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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 GuideBook dual-screen tablet due June 2010

Toshiba GuideBook dual-screen tablet due June 2010

Details on Toshiba's tablet plans continue to trickle in, with the latest tidbit being a provisional name and some basic specs.  According to DigiTimes' sources, the Toshiba GuideBook will have dual 7-inch displays and be announced at the end of June 2010.

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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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Nokia 4-inch Maemo/MeeGo smartphone due 2H 2011?

Nokia 4-inch Maemo/MeeGo smartphone due 2H 2011?

Larger-screened Nokia devices - whether smartphones or tablets - seem to be rumor of the month, with the latest whisperings concerning a new "entry level" 4-inch or larger smartphone.  According to Chinese paper Commercial Times, Compal are building a Maemo-based handset for Nokia which isn't expected to launch until the second half of 2011.

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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?

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".

Nokia order Snapdragon Smartbook and Atom netbook from Taiwanese OEMs

Nokia order Snapdragon Smartbook and Atom netbook from Taiwanese OEMs

Nokia have reportedly ordered netbook computers from OEM firms Compal and Quanta, according to the Commercial Times as quoted by Bloomberg.  While the source of the information was unclear, Nokia have seemingly ordered both Intel Atom-based netbooks and Qualcomm Snapdragon based smartbooks.  The Atom netbooks may ship as early as Q3.

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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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NVIDIA Tegra hits 12 new MIDs: 1080p, Flash GPU & huge battery life

NVIDIA Tegra hits 12 new MIDs: 1080p, Flash GPU & huge battery life

NVIDIA have announced twelve new Tegra-based devices at Computex 2009, which the company is describing as MIDs (Mobile Internet Device).  According to NVIDIA, Tegra is capable of up to 1080p video playback, hardware acceleration of Flash video, 25 days of music on a single charge and always-on processors with support for 3G, WiFi and WiMAX.

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Compal, Mitac & more have CULV ultraportables planned for 2009

It looks like Intel's CULV wish may be coming true, as six whitebox manufacturers in Taiwan are apparently ramping up for production of ultraportable notebooks based on the platform.  Industry sources have fingered Pegatron, Clevo, MSI, Compal, ECS and Mitac as all preparing 13- to 14-inch CULV notebooks, with the first shipments expected in June 2009.

Compal reducing MID budget by cutting R&D

Compal reducing MID budget by cutting R&D

Say it isn't so! According to DigiTimes, Compal is cutting back on their budget for researching and developing new mobile Internet devices or MIDs because they just aren't sure if the market is stable enough for them.

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ODM Compal making Android-running netbook

ODM Compal making Android-running netbook

It seems like everyone is jumping on the Android bandwagon these days. Compal even has their hands in the pot, and are rumored to be developing a new line of netbooks that run on Android.

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