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Foxconn, Compal & others snub Windows Phone 7 over licensing fees

Foxconn, Compal & others snub Windows Phone 7 over licensing fees

The spectre of Windows Mobile may haunt more than just consumers; Microsoft is apparently also facing apathy from handset manufacturers in Taiwan, reluctant to pay the company's licensing fees for Windows Phone 7.  According to DigiTimes, Foxconn, Compal Communications, Pegatron Technology, Qisda, Inventec, Inventec Appliances and Arima Communications have all shifted their R&D investment to Android and are reluctant to move it back.

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OLED iPads coming late 2010 tip insiders; everyone else stays sceptical

OLED iPads coming late 2010 tip insiders; everyone else stays sceptical

When even DigiTimes themselves are casting doubt onto their own rumor reports, you have to suspect something might not be right in the speculation chain.  According to the latest Taipei mutterings, Apple is looking at 5.6-inch and 7-inch OLED panels for second-gen iPads, together with working with OEMs on a tweaked version of the existing 9.7-inch LCD model.  As for a timescale, component manufacturers are apparently saying orders have been placed for Q4 2010.

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Russian RoverPad tablets raid the Tegra, Android & WinCE OEM closet

Russian RoverPad tablets raid the Tegra, Android & WinCE OEM closet

Russian company Rover Computers has just outed a five model tablet/MID range, and judging by some of the designs we're guessing there's a whole lot of rebadging being done.  The various RoverPad models span 5- to 7-inches in screen size and run either Android or Windows CE; processors include basic Samsung, Marvell and RockChip ARM CPUs, together with NVIDIA's Tegra on the RoverPad TegA W70.

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Toshiba tablets using Tegra 2, due end of 2010?

Toshiba tablets using Tegra 2, due end of 2010?

After a Toshiba exec confirmed last week that the company had plans to launch at least two iPad rivals this year, new rumors out of Taipei have tipped Compal and NVIDIA as the manufacturing and hardware heavyweights behind the upcoming tablets.  According to DigiTimes, NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra chipset - which is capable of Full HD 1080p video together with performance gaming - will be powering both Toshiba's Android and Windows slates.

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Tegra 2 “serious issues” delaying Notion Ink, ICD & Compal tablets [Updated]

Tegra 2 “serious issues” delaying Notion Ink, ICD & Compal tablets [Updated]

Bad news if you've been avoiding iPad hype and holding out for a tablet based on NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra chipset.  We've just heard from a trusted source that all projects based on the new Tegra chip have been delayed, and that none are expected to arrive on the market before late August 2010.  The issue - which is said to include a combination of hardware and software technical problems, as well as stability and Flash availability - will impact projects such as Notion Ink's Adam, the ICD Ultra and Vega and a 7-inch Compal tablet that had been expected to arrive in early June 2010.

Updated with NVIDIA comment after the cut

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MID development slashed as manufacturer interest wanes?

MID development slashed as manufacturer interest wanes?

Many have accused Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as being gadgets in dire search of a purpose, and despite Intel's push for the segment the talk out of Taipei is that the ultraportable touchscreen handhelds are having a difficult time finding traction among manufacturers.  DigiTimes is reporting that several companies originally signed up to Intel's Mobile Internet Device Innovation Alliance (MIDIA) have axed MID development, while those manufacturers who have actually shipped devices have only done so in numbers described as "very weak".

Compal KAX15 MID with overclocking Atom Z515 CPU [Video]

Compal KAX15 MID with overclocking Atom Z515 CPU [Video]

MIDs a failure?  No no no, how could that be when this little beauty is headed to the market?  Known here as the Compal KAX15 MID, but likely to find itself a variety of alternative brands including Gigabyte and Aigo, it's based on Intel's existing Menlow platform and packs an 800MHz Atom Z515 processor, a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Video hands-on after the cut

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