Top 10 budget Android Tablet launched in CES 2012

CES is one of the most acclaimed electronic shows that attract biggest manufacturers showcasing their technologically advanced gadgets and raising the bar even higher every time.

As several announcements around ultrabooks were been made before, it was no surprise that CES will see plenty of action on the table front. The show had several advanced tables that will prove trendsetter in terms of technology, performance and convenience. From a 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet priced under 200 USD to a quad core tablet for just 25 USD, technology will soon touch everyone’s life alike. With so much buzz around display, most of the tablets had full HD displays.

As expected this CES 2012 did showcased an explosion of new tablet, each one distinguished with extraordinary HD display, outstanding gaming ability and some with 3D technology.

Here are the top 10 budget Android Tablet launched in CES 2012.

1. Viewsonic ViewPad E70

Viewsonic has broken its image of an under-performing cheap tablets manufacturer with the launch of Viewsonic Viewpad E70. This Viewpad is Ice Cream Sandwich-running Android 4.0. Priced at mere 169 USD, this tablet runs on 1GHz processor for seamless performance. However, there is nothing notable about this tab other than the aforementioned features. A 7-inch 800×600 display is of high definition quality allows you to enjoy applications on the go. At such reasonable price such high performance tablet is not commonplace. With Viewsonic Viewpad tablet will be in everyone’s reach in future.

2. LePan Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets

LePan is a not so known tablet brand in the market till CES 2012. The less known manufacturer set eyeballs rolling this year with its Android gadgets. LePan III is an excellent tablet that is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is fitted with 1 GB RAM and its processor can reach 1.5 GHz. Last but not the least, LePan III has 8 GB of storage, 4.0 Bluetooth for seamless connectivity and 5-megapixel camera on the back. For video chat this tablet comes with a 2-megapixel camera on up front. 1080p video output allows the user have HD video recording on the go. Another one from the manufacturer is LePan II that runs on 3.4 Android Honeycomb with all the aforesaid features except a slower dual-core 1.2 GHz processor.

3. Panasonic ToughPad A1

The Panasonic ToughPad A1 as the name suggests is all about durability. This tablet can survive water damage and normal shocks with aplomb. Its matte display gives it an elegant look. This tablet is been designed especially for enterprise as well as military personnel. It is loaded with latest software and runs on 3.2 Android Honeycomb OS. With a RAM size of 1 GB RAM and 10.1 inch diagonal screen, 2 megapixels front and a 5 megapixels rear camera, this tablet is just ideal for rough working environments

4. Gadmei E8 3D glasses-free 3D Android 4.0 Tablet

Gadmei showcased in CES 2012, its first glasses free 3D Android 4.0 tablet that runs on Android 4.0.3 on 1 GHz Cortex processor and I GB RAM. The storage capacity is around 8 GB with a 0.3 megapixels, optional 2 megapixels rear camera. It has an 8-inch, 1280×768 display screen that uses a parallel barrier glass-free 3D technology. So, when it comes to 3D pictures and movies, Gadmei E8 is frankly awesome as compared to Gadmei T863.

5. Toshiba Excite X10

Toshiba Excite X10 that was launched at IFA and Japan with a different name some time ago was a center of attraction at CES 2012. It has been recently introduced in the American markets as Excite X10. It is an ultra slim tablet that weighs 1.2 pounds and runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. One can also upgrade this tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich. This tablet is powered with 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 10.1-inch, 1280×800 display screen with a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter.
Toshiba has priced the 16 GB version of this tablet at 529.99 USD

6. Asus MeMO Me370T

Asus MeMO Me370T by Asus won the “Best of CES” award in the tablet category. This tablets runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is powered with 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor and 1280 x 800px resolution 7 inch HP display screen. This tablet is all about performance and has been reasonably priced at 250 USD.

7. Lenovo K2 10-inchTablet

This tablet is one of the most sophisticated and optimum quality, Ice Cream Sandwich implementations. Powered with Android 4.0 operating system and 10-inch display screen and 2 GB RAM, Lenovo K2 tablet will push the bar even higher for multimedia aspirations in its genre. In addition, this tablet also features a fingerprint scanner, a camera and LED flash on the back

8. Acer Iconia Tab A510

NVIDIA in partnership with Acer has launched Acer Iconia Tab A510 with quad-core Tegra 3 behind Android 4.0. This processor can clock up to 1.3 GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich operating system seems to work quit fine on this tab. It has a 10 inch, 1280x 800 HD screen. Acer Iconia Tab A510 comes laden with advanced stock of software and games

9. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung also set many eye balls rolling with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. This tablet is already available and has been well received in the US markets. However, this one had a new feature added to it, the LTE connectivity. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has super AMOLDED plus HD display screen. It is powered with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and runs on Android 3.1, Honeycomb. If required then one can also upgrade it to Ice Cream Sandwich. For HD video recording it is laced with a 3.15-megapixel rear-facing camera along with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

10. Lenovo IdeaTab S2

It’s a 10.1-inch tablet from Lenovo which is fitted with dual-core Android 4.0 running on Qualcomm’s edge cutting Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor. Lenovo IdeaTab S2 weighs 1.1 pounds and is one third of an inch in thickness. The battery backup is excellent and can last up to 20 hours. Last but not the least, a Kernel level security system places it amongst the most secure tablets available in the market.

