hands on with the FOLIO 100 back in September. The tablet is shipping as of now all across Europe and sadly US availability looks unlikely.
Sharp IS03; now carrier KDDI is flaunting a further three Android smartphones that look reasonably tempting. Toshiba, Sharp and Pantech are behind the new devices - the REGZA IS04, IS05 and SIRIUSα IS06 respectively - running Android and all toting 1-Seg digital TV tuners. The Toshiba REGZA IS04 has a 4-inch 854 x 480 touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 12.19-megapixel camera and is waterproof. It also has WiFi, Bluetooth and high-speed 3G data, together with a microSD card slot. It'll land in Japan in January 2010, the only drawback being its Android 2.1 OS. The Sharp IS05 and Pantech IS06, meanwhile, get Froyo and 3.4-inch touchscreens (854 x 480 on the IS05, 800 x 480 on the IS06). The IS05 has an 8-megapixel camera, Snapdragon, 720p HD video recording and Bluetooth/WiFi, while the IS06 has a 5-megapixel camera, and will drop in December. [gallery] [via Akihabara News]
available in the UK. Sad news is, that it is only the AC100-10Z, with no 3G access, but has Wi-Fi b/g/n for connectivity. Pricing is £292.52 including tax ($449), and that includes 8GB of flash memory along with Bluetooth.
Toshiba's Folio 100 compared to Samsung's Galaxy Tab is one huge device. With that being said, we are a tad bit disappointed that it will not make it to the US. Beside that point, the tablet has a 10 inch display with 4 finger muliti-touch, and is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset.
Toshiba has announced their first Android-based MID, the Toshiba AC100, a netbook form-factor ultraportable running Android 2.1 on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset. The 1080p-capable smartbook has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 non-touchscreen display, 8GB of SSD storage and an HDMI output. Toshiba AC100 hands-on: [vms 1adc8a7a835976064a86] In addition to the regular Android apps, Toshiba has loaded their own custom launcher, Opera Mini, Fring and Documents To Go, among others. Battery life is rated at up to 8hrs runtime - that's with normal use, not leaving the AC100 whirring away to itself on a shelf somewhere - or a full week of standby. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as standard, as well as USB 2.0 and an SD card reader, while 3G/WWAN is optional. No word on pricing at this stage, but the Toshiba will debut in August 2010. For more on the AC100, check out our first impressions over at SlashGear. Toshiba AC100 promo: [vms 57ab574cf005eb8a7676]
Chrome OS announcement, Google have revealed a list of the technology companies they are working with to eventually produce devices running the new platform. Tipped as a partial list, the roster nonetheless includes several names we're familiar with from Open Handset Alliance membership. Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are all named, though Google says these are "among others". Notable by their absence are Sony and Dell, as are Samsung; the latter has obviously invested in Android, as it is about to launch the I7500 Galaxy, and has a well-received netbook range. The search giant has also re-confirmed that Google Chrome OS will be a free product for end-users, and made open-source later on in the year. Actual shipping products based on the OS - which has been described as the Chrome browser sitting within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel - aren't expected until the second-half of 2010.