Nick Dillon capturing the 5- and 7-inch 8-inch View Quest slates on camera this week. Full details on each model are unknown, but View Quest apparently expect to have them on the market come December 2010 "in time for Christmas." Update: Mobile Snacking shot some video of the two tablets, which you can see below, as well as getting some specs. Apparently they each run Android 1.5 - a purposeful choice, View Quest claims, describing it as the "most stable" version - with resistive touchscreens and full aluminum chassis. No phone capabilities, but you do get speakers and a headphone jack. Pricing will be £149 for the 5-inch with 2GB of memory, and £199 or £249 for the 8-inch with 8GB or 16GB of memory respectively. [Thanks Leila!] [youtube cEvrEhZA0nw] [gallery]
new Android phones today; there's also a new Samsung tablet, the SMT-i9100, with some obvious family resemblance to the Galaxy Tab but a few differences as well. Built around a 7-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen and running Android 2.2 Froyo, the Samsung SMT-i9100 packs WiFi b/g/n but seemingly lacks the integrated 3G of the European Tab. It also has a lower-resolution camera, just 2-megapixels rather than the 3-megapixels we've seen so far. Storage is down as well, to 4GB (RAM is still 512MB however), and the only announced accessory is a desk cradle. The Samsung SMT-i9100 won't arrive on KDDI in Japan until late February 2011; no mention of pricing at this stage.
Advent Vega grabbed some interest recently, with the promise of a 10-inch capacitive tablet running Android 2.2 Froyo on an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, all for £249.99. The Vega isn't set to drop into Currys and PC World stores for a few weeks yet, but we grabbed an advance preview with one of the first prototypes to arrive. No branding as yet, and even the buttons aren't labelled, but the Vega is fully functional. Advent - or the OEM behind the Vega - have left the Froyo install relatively unmodified; there's little in the way of a custom interface here. What you do get is a persistent menu bar running along the top, with a dedicated Home shortcut - there's no hardware home button, only Back on the top right hand shoulder of the slate - and some status icons. You can drag that down, as on an Android smartphone, to see status messages and alerts. There are five homescreen panes, which can be filled with widgets as normal (though there aren't any extra than the regular Android phone selection), and a row of shortcuts along the bottom. On the right-hand side of the display are three shortcuts, for the browser, app menu and wireless settings. Unfortunately we couldn't get the Vega to connect to WiFi, so couldn't test the browser, but from what we saw it's the regular Android WebKit-based browser and as a result you might find sites defaulting to their mobile versions. There's multitouch pinch-zooming support, and the Tegra 2 chipset keeps things moving along slickly. [vms 540f67c1e9575e213be0] We did spot a few bugs, particularly with screen rotation. Although the Vega is seemingly intended to be used in landscape orientation (with portrait an option, automatically rotating via the inbuilt accelerometer) on a few occasions it would flip to portrait and refuse to flick back. It's worth noting that this is still a prototype, so hopefully that will be addressed by the time it hits shelves. Update: We've spoken to to team responsible for the Vega about the screen-rotation issues, and it seems one of the unlabelled switches was in rotation-lock position. The homescreen is always shown in landscape orientation, but when we tried any of the apps they were locked to portrait. Advent are now working on a new build of the OS which will add a rotation-lock indicator into the toolbar, so that sort of confusion won't occur for buyers of the slate, but of course by the time it reaches stores it'll also have printed legends for all of the physical controls too. Ports include mini HDMI, a microSD card slot and a USB, together with headphones and power jacks. On the back there are stereo speakers. A docking port along the bottom will apparently be accompanied by a docking station, we're told, though it's unclear what exact functionality that will include; we're guessing full-sized HDMI out at least, but probably not a QWERTY keyboard. It'll be sold separately. Generally it's a decent performer, though the apps are all the smartphone versions and lack the customisation for a larger screen that, say, Samsung has worked on. We had a chance to compare the Vega to a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and there's a significant difference in screen size; the Galaxy Tab is 7-inches to the Vega's 10-inches, but