Tableau Of Tablets
Make Their Debut
By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 4 2011 - 3:01am
– New tablets came in all sizes but
in one basic shape (rectangular) and
one basic operating system (Android
3.0) at the CTIA convention, where
most new models sported 1GHz
dual-core processors dominated and
The new models featured 7-inch,
8.9-inch and 10.1-inch touchscreens.
Here’s what the suppliers revealed:
Acer Iconia Tab A501:
The Tab is Acer’s first
4G tablet, which will be available on during the second
quarter for the AT&T network at a price to be announced.
The Tab features Nvidia’s Tegra 250 dual-core
1GHz processor, Android 3.0 OS, 10.1-inch
display, Wi-Fi, 850/1900MHz
4G HSPA+ cellular,
camera for video
chats, GPS and
MicroSD slot. The
amount of embedded
A demo at
CTIA used the
OS, but the device will ship with Honeycomb 3.0, a
AnyDATA AMD 120 and 810: The Irvine, Calif., company,
known for branded and white-label cellphones
and cellular modules, launched the first in a line of
The AMD 120 features Wi-Fi. The AMD 810 adds
3G CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A in the 800/1,900MHz
bands and the 1.7/2.1GHz AWS band. Both feature a
The Wi-Fi-only AMD 120 has a Qualcomm dualcore
1.2GHz processor. It will launch with the Android
2.3 smartphone OS but is upgradable to the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS.
The 3G-equipped AMD 810 will launch with the Honeycomb
OS and a Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processor. It can also be used as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.
Both models weigh less than a pound and feature WSVGA
display, 1080p/60 fps HD video capture and playback,
dual speakers, media player with SRS virtual surround
sound, dual camera/camcorders for video chats
(3-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel frontfacing
camera), MicroSD slot, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1, accelerometer,
gyroscope, digital compass and light sensor.
The cellular version adds stand-alone GPS and assisted
GPS. The Wi-Fi version will hit the market first through prepaid
HTC Evo View 4G:
In launching its first 4G tablet, Sprint
chose HTC’s first U.S. 4G tablet, the Evo View 4G, which
will ship initially with Android 2.3 OS but will be upgraded
to the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS.
It’s due in the summer at an unannounced price.
The Evo View 4G, a variation of the HSPA+ Flyer unveiled
at the recent Mobile World Congress, features 1,024
by 600 7-inch touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability,
1.5GHz processor, 32GB embedded memory, 1GB RAM,
MicroSD slot supporting up to 32GB cards, DLNA certification,
HDMI output, Flash 10 and HTML 5 for web browsing,
and fingertip and pen interaction with the screen.
Its mobile Wi-Fi hot spot capability links up to eight devices
at a time to the Internet via Sprint’s wireless network.
The tablet uses HTC’s Sense smartphone user interface
on top of the new Android 2.3 OS. The user interface features
a 3D homescreen and a carousel of widgets to put
the user’s most important content and information frontand-
HTC will bring a Wi-Fi-only version of its
Flyer tablet to the U.S. later in the spring, when the device
will be launched exclusively through Best Buy.
Availability of the Flyer, shown at the recent Mobile World
Congress with HSPA+ cellular for overseas markets, will
precede planned summertime availability of HTC’s Flyerbased
3G/4G Evo View 4G for the Sprint network.
The Flyer will be available through BestBuy.com
all 160 stand-alone Best Buy Mobile outlets, and in Best
Buy Mobile outlets within all of Best Buy’s big-box stores.
The Flyer and Evo View 4G for Sprint offer similar features.
The major difference is lack of cellular and mobile hot
spot capability. In another difference, the 3G/4G Evo View
features 32GB of embedded memory plus MicroSD card
slot, while the Wi-Fi-only Flyer features 16GB of embedded
memory plus MicroSD slot.
The U.S. Flyer’s Android version wasn’t announced.
T-Mobile G-Slate with Google by LG
: The previously
announced tablet got a price, which is $529 with a qualifying
data plan to consumers who have a T-Mobile voice
plan. The tablet features Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, 8.9-
inch multitouch 3D display with ability to capture 720p 3D
video and 1080p 2D video.