Having shown you leaked images of the Dell Streak 5-inch MID all the way back in October 2009, Dell took to their CES 2010 stage this morning to briefly demo the latest prototype. Dell are insisting on referring to the MID as the "Dell Tablet Concept" right now, and the only specifications they'll confirm are the Android OS and the 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash on the back.
Freescale were one of the first this week to announce a new tablet for CES 2010, and in their case it was a potentially sub-$200 Smartbook reference design based on their i.MX515 HD-capable chipset. We caught up with Freescale - and the prototype - this morning; check out our first impressions after the cut, together with some hands-on video of the Smartbook tablet in action.
Dell have announced a new Alienware ultraportable, the 11.6-inch M11X. Set to start off from $999, the Alienware M11X offers both NVIDIA GT335M and integrated graphics, which can be switched between regular and gaming modes depending on how willing you are to sacrifice battery life. The bottom line? Expect 6.5hrs in battery mode, or plunging to around 2hrs in gaming mode.
Plastic Logic have officially unveiled their QUE ereader, and as expected they're heavily pushing their innovative touchscreen technology and flexible plastic e-paper. In fact the QUE is not solely being positioned as an ebook reader; Plastic Logic have also given it email and calendar support, together with Outlook sync, and rather than clutter the all-plastic bezel with hardware controls the UI is 99-percent touch and gesture based.
Tablet manufacturer ICD have joined forces with T-Mobile UK to announce the carrier's "portable family hub tablet", the new ICD Vega. The 15-inch slate uses NVIDIA's Tegra 250 chipset and runs what will be a heavily customized build of Android 2.0 tailored to family use: that means shared calendars, internet access and SMS/MMS messaging support, with a T-Mobile SIM preinstalled for wireless connectivity.
Fujitsu's LifeBook UH900 is one of those impossibly-small, eye catching devices that you can't help but want to take a look at, and so we gave in to our baser urges at CES 2010 and grabbed some hands-on time. Anyone looking for a heavy duty keyboard should keep on walking, but we were reasonably impressed by how Fujitsu have balanced scale with tactile feel; you'd be happy pecking out an email or two, and it's more than sufficient for URLs and Tweets.
Projectors are always getting smaller which is a good thing for some users. The business type who is always on the go giving presentations and doesn't want to lug a full-size projector around will like the new 3M MPro150 projector that debuted at CES.
Spring Design have announced pricing and availability details for their Alex dual-display ebook reader, and as we expected without the might of Barnes & Noble behind them it's going to come in more expensive than what you'd pay for a nook. As of February 22nd you'll be able to order an Alex - which has a 6-inch E Ink display up top, and a 3.5-inch color touchscreen beneath - from the Spring Design site, where it will be priced at $399.
Your money does get you a few extra features that B&N deny to nook owners. For instance, Spring Design are billing the Alex as the first ereader to offer internet access while you read, with the ability to instantly flip pages from the smaller browser display up to the larger e-ink panel for easier reading. They've also left access to the underlying Android OS open, which means you can check email, download third-party Android apps and do pretty much everything you'd do on an Android smartphone.