolution+ video upconversion as well as ambient screen and sound technologies to enhance your Tablet experience. Other features include ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth with connectivity to peripherals plus stereo headphones, user replaceable battery, and access to more Android apps via the Toshiba App Place and Android Market. Dressed in an exclusive soft-to-the-touch Easy Grip surface, the Toshiba Tablet is comfortable and customizable, with changeable backplates available in a spectrum of exciting colors. An optional docking stations allows you to connect and recharge the device at a desk or at home, and it provides additional connectivity ports. A Complete Web Experience, with Support for Adobe Flash With Android, the Toshiba Tablet provides support for Adobe Flash, delivering a complete web experience to help you explore, discover, and interact. You'll enjoy more satisfying social networking, games, streaming video and more, with all the animations you expect. Toshiba Places (Marketplace) Once you start using mobile apps on your Toshiba Tablet, you're sure to come looking for more. So while you're shopping around, be sure to stop by the Toshiba App Place, which complements the Android Market by providing a wide selection of widgets ranked by quality and popularity. To save you time, Toshiba Places even screens out offerings incompatible with your device. 10.1-Inch Wideview Display With the high-resolution 10.1-inch LED-backlit display, you won't have to squint to see web sites or movies. It's well-sized for surfing the Internet, and it offers a 1280 x 800-pixel HD resolution (native 720p) and 16:10 aspect ratio, which also creates a cinematic experience for movie viewing and gaming. The unique slip-resistant rubberized surface is more comfortable to the touch and easy to hold. Toshiba Screen Technologies Toshiba's Adaptive Display technology ensures that you get the best visual experience, automatically adjusting the display's brightness and color to the lighting environment--making it readable even on the sunniest parts of the patio. The tablet also features a built-in motion sensor that enables full screen rotation and includes a rotation-lock switch to set the display in position when the user chooses. In addition, the tablet includes an on-screen keyboard with Haptic feedback for more accurate typing. NVIDIA Tegra 2 Mobile Processor Powered by the world's most advanced mobile processor--the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 with integrated NVIDIA graphics--you'll be able browse the web at unprecedented speed, experience amazing graphics in the latest games and multimedia and benefit from accelerated multi-tasking. The NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor also delivers smooth, full frame-rate 1080p HD video playback. Dual Cameras Videoconference with clarity via the front-facing 2-megapixel webcam with integrated microphone. Wherever you want to be part of the conversation, the Toshiba Tablet makes sure you always look and sound your best. The 5-megapixel rear camera provides an auto-focus lens and it can also capture HD 720p videos. It's also great for augmented reality apps, which enhance what you're seeing through the viewfinder (and experiencing firsthand) by overlaying sound, graphics, and relevant text. Always Entertaining Toshiba's Resolution+ video enhancement technology improves color, contrast and sharpness, upconverting standard definition video to a more high definition look. Additionally, Toshiba sound enhancement technology boosts the audio experience--adding more robust sound capabilities to the device's stereo speakers. The Toshiba Tablet not only has a well-sized display, but you can use its built-in HDMI port to share on a bigscreen TV all the stuff you've captured and carried around--in up to 1080p full HD resolution. Usability Features Sensors (Gyroscope, Accelerometer, e-Compass, GPS and Ambient Light) Upside-down. Sideways. Even miles from nowhere. Wherever you take it, the Toshiba Tablet knows where it is, and which way is up, thanks to onboard suite of sensors including a gyroscope, accelerometer,e- compass and GPS. Tilt it into a portrait or landscape format—through a full 360 degrees of rotation—for the very best viewing. Experience a whole new way to play games. Note your location most anywhere on Earth. And take advantage of today’s popular map applications, photo tagging and more. Screen Rotation Lock Switch If you're reading a web page, scanning mail, playing a game while lying on your side--or using apps suited for a specific orientation--you'll want to keep the same format even if you move around. That's why the Toshiba Tablet comes with a special screen rotation lock switch. User-Replaceable Battery Keep your tablet--and yourself--running stronger, faster, longer, thanks to an easily replaceable battery. Be sure to have a second battery pack ready in your bag or at the office so you can double your unplugged computing time when inspiration strikes. User-Replaceable Backplates With its interchangeable multicolored backplates the Toshiba Tablet is ready to go with whatever mood strikes you. Customize or change up your tablet however you like. Then hit the streets with a style that says you. Connectivity Wireless-N Wi-Fi The Toshiba Tablet's advanced integrated Wi-Fi offers an easier, more affordable way to stay in touch. Plus, it also enables Wi-Fi tethering, transforming your tablet into an Internet gateway for other wireless gear, and turning the spot on which you're standing into the hottest spot around. Bluetooth Along with built-in Wi-Fi you'll also enjoy onboard Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it easy to expand your comfort and convenience by using wireless gear like a mouse, printer or headphones. Full-size SD Card Reader Sharing your photos, video clips, playlists and other files makes mobile life more fun. And the Toshiba Tablet offers a handy Memory Card Reader for your full-size SD Cards. It simplifies transferring large files to and from your tablet, expanding your storage capabilities, and pulling pictures from your digital camera. Full-size USB 2.0 and Mini USB Ports Feel free to transfer and share files with your other gear and many of today's most popular gadgets, courtesy of USB 2.0 and mini USB ports on your Toshiba Tablet.