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CES 2012 News Roundup

This post was contributed by Simon from Best Mobile Contracts, the leading UK mobile phone comparison website.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is always worth keeping an eye on, because it’s often the first look at the new technologies we can expect to see on the high street for the rest of the year. We take a look at the most exciting highlights of the 2012 show.

 

Huawei Ascend P1S’s Smashes Into The Market

Huawei isn’t exactly a known name in phones, at least in the West, but the Ascend P1S is going to get everyone talking about it. It’s incredibly slim, at just 6.68mm thick, but boasts a high-end specification including a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.0, a 4.3 inch screen, 8 megapixel camera, 5.1 surround sound, a solid 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of storage space. The Ascend P1S’s sleek good looks come in three colour options, black, pink, or white. Huawei is the biggest phone manufacturer in China, with massive factories and a huge market presence there.

 

Lenovo’s Intel Smartphone

Lenovo, best known for manufacturing what used to be IBM’s ThinkPad brand of reliable, matt-black business laptops, have made their first foray into the mobile phone market with their K800 smartphone. It comes with a 4.5 inch screen, and a Medield Atom 1.6 GHz processor running Android 4.0. It’s the processor that really makes this handset distinctive: it’s essentially a shrunk-down PC processor, designed specifically for mobiles. The K800 is launching in China first, with no info about a UK release date as yet. Look out for a new range of Motorola phones using the same Atom chip this year, too.

 

Fujitsu’s Dunkable Phone

Fujitsu also launched a new Android machine, the F07D. The technical specs are nothing too special: 1.4 GHz processor running Android 2.3, with a 5 megapixel camera. What’s really impressive is the slimness of this device (6.7mm) and the fact that you can drop it in the bath or even some swimming pools without losing functionality. Yes, it’s fully waterproof, to a depth of 1.4m, for up to thirty minutes. With a bit of luck, that should even mean it’ll still work OK if you accidentally leave it in the garden overnight during a rainstorm, too. The clumsy or absent-minded – shouldn’t be ashamed of picking this phone: it has to be better than destroying a more expensive one every few months.

 

Sony’s Latest Xperia

Sony announced its newest Xperia model, the Xperia S. This is another top-of-the-range smartphone, with a staggeringly impressive 12 megapixel camera and a respectable dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. At present it only runs Android 2.3, but an upgrade to Android 4.0 is said to be on the cards for later this year.

 

Nokia Lumia 900 Launch

The long-rumoured Lumia 900 is basically a slightly upgraded Lumia 800, adding a front-facing camera to the critically acclaimed Windows Phone handset from Nokia. It’s intended for the US market, though, being LTE-compatible (Long Term Evolution: a 4G standard that’s unlikely to be rolled out in many other parts of the world anytime soon). So, we should probably expect some kind of new Lumia variant later this year, but it won’t quite be this Lumia 900.

Dell debuts XPS 13 Ultrabook at CES 2012

The popularity of Ultrabooks is quite evident since it first burst into the scene. There was the MacBook Air followed by the ASUS Zenbook UX31. Now comes Dell’s XPS 13.

The latter only weighs at 2.29 pounds and has a tapered design from .71 to .24 inches. It is pegged at $999 with an aluminum lid and carbon fiber chassis. Add to that its 13-inch screen and it certainly is one helluva gadget.

The entry level version comes with an i5 Core processor with a 128GB SSD and 4GB ram and a backlit keyboard. It is upgradeable to a 256SSD and i7 processor. It has a 300 nit, 1366×768 Gorilla Glass display, Intel HD 3000 graphics, Bluetooth 3.0 and the Smart Connect and Rapid Start both Intel technologies.

Dell is planning to release their Ultrabooks by February both consumer and business channels.

The XPS 13 also supports both 3.0 and 2.0 Bluetooth technology. It has a Mini Display Port, an audio jack and a 1.3 MP webcam. But just like the ASUS Zenbook, the XPS 13 doesn’t have an HDMI and no has no memory card slot.

Which makes us ask, if the MacBook Air, which is thinner than the XPS 13, has an SD card slot, why then does the latter don’t have any built in it?

