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Time to Welcome the Dell Streak 10

It is now official that this morning, Dell launched its new 10-inch tablet, the Dell Streak 10.  The Streak is the third Android tablet launched by Dell but it is the first of the three to have a 10-inch screen and to come with Android 2.3 also known as Honeycomb.  The new tablet is said to provide a rough competition with other popular tablets that are out right now such as Apple’s iPad or Motorola’s Xoom.

Not many specifications were released by we do know that the Streak is half of an inch think as well as weighing 1.5 pounds.  It also has a brushed aluminum back with a 1280 x 800 screen on the front.  There will also be front and rear facing cameras (front being 5 megapixels).  Some other features included at full 1080p HD video playback, and SD card slot, and a dual-core processor.

One of the interesting capabilities about this new tablet is that upon purchase, the user will get the option to also purchase a portable dock for the Streak.  This dock allows connections similar to a PC.  These connections include multiple USB ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet port.  There will also be connections making external monitors possible.

Since the Dell Streak 10 is being debuted in China first, it is being sold for 2,999 yen which equals out to be around $465.

4G Galaxy Tab On its Way

On Thursday, July 28th, Verizon Wireless will be releasing their newest product, the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 4G tablet.  Users will be able to decide between two different models: a 16GB ($529.99) and 32GB ($629.99).  And if the users want to connect to Verizon’s LTE network, they will have the option of three different data plans (2GB, 5GB, and 10GB).

The new tablet looks to be impressive with a 10.1 inch display and will be running on a 1GHz dual-core processor.  The Galaxy Tab will be available in two different colors: metallic gray, or glossy white.  And like the last version of the Samsung Galaxy tablet, the users will get the option of connecting to the internet through Wi-Fi. It will come with Android 3.1 Honeycomb and will have a 3 megapixel rear facing camera along with a 2 megapixel front facing camera. The tablet will also have 1080p HD video playback.

Overall, that tablet looks impressive and as other bloggers have pointed out, it easily passes up the iPad 2 with all of its specs and more importantly, allowing users to access the new 4G network (iPad 2 can only use 3G).

Hands on with the Galaxy Tab

 

 

 

HTC Tablet leaked!

Earlier today, some specs from HTC’s upcoming tablet known to be the “Flyer” were leaked to the public including the screen size, resolution and, processor.

To start off, the HTC Flyer looks oddly similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab with it having a 7 inch touch screen and 1024×600 screen resolution that will all be controlled by using a stylus.  The Flyer will also be running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have 1GB of RAM.  It will also be running on Android 2.3 rather than Honeycomb (Android 2.3).

Physical features look decent on the device. It will have HDMI capabilities and also both a front and rear facing camera.  The front is 1.3mp while the rear is 3mp but has a flash.

That’s the end to the leaked specs.  Doesn’t look like this device will be much of a “threat” to other company’s upcoming tablets but still always nice to have options to choose from.

Samsung vs. Apple

So a teaser video on YouTube has been put up showing off the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2’s specs and features and comparing it to the iPad 2, there seems to be strong competition.

The Galaxy Tab 2 will still have a 7 inch display but this time, the resolution will be 2048×1200.  The device is also said to support a 3D display and it will be run on NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor.

The tablet will come installed with Android 2.3 but the user will have the option to upgrade it to Android 2.3, also known as Honeycomb.  Besides this, it will have 1GB of RAM along with a whopping 64GB of internal storage. As a big upgrade from the first Galaxy Tab, the new tablet will have a 8MP rear camera as well as a 3MP front facing camera (the first tablet had a 1.3 MP front facing camera).  Huge advantage over the iPad 2 here as it has been said that the iPad 2 will have only a 1MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front facing camera (didn’t know anything went that low).

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 looks to be a huge competitor towards not only the iPad 2 but also other tablets coming out soon such as RIM’s PlayBook.

New T-Mobile Sidekick

Earlier last week, T-Mobile confirmed that they will relaunch their Iconic Sidekick gadget but this time running on the Android operation system.  The device will also be running on T-Mobile’s 4G network which will hopefully be available in more places when it’s released.

Not much else is known about the phone yet, all we know is that it will be released sometime early this year.

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More 4G phones coming to Verizon users

On my blog yesterday, I typed about one of Verizon’s upcoming 4G phones, the DROID BIONIC.  Today’s blog is yet another 4G Verizon phone called the HTC Thunderbolt.

Announced a couple days ago at CES, the Thunderbolt looks pretty impressive.  It has a 4.3 inch touch screen display, front and rear facing cameras and runs on Android 2.2 mixed in with HTC’s Sense 2.0 display.

