Amazon will release a 6 inch tablet for just $50. It’s half the price of the current 6-inch Fire HD tablet. In addition, Amazon plans to sell an 8-inch and a 10-inch versions as well later in the year. Read the rest of the article from WSJ.
There’s an upstart called MJ Technology that plans to release an Ubuntu Edge-like Tablet in 2015. It will run based on Ubuntu Touch which has been finalized this fall. Initial tablets will come in two sizes: 8.9 and 10.1 inches. The initial hardware will run on
- 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core
- 4 GB DDR3 RAM
- 64 GB Internal Storage
- MicroSD slot for external storage
- Two USB 2.0 ports and one micro-USB port
- 8.9″ and 10.1″ HD IPS display with 5 point multi-touch
- 5 GHz Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
Read the article from Tom’s Hardware.
So soon. For those of you holding off to purchase the first generation of the iPad mini, you may not have to wait too long. Rumor on the street says that a second generation of the iPad mini with Retina display is due in March of this year. That’s one quick turnaround.
A friend of mine who is a bit older, said that he couldn’t really tell a difference between an iPad mini without a Retina display, and the original iPad equipped with a Retina display. I think he is saying the screen on the iPad mini is not as bad. I think the screen size of the iPad mini and the screen resolution somewhat makes it quite acceptable.
But, the upcoming Retina display on the iPad mini will really make the screen much clearer. Most people would be able to tell a difference. Some apps will really take advantage of the Retina display and make the iPad mini shine. So, I can’t wait for this second generation of the iPad mini to get here. And March is just around the corner.
I was just drooling over Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire 8.9 HD. The 32GB version sells for $499, while the 64GB version is a hundred dollars more at $599. With the Kindle Fire HD, you get a 9 inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1200 HD display. It’s built-in polarizing filter, and anti-glare technology, giving you rich color, and deep contrast, from any viewing angle.
In terms of sound, the Kindle Fire HD comes equipped with Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, booming distortion-free sound. It’s powered by a high performance 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core, for fast and fluid performance. At least that’s what Amazon claims. The wireless connectivity features a dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming.
With the Kindle Fire HD, you have access to over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, HBO GO, Pandora, and Angry Birds Space. It also has an integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email. Skype video calls with the front-facing HD camera are free. You also get a free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content.
If you can’t find a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can connect anytime using the Ultra-fast 4G LTE service. It’s limited to 250 MB a month for 12 months with a one-time payment of $49.99 – no monthly payments. That’s one year of service for $50 dollars. Also included is 20 GB of additional Cloud Drive storage for your photos and more, plus a $10 Amazon Appstore promotional credit. You can save hundreds of dollars in the first year compared to what you would pay for other tablets.
If $499 is a little too rich for you, there’s a Wi-Fi only version of the Kindle Fire HD for $299.
Or go with a 7 inch Kindle HD for just $199.
If you’re really in the market for a tablet, I suggest you wait for a couple of days. Apple is going to be introducing the iPad mini on September 12. Maybe. That’s the rumor. We won’t really know until that day what Apple has under it’s sleeve.
Remember the CherryPal? I wrote about the low-cost computer two years ago. Now, there is a CherryPad, a 7 inch computer tablet based on the Android 2.1 OS. It’s priced at $188. The CherryPad can browse the web, check emails, listen to music, watch YouTube videos, work on documents and presentations.
It also has access to the Android Market where you can download thousands of applications. Battery life is about 6 to 8 hours. It comes withWiFi 802.11 b/g. By the way, I found more specs from CherryPal’s website.
So far, so good. Will people buy it?
Read the review of the CherryPad from PC Magazine.