Category: Tablets

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720p Android on a video-phone by Universal Microelectronics Co. Ltd.

Posted by Charbax – September 5, 2009

Universal Microelectronics Co. Ltd. is showing this awesome looking video phone project based on a powerful ARM Cortex A8 processor to integrate the Google Android OS into a 10.1" capacitative touchscreen product! It has HDMI output, capacitative touchscreen (Android touchscreen dirvers are still under construction), ethernet plug, USB host and more features. Built-in dect phone, webcam. For about $260 price for carriers or resellers to buy this in bulk. They are also making a 4.8" 800x480 version with a built-in mini-HDMI output, MicroSD slot and USB-host as well for about $200!

Optima Maemo Linux MID at IFA 2009

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

It runs Maemo 0.9 embedded Linux on a Marvell ARM processor. It has 4GB built-in flash memory with MicroSD memory expansion slot. Integrated 3G, WiFi on a nice 800x480 4.3" touchscreen. It's part of the big embedded Linux push by China Telecom to bring more functional smart mobile devices in the hands of Chinese people and ready to export worldwide. Stephen Kwan, Director of http://www.chinaoptima.com shows us the product.

Smit MID-560 4.8″ Android Tablet

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

4.8" 800x480 Android Tablet with built-in GPS, 8GB flash storage, it can playback video formats up to D1 resolution, it has WiFi built-in as well, 3G could be built-in as well "in the next 3 months". Philip Zhou, Overseas Sales Manager at http://www.smit.com.cn shows it to us in this video.

They are not announcing any price at this moment, I am guessing that this Android MID could be sold for cheap, around or less than 200 dollars.

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Toshiba JournE interface review

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

It's Windows CE on ARM11, don't expect it to be as responsive as would be an Android tablet on an ARM Cortex A8 processor. Though it's definitely really cool that Toshiba has decided to invest in R&D in this field. And given the huge interest from the press, it is a good move, and Toshiba could turn out to be one of those to provide good embedded products to the mass market.

Sharp PC-Z1

Posted by Charbax – September 3, 2009

This device is so far the most awesome I have seen at IFA 2009, it's a 5" Smartbook, one of the worlds first that will be released running on an ARM Cortex A8 processor by Freescale. Running Ubuntu 9.04 for ARM optimized for this ARM processor.

In this video I boot-up the machine (you probably wouldn't need to boot it up really, it's got 10 hours battery life and can probably go into standby just fine with instant resume from standby). I go on certain websites like Engadget.com over WiFi and I ask the Sharp PC-Z1 products representative a bunch of questions.

Toshiba JournE

Posted by Charbax – September 3, 2009

This is the video of the full actual keynote presentation in Berlin at IFA 2009 for the Toshiba JournE home media tablet by Marco Perino, General Manager, EMEA Digital Products and Services at Toshiba Europe Gmbh.

I also posted a close-up video interview with him answering technical questions about it at: http://techvideoblog.com/ifa/toshiba-journe-home-media-tablet-at-ifa-2009/

Archos Event live video recorded

Posted by Charbax – June 14, 2009

I broadcast a 3 hour live video coverage on the 11th of June from the Archos event in Paris. Henri Crohas the CEO of Archos's Keynote with guests on stage such as Alain Madelain President of the World Fund on Digital Solidarity for the Archos 9classmate launch, Presidents of Intel France and Microsoft France as well launching the new line of Archos Intel/Microsoft products, you can see here the 3 hour long video that we broadcast live from Paris today filmed using an Archos 10's built-in Webcam using ustream.tv. You can scroll this video forward to 57 minute to see the English speaking live video coverage from the Archos showcase of all the new products, including interviews of Archos representatives, discussions among the Archos bloggers and more:

There is also a second part of this broadcast, where we continue to go up close with the products:

HD hands-on videos are being uploaded right now. If my Hotel's internet upload is fast enough, you will have the videos posted early tomorrow morning. Otherwise I will upload them during the next couple of days.

Archos Android products will be shown later, in September, by the 15th of September 2009, Archos will have the Android event with one or more Android products shown. Sorry, I thought that Archos was going to show the Android products at this event.

Thanks to BenMars for borrowing his Archos 10 laptop to enable us to do this live video streaming from the event today!

Archos Android to be shown and released in September

Posted by Charbax – June 14, 2009

Archos had representatives from Intel and Microsoft on stage, so Archos could not use this event to also show their fully in-house developed Archos Android product or line of products. Sadly. We will have to wait a bit more to see more of that. But Archos CEO Henri Crohas started his Keynote speaking about the Android line of products and giving us some details, basically saying that it's going to be awesome.

Archos explained a bit of how it is working now in terms of R&D and development work. Archos still has their core engineering team working on the Android device/devices to be unveiled on or before September the 15th at another event. All the while, Archos is able to release Intel and Microsoft based products and position themselves very well on the market, in partnership with engineers and manufacturers in China, in partnership with Intel and Microsoft as well.

You can hear more from the Archos CEO Henri Crohas about Android in the keynote that we broadcast live using ustream.tv at around the 15-25th minute: http://archosfans.com/2009/06/11/archos-event-video-recorded/

Here I filmed a highlight of Henri Crohas's talk about Android in upcoming Archos device/devices:

Android fans at the Archos event in Paris

Posted by Charbax – June 14, 2009

CrOvax and Ulrich from http://frandroid.com are Android fans at the Archos event in Paris, reporting about their reaction to the fact that Archos is not zet showing the Android device/devices publicly but only a bit talking about them at this point, and annoncing only officially about the Archos Android September event that will be coming up.

Pixel Qi vs Kindle vs Toshiba R600 vs regular LCD tablet

Posted by Charbax – June 7, 2009

Side by side comparison video showing the Pixel Qi 3Qi LCD screen next to the E-ink based Amazon Kindle, next to the transflective Toshiba R600 and next to a regular resistive touchscreen tablet laptop. Comparing performance in direct sunlight, in the shade and in a dark room with and without the backlight.