Well, would you look at that? It appears someone just can’t manage to stay out of our field of vision. The shot you see above is apparently the same ultra-thin tablet we ran across two days ago in what appeared to be leaked renders. Now, it’s reportedly peeking out of a booth at IFA. From what we (and now you) can see, it’s running Android and sporting a front facing camera. Rumor has it, the slate will also carry a TI OMAP4460 dual-core 1.5GHz processor, micro-USB, micro HDMI and microSD slots. Of course, we’ll just have to wait see if things shake out, but we’ll be here at IFA trying our damndest to get this skinny sucker to come out of hiding. Toshiba’s rumored ultra-thin tablet plays peek-a-boo at IFA? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:17:00 EST.

A new report claims that Amazon will launch a 7 inch tablet PC device in October followed by a larger 10.1 inch tablet sometime in the first quarter of 2012. Read more…

And you thought Samsung was finished showing off its Series 7 line of PCs. Joining the gaming rig and its smaller laptop brethren is a brand new Series 7 Slate running Windows 7. It sports a 400 nit, 1366 x 768 11.6-inch capacitive panel, Intel’s 1.6GHz Core i5 2467M CPU with integrated graphics and 4GB of RAM. On the front there’s a 2 megapixel camera and a light sensor, and around the back sits a 3 megapixel shooter. Connectivity comes courtesy of 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, plus there’s a USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI, and a SIM slot for surfing waves of 3G (no word on which carrier will send those swells of data, though). Each slate also comes with a capacitive stylus, but will also have Swype on board plus a custom software layer to make Windows a bit more finger-friendly. It comes in four versions that differ in storage size and flavor of Windows, but all are .5 inches thin, weigh 2.03 pounds, and are swathed in brushed aluminum. There are 64GB SSD variants packing Home Premium for $1,099 or Pro for $1,199, while the 128GB models come with Home Premium, a dock and keyboard for $1349 or Pro sans the peripherals at the same price. They’re all scheduled for a late September release, so it won’t be long before you can pick one up. Looking to take the tablet plunge into Windows waters? Read on past the break for our impressions of Sammy’s new slate. Gallery: Samsung Series 7 Slate PC Continue reading Samsung’s Series 7 Slate PC hands-on Samsung’s Series 7 Slate PC hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:46:00 EST.

Even back when it was just a sketch we were suitably intrigued by Sony’s Tablet S. Then it was the “S1,” a name that, indistinct as it was, still had more character and mystery than the unfortunately generic moniker it will ship with. Still, a dull name can’t obscure the most distinctive design we’ve yet seen in an Android Honeycomb slate, an aerofoil-like shape inspired not by a flying machine, but a rather more pedestrian folded magazine. But, the result is a tablet that’s considerably thicker than the current king of the Android hill, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (not to mention the iPad 2), a chunky design that isn’t always as hand-friendly as it looks. Is this the glossy, perfectly-paginated future of tablet design, or is it just a misshapen slate with a broken crease and shattered dreams? Read on to find out. Note: at this time Sony was able to provide a device with final hardware, not software. So keep in mind this preview covers only the hardware, and that discussions of software and performance are liable to change. Gallery: Sony Tablet S preview Continue reading Sony Tablet S preview Sony Tablet S preview originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:30:00 EST.

We’ve seen it before, but not against one of its chief rivals: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Now here they are, sharing a little table space — but not getting along too well. On one hand the Tab 10.1 is thin and light on its feet. On the other, the ThinkPad Tablet is large and would very much like to be in charge of your corporate lifestyle. Due to Honeycomb’s limited customizations, Lenovo’s tackling this angle thanks in large part to some enterprise- and stylus-friendly software, much of which the device comes with pre-installed. Join us after the break for a quick demonstration, plus a look back at our first hands-on with the thing. Gallery: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1… fight! Continue reading Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1… fight! Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1… fight! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:14:00 EST.

Sharp’s 7-inch tablet running Android 3.2? Yeah, it’s taking its sweet time arriving stateside, though our friends in Japan can get the Galapagos A01SH now for a starting price of… $1 (¥100). There’s more than a little fine print, of course, which states you have to sign up with an ISP to score that deal — a curious promotion given that this is a WiFi-only slate (carriers will bundle it with a portable hotspot). Those who like their tabs no strings attached can scoop one up for ¥44,800 ($583). As for those of you mumbling something about how we need another Tegra 2-powered Android tablet like we need a hole in the head, remember that this remains one of a handful of 7-inchers running Android 3.2 — a space currently occupied by the Acer Iconia Tab A100, ViewSonic ViewPad 7x and forthcoming Huawei MediaPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. So if you’re dead-set on a 7-inch tab, like Honeycomb and are lucky enough to be wandering the streets of Nippon, have at it, folks. Sharp Galapagos A01SH tablet goes on sale in Japan from $1, comes with a catch originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:49:00 EST.

HP may have abandoned the TouchPad, but that apparently won’t stop the company from issuing a post-mortem OTA update for its webOS tablet. Yesterday, an HP spokesperson confirmed to CNET that “HP TouchPad owners can look forward to an over-the-air update that will enhance the platform and add functionality and a growing applications catalog.” The rep didn’t offer any specifics, but reaffirmed that HP remains “fully committed to the ongoing support and service of customers who purchased webOS devices.” The news comes on the heels of a Quickoffice HD update that dropped yesterday, and at a time when TouchPads are selling like hotcakes — which probably explains HP’s decision to issue a tweak. Indeed, the company went on to say that it’s seen “huge spikes in activations and between 3-5X downloads of apps,” since the TouchPad fire sale first launched. HP: TouchPad will receive OTA update for added ‘functionality’ originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:46:00 EST.

Yesterday, we caught wind of a rumor that Toshiba would be unveiling a new, ultra-thin tablet at this year’s IFA. Today, word on the street is that the company’s forthcoming slate may be called the “Excite.” According to US Trademark filings obtained by Android Police, Toshiba has apparently registered the purported product name under the category “Tablet Computers.” The manufacturer has also snatched up a whole host of domain names, including “excitetablet.com,” “toshibaexcite.com,” and “thetoshibaexcite.com” — all of which currently redirect to a Toshiba site. As you may recall, remarkably similar evidence surfaced right before the Thrive launched, so recent history certainly lends a bit of credence to today’s report. As always, we’ll be sure to keep you abreast of the latest developments. Will Toshiba’s next tablet be named the Excite? Trademark filings suggest so originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 07:40:00 EST.

A new report from Forrester Research predicts that Amazon.com could sell as many as 5 million of its still unannounced tablet products in the fourth quarter of 2011. Read more…

New reports suggests that Samsung will release the Droid Prime in October via Verizon Wireless that will be the first smartphone with the “Ice Cream Sandwich” version of the Android OS. Read more…

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