CES 2010 is likely to see a fair few internet tablets being announced, but SlashGear has heard about one particular model that has more than a little promise. Notion Ink's as-yet unnamed Android "smartpad" is based on an unnanounced NVIDIA Tegra T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback, has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA, and - perhaps most interestingly - is the first confirmed device to use the Pixel Qi transflective display. Notion Ink are saving the live hardware shots for CES - hence the renders - but they did send us some photos of the 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 Pixel Qi panel in action, which you can see after the cut along with the full specifications.
Who says all the tablet rumors have to be about Apple? DigiTimes is quoting its usual shadowy "industry sources" who reckon ASUS are reading their own slate-style device, to be called the ASUS Eee Pad. A crossover MID/tablet according to their suggestion, the Eee Pad would have a 4- to 7-inch touchscreen, but beyond that details are slim.
Fujitsu's endearing diminutive LifeBook UH900 UMPC has been spotted whipping through the FCC [pdf link], presumably ahead of its launch in the US. The filing tests the compact clamshell's Atheros WiFi b/g/n networking card, together with its Bluetooth chipset, though there's no mention of any integrated 3G card being profiled.
Now turning a netbook into a cheap tablet or UMPC isn't new, and we've seen plenty such mods before, but this so-called Harlequin project is something else. My Dell Mini forum member pakkei decided he couldn't wait for Microsoft to release the Courier and thought he'd make one himself, converting his Inspiron Mini 9 into a slate-format tablet and adding in a second, 9-inch USB touchscreen.
UMPCs are still niche products, and native US or European vendors for them are even rarer, so we're quietly intrigued by UK startup PsiXpda and their first UMPC. Having broken cover yesterday, SlashGear's demo unit arrived in this morning's post and we promptly shot an unboxing video together with a brief hands-on demo. After the cut, two videos with the PsiXpda UMPC and some first impressions.
While Camangi's WebStation Android slate got off to a patchy start, we've been curious as to what sort of price the company can bring the 7-inch touchscreen tablet in for, and now we know. Preorders are being taken for the WebStation - only in the US, Japan and Taiwan, at least at first - for $399 (unless you had an "early bird" coupon which saves you all of ten bucks) with free shipping.
We've grown familiar with getting drawn in by an alluring piece of ultramobile computing hardware and then realising it's unlikely to make it outside of Taipei, so it's almost a surprise to be writing about a new British UMPC company. PsiXpda's eponymous UMPC packs a sliding, tilting 4.8-inch 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, Atom Z510 1.1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, and runs Windows XP.
Given how popular Android has tuned out to be among no-name tablet manufacturers, it's almost a surprise to see a new Windows XP slate. Still, the Shenzhen Seed Industrial Co. HT560 has a few tricks up its sleeve: behind the 5.6-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen lurks VIA's 1GHz C7 processor rather than the Intel Atom we've come to expect, paired with 1GB of memory and between 8GB and 32GB of SSD storage.
ViewSonic's deluge of new products back in July failed to include a MID or UMPC style device, but it seems they were merely waiting for the holidays to arrive in order to roll out just such a model. The ViewSonic N01 is a reasonably striking MID with a 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 processor, 1GB of RAM and a scant 10GB of onboard storage; it also has integrated 3G connectivity along with a TV tuner and Windows XP.
Somebody needs to rent a boat, sail to China and pick up a hold-full of unknown touchscreen tablets; it's getting more than a little frustrating seeing what's on offer over there, and having so little choice in the US and Europe. Latest to tickle our collective fancy is the K.R.T. X9 from Shenzhen K.R.T. Technology, a 10-inch multitouch slate running Windows 7 on an Intel Atom N270 processor. The X9 packs WCDMA, TD-SCDMA and CDMA2000 3G, pretty much covering all the bases, together with WiFi a/b/g.
Blimey, could Camangi actually be serious about selling their WebStation Android tablet? We've scoffed a little at the hitherto-unknown company's intentions of having the 7-inch WiFi tablet on the market by December 2009, but a new site and a freshly launched Camangi Market (for apps friendly to the slate's hardware and screen resolution) seem to suggest that the joke's on us. For once, we're happy to be in the wrong as if the pricing is right, the WebStation could prove highly appealing.