side-by-side the contrast is more noticeable. They're roughly the same thickness, but the broad bezel of the Vega gives it some heft. At the top there's a webcam which can be used to take stills or record video, while the Android 2.2 OS means streaming Flash video is supported too. No webcam on the back, however, unlike the Samsung. This particular Vega - which will retail for £249.99 - doesn't have integrated 3G mobile broadband, only WiFi and Bluetooth, but Advent are apparently looking to introduce a 3G version at a later date. No timescale for its release, however, nor pricing at this stage. We're cautiously impressed at this stage. The Vega's spec sheet may omit 3G and a rear-facing camera, and the OS might not be especially fitted to the large display, but it's a solid slate and the price is impressive; we've seen cheap, ARM11 based tablets on sale for the same sort of money, after all. We'll be able to put it through its paces more when the review units arrive, however, and see how much of a challenge to the iPad, Toshiba Folio 100 and Galaxy Tab it really is. [gallery]
new ZTE V9 tablet will show up in more than a few places; the Android 2.1 slate has a 7-inch touchscreen, integrated 3G and WiFi. On the back there's a 3-megapixel camera, and another camera up-front for video calls. ZTE aren't saying exactly what specs the V9 will have when it launches, but they have made a few tweaks to the Android UI to suit the bigger display. No word on release dates or pricing. [gallery] [via Chinitech]
has announced a pair of low-cost Android tablets that will arrive in their PC World and Currys stores from the beginning of November. The Advent Amico will start at £129 while the Advent Vega will be £249.99; of the two, the latter is unsurprisingly the most interesting. Specs for the Amico are on the scant side, with only a 7-inch touchscreen, WiFi and Android 2.1 listed; hopefully it won't be as wretched as some of the other budget Android slates we've seen of late. The Vega, though, is a lot more intriguing, having a 10.1-inch multitouch capacitive touchscreen, NVIDIA's second-gen 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset, and Android 2.2. It'll also have a 4GB SD memory card, WiFi and a 1.3-megapixel webcam, together with a battery good for up to 10 hours continued use, despite being only 14mm thick. Press Release:
Dixons Retail Launches into the Tablet Market with new Advent Range • Advent Vega – the lowest priced fully featured tablet in the UK, £249.99 • Advent Amico – offering excellent value, £129.99 Dixons Retail, parent company of PC World and Currys has today announced the exclusive UK launch of two new tablet computers; the Advent Vega and the Advent Amico in a move which will bring tablet computing to the masses. The Advent Amico, at only £129.99, using Android 2.1 with a 7” touch screen and WiFi, offers customers a great introduction to the fun and convenience of tablet computing. It is only 15mm thick and is great for downloading quality videos, games and music to enjoy anywhere. With the addition of a camera it offers customers fantastic value for money as an entry level tablet. The fully featured Advent Vega at £249.99 is a quality and affordable tablet computer, brimming with features. It has a capacitive multi-touch 10.1” screen and an nVidia Tegra 2 dual core 1GHz processor making it one of the fastest tablets on the market, perfect for high quality video and sound playback and indeed more powerful than many netbooks. Popular sites such as BBC iPlayer, gaming sites, MySpace, Yahoo! Mail and YouTube can all be accessed with ease on the new Advent Vega. The Android 2.2 operating system coupled with the fastest processor for tablets on the market enables users to easily navigate their way around the functions and programmes on the Advent Vega. With a 4Gb SD memory card as standard, up to 10 hours continued use, only 14mm thick, a 1.3 megapixel camera and WiFi capability, the Advent Vega is a very capable tablet, ideal for portable computing, at an affordable price. The shiny black casing is stylish and elegant, yet robust enough to withstand the stresses and strains of normal daily use. Jeremy Fennell, Category Director at Dixons Retail said; “We expect tablets to take the computing market by storm and become one of the most popular gifts this Christmas. “While top of the range tablets may be all singing and dancing, the Advent Amico is a great, no frills, starter product. The Advent Vega meanwhile offers those who want more from their tablets a quality, performance product at a very affordable price.” Currys and PC World will have a full range of tablets in its stores, spanning customers’ differing needs and budgets from 1 November.
