Asus made this Tegra2 Powered Laptop and Tablet combo device, where the tablet part can slide out of the bottom keyboard part. This prototype feels heavy though, perhaps it's just because it's a very metallic design.
- ASUS Transformer Android Tablet (android-tablet.org)
- Toshiba Announces Tegra 2-Powered Honeycomb Tablet, Lets Its Name Remain A Mystery (androidpolice.com)
- ASUS Eee Transformer Android Honeycomb tablet with keyboard dock looks impressive (intomobile.com)
Interesting slider design by Asus, to add a keyboard behind the tablet.
- ASUS tablet lineup preview: Slider, Transformer, MeMO, and Slate EP121 go wild (engadget.com)
- Asus Eee Pad: what you need to know (techradar.com)
- The Many Faces of Asus's Android Tablets [Asus] (gizmodo.com)
Nvidia Kal-el is now sampling, demonstrated here at Mobile World Congress 2011, to be in commercial products already in August this year. Nvidia goes on showing the first Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 sample, getting those samples to their partners and planning for commercial launch by August this year already. This is impressive stuff, web browsing speed is doubled.
- Nvidia pledges to get quad-core mobile chip out fastest (venturebeat.com)
- NVIDIA Reveals Project "Kal-El" Quad Core Super Chip - A Future of Astronomical Speed (androidcommunity.com)
- Nvidia confirms quad-core Tegra 3 chip in tablets by August (geek.com)
- Nvidia Demos 'Kal-El' Quad-Core Tegra Mobile CPU (hardware.slashdot.org)
- NVIDIA announces quad-core Kal-El SOC, promises it in tablets by August (engadget.com)
- NVIDIA Unveils Project Kal-El Quad Core Super Chip (slashgear.com)
The new tablet from LG, Honeycomb on Tegra2 powered, comes with LG´s built-in 3D camera, to allow consumers to make more 3D contents for their 3D HDTVs. It uses a 8.9" capacitive touch screen, hdmi output, no usb host.
Their designs are used by ViewSonic, Interpad, HiSense and others. Now they use a better screen with 1280x800 resolution and wider viewing angles. They are also making a version with a new 9.7" 4:3 aspect ratio.
Honeycomb is simply awesome. It's the first OS ever made really designed for tablets. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs on the Nvidia Tegra2 processor and has a really cool new design.
The talk on the blogosphere and on blogs.forbes.com is that the Motorola Atrix 4G will be $199 alone on 2-year contract, or $499 with the Laptop Dock on 2-year contract. I'm not sure what the Multimedia/Desktop Dock will cost, my guess is $199? (if someone knows the price of the multimedia/desktop dock, please post in the comments).
Notice, as most phones sold in the USA, consumers have to signup for a 2-year contract. I always think all blogs should make it a rule that all prices should include minimum and maximum pricing both unlocked, terminated (with early termination fees) and with those 2-year contracts.
AT&T 2-year contracts seem to cost approximately like this:
- $85 per month for 400 minutes of voice,
- $95 per month for 900 minutes of voice,
- $105 per month for Unlimited minutes of voice
with 2GB data and WiFi hotspot support. That's between $2040 and $2520 for 2 years.
Total price of Motorola Atrix 4G (with both Laptop and Multimedia Docks) on AT&T for 2-years: between $2740 and $3220
This is not really new. Telco carriers are in the business of making tons of cash and money. This is business as usual.
Yet, as AT&T is making so many tons of money on the 2-year contract, I don't exactly understand why AT&T doesn't just give the Motorola Atrix 4G with both docking accessories at a more affordable price than something like this $700 upfront payment.
I mean, comon AT&T. Don't you want to have some price competitive Android super phone options to destroy the iPhone now that your exclusive distribution deal with Apple is finished?
I'd hardly even consider the Motorola Atrix 4G for $499 with both Docks when the whole thing would be sold unlocked. I may be looking at a package for something like $1000 if I want it unlocked.
Anyways, it's for sure Motorola still deserves "Best of CES 2011" award, no matter the pricing. Just because they are courageous enough to push the industry forward in terms of all-in-one ARM Powered device. It is understandable that Motorola wants to take ample profit margins on the accessories and not sell the laptop dock for $150 and TV dock for below $100 as they are supposed to. But for AT&T, well, it's up to them. How fast do they want to sell these devices in the USA? If AT&T would sell the phone $199 on contract, and provide the accessories for $150 for laptop dock and $100 for tv/desktop dock, then they would have something really powerful to outsell the iPhone quickly and quickly get mass adoption. One can hope AT&T and the other carriers around the world who are looking into selling the Motorola Atrix 4G, that they all think hard about pricing, and that they bring the device with accessories to as many people as possible at some reasonable pricing.
This may be the Tegra roadmap that has been leaked on brightsideofnews.com:
Tegra2 3D, T25, AP25, 1.2Ghz Dual-core, 5520MIPS, which may possibly mean 1080p@60fps (full) support, or 1080p@30fps in 3D on HDMI output, it might mean 1080p@30fps (full) with 720p@30fps in 3D on HDMI, to be produced Q1 this year, which may mean it takes another few months for products to ship on the market with this.
Tegra3, T30, AP30, 1.5Ghz Quad-core, 13800MIPS, sampling Q4 this year, 3x faster graphics, ULPC CPU Mode (what does that mean?)
What kind of performance do you expect from Nvidia's next generation processors and how soon do you think they will be in devices that consumers can buy? Post in the comments if you have any informations or guesses for what its performance may be.
- 1.2GHz Tegra 2 3D chips suggested by leaked slide, coming 'spring 2011' (engadget.com)
- Smartphone makers to embrace multi-core chips (go.theregister.com)
- NVIDIA Tegra 3, equipped with 1.5GHz quad-core madness, teased by a familar slide (engadget.com)
- Leak shows NVIDIA Tegra 3 first with quad-core in tablets (electronista.com)
- New NVIDIA Tegra Chip Due This Spring, Supported by Chrome OS (thechromesource.com)
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30/AP30 mobile quadcore SoC sampling by end of 2011 (slashgear.com)
Logically, this kind of pricing is probably not with a 2-year contract, instead with one of those pay-as-you-go 3G, possibly $40 per month or some kind of price per-day pricing, on Verizon's 3G and later, somehow, upgradeable to 4G connectivity.
So what is it? Is it going to be 28nm Quad-core 2Ghz with Nvidia's Geforce 9 series GPU?
Hexus.net speculates that Tegra3 might launch during Mobile World Congress, that is to be seen. As the event likely is going to be a launch platform for plenty Tegra2 devices, Nvidia might not want to pre-announce Tegra3 too early, as it could maybe be argued it did announce Tegra2 a bit early at CES 2010 compared to when devices are actually shipping nearly a year later using the processor.
One thing to look for in Tegra3 may be faster memory bandwidth, faster memory I/O performance, DDR3 RAM (if that's not supported in Tegra2?) all of those for smoother multi-tab web browsing performance. As far as I've tested using Firefox on Motorola Atrix 4G and Toshiba AC-100 that multi-tab web browsing can cause slow-downs. Tegra3 could use full 1080p@60fps full codecs full bitrates playback (Tegra2 seems to have problems even with smoothness at 1080p@30fps).
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