Amazon has just sent out invitations for a press event taking place next Wednesday, September 28, in New York City. Since most such occasions are called for to unveil a major product launch, we can't help but assume that this event is for the company's first and long-rumored Android-based tablet dubbed the Amazon Kindle Tablet.
The Sony Tablet S has gotten the teardown treatment and its innards appear just as unique as the wedge-shaped exterior. Long rumored under the codename S1, the tablet recently launched as Sony's first Android slate and features a 9.4-inch display on a shape reminiscent of a folded back magazine, hence the wedge profile that's unlike any other tablet on the market.
For decades now in science fiction films and stories, it's been basically a norm for screens of all types, shapes, sizes, and interfaces, to be home to touch-screen functionality. One of the more popular places gigantic touchscreens appeared relatively recently in film was the sci-fi classic Minority Report - so popular was this film, in fact, that any time you see a monstrous transparent touch-sensitive display here on the web, the film's name wont be far behind. What we've got today that's right along those lines is a relatively giant (23-inches, in this case) display that works not just with touch interaction, but with Android to boot!
Today we have the ACER Iconia Tab A501 full of AT&T 4G connectivity to show you. We've been enjoying this tablet over the past week or so, taking the 4G for a ride and checking performance. Android tablets come in all shapes and sizes, this is just one more we can add to the list although not many have full 4G support. Take a glance with SlashGear at a few photos, video, and benchmarks and see if this is the tablet for you.
Say hello to the newest 4G Android tablet, the ACER Iconia Tab A501. What we have here is the twin brother to the popular Tab A500 yet this bad boy has been treated to some AT&T 4G love. Before we get ahead of ourselves I'll start by mentioning this is not 4G LTE, instead it features AT&T 4G HSPA+ speeds. We might not have LTE but she cruises along just fine, that and the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor helps. Read on below for our first impressions and some hands-on video.
Intel revealed that the first Android tablets based on an x86 processor should be available in Q1 of 2012. This tablet could be very similar to the Red Ridge reference design tablet that the chip maker showed off during IDF to demo Android 3.2 Honeycomb running on a Medfield-based tablet.
Viewsonic's budget-friendly ViewPad 7e Android tablet has surfaced on Amazon for $199.99. We got to spend some hands-on time with the tablet when it first debuted last week at IFA 2011 and seems like a good entry-level device for bargain shoppers. However, it's only available for pre-orders at the moment without an estimated shipping date.
The Vizio Tablet has gotten a software update that promises to enhance overall performance. A somewhat laggy interface was a major issue that plagued the otherwise favorable budget-friendly tablet. The update brings the Vizio Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus) custom interface up to version 1.2, while it continues to run on top of Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread.
The HTC Flyer 7-inch Android tablet that boasts an optional stylus looks to be getting its Android 3.2 Honeycomb update very soon. MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien got a hold of a beta version of the update along with the "Sense 1.1 for Tablets" update and has publicly released the ROM for all to download and has also tossed up some screenshots of the new interface.
Gateway has begun shipping its first Android tablet today, called the Gateway TP Series A60. But, the tablet isn't really all that new. In fact, it appears to be a rebranded version of the Acer Iconia Tab A500, which we've reviewed in the past. After all, Acer is now the parent company of Gateway.