New Tablets Drop Into The Market
By Joseph Palenchar On Nov 7 2011 - 6:01am
NEW YORK –
New tablets from Samsung, Kobo
and E Fun are entering the tablet fray in time for the
holiday season to join the previously
announced $199 Amazon Kindle
Fire, which is due Nov. 15, and the
new Barnes & Noble model, which
will be announced Nov. 7.
A new BlackBerry Playbook,
however, will wait until next February,
when Research In Motion
(RIM) expects to offer the next generation
of its PlayBook tablet OS.
Here’s what’s coming or has
just arrived in new fourth-quarter
Having just expanded its
Premium series of Nextbook tablets
to include an 8-inch model, E
Fun plans to add a 9-inch model in
November or December.
Pricing on the Nextbook Premium
9 wasn’t available, but its specifications
were. Like E Fun’s other Premium series devices,
the Premium 9 features Android 2.3 OS, but compared
to the $299-suggested 8-inch Premium 8,
it steps up screen size to 9 inches and steps up
resolution to 1,280 by 800 pixels from 800 by 480.
Both the Premium 8 and 9 feature 1GHz processor,
and compared to the $249-suggested Nextbook
Premium 7 with 7-inch touchscreen, both
add 2-megapixel front-facing camera and over-theair
The $199-suggested Vox just became
available with Android 2.3 OS, 8GB of internal
memory and 32GB SD Card slot.
Kobo’s first tablet features Wi-Fi
and 7-inch color touchscreen with
FFS display technology to deliver
an optimum good reading experience
in bright light, the company
said. The Vox comes with access to
15,000 apps and 2.5 million books
through the Kobo bookstore.Samsung:
The company’s new
7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.0
Plus, will be available nationwide
in a 16GB Wi-Fi version beginning
Nov. 13 at $399 with tabletoptimized
OS and 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
The tablet features a built-in IR
emitter and Peel’s Smart Remote
TV application, said to let users control the components
of any home entertainment system regardless
of manufacturer. The app also displays
a local channel guide streamed via Wi-Fi.
As for RIM, the company said the new Playbook
OS will add integrated email, calendar and contact
apps to Wi-Fi-only PlayBooks. With the current
OS, users must tether a Wi-Fi-only PlayBook
to a BlackBerry phone via Bluetooth to bring the
phone’s email, calendar and contacts to the tablet.