Motorola FLIPOUT which has already been available for some time in Europe, and two new devices, the full-touchscreen Motorola BRAVO and the QWERTY-blessed Motorola FLIPSIDE. The BRAVO has a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen and a 3-megapixel autofocus camera, together with an 800MHz processor and DLNA support. All three have Android 2.1 and MOTOBLUR. Meanwhile the FLIPSIDE has a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, a trackpad for navigation, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The FLIPOUT will drop on October 17 from $79.99, while the AT&T Motorola BRAVO will be $129.99 and the AT&T Motorola FLIPSIDE will be $99.99 when they arrive in time for the holidays. No rebates are required, but you will need a new two-year agreement including a data plan. [gallery] Press Release:
AT&T Expands Android Portfolio with Three New Motorola Smartphones Motorola BRAVO(TM), FLIPOUT(TM) and FLIPSIDE(TM) Smartphones Powered by Android Coming Soon to the Nation's Fastest Mobile Broadband Network Key Facts AT&T* today announced it is significantly expanding its portfolio of Android devices by introducing three new smartphones powered by Android™, the Motorola BRAVO, FLIPOUT and FLIPSIDE, from Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). All three smartphones pack the power of the Android 2.1 platform and the latest version of MOTOBLUR, Motorola's exclusive smartphone experience. MOTOROLA FLIPOUT™ will be available for $79.99 with a two service agreement and 2 year smartphone data plan beginning October 17 in AT&T stores, online and in business channels. (No rebate required) MOTOROLA BRAVO™ will be available for $129.99 with a two service agreement and 2 year smartphone data plan in AT&T stores, online and in business channels by this holiday period. (No rebate required) MOTOROLA FLIPSIDE™ will be available for $99.99 with a two service agreement and 2 year smartphone data plan in AT&T stores, online and in business channels by this holiday period. (No rebate required) In a move that further strengthens its industry-leading smartphone line-up, AT&T today introduced three new Android-based smartphones from Motorola. The powerful new devices give AT&T customers even more choice when selecting a mobile computing device to use on the nation's fastest mobile broadband network. AT&T will have eight Android devices available to customers once these smartphones arrive in stores. All three new smartphones feature Wi-Fi® connectivity, and qualifying AT&T customers receive access to the entire AT&T national Wi-Fi network included as part of their data plan. AT&T's has the nation's largest Wi-Fi network with more than 23,000 U.S. hotspots. MOTOROLA BRAVO™ BRAVO offers the power of Android, an 800 MHz processor and a large screen all in a compact design. The device features a 3.7-inch full WVGA touch screen experience, enhanced Web-browsing and entertainment while on the go. With a 3-megapixel camera with digital zoom and auto focus, customers can catch memorable moments to share with one-touch social media uploads to Facebook®, MySpace, Picasa™ and PhotoBucket®. Motorola BRAVO is a Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) enabled device, so customers can stream, store and share entertainment with multiple devices around the home—including PCs, TVs and other mobile devices using an existing home Wi-Fi network. Get all the MOTOROLA BRAVO™ details at http://att.com/bravo. MOTOROLA FLIPOUT™ MOTOROLA FLIPOUT delivers an enhanced user experience, with a stylishly square, affordable and innovative pivot design. FLIPOUT whips open to reveal a full keyboard below its touch screen with a dedicated fifth row for numbers. Users can customize the color to match their mood with Dark Sapphire and Saffron battery covers included in the box for personalization. Additional colors will be available for purchase in AT&T stores and online. Get all the MOTOROLA FLIPOUT™ details at http://att.com/flipout. MOTOROLA FLIPSIDE™ MOTOROLA FLIPSIDE enables users to seamlessly manage their work and personal life. With a full slide-out QWERTY keypad, FLIPSIDE's 3.1”-inch high-res HVGA display supports pinch to zoom gesturing, while the laptop-like track pad provides an alternative way to navigate with one hand while keeping your fingers off the screen. Users can stay connected to work with full push corporate e-mail, support for Microsoft® Exchange, unified inbox and enhanced features for IT compliance like remote wipe and password enforcement. Get all the MOTOROLA FLIPSIDE™ details at http://att.com/flipside. Enhanced MOTOBLUR MOTOBLUR is Motorola's exclusive experience that syncs contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more — from