Future of Interactive TV? 32 Inch Multitouch Panel Shown Running Android (video)

Think of this huge Android panel as a tablet, if you will, or maybe just another display hooked to an Android device via HDMI… Well, the thing is that we’re dealing in fact with a 32 inch multitouch surface, that responds to the input very well, be it in typing of pinching and zooming.

SKR Technology is behind this project, that includes a 32 inch digital signage display, that runs on Android 2.3. This prototype will reach commercialization phase in September and we learn tat it comes with a USB and HDMI port and support full HD resolution. SKR also wants to release 23 and 46 inch versions of the product, selling around 100 such displays every year.

More info can be found in the video below, if you’re curious. Imagine huge panels like these on the subway or in arcade rooms, generation hours of fun of allowing you access info in various locations.

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HP TouchPad Found Faulty by Its Maker, According to Internal Memo

A week ago we saw the first reviews of the HP TouchPad webOS 3.0 slate, most of them criticizing the product. Then came HP’s Jon Rubinstein defending the slate and now it’s the turn of HP to pull a confusing movement… Apparently, they admit the flaws of the TouchPad, at least internally, in a memo sent to employees.

This first webOS tablet is the first fruit of the Palm – HP cooperation and of course there are some issues to work out. Former head of Palm and now part of HP, Jon Rubinstein sent the memo to his staff saying that he noted the things that need to be improved in the webOS experience. The document was leaked by Pre Central and also underlines the positive feat noticed by the New York Times – the fact that the product shows “signs of greatness”.

Among the most criticized aspects regarding this tablet is the clunky interface, plus lack of apps. Although the TouchPad was just launched, rumors about a future version have already appeared and we’ve heard about a connectivity upgrade, CPU bump and 64GB of storage on a unit launching next month. Sounds good!

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MSI WindPad 110W Tablet Uses an AMD Z-01 Dual Core APU, Priced at 559 Euro!

It turns out you can pre-order the MSI WindPad 101W tablet right now, in order to get a taste of the AMD Z-01 dual core APU. We have to mention that this model brings a 32GB SSD, an integrated mouse pointer and a 1280 x 800 pixel screen.

2GB of RMa and Windows 7 Home Premium are also on board, as well as a HD decoder (6250M graphics). The 2 cell battery should provide about 3 to 5 hours of usage, although that’s yet to be confirmed. You also get some nice accessories with the WindPad 110W, such as the docking port, that should be included with the product.

As far as the pricing goes, you’ll pay 559 Euro for the 32GB non 3G model and 659 for the 3G one. No info on the availability of the products…

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New iPad Might not be the iPad 3 After All…

We all know that Apple is already working on a successor for the iPad 2, but it appears that this model might not be called the iPad 3, after all. The info comes from analyst Craig Berger and FBR Capital Markets, through a research note.

The usual supply chain is used as the source and we now know that the product could be called the iPad 2 Plus. No production schedule was mentioned and if this name is real, than some employees from China are going to jail again for leaks, most likely. The deal here is that an iPad 2 Plus will be more of an upgrade to the iPad 2, instead of a total revamp.

Thus, it’s not fit to call a minor upgrade the iPad 3, considering the tiny difference between the new model and its predecessor. This wouldn’t be the first time that Apple chooses to launch a minor revamp of a product, as this happened with the iPhone 3GS, serving as the upgrade for the 3G model. Meanwhile, the company was working on the truly new iPhone 4…

In the end it’s the product that matters and not the name, right?

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Sony S1 and S2 Tablets Seen Close Up, Hands-on Clip Available Too (Video)

We’ve seen a bunch of videos recently, showcasing the features of the Sony S1 and S2 tablets, but now it’s time for some close ups and hands on vids, instead of the usual teasers. These Honeycomb and Tegra 2 devices have reached the guys of Notebook Italia, that took them for a spin.

A September release for both models is still rumored, but no confirmation just yet. The Sony S1 runs Android 3.0 with a customized interface, that functions under the motto “Quick and Smooth” and also involves the Swift web browser. The folded magazine-like styling of the back of the slate is real, as shown in the video and it’s certainly an original form factor.