Motorola’s DROID RAZR MAXX unveiled at 2012 CES

The DROID RAZR MAXX is Motorola’s ticket to this year’s Consumer Electronic Show. And a few lucky individuals were fortunate enough to get their hands on it and test the new device.

Mobilerun.com provides a review of the latest Droid.

The tech site say that it is good to note that Motorola’s newest device is thicker than its predecessor which is quite rare in today’s standards. The DROID RAZR MAXX is 8.99mm thick. But with its bulk comes a much larger battery which improves its battery life. According to Motorola, the DROID RAZR can last 21 hours of talk time before the need to recharge it arises.

There are no other big differences to note after that since the DROID RAZR still has a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display and run on a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with a 1GB RAM. It currently runs on the old Android OS, the Gingerbread. But Verizon has said that they will be upgrading the OS to the Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the future.

According to the Mobileburn.com, “the overall fell and sex appeal of the origianl DROID RAZR are lessened as a result. I can certainly get behind the huge battery that the MAXX offers, but it certainly turns the RAZR MAXX into a far more pedestrian looking device than the original.”

Bob Marley’s son launches House of Marley headphone line

Bob Marley was and still is a great musician that has contributed a lot to his native land and at the same time in music. Known for reggae tunes and fashionable dreds, the icon has turned a lot of haters into followers because of his musical genius and beliefs. After Marley’s death, all you here from that popular surname were his iconic songs and the memory of the late legend.

Fast forward to the 2012 CES show in Vegas and that popular surname is back on the limelight. Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley, was at the convention promoting his headphone line that are supposed to embody his dad’s beliefs and life.

According to Marley, “we don’t fall into the celebrity movement, we’re more in the sustainability movement. This is what I interpret my father’s message as, the ideals and responsibilities of life and how we see the earth.”

The Marley line would eventually expand this year with the release of their portable iPod and iPhone speaker system that is made from sustainable wood and cotton. They are also planning to sell earphones that are made with recycled plastic.

A cut from the company’s sales goes directly to 1love.org, a non-profit group that helps people from all over the world.

Rohan Marley also noted that, “there’s nothing wrong with being an innovator. But how do you innovate, are you destroying the place or are you protecting the place?”

Image credit: ubergizmo.com

Nokia’s first Windows phone under AT&T?

The cell phone world was once lorded over by Finnish company Nokia. During the late nineties up to the turn of the century, the company was responsible for the way we look at cell phones. People used to love and worship Nokia’s.

Lately, the phone mogul has had a few set backs. With the smartphone evolution, Nokia just seemed to be a step late.

But in a development set to shake up the industry, Nokia is going to unveil its first Windows Phone for AT&T Inc. at this years Consumers Electronic Show. This move will benefit both companies as Microsoft Corp. now has a bullet to combat Apple Inc. and Google Inc., and Nokia to mark their big bang anew.

The US second-largest wireless carrier and Nokia is going to announce plans to sell the Nokia Ace in a few months. The latter is going to be the first Windows Phone that will be using the next-gen wireless technology or the LTE.

AT&T is going to be the biggest carrier to carry a Nokia Windows Phone. Nokia is trying to rise back after they lost their No.1 ranking to Samsung Electronics Co. as the world’s top smartphone developer during last years third quarter.

The Ace is going to run the latest version of the Windows Phone software.

The telecommunications provider is ahead of schedule in its plans to expand its LTE network.

Image source: EndGadget.com

Predictions for CES 2012

Editors from Tecca.com gives us a sneak peak as to what tech companies have in store for us in the annual event.

Rumors have been circulating that Microsoft will unveil its upgraded Xbox console. Rumor has it that the company will shed their spotlight to their newest console, the Xbox 720. This is the final year that Microsoft will participate in the annual event so expect a big “ka-boom” as they bid the CES farewell.

The Xbox 720 is said to have an AMD processor, Blu-ray drive, Windows 8 capability and a much better Kinect integration compared to its predecessor.

Another thing that we should be excited about is the television sets that will be paraded in the event. With the dawn of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, TV makers are going to join the bandwagon to incorporate these to their own sets.

Companies who offer such features in their TV sets will likely upgrade their devices to keep ahead of the competition. Possible Facebook and Twitter integration may be in the offing.

The next generation Windows Phone OS or the Phone Tango will likely make a splash in this year convention. The update enable Windows capable phones to support LTE. Some say that both HTC and Nokia models are now LTE Windows Phone Handsets.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is the first of its kind and was announced for T-Mobile a few days ago.

For Android fans, expect to see a few more smartphones carrying the latest Ice Cream Sandwich. Eric Schmidt of Google already said to an Italian paper that it plans to release a Nexus tablet running ICS mid this year.

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