NVIDIA confirms Tegra 2 in some Samsung Galaxy S II handsets

NVIDIA has apparently confirmed that some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II will indeed ship with its Tegra 2 dual-core chipset, while other versions will use Samsung's own Exynos processor. The company told ITProPortal of the (partial) design win, and while explanations as to the doubled supply haven't been forthcoming, it's assumed that Samsung's production line isn't quite up to manufacturing the sheer number of chips required. Interestingly, at least one retailer has said that it still doesn't know which version of the Galaxy S II it will be receiving, claiming Samsung is yet to confirm the chip difference to them. Performance from the two models should be in line with each other, though, so we're guessing this is a temporary victory for NVIDIA while Samsung ramps up its factories. [via TechTicker]

Gigabyte GN-TB100 Tegra 2 tablet packs IPS display [Video]

Gigabyte has quietly announced its intention to get into the Android tablet market, bringing the GN-TB100 along to CeBIT 2011 this week. A 10.1-inch Tegra 2 slate with a 1280 x 800 resolution display, 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera, and integrated 3G, the Gigabyte GN-TB100 will arrive in July 2011, according to what the company told ARMDevices. It may have some aesthetic changes before then, but inside is expected to be 512MB or 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. Ports include HDMI and mini-USB. Gigabyte is making much of its IPS display, which is higher resolution than the iPad's screen, though we're hoping they replace the Android 2.2 Froyo OS the slate is currently running with Honeycomb by the time it reaches shelves. [youtube 0kcbeVoEgTU]

SouthPeak Interactive announces Monster Madness for Android

If you are always on the lookout for cool new games for your Android device a very interesting looking new game is now available, assuming your Android device is up to it. The game is called Monster Madness and is designed for devices that use NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform inside. That means other devices lack the muscle to run the game.

Motorola XOOM priced by Verizon: No big subsidies for first Honeycomb slate

Motorola's XOOM tablet pricing has been confirmed, with Verizon announcing subsidized and unsubsidized figures ahead of the Honeycomb slate going on sale on Thursday this week. As of February 24, the XOOM will be $599.99 with a new, two-year agreement, or $799.99 with no agreement. Data plans, meanwhile, will be priced from $20 per month for 1GB of access. The promised 4G LTE update is due to arrive sometime in Q2 at no charge, while Adobe Flash Player will also arrive "soon". Adobe has already said Flash Player 10.2 for Honeycomb is coming within the next few weeks. [vms 3b03ae6d3f8540cd6362] Press Release:
Motorola XOOM Tablet To Be Available On The Verizon Wireless Network On Feb. 24 “Best of Show” Winner at 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Delivers the World’s First True Tablet Experience, with Upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2 02/22/2011 BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the Feb. 24, 2011 availability of the innovative new Motorola XOOM™ tablet, which won the coveted CNET Best of Show award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for being “the most potentially disruptive technology.” The first device to run Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the Motorola XOOM will be available for purchase from Verizon Wireless for $599.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $799.99 without a contract. Wireless 3G data service for the Motorola XOOM will begin at $20 monthly access for 1GB. The Motorola XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE service at no additional charge in the second quarter of 2011. A powerhouse in both software and hardware, the Motorola XOOM is built around a 1GHz dual-core processor and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. The sleek, stylish design features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD. The Motorola XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience that improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, as well as featuring the latest Google™ Mobile services. The Motorola XOOM also features full support for tabbed browsing and support for the Adobe® Flash® Player, available soon as a free download, to enjoy all the video and other rich content available on the Web.

Motorola ATRIX 4G arrives on AT&T for $200

The Motorola ATRIX 4G has gone on sale, with AT&T offering the Tegra 2 smartphone for $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement. The first Android device on sale in the US with a qHD resolution display, the ATRIX 4G can be paired with an optional Laptop Dock that turns it into a slick ultraportable notebook. Want to know more about the ATRIX 4G? Check out the full Android Community review and then page over to the Laptop Dock review and HD Multimedia Dock review for the low-down on Motorola's official accessories.

Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

Welcome to the hat trick. This is the phone that won Best Device CES 2011 and is the only one in the world to have three docks out of the gate, one that's two, for a television and to allow it to connect to the keyboard and a mouse and remote, and another that's a full fledged laptop. This is a big stepping stone in making smartphones the screens we carry around with us everywhere that also act as our computers we're going to be able to use for everyday work. Inside there's a fat NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2 processor running it's lovely 4-inch qHD display. Reviewing this phone has been difficult due to the versatility, but we bit the bullet and managed to bring you a solid flat look. NOTE: Don't worry about the headless Andy, he's fine, just being modded.
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