ASUS turned a few heads with their recent device unveilings, with one of the more intriguing ones being their Eee Pad MeMO. Unlike almost every other tablet device here at CES, the MeMO is not using a Tegra II processor but will instead be powered by the latest Snapdragon. The MSM8260 is the first dual core processor we've seen from Qualcomm, and we were eager to put the 1.2 GHz chip through its paces. Unfortunately, the MeMO crashed during the 3D rendering section of the Quadrant benchmark. Prior to this, the Neocore benchmark had gone into some kind of endless loop, so our attempts at empirical measurement of the device's capabilities were frustrated.
MSI announced two new tablets at CES 2011: the Android-powered WindPad 100A and the Windows-operated WindPad 100W.
A few months ago, MSI demoed its WindPad 110 at Computex. The device sported a 10" capacitive touch screen and was powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip. Engadget's hands-on demonstrated a fairly unpolished interface that needed a lot of work.
The newly rechristened WindPad 100A is a slim 10.1" device weighing in at 1.6 pounds and packing:
- An ARM Cortex A8 chip (from an undisclosed vendor)
- 1GB of RAM
- A digital compass
- A GPS Locator
- G-Sensor gravity detection (protects the internal hardware in case the unit is dropped)
- ALS light sensor (adjusts screen brightness according to the surrounding light source)
- WiFi with a 3G option
- USB and HDMI slots
- Front and rear cameras
MSI estimates that the WindPad's battery will last about 8-10 hours on a single charge.
At Motorola's booth today, we got a chance to play with the Atrix 4G - a dual-core HSPA+ equipped slate handset, sporting a whopping 1GB of RAM and packing a couple of notable features. Along with the laptop dock demoed in the video below, the Atrix 4G also has a media dock (called "HD dock") which allows you to connect it to a larger screen (and use the same WebTop desktop-like interface) as well as plug in a keyboard and a mouse. The Motorola rep also informed us of plans for regular charging and car docks, so it looks like wherever you may be, the Atrix will have a bespoke resting place.
At T-Mobile's press schmoozing session this evening, a few HSPA+ devices were available for the blogging masses to clench in their clammy hands. One in particular that we were keen to try was the Dell Streak 7, the new big brother of the original Dell Streak (Mini 5), announced earlier today. With the 7" tablet boasting a Tegra II dual-core processing unit, our interest was piqued, so we took a look in the video below:
As you can see, the performance fell short of the hype and anticipation that many of us felt with this CES's dual-core bonanza. It might be slightly hard to detect with the frame rate of the video recording, but scrolling still felt choppy despite the power contained within.
At Verizon's 4G event today, we got some quick demo time with LG's initial LTE offering, the Revolution. Sporting a trendy 4.3" display, the device is obviously geared towards content creation and consumption. Not only does it include a 720P-capable 5 MP camera on the back, it also makes a mark with it a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video calls.
Unfortunately, it only has a single-core processor, clocking in at 1 GHz with 512 MB RAM alongside, but that shouldn't stop it from being a fairly decent performer all around. Best of all, the version of Froyo that LG has chosen to ship the Revolution with looks relatively uncontaminated, and with merely a tinted status bar here and altered icon there, the changes seem fairly forgivable in the near-mandatory custom UI sphere of Android lately.
- A 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
- A 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display
- An 8MP rear camera capable of recording 720p HD video
- 1.3MP front-facing camera
- Android 2.2 Froyo with the new HTC Sense, as seen on the Desire HD and the Desire Z
- 32GB (!) microSD card slot out of the box
- Integrated kickstand
- Dolby and SRS surround sound audio
- Skype mobile pre-installed (presumably the new version with video calling)
- DLNA support
- Mobile hotspot (presumably with a nice fat fee attached)
- An LTE radio
Well, folks, the hits keep on coming from CES. Verizon, who seems to be dominating the Android portion of the conference, has just sent us word of its latest foray into the gaming world with Rock Band Mobile. For now, it is only available on Verizon LTE devices and allows you to play some of your favorite songs wirelessly with your friends. It also allows you to play all of your favorite instruments from the console version, including vocals, which will, arguably, be the most fun to do in a quiet waiting room. We've got a video and a press release for you so you can have all the fun details, too:
Sure, Qik, Yahoo, and Fring all have Android-based video calling apps (not to mention that Google's probably planning one of its own), but we all know this is an area Skype dominates. A few days ago, the company updated its iPhone app with the feature, though we Android users haven't had access to it... until now.
At their press conference at CES, Verizon announced that the feature will be available to customers on its new LTE network. It isn't yet clear whether the feature will be coming to other carriers' Android phones, but if you've been looking for a good excuse to switch to Verizon, here it is.
Word around the web is that Skype is in the process of purchasing Qik for a cool $150 million. While not expected, the deal isn't exactly surprising, either: Skype is already a major player in the internet phone business, and in 2010, Qik substantially expanded its presence in mobile video calling and streaming. In fact, 2010 was huge for Qik: they expanded their customer base from 600,000 to 5 million users - roughly an eight-fold increase.
Clearly, the two businesses are extremely similar: Skype users can already make voice/video calls using Skype on various platforms, and again, Qik now has a substantial footprint in mobile video.
Looks like T-Mobile's not planning on resting on its laurels in the 4G tablet wars: they've just officially announced the Dell Streak 7 will be coming in the following weeks. At the same time, they're also promising to increase 4G speeds in the coming year, aiming to double download speeds. Impressive, especially considering just how far behind T-Mobile was in coverage just a few short years ago.
Extra-large image for an extra-sexy tablet.
The Streak 7 is an absolutely stunning tablet (from the looks of it), and packs some damn fine specs:
- 7" WVGA screen (Gorilla Glass)
- 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-core CPU
- Android 2.2 (*facepalm*) with Market support
- 5 MP camera around back, 1.3 MP front-facing camera (with Qik)
- 16 GB memory out of the box
Notably, the tablet will run Froyo, rather than Gingerbread or Honeycomb.