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CES 2011 CES - Tablets and eReaders

By Terry Currier
Prices listed are rounded up.

CES 2011 - Video of many exhibitors   Computers   Tablets   Storage   Cameras First Part (Canon, Casio, Kodak, Mustek) Second Part (Olympus, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Vitar, Accessories)

Aluratek  www.Aluratek.com
AluratekFor simple eBook downloading, the Libre Air adds wireless connectivity to the existing Libre eBook Reader Pro, available from Borders and offering over a million titles to chose from. It features an exclusive reflective light LCD screen technology. This technology offers faster page turns without the flashing and flickering that e-ink screens deliver.

The design of the new Libre Air is more curved and features user-friendly buttons and controls for maximum convenience. It supports PDF, TXT, FB2, EPUB, MOBI, PRC and RTF electronic book formats.

Also announced is Cinepad, the new Android tablet with a capacitive 10.1-inch crisp and responsive touch screen LCD. Web browsing on the Cinepad is provided with Adobe Flash Lite and instant messaging and email is also possible when connected via the built-in Wi-Fi.

Other features of the Cinepad include BMP, JPG, GIF picture format support, screen rotation, built-in MP3 player with background playback support, MicroSD card slot and an internal lithium-ion polymer battery with battery level indicator and low level warning.

Expected availability for both is February 2011. The Libre Air MSRP is $129 while the Cinepad MSRP is $299

Cydle  www.cydle.comCydle Android Powered MultiPAD
Android Powered MultiPAD – features an Ebook, Music Player, Movie Player and Photo Viewer.

Dell  www.dell.com Dell Streak 7
Introduced an expanded consumer portfolio featuring next-generation 4G capable devices and high-definition 3D-capable laptops that deliver the ultimate in mobility, entertainment and gaming experiences for just about everyone. The new products include the Streak 7, Dell’s first 4G tablet on T-Mobile’s fast new 4G network. In addition Dell today announced it is extending its Dell Stage software interface across its entire consumer product portfolio. The move provides a unified experience across Dell’s consumer PC mobile devices and makes it easier to access and share music, movies and photos. Dell also announced it is significantly expanding its popular Mobility Hub on Dell.com, which lets people find the perfect mobile product for their lifestyle.

The new Dell Streak 7 with Android 2.2 is Dell’s first 4G tablet to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G network. Small enough to carry, yet big enough for the whole family to gather around, the new Streak 7 enables immediate and instant access to great content like movies, television shows, home videos and more.

Featuring an NVIDIA Tegra dual-core processor superchip, a 7-inch multi-touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and full Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support, the Android-based tablet is ideal for experiencing thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications. The built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth capability along with front- and rear-facing cameras make chatting face-to-face with friends over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connections effortless both at home and on the go.

E FUN  www.nextbookusa.com
Revealed the addition of two capacitive touch-screen models to its Nextbook Android tablets--the Next4 - 10.1" and Next6 - 7". The 10.1" Next4 (Android 2.2) and 7" Next6 (Android 2.1) tablets both feature built-in Wi-Fi and the Borders eBook Store. Both models' feature proprietary user interface makes it easy for users to get up and running fast.  UsersE Fun Tablet can  browse the Internet, respond to emails, watch YouTube videos, listen to streaming internet music and download applications to do just about anything they want to! Both models include 2GB of memory, a SD card slot, 25 pre-loaded books, a MP3/photo viewer, built-in speakers and G-sensor.

Both Next4 and Next6 will be available in Q2, 2011. The MSRP is $350 for the Next4 and $270 for the Next6.

Both include a built-in Borders eBook Store and Wi-Fi. A number of multimedia functions may be performed on each model. Other built-in features include an alarm clock, local weather, assorted games, and other useful, fun apps. Plus, thousands of third-party apps are also compatible.

The Next4 is a high definition (1024x768 pixel) capacitive touch tablet that features built-in Flash support and 8GB of built-in flash memory.  The Next6 is also a capacitive touch tablet that includes 4GB of on board memory.

Also, as with every Nextbook model, these two new additions have a preloaded Borders eBook Store app, making it easy to download any of the over one-million titles that are available, many of which are free. Both come with 25 eBooks preloaded.

Hanvon  www.hanvon.com Hanvol Tablet
Unveiled the Hanvon WISEreader E920, the industry’s first large-screen, high-resolution e-book reader. It has a 9.7 inch screen and 200 dpi resolution, which provides some of the crispest and sharpest images