ZTE’s been making some slow, but steady progress as it transitions from no name, white label manufacturer to more of a well-known brand. Aiding the company in that exact mission is one of its latest tablets, the PF 100, shown off by NVIDIA at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The apparently stock Android 4.0.3 slate packs a Tegra 3 CPU inside and 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display. The unit we saw is far from a finished production model, given the fact that it was literally bursting apart at the seams and appeared as if it’d been roughly handled. We imagine the final product will be a bit more hardy than the one we had in-hand, but that shoddiness aside, it’s still a hulk of a tablet. Indeed you won’t find the design at all charming; it’s rough, thick and inelegant with a chunky bezel on front and mix of hard, grooved rubber and plastic on back. All of the ports and hardware keys are relegated to the top edge of the device with slots for both SIM and microSD covered by a single flap. There’s also a dual camera setup, as well as stereo speakers and a proprietary dock connection on the base. As you might expect, performance on the tablet was incredibly fast thanks to its 1.5GHz quad-core processor and the one game we demoed loaded quickly, showcasing responsive controls. No further details about pricing, markets or availability have been announced at this time, but we expect those important tidbits to be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. You can check out a hardware tour of the tablet in the gallery below and be sure to jump past the break for a full video walkthrough. Gallery: ZTE PF 100 hands-on Continue reading ZTE PF 100 hands-on at Mobile World Congress […]

First it was the AT200, then the Excite X10, and now it’s the Excite 10 LE. But behind the onion-like layering of names sits a singular and rather beautiful slate, with a 10.1-inch LED backlit display, a 7.7mm (0.3-inch) chassis and a righteous 1280 x 800 resolution. Toshiba says it’ll arrive at select US retailers on March 6th, which happens to coincide pretty closely with another possible technology incident. And since there could well be some tough buying dilemmas on the horizon, let’s recount just a few more specs: The $530 version of the 10 LE has 16GB of storage, while 32GB can be had for $600. Both variants are WiFi-only and will run Android 3.2 out of the box, but they’ll be upgradeable to ICS sometime in the spring. The 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor will whirr for up to eight hours on a charge; connectivity includes micro-USB, HDMI and microSD; the rear camera shoots 1080p video and 5-megapixel stills. There, does that make things any easier? No? Then there’s a full press release after the break. Gosh, you’re demanding. Continue reading Toshiba Excite 10 LE gets March 6th launch date, confirmed $530 price, yet another name Toshiba Excite 10 LE gets March 6th launch date, confirmed $530 price, yet another name originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:34:00 EST.

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Compared to other operating systems, Android is one of the very few mobile operating systems that welcome and embrace the idea of independent developers.  Because of Android’s open nature, developers are able to modify, tweak, hack, and customize their devices the way they want. As a result a variety of  customized ROMs are spreading like airborne viruses, searching for refuge in your Android device. Many of such custom ROMs even outrun device manufacturers and network carriers in releasing the most updated Android version out to the public. Needless to say, root access is generally required for any Android user to be able to load up a device with a custom ROM.  Although dealing with technical stuff such as rooting seems an impossible feat to a beginner, one can actually easily root one’s device through one-click methods. In the case of the recently released Motorola Droid XYBoard 10.1 on Verizon, developer Dan Rosenberg, a.k.a djrbliss, has created a rooting file package that easily roots your Motorola Droid XYBoard 10.1.  Such a hassle-free solution opens the tablet to customization and full control of your Android tablet. In this guide, you will learn the steps for rooting the Motorola Droid XYBoard 10.1 in one click. Requirements Download the one click rooting package from the following links: Click here for Windows Click here for Linux/OSX If rooting through a Windows machine, install the Motorola device drivers, which you can get from here. Back up your personal phone data–just to be safe. Charge your battery to at least 50% to keep your device functional throughout the entire rooting process. Temporarily terminate system tools such as firewall programs and antivirus software to prevent any disruption while rooting your device. Enable USB debugging on your device by going to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. […]

TheVerge Usually, we tech bloggers strive to get our hands on the latest and greatest gadgets before they are officially announced by the manufacturers. In turn, most gadget-makers do their best to keep their latest products under wraps until they are formally inducted into society. For everyone involved, it’s second nature. Except for Toshiba. Apparently, the Japanese don’t care that Nvidia is using one of their upcoming tablets to show off their Tegra 3 System-on-a-Chip. The slate in question is codenamed AT270, and we first saw it back at CES, when it was in a rough prototype stage. Now, it’s almost surely a finished product, and boy, it’s pretty. So pretty that Nvidia decided to use the not yet announced slate to showcase its quad-core powerhouse. But hey Toshiba, if you’re cool with it, we don’t mind. Finally, a Pretty Toshiba Tablet From the outside, the new AT270 impresses through two things. First, and most obvious, the screen  – a beautiful Super AMOLED Plus displays that is as vibrant as they get. The 1280 x 800 display is similar to the one used by Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7, and there is a good chance that they are actually identical. Super AMOLED Plus is the improved version of Super AMOLED, which comes with more sub-pixels and replaces the hated (by some) PenTile technology with a regular RGB matrix. (How’s that for a crash course into display technology?) The result: a thinner screen, improved brightness, and smaller energy consumption. TheVerge The second thing that catches the eye at the Toshiba AT270 is its sleek and stylish appearance. Previous Toshiba Thrive slates have been criticized for their unassuming, even stodgy design. Moreover, the cheap materials used to make them didn’t help correct that image. But now, Toshiba seems to have realized that we […]

