Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tablets coming soon

With Apple's iPad becoming synonymous with the idea of a tablet, other manufacturers face an uphill task in trying to sell their slates. So far we have noticed two different strategies.

First, there are vendors that attempt to match the higher resolution on the new iPad. The other tactic is to target the 7-inch form factor, which is not only more affordable, but also avoids competing directly with Apple (until the company actually releases the rumored iPad mini). It's hard to say if these approaches will ultimately succeed, but you can expect the upcoming tablets listed below to at least try to challenge Apple's dominant position this year.



We have only highlighted models that have been officially announced. However, they could be joined by rumored models from the likes of Amazon, Google and Nokia.

10.1-inch (1,920 x 1,200) capacitive displayQuad-core Tegra 3 processorAndroid 4.0Our take: Acer's full-HD tablet appears to be a formulaic upgrade of its existing Iconia Tab A200. The screen gets upsized and the processor has been improved from a Tegra 2 chip to the newer Tegra 3 version. It runs Android 4.0 along with the custom Acer Ring carousel seen on the A200.
Availability: Q2 2012
Price: Unknown
7-inch (1,280 x 800) capacitive displayDual-core 1.2GHz processorStylus inputCompanion handset for phone callsAndroid 3.2Our take: A product that has been delayed for more than a year, the Asus Eee Pad Memo comes with a stylus and in a throwback to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, is able to make phone calls using a companion handset. Read our hands-on here.
Availability: Unknown
Price: Unknown
10.1-inch (1,920 x 1,200) capacitive displayQualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processorAndroid 4.0Optional keyboard dockOur take: Slap a full-HD screen on the Asus Transformer Prime and you'll get something like the Infinity. This upcoming tablet has a similar design that works with an optional keyboard dock for added functionality and extended battery life.
Availability: 2H 2012
Price: Unknown
10-inch (1,920 x 1,200) capacitive displayHuawei quad-core 1.5GHz processorAndroid 4.08mm thinOur take: Huawei has focused on extra multimedia features and the impressive screen as key differentiation factors. We think that it will at least appeal to entertainment junkies, who will watch videos and play games intensively on their tablets. Read more in our hands-on here.
Availability: Mid 2012
Price: Unknown
9.7-inch (1,024 x 768) capacitive display8.9mm thinMicro-USB and microSD slotsAndroid 4.0Our take: Lenovo takes a different tack with the S2109 by focusing on the audio aspect--this tablet comes with four speakers. It is also outfitted with a 9.7-inch IPS display that has a screen resolution identical to the iPad 2.
Availability: Unknown
Price: Unknown
8.9-inch (1,280 x 720) capacitive displayQualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processorAndroid 3.2HDMI Our take: LG's latest tablet, an 8.9-inch LTE-capable slate, appears to be heading for Korea this year. The specs are quite typical for a 2012 slate, such as its dual-core 1.5GHz processor, but we're puzzled why it isn't running Android 4.0. There's also no word on whether we'll ever see it in other parts of the world.
Availability: Unknown
Price: Unknown
10.1-inch (1,280 x 800) capacitive displaySamsung dual-core 1.4GHz processorAndroid 4.0Stylus inputOur take: As a supersized, tablet version of the Samsung Galaxy Note, this 10.1-inch slate promises a better experience with preloaded Adobe apps that utilize the improved S-Pen stylus. Find out more in our preview.
Availability: Mid 2012
Price: Unknown
7- (1,024 x 600) and 10.1-inch (1,280 x 800) capacitive displayDual-core 1GHz processorAndroid 4.0Samsung AllShare Play and TouchWiz interfaceOur take: Samsung's sequel to its Galaxy Tab series consist of two models (7- and 10.1-inch). Both slates come with Android 4.0 along with a number of Samsung's custom software, from its latest TouchWiz interface to a new DLNA-compatible media app that turns the tablet into a remote control. Interestingly, both tablets are capable of making voice calls.
Availability: Q2 2012
Price: Unknown
7-inch (800 x 400) capacitive displaySingle-core 1GHz processorAndroid 4.04GB internal storageOur take: A budget Android 4.0 tablet that's even cheaper than the Amazon Kindle Fire, the ViewPad E70 does this by using a slower single-core processor and reducing internal storage to just 4GB. However, users can expand the limited storage with a microSD card and unlike the Fire, you'll get full access to Google Play.
Availability: Q2 2012
Price: US$170



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