Nationite is launching a new 7 inch tablet with a 600MHz Rockchip RK2808 processor, an 800 x 480 pixel resistive touchscreen display and Google Android 1.5. If that doesn’t sound too exciting, it’s because for the most part it isn’t. But there are a few things that make the Rocktab stand out a bit. First, it has  G-Sensor, which isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it’s not something that every cheap Android tablet has. This means that you should be able to play games that take advantage of an accelerometer. The tablet will also feature screen auto-trotation. The tablet features integrated WiFi, and also supports 3G data connections with an optional USB dongle. Nationite is also pitching the tablet as supporting the full Google Android Market. Of course, it will only run apps that support Android 1.5… and I get the feeling that like other Chinese tablet makers the company may have installed the Android Market without first seeking permission from Google. But that’s just a hunch for now. The folks at MP4Nation have posted a detailed video review of the tablet, and while it runs Android 1.5, it appears the tablet has a customized version of Android which runs pretty well on the hardware. The best part? Nationite expects a version of the tablet with 2GB of storage to sell for under $140. You can check out the MP4Nation video after the break. Trackback: Liliputing via Android Guys

The Notion Ink Adam tablet is expected to be one of the first tablets to hit the market with a Pixel Qi low power, outdoor-readable display, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 ARM-based chip with 3D and HD graphics capabilities, and a single camera that can be rotated to face the front or back of the device. But enough about the specs. I know the only thing you really care about is the color… well as it turns out, Notion Ink is working on a few different color designs and is seeking user input to select the best looking colors. The company plans to produce the tablet in a few different colors, but right now there are 9 options to choose from, and only the best will make the final cut. You can head over the Notion Ink blog to vote for your favorite variations of red, black, white, gray, yellow, or blue. Trackback: Liliputing

The Toshiba AC100 is one of the first Android powered mini-laptops powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip. The low power ARM-based chip combines the CPU and GPU onto a single chip and doesn’t take up a lot of space. It’s also a low power chip, which means it doesn’t generate a lot of heat and that let Toshiba built a super-thin device. But it turns out that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The folks at the Gudinna Wiki took a Toshiba AC100 smartbook apart and found that there’s a surprisingly large amount of empty space. I suppose that makes sense, since ARM-based chips are designed to go into smartphones, which are far smaller than the Toshiba AC100. The only reason the AC100 needs to be as large as it is is to accommodate the keyboard. Still, it’s a bit startling to see how little space the actual guts of the computer take up inside the AC100. The reason you don’t see any wireless components under the keyboard is because the WiFi and Bluetooth modules are hanging out near the screen. You can find more photos, as well as dissection instructions at the Gudinna Wiki. Trackback: Liliputing

Eager to get your hands on that Stefana Giovannoni-designed AlessiTab home tablet first announced back in April? Then it looks like you’ll have to wait a bit longer, and shell out a bit more cash than first expected. According to Design Boom, the device is now set to roll out in Italy sometime in November (instead of this month), and it will run €399, or about $535 (a full hundred euros than previously expected). Otherwise, the Android 2.1-based tablet looks to be the same as we’ve seen before, including a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, a DVB-T digital TV tuner, built-in WiFi, and a webcam for video calls. Notably absent, however, is access to the Android Market, but Alessi promises it’ll provide a selection of its own apps specifically designed for the home environment. Trackback: Engadget

Ouch. It seems that though just about everybody’s getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab, few know how much it costs, but Australian customers can expect to pay AUD $999 if they’re buying off-contract. Several Australian media organizations are reporting that’s what the seven-inch, 16GB Android 2.2 tablet will cost, when it arrives at the country’s three major phone carriers for a slated November release.Smarthouse points out that the price reveal surprised Australian executives as a comparable iPad 3G 16GB costs just $799, though a Samsung VP told the publication, “we believe this is a fair price.” We’ll just let the market decide on that one, okay? Trackback: Engadget

After Snapdragon and Tegra 2, it’s time for Intel Moorestown to grace Android tablets. Folks over Carrypad got their hands on a prototype of NFS N-Pad, which is a super sleek Moorestown based Android tablet. Nobody has any idea whether this tablet will ever see the market, but it gives us a basic idea of Intel Moorestown’s power on tablets. Trackback: AndroidOS

It’s worth noting that this tablet was initially thought to be coming out on Black Friday. The first alleged details for an HTC-branded tablet have surfaced thanks to a recent DigiTimes article. According to its sources, Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Pegatron Technology has started taking orders from HTC for an Android-based tablet due in the first quarter of 2011. It’s being reported that the device will feature a multitouch display with 1,280×720-pixel resolution and will run an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Other details should include a 32GB memory card, 2GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. We don’t know an exact size screen, but considering the resolution I’d guess it will be 10 inches at least. For reference, the new Galaxy Tab offers a 1,024×600-pixel 7-inch screen. As nice as it would be to have an Android tablet from HTC in time for the holidays, I am content with waiting a little longer. We’ve heard recently that the current build of Android (Froyo) is not optimized for the tablet experience. If anyone truly wants to release an “iPad killer” then they will need to nail down every little detail–especially the part where it just works. On the other hand, the rumored price of NT$25,000 ($789.75 U.S.) could scare quite a few potential buyers. It will be interesting to see how the early part of 2011 shapes up. Motorola is rumored to be working on a tablet called the Everest for the first quarter of next year. By that time, however, the Galaxy Tab will have been out for a few months and Apple will likely be ramping up the iPad 2 by then. And let’s not forget that Archos should have an entire line of tablets and PMDs as well. It will be a crowded space that really didn’t exist six months ago. Trackback: CNET

Just like everybody else, inMedia’s announced an Android tablet, and from the looks of the extremely tiny image we’ve been provided with, it’s not exactly a looker. If you’re keeping score, this one will be running Android 2.1, and will come in both seven and 10-inch varieties. While we don’t know what kind of specs these slates will pack, we do know a few other details — they’ll have WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, a front-facing camera, and it’ll come with a 32GB SD card. For now, we don’t know when these will be available or how much they’re going to cost, but we have a feeling that — coming from a company with a product called the ROFL settop box — it’ll be a good time. We’ve requested a higher res image, we promise. Full press release is after the break. Trackback: Engadget

What’s this — the slim, Verizon-bound successor to the Entourage Edge, out in plain sight? Just so, because Marvell wanted to look its best when the Governator came by. When California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger toured Marvell headquarters as part of a trade mission to Asia, a Forbes camera crew tagged along, and got us this first glimpse of the “Verizon Pocket Edge” shown immediately above. Though it’s hard to tell what’s changed from this angle — save a lack of front-facing camera on the right — a second photo taken by the Associated Press (after the break) shows the e-reader is significantly smaller in size, so perhaps it’s the 7-inch device we were originally told about. Hats off to The Digital Reader for spotting the device, weeks after the newswires had packed up and moved on. Trackback: Engadget

If you ask us, the whole Adam tablet is a concept until Notion Ink delivers something other than promises, but things are looking up for the less jaded among you. Rohan Shravan has updated the world on the Adam’s latest condition, disclosing a new replaceable battery ‘concept’ and the addition of a comic book store. We’re not sure whether that means the final retail unit will or won’t have a user-swappable cell, but at least we now know that both the Pixel Qi- and LCD-equipped variants of the Adam will share one body design. The switch that turns off the Pixel Qi backlight will do the same for the LCD model, saving battery power when you’re either downloading or listening to the Engadget podcast. We’re also told things are moving faster than originally scheduled and the FCC should get a look at this long-awaited tablet a week early. As to the rest of us? Who knows, but maybe there is a tablet god. Trackback: Engadget

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