The PengPod tablet is slightly different to most tablets on the market as its has been designed to dual-boot both Android 4.0 And Linux 3.0.42, and was first unveiled lat last year.
If you have been patiently waiting for it to start shipping you will be pleased to learn that the tablet is now available and ready to ship worldwide, watch an unboxing of the PengPod tablet after the jump.
The PengPod is equipped with a 7-inch (PengPod700) or 10-inch (PengPod1000) screen and both are powered by an A10 chip supported by 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM with up to 32GB of expandable storage, and include USB, WiFi, and HDMI.
But some early adopters who have already received their PengPod tablets have been reporting a few issues with the Linux side of the operating system. Reporting that the Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system runs smoothly but when booted in to the Linux distro the tablets performance tends to degraded and become more clunky.
Archos announced its new Child Pad, a 7-inch kid-friendly tablet running the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Designed for children, the Child Pad features a kid-friendly user interface with colored icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles; comes with 28 pre-loaded kid apps including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenz. Instead of ordinary Android market, the tablet access to the Kids App Store powered by AppsLib which is filtered down to 14 friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports…etc.
The Child Pad is powered by a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It sports a 7-inch 1024×600 touchscreen. To ensure a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents, the tablet complies with both CIPA and COPPA regulations. Parental control and safe web browsing functions are of course included.
The Archos Child Pad will be released in late-March for $129.
Coming straight from China here you are the eden TAB from Xiaomi that is set to conquer Japan. Sold next week running on Android 2.3.3 but schedule to be upgraded soon to Android 4.0, the eden TAB, a 7” WXGA Tablet, is powered by a Samsung S5PC210 1.2GHz Dual Core CPU, comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.
Announced at around 29,800 Yen, the eden TAB comes with the usual WiFi and weight just 330g for a total size of 199×118.8×10.4mm
LG just couldn’t wait for Mobile World Congress to get underway on the 27th before showing off its new Optimus Vu handset. These new pics offer a much clearer look at its 4×3 aspect ratio, 1024×768 res, stylus-friendly 5-inch IPS LCD display, while the official specs confirm rumors it would pack a 1.5GHz dual core CPU, 8MP camera, LTE, 2080mAh battery and Android 2.3 in a slim 8.5mm thick frame. An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is promised within three months of its launch, currently scheduled for March on Korean carriers SK Telecom and LG+. For example, users can walk into an office and swipe a tag to put their phone in silent mode and activate WiFi. Using a tag on the car dashboard could be programmed to turn on Bluetooth, GPS and raise the volume.
The phone will go on sale in Korea late February for 800,000 Korean Won ($710).
There are no shortage of iPad 3 rumors out there. Quad-core A6, LTE radio, Retina Display — we’ve heard it all, but haven’t actually seen much in the way of evidence. Now MacRumors claims to have gotten its paws on part of the mythical beast. The site has a 9.7-inch LCD, in the same aspect ratio as the iPad and iPad 2 that certainly appears to be rocking a full 2048 x 1536 resolution. Without a way to power the screen its a little tough to be certain, but the same area of the alleged iPad 3 panel does seem to house twice as many pixels as its predecessor when viewed under the same magnification.
Could this in fact be the Retina Display destined to put iOS 5.1 in the hands of millions of tablet fans? We’ll just have to wait for Tim Cook to reveal of its secrets to us, which should be happening sooner, rather than later
If you are searching for a new speaker for your Apple’s iPad or Android tablet, then check out the Zooka. The design of the Zooka allows it to fit perfectly on your tablet or laptop’s screen, enabling you to play high quality audio while surfing the web. This rugged speaker bar connects to your gadget via Bluetooth connectivity. The Zooka also has a 3.5mm audio input that allows you to plug-in any device without the Bluetooth function. Its rechargeable battery offers up to 8-hour of operation time. [Kickstarter][techfresh]
The new Buffalo LT-V200 Link Theater media player provides a SATA port and a USB port, so you can turn this media player into a Network-attached storage. The device also has a Remote Play function, allowing you to stream content to your Android tablets or iOS devices. The Buffalo LT-V200 supports most of famous multimedia format such as MPEG-1/2, WMV9, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Divx HD, FLV, Real Video, AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, Dolby Digital and DTS. The Buffalo LT-V200 Link Theater media player will be released in Japan next month for 14,000 Yen ($180). [Akihabara]
Toshiba announced at the CES 2012 its Excite X10 for the US market (also known as AT200 in some markets and Regza AT700 in Japan), which is the world’s thinnest 10-inch tablet measuring just 7.7mm thick and weighs just 535g. The device has as premium, ultra slim, lightweight design and is equipped with magnesium alloy surface for durability and style. It is powered by a TI OMAP 4430 dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM.
The Excite X10 features a 10.1-inch 1280×800 HD IPS LED-backlit touchscreen with 10-finger multi-touch support, which is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and an anti-smudge coating for greater resiliency. The tablet has a 5 Megapixel main camera with LED flash, a 2 Megapixel front-facing camera, built-in stereo speaker with Toshiba and SRS Labs sound enhancement, as well as micro HDMI port for bringing HD content to a bigger screen HDTV. The X10 supports Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity. You can find a microSD/SDHC card slot for expansion, in addition to 16GB or 32GB internal storage.
Toshiba’s Excite tablet supports full HD video recording and playback. It is equipped with Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS, eCompass and Ambient Light Sensor. To be released in mid-Q1 2012, the Excite X10 will be loaded with latest Android operating system. The price starts at $529.99 for the 16GB model and $599.99 for the 32GB.
Sony recently posted some good news for Tablet S and Tablet P owners, confirming that the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update will indeed be rolling out to both devices. The news was posted in Sony UK’s community forums, but the company hasn’t confirmed yet when this update will arrive.
Both devices feature unique form factors with the Tablet S being a 10-inch device that resembles a folded back magazine while the Tablet P sports a smaller more pocketable clam shell design. Both devices come with a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
We’ve heard real minuscule nigh the two devices since actuation, but it’s discriminating to see that Sony is works activity both slates and that its bespoken programme hasn’t reserved a platform advance suchlike it has for Samsung’s Beetleweed S and Coltsfoot Tab.
Samsung has revealed that its Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablet will not be getting the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The company explained that the devices could not be updated due to hardware limitations that would not be able to run the new Android platform alongside Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface.
The explanation, however, seems inconsistent since the Android 4.0 update is already being rolled out to Samsung’s Nexus S, which features similar internal hardware. The Galaxy S packs the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor and enough memory for ICS.
Hence, what’s really preventing the ICS update is Samsung’s custom TouchWiz interface and a host of other “experience enhancing” software that already take up a lot of resources. Although the hardware is the same, the Nexus S, unlike the Galaxy S, does not need to deliver TouchWiz, carrier services, video calling software, and mobile TV.