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ZTE V7 Maemo MID gets video hands-on

ZTE V7 Maemo MID gets video hands-on

ZTE's Maemo-running V7 MID showed up last month in render form at the Shanghai World Expo, but the company had a working prototype this week at Computex.  ARMDevices grabbed a hands-on with the compact, 4-inch WVGA handheld - which is based on an 806MHz Marvell PXA310 chipset and has a dinky little thumb-keyboard under the touchscreen - and to our surprise it looks pretty good.

Video demo after the cut

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OLPC Becomes the OTPC? Story still not credible

OLPC Becomes the OTPC? Story still not credible

I've written in the past about the tragedy of the OLPC. Last week, there was news that the OLPC folks were moving forward with a new device, the XO-3, a new tablet initiative designed to bring a tablet to market. Forget about the fact that the XO-2 never emerged from vapor, now it's all about the XO-3. It's also not about laptops anymore it seems. The new XO-3 is a tablet because keyboards aren't a good idea (perhaps the organization needs to be called the OTPC now?). Promising the best of devices such as the Kindle and high-end tablet features combined in one, the new device will be seen at CES 2011 for $75.

Call me skeptical. Very skeptical.

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2011 BlackPad tablet using BlackBerry OS after RIM junk Android intentions?

2011 BlackPad tablet using BlackBerry OS after RIM junk Android intentions?

After yesterday's whisperings of a RIM tablet for launch sometime in 2011, The Street is claiming that the touchscreen device is in fact the Canadian company's second approach to an iPad rival.  They quote Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who believes RIM first planned to launch an Android based tablet later in 2010 but scrapped the device after "taking a second look at that product roadmap ... it has to compare favorably to the iPad."

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Marvell Moby MED multi-display medical tablet outlined [Updated]

Marvell Moby MED multi-display medical tablet outlined [Updated]

Marvell have already shown us one new Android tablet reference design, the Marvell Moby, but the company have a second concept, the Moby MED which sounds a whole lot more interesting.  Targeted at "telehealth" use, Marvell envisage the Moby MED as having "multiple simultaneous" LCD or e-paper displays, together with 1080p Full HD encode and decode, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and an integrated camera for web conferencing and remote diagnosis.

Updated with official Marvell Moby MED image.

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Marvell Shows Off Android Tablet, Could Ship Later This Year

Marvell Shows Off Android Tablet, Could Ship Later This Year

Tablets are back in style, no thanks to a little thing called the iPad, and there's nothing wrong with that. Sure, there's going to be all sorts of failures out there, but at least we can hope that the majority of these slate-style mini-computers will be worth our time. Take, for example, this 10-inch tablet that Marvell was showing off at the Future of Publishing Summit on Tuesday. It's running the Android mobile Operating System, which isn't that big of a surprise, and it's got a few features that make it seem worthwhile.

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Next-gen Chipsets: next-gen convergence

Next-gen Chipsets: next-gen convergence

Even before you leave an event like Mobile World Congress 2010 you get used to people asking you what the most interesting or exciting thing you've seen at the show has been. This year, while there was no shortage of impressive hardware imminent to the market, the real promise for me was in next-gen chipsets. Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, Freescale, Marvell, Qualcomm and others had all brought their wares along to demo, and the promises - not to mention the step up from existing platforms - were flowing thick and fast. So, what sort of devices can we expect using these new chipsets?

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Keep taking the Tablets

Keep taking the Tablets

Like the charming, fey uncle your grandmother warned you against showering with, Apple's iPad has us confused. Tablets have broached the mainstream and, like CES 2010 last month, this past week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona saw several more companies show their hand. Each of the chipset companies we spoke to - Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Freescale, Marvell and others - included tablets among the target market for their ARM-based wares, and we played with various concepts, prototypes and mockups, many of which are destined for release within the next twelve months.

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Marvell ARMADA 618 video demo

Marvell ARMADA 618 video demo

Remember Marvell's ARMADA 618 chipset from last Friday, the 1GHz low-power smartphone processor good for three separate, independent displays and Full HD 1080p quality?  The company have brought along a few demo devices to MobileFocus 2010 this week, and they've been showing off just what the ARMADA 618 is capable of.  Two demo stations were set up, one with a compact PMP-style device plugged, via HDMI, into a full-sized 1080p plasma TV, and another running a second, compact LCD panel.

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