Yesterday at MWC, ASUS monopolized the limelight, releasing no less than three intriguing new devices. We call ASUS’ new products devices for lack of a better term. Depending on how you use them, the Transformer Pad Infinity an the Transformer Pad 300 can be either tablets or netbooks. Moreover, the long-awaited Padfone takes the whole Transformer concept to the next level – the 4.3-inch Padfone smartphone docks into a larger shell to become a full-fledged tablet, which in turn, docks into a keyboard to become an Android 4.0 netbook (notebook?). And ASUS took the whole craziness (in the good way) further by adding a stylus/headset, for quick doodling and answering calls while the smartphone is docked. As crazy as it may sound, we liked the idea of having one modular device instead of three, so kudos to ASUS for not sticking to the norms. Before jumping in to the product presentations, note that ASUS dropped the Eee branding, opting instead for the Transformer Pad moniker for its entire family of slates. So, bye-bye Eee Pad Transformer, hello Transformer Pad. Simple, huh? ASUS Padfone – 1 SIM, 3 Devices The Padfone is only slightly thicker than the Transformer Prime Infinity Let’s start with the delicious cocktail of devices named Padfone. As a smartphone, the Padfone offers attractive, if not ground-breaking specs. The 4.3-inch screen is bright and vivid thanks to the Super AMOLED technology, but the qHD resolution (960 x 540) leaves some room for improvement. The brains of the smartphone (and of the entire tablet/notebook setup) is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, while the graphics are courtesy of a Qualcomm Adreno 225 chip. Add 1GB of RAM and a whopping 64GB of storage (expandable) and you got yourself a pretty nice phone. Of course, the Padfone’s most distinctive feature is […]

Zinio’s magazine app has certainly made the rounds — Android slabs, the Kindle Fire, the iPad and even the ill-fated TouchPad have had their shining moment with the digital service — but months of “consideration” for their platform have BlackBerry PlayBook owners feeling left out in the cold. Zinio, however, recently tweeted that a PlayBook app is coming “real soon,” and one prospective customer decided to fish for more details by taking drastic measures: good, old, greasy bribery. The enterprising Twitter user promised to subscribe to more magazines if the company would tell him when the app is coming out and, well, it actually worked. PlayBook owners can apparently expect to read mags like Rolling Stone, Maxim and The Economist via the Zinio app by “mid March.” Coupled with the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 on Feb. 21, it seems like RIM’s faithful tablet owners are finally starting to get some much needed attention. Zinio caves to begging, says BlackBerry PlayBook app landing in March originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:25:00 EST.

Just a couple days ago, Samsung revealed the encore to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), showcasing the company’s incredible ability to iterate slates using decidedly uncreative names. Today, a fresh bit of hardware looking suspiciously like that new Sammy slate made its way through the FCC’s gauntlet of tests. This fresh bit of kit comes sporting AT&T-friendly WCDMA/HSPA 850/1900 and GSM 850/1900 radios, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth and a GT-N8000 model number. Who knows if this ten-inch tab is destined for our shores or if it’s the UK model masquerading as such, but only time will tell. Want to know more? Feel free to do some digging in the full filings linked below. Update: As one of our astute commenters pointed out, this is likely to be the Galaxy Note 10.1 given the 2-megapixel front-facing shooter you see above — the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) comes with a VGA unit. Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) with 3G radios hits the FCC, gets Uncle Sam’s stamp of approval? (update: probably the Galaxy Note 10.1) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:05:00 EST.

At long last, the much-awaited Padfone that has mesmerized us since it first previewed last year, is here. And we can’t tell you how excited we are to finally have this product has officially been made official at Mobile World Congress today. The brains of the whole operation is powered by the Padfone itself, and features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD screen. And, just as we  had predicted, the smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 with an Adreno 225 GPU. It sports an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and an F2.2 “5-element” autofocusing lens. Sure, no quad core Tegra 3, but this is one seriously powerful SoC. Sounds pretty cool huh? In fact, if you’re interested, check out how the S4 stands up to Tegra 3 here. Other notable features include a 16 – 64 GB internal storage capacity (expandable via microSD), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, HDMI, a gyroscope, a compass and a 1,520mAh battery. As far as the connectivity is concerned, the Padfone smartphone supports WCDMA, EDGE/ GPRS/ GSM and HSPA+. According to Asus, download speeds in this device could reach up to 42Mbps. Thankfully, Asus has confirmed that the Padfone will be running Android 4. Really though, the Padfone represents the culmination of so many of our devices, Laptop, Smartphone, and tablet, all in one. Really what’s so amazing about the Padfone is its “1 SIM for 3 devices” functionality. Meaning, you are getting three devices altogether – the smartphone, the tablet and the keyboard dock (you’ve already seen that via our previous “’1 + 1 + 1″ blog post). The tablet component of the arrangement is a 10.1-inch station that has the same features of the Asus Transformer Prime tablet. Further, the tablet also increases the Padfone’s battery life five times more than […]

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