As far as the S2 is concerned, this clamshell slate comes with two 5.5 inch displays and adopts the custom UI layout of an e-reader, with split keyboard and messaging for email, remind us a bit of the Kyocera Echo. Both units are PlayStation certified and come with DLNA support, so there will be lots of gaming going on. Supposedly the S1 will go for 599 euro, while the Sony S2 might sell for 649 euro.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 Receives Android 3.1 Update in Germany, US not Yet…

Acer Iconia Tab A500, one of the most loved low price Android 3.1 tablets has just received the Android 3.1 update in Germany at least. It seems that the United States will still have to wait for it a while…

We remind you that the first unit to get the 3.1 update was the “Nexus” tablet, Motorola Xoom, that got it immediately when the new software was out. However, this only happened in the States, taking months for Honeycomb 3.1 to reach Europe on Xoom. Now the story is reversed, with Europe having the priority for Acer Iconia Tab A500 and the US waiting.

The 10 inch Iconia Tab A500 shipped with Android 3.0  initially, and some of you might have used the unofficial Honeycomb 3.1 update already. Acer Germany officials entered Facebook to tell their countrymen about the update, so it’s certainly an official one.

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ASUS Eee Pad Slider SL101 Priced at 479 Euro, Coming in September (Video)

Finally we have an idea on the European prices for the Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablet, the twin of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet. It turns out that the newer model will cost about 479 euros and it will come in September.

The Eee Pad Slider is supposed to reach the UK in august and as far as the rest of the continent goes, you get two versions of the unit: 16GB at 479 euros and 32 GB at 599 euros. It’s not yet clear whether or not the pricier version also bundles a 3G mode, but that would be welcome. We remind you that this is a dual core 1GHz tablet, with 1GB of RAM and a 10 inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

There’s a video below detailing the product, that also packs a HDMI (mini) port, a USB 2.0 one a microSDHC card reader. As far as cameras go, there’s a main 5MP one and a front 1.2MP one. This model runs Honeycomb 3.1.

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9mm Tablet PC Comes From China, Packs ARM A9 CPU, Based on A97 Architecture

There’s an interesting tablet coming from China, that measures a mere 9mm in thickness and it’s based on A97 architecture. It’s got an ARM A9 CPU, it’s pictured below and packs a 7 inch display.

This is the most powerful ARM CPU to date on board, but not many slates have adopted it. Too bad that the screen on this baby is a resistive one, with a resolution of 800 x 600, but I guess that the price is affordable enough for it: $150. You also get 4GB of storage, a TF card slot (up to 6GB) and navigation buttons (Home, Return, Menu) on the side of the display.

Sadly, this model has no camera, but I wonder that the deal with that CPU is, that’s far superior to the rest of the specs… Maybe this model will get an OS upgrade at some point?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launches in Indonesia, Sells Like Hot Cakes!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 just took off in Indonesia, that seems to love such gadgets, with the stock of the new slate being depleted in 7 hours. That’s right, the product was sold out in a less than a day’s working hours. Keep in mind that this is the first Asian country to get the slate!

Usually it’s the home land of Samsung, South Korea that gets such privileges, but now Indonesia got them. 1,200 units were moved on day one at the Pacific Place Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Thanks to the Galaxy Tab and now this model, Samsung reached a 65% tablet market share in Asia, that’s very impressive, considering the iPad… exists!

We’ll see if the percentage changes once the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the iPad 3 are out…

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Gigabyte S1080 Tablet Shipping Now to the USA, Priced at $650

If you’re looking for a powerful Windows 7 tablet with plenty of memory and RAM, then the Gigabyte S1080 is the unit for you. It comes at a pretty big price, though… $650, but at least it’s available in the USA right now.

This model can be found at Sears or ExcaliberPC, with the latter being the one to offer it for $650. Dynamism also sells the unit and ships it on July 6, according to online info. The price mentioned above you get 2GB of DDR3 RAM, an Atom N570 processor and a 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 multitouch display.

A 320GB HDD, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 complete the specs list, together with WiFI and Windows 7 Home Premium. The product weighs 890 grams and it’s 0.59 inch thick.

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