Looking at the phone, it looks to be a media based smartphone.  A 8 megapixel camera that records in HD is just the tip of the iceberg. Besides this, its wireless DLNA allows the device to stream video and other media to other DLNA devices such as HDTVs.  It also comes with a 32GB microSD card and there is a stand built in the phone to make things more comfortable while watching HD videos.  To top it all off, the phone’s audio is considered surround sound.

All of this on top of a 4G network seems to be pretty impressive.  Looks like we will have a ton of more smartphones on the 4G network coming our way.

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Dual Core Processors on Verizon phones!

At CES on Wednesday, Verizon officially announced a ton of new phones that will be put on their new 4G network which is said to be up to 10 times faster than 3G.  One of the smartphones announced that stood out to me was the DROID BIONIC.  With this being the latest phone in the droid series, it has a lot to offer.

The BIONIC has a 4.3 inch HD touch screen display, and both front and rear facing cameras (rear is 8 megapixels).  The phone will also have an HDMI output so you can watch all of your HD recorded clips on your television as well as purchase HD content and view it in full 1080p.

Besides this, the BIONIC’s most notable feature is its processor.  A new rising feature in smartphones in the upcoming future is dual core processors and the DROID BIONIC will have one with both cores running at 1GHz. To people who do not know what that means, it will be running at about twice the speed of a regular smartphone. The phone will also have 512MB of RAM. These two features alone make this smartphone incredibly fast which will increase speeds while multitasking. To help out with graphics, the BIONIC comes with Adobe Flash Player and HTML 5.

This is said to be a work device so that being said, it will come with corporate email, data security and encryption capabilities.  The phone will also have Quickoffice, full calender management, one-click conference calls, and tons of Google applications/services.

It’s hard to believe that a phone has come this far. Dual Core processor, HD camera, HTML 5, and game graphics that are console quality is insane.  Verizon definatly is setting the bar for smartphones this year.

Tablet-mania continues

As stated in my latest blog, I mentioned that this will be the year of the tablet PC and so far, it’s been right.  The Consumer Electronics Show, CES, has shown over 80 tablet devices that are all unique in a certain way.

Earlier today, Asus announced their running in the tablet competition by announcing four different tablets that they will be creating.  These being the Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMo, and the Eee Slate EP121.  Not many details of the tablets were announced but a brief overview was given.

 

First off, the Eee Pad Slider. The Transformer can also be described with the Slider as they are very similar in structure. Both tablets will have a super thin 10.1 inch touch screen display and also a slide out keyboard (shown to the left). When the keyboard is slid out, the screen will be propped up on an angle making it a lot easy to use and see things on the screen. One difference between these two is that the Transformer will be able to detach from the slide out keyboard so you can carry it around as you would with a iPad or Galaxy Tab.  Both of these devices will run on Android’s latest operating system, Honeycomb, which was specifically designed for the use of tablet PCs. The Slider will cost anywhere from $499 to $799 and units will be available sometime in May.  The Transformer will be $399 to $699 and will be released a month earlier, April.

Next up is the Eee Pad MeMo.  This tablet is a little bit smaller than the Slider and Transformer  going at a 7 inch touch screen display.  Unfortunatly there is no slide out keyboard, you use it just as you would with an iPad.  You have the option of either using your fingers or a stylus which comes with it. The MeMo will run on a Snapdragon processor and will have the ability to playback video in 1080p.  The device will nott be available until June and will cost anywhere from $499 to $699 which leaves me wondering why is costs so much if it is smaller and has no keyboard when comparing to the Slider and Transformer.

Finally, we have the Eee Slate EP121.  In my mind, this is what a tablet PC should be like (except should have a keyboard).  This is the largest out of all the devices released from Asus.  The Eee Slate has a 12.1 touch screen display and a powerful Intel Core i5 processor.  This alone seperates it from other tablets out right now.  On top of this, it will also be running Windows 7.  This is what I believe tablet PC’s should look like. Not taking down Android but I think a actual PC operating system should be used on tablets, just my thoughts (comment below telling me what you think). Anyways, this device will cost somewhere between $999 and $1099.  Not stated when it was coming out but we can only hope soon.

 

Lenovo steps into the ring with the iPad

Earlier this evening at CES, Lenovo showed off their first compter tablet, the LePad.  The LePad will start off in China being sold anywhere from $399 to $449.  Bringing the tablet to the U.S. is still unsure but there is talk that if they decide to, the LePad will be able to connect to the Android market.

The tablet itself looks pretty good. It has a 10.1 inch screen and runs Android 2.2 OS.  It will run on a 1.2 GHz processor making it very quick and easy to use.

Not much is known yet but Lenovo also stated that they will be creating more tablet devices later this year to be released in the U.S. so it looks like there is already a lot to look forward to this year, tablets tablets and more tablets.