With all the hype surrounding Apple’s iPad, virtually every computer manufacturer is evaluating their own version in an attempt to ride the tablet wave. Deja vu? The tablet market seems to be repeating the history of smartphones, but there is a key difference this time: Apple doesn’t have quite the competitive edge they had when the first iPhone was released.
Android has already made a big impact in the mobile phone industry and it’s looking to do the same for tablets. Fortunately, for Android, more and more manufactures are unveiling plans for tablets and the vast majority are choosing Android (sans HP with their Web OS tablet). If you weren’t aware of non-phone Androids, then here is the time. Below we’ve rounded up everything we know at this point about ten most discussed upcoming Android tablets and why they can be the iPad Killers.
The Acer tablet looks strikingly similar to Acer’s LumiRead e-book reader that was announced at the same event back in May. Not much details have been revealed about this much awaited tablet but we do know that it will feature a 7-inch (800×400) color display, will run Android, and has a likely Q4 release date.
The Archos 7 has in fact been launched and it features a 7-inch (800×400) color display, a whooping 8GB of internal storage along with a micro SDHC slot (for additional storage) and an ARM Cortex A8 processor. The Archos 7 has been available since March and it comes for $199.99.
Cisco Cius was revealed last month when the networking giant made it’s plans clear to join the tablet arms race. The Cius will pack a 7-inch screen, a 720p webcam on the front and a 5 megapixel camera on the back. No firm launch date has been declared yet, but Cisco has stated that they’re shooting for early next year.
The Streak is actually closer to a large cell phone than a tablet. The streak will feature a 5-inch display, 5 megapixel camera, and integrated social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook. No solid release date has been announced for the Streak, but its unlocked price is expected to be somewhere around $500.
Details are still blurred on the rumored Google Android Tablet. There have been reports that Verizon and Google are working together on a tablet, but at this point we don’t even know if Google’s Tablet will run on Chrome OS or Android.
ICD’s follows up its 15-inch Vega tablet with the ICD Ultra, a smaller Android-based device. The ICD Ultra will feature a 7-inch touchscreen display, a NVIDIA Tegra T20 chipset, and integrated 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Pricing and a final release date are yet to be known.
Notion Ink Adam:
The Adam will be the first tablet on the market to feature the Pixel Qi display. The 10-inch transflective LCD display offers 3 different modes for viewing including a reflective e-paper mode for low power viewing even in bright sunlight. The Adam is expected to be released in Q3 of this year in selected countries. And if you are an Indian, we must tell you that this iPad competitor is being developed in India.
The Pandigital Novel can be classified as an eReader but since it features a web browser and media player we think it crosses into tablet territory as well. The Novel will features a 7-inch color 800×600 touchscreen, an SD card slot for adding storage, and will integrate with the Barnes & Noble eBookstore. It will be priced at $199 and is slated to go on sale this month.
Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000:
Samsung unveiled a picture of its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab last month and it certainly looks like the Apple iPad’s smaller twin. It will feature a 7-inch AMOLED display, Android 2.2, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD expansion slot, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz A8 processor. The Galaxy Tab is expected to launch sometime this summer and a larger 10-inch tablet from Samsung has been rumored to follow.
Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet:
Velocity Micro will step away from its luxury gaming throne to dabble in the emerging Android tablet market with the release of their Cruz Tablet this summer. It will feature a 7-inch touch-screen, 4GB of built-in storage, and will accept SD cards for additional storage. The Cruz Tablet will release this summer at a surprisingly low price of $300.
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