Tablets and Pads
The original Amazon Kindle was available only directly from Amazon, but when the new Kindle Fire tablet arrives next week the Fire and other Kindle models will have a dramatically larger retail footprint.
Vizio Monday announced the official launch of the Vizio Tablet, which will ship for $299.
Lenovo, a personal technology company and PC vendor, has joined the tablet frenzy with the introduction of three devices: IdeaPad Tablet K1, ThinkPad & IdeaPad P1.
Sony on July 13 provided a sneak peek of the two Android 3.0-based tablet devices it announced in late April in Japan, as they progress toward their market debuts later this year. The Wi-Fi-only tablet, code-named S1, and its Wi-Fi and 3G (and eventually 4G)-capable dual-screen folding tablet cousin, code-named S2, were demonstrated at a press meeting held in Sony’s New York offices.
Walmart has dropped the price of the Wi-Fi-only Xoom tablet to $499, from the previous $599. The Xoom features 32GB of onboard memory, a 10.1 inch display, Android 3.0, 5MP rear facing camera, 2MP front facing camera, 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA processor, and a 10 hour battery life.
Research in Motion announced Monday that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will arrive April 19 at more than 20,000 North American retail outlets.
Samsung Electronics America presented a broad swath of home entertainment, mobility, computing and digital imaging products at a New York showing Wednesday that its president, Tim Baxter, said dovetails with the company’s commitment to executing its “Nth-Screen” strategy – an all-encompassing game plan emphasizing seamless connectivity and interoperability among devices.
Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona saw HTC unveiling both its first tablet device and a pair of new “Facebook phones.”
HP Wednesday unveiled the first tablet device with the webOS operating system, the HP TouchPad. The 9.7-inch tablet was announced at a special event along with a pair of new smartphones.
Motorola has pre-released a 60-second TV commercial it plans to air during Sunday's Super Bowl for the new Xoom tablet- one that pokes fun at Apple's famous “1984″ commercial.