New Tablets Arriving to Duel With Apple, Amazon

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New tablets from Coby, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Samsung and Pandigital will try to chip away at Apple’s enormous share of the tablet market and compete with the Amazon’s planned $199 Kindle Fire tablet.

A total of 79.2 percent of tablet owners use an iPad or iPad 2, a recent survey by IHS iSuppli shows. Amazon’s tablet is due in stores on Nov. 15.

Here’s what the companies announced:

Coby

is expanding its selection of Kyros tablets with a new resistive- touchscreen tablet and its first three tablets with capacitive multitouch touchscreens. All feature Android 2.3 OS.

The new resistive touchscreen tablet is the 7-inch MID7012, which will be the company’s new opening-price model. It will be in stores this month at a price that wasn’t available. It will be followed in time for the holidays by three new capacitive-touch models. Those are the 7-inch MID7127, 8-inch MID8127 and 10.1-inch MID1126. Pricing wasn’t available.

Coby entered the tablets market early this year.

Pandigital

, in releasing its $229-suggested SuperNova flagship tablet, is expanding its tablet selection. The Wi-Fi SuperNova features a 8-inch color touchscreen, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of DRAM, 23GB SD card slot and a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor. It runs on the Android 2.3 but will be able to handle an upgrade to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

Early in the year, the company provided a firmware update to turn its 7-inch Pandigital Novel line of color-screen products into combination Android tablets/e-readers. Then in August, the company released its first three Android-based Nova tablets at prices ranging from a suggested $159 to $189.

Samsung

unveiled in Korea the successor to its 7-inch Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will join the company’s Tab 8.9 and 10.1 models, unveiled in March with 8.9-inch and 10.1- inch touchscreens, respectively, and Honeycomb OS.

With the new version, the 7-inch Tab steps up processing power to a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from a single-core 1GHz processor, adds Honeycomb 3.2 tablet OS in lieu of the Android 2.2 (Froyo) smartphone OS, reduces weight to 12.2 ounces from 13.23 to 13.58 ounces depending on the carrier network, and reduces depth to 0.39 inches from 0.47 inches. At 0.39 inches, the 7.0 Plus is slightly thicker than the 0.34-inch depths of the Tab 8.9 and 10.1.

In addition, the 7.0 Plus adds multiple Wi-Fi upgrades, including the addition of Wi-Fi 802.11a to its predecessor’s 802.11b/g/n, the addition of Wi-Fi Direct, and the addition of Wi-Fi channel bonding, which accelerates Wi-Fi speed.

The tablet will be available with either 16GB or 32GB of embedded memory with 64GB MicroSD card slot.

T-Mobile

’s latest two tablets — the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Huawei-made 7-inch T-Mobile Spring- Board with Google — will bring the carrier’s selection of tablets with both Android Honeycomb OS and 14.4Mbps HSPA+ 4G cellular technology to three. They’ll join the LG-made 4G-equipped 8.9-inch T-Mobile G Slate with Google and replace two Android tablets that did not use Honeycomb.

With the launches, T-Mobile will offer a 4G tablet in each of three sizes: 7, 8.9 and 10.1 inches. The new T-Mobile models, both with Android 3.2 OS, will be available in time for holiday sales at prices that weren’t announced.

Compared to the current 32GB G Slate, the two new T-Mobile tablets add a mobile hot spot, tethering to a laptop, T-Mobile TV streaming service, and mobile Wi- Fi hot spot.

The SpringBoard features Qualcomm 1.2GHz dualcore mobile processor, 720p video capture, HDMI output, and 217-ppi display, according to the carrier’s website and spec sheets provided to TWICE.

For its network, T-Mobile is also adding the 16GB version of Samsung’s 4G-capable Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is already available in 16GB and 32GB 4G LTE versions from Verizon. It’s thinner than the iPad 2, at 0.33 inches.

U.S. Cellular

expanded to its tablet selection to three with the 7-inch HTC Flyer, which operates on slower CDMA 1x EV-DO cellular-data technology and uses the Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) operating system.

It retails for $399 with purchase of a 5GB data plan. The price goes to $599 after s $100 mail-in rebate and purchase of a 200MB data plan. The Flyer features 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 32 GB of internal memory, and 32GB microSD card slot.

Vizio

added the Netflix video-streaming service to its 8-inch tablet following the August launch of the Hulu Plus video-streaming service on the device.

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