your favorite social media sites, work and personal e-mail, and last.fm — and automatically delivers them to the home screen. MOTOBLUR can locate or remotely wipe lost or stolen devices, MOTOBLUR can also automatically restore a user's contacts, log-in information, home screen customizations and e-mail with one username and password. The new and enhanced MOTOBLUR functionality and features include: Filter social networking and Messages widgets – filter by social networking account, by contact(s) or by contact group to only see the information you want. Screen customization – move and resize preloaded widgets on up to seven home screens Battery Manager – manage battery consumption by operating in one of three performance modes Personal and Corporate e-mail – pushed directly to the device Improved social networking functionality – Retweet, like Facebook comments and more Quotes “We want nothing less than the best smartphone line-up on the nation's fastest mobile broadband network,” said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “These diverse new Android devices from Motorola add diversity to our Android platform and provide more options for our customers.” “Motorola is committed to offering consumers phones that work best for their lifestyle. These three new devices each have a new unique take on the typical smartphone,” said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility, Inc. “Plus, the latest enhancements to MOTOBLUR not only allow users to easily stay connected with their networks but better filter so they can focus on the people and information that means the most to them.” 1 Prices listed above require a 2-year service agreement and smartphone data plan. 2 Mobile Broadband/3G coverage not available in all areas. 3 Limited-time offer. Other conditions & restrictions apply. See contract & rate plan brochure for details. Subscriber must live & have a mailing addr. within AT&T's owned wireless network coverage area. Up to $36 activ. fee applies. Equipment price & avail may vary by mrk & may not be available from independent retailers. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to equipment returns; thereafter up to $325. Some agents impose add'l fees. Smartphone Data Plan Requirement: Smartphones require a DataPlus (200MB) or DataPro (2GB) plan. If you exceed your initial data allowance, you will automatically be charged an additional $10 for each additional 1GB provided on DataPro or an additional $15 for each additional 200MB provided on DataPlus. All data allowances, including overages, must be used in the billing period in which the allowance is provided or they will be forfeited. For more details on Data Plans, go to att.com/dataplans Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment. 4 Largest Wi-Fi based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi enabled device and qualifying data plan required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations. *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Modu looks like to announce their new, Android-powered modular smartphone, the Modu T-Phone, within the next week or so, with news of invites for a press event in Israel being issued. According to Gadgety, Modu has confirmed a press conference on October 10 2010. Details on the T-Phone itself are scant; like its non-Android Modu predecessors it's expected to consist of a core phone unit with a range of interchangeable "jackets" that can add new functionality. Those jackets might include a physical keyboard (to augment the standard touchscreen), stereo speakers or even more unusual designs such as for gaming, while the core unit itself should have WiFi and either GSM or CDMA 3G.
disgo Tablet 6000 doesn't necessarily only do budget functionality. For instance, there's WiFi b/g/n and a miniHDMI port, as well as two USB ports (one Host, one Device) and, according to disgo, a separate 2D/3D graphics chip capable of HD. It runs Android 2.1, though sadly lacks Android Market access, and is available this month for £179.99 ($285). [via SlashGear]
Android Central believe to be Super AMOLED, and a smaller, narrow OLED touchscreen at the bottom known as the "Ticker". That Ticker can be used for news, weather, RSS or other alerts, phone notifications, time/date and as shortcut controls; it'll also work as a media playback control bar, and show new Facebook updates. Swiping from side to side shows different control panes. Meanwhile there's a 5-megapixel camera, externally-accessed microSD card slot, dedicated camera key and TouchWiz; Verizon have also switched out Google for Bing, which is likely to disappoint a few people. No word on how much this will cost, nor when it will arrive, but it's certainly a curious device.