By January 4, 2011

Future Android Tablets… from the future

tabletsWith Christmas over Google have managed to push their 2.3 Nexus S out the door, with specs not as high as one was expecting brings us to the point were we can examine the future of Android. Whilst many will no doubt be a little disappointed at the specs of the Nexus S it has brought hope to this happy blogger. Nexus S will get Android 3.0, without a doubt. Therefore Android 3.0 will not require as much in the was of hardware as some had believed. The likelihood of getting an upgrade to 2.3 and 3.0 for a current device has never looked brighter, depending on your manufacturer of course.

However, you might have held off buying an Android flavoured tablet and if so then read on to see what will be coming in the next few months.




Motorola Olympus and Everest tablets

The list must start with the most touted tablets, Motorola’s Tegra 2 Tabs. A 7-inch and 10-inch tablet starting with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Tegra 250 processor, 16 GB flash memory  and 512MB-1GB RAM,  camera looks to have a dual-LED flash and middle of the front-facing camera.



Very little has been leaked about the specs of this one and I don’t think it will be a 7″ rehash of the Dell Steak. I would imagine Dell’s redesigned tablet will have a bit more under the bonnet. Rumblings from Rumourland are there will also be an all the new Stream 5″ tablet to go alongside. Might these be Galaxy Tab styled premium units?






Toshiba Take 2 (Made up name for this untitled device) boasts a NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chip. Specs also include a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen, rear 5-megapixel camera, front 2-megapixel camera, accelerometer, ambient light sensor and a removable battery. There’s also HDMI, USB, mini-USB and an SD card reader, along with interchangeable rubberized rear door panels. The slate weighs in at 1.7lbs and will be 0.6-inches thick. Toshiba say it’ll drop sometime in the first half of this year.




Via Tablet has a front-facing camera and three speakers. Each will have an HDMI port and a similar UI to the Vizio range of HDTVs. There’ll also be remote control apps, so that users can control their TVs from the phone or tablet.




LG wanted to get something out before 2011, that was not to be. Their hopes are in the Optimus Pad 8.9-inch Android tablet. Instead they have announced they are waiting on Android 3.0. The release date seems to point to Jan 2010 however I think that’s a little ambitious. Google can’t be that far into developing 3.0.



We have heard rumours that the Tab 2 is already appearing at conventions in Asia and the odd picture has even slipped out. With the Tab barely out the door a second-generation Galaxy Tab is expected to run the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, which puts dual cores inside that are faster than the Hummingbird processor inside the Galaxy Tab on the market now. Also sporting the Super Amoled display technology found on their latest phones, the new Tab is also said to be the reference design for Android Honeycomb.
Secondly, a most seriously, the word is that a new firmware revision is coming to the first Samsung Galaxy Tab apparently locking down the device against rooting . The conspiracy theory part of my brain seems to think that Samsung might be intending on ripping off those poor folks, me included, who bought a Tab by releasing Honeycomb on a successor device and forgetting the original. But that’s just me, always thinking the worst.

Posted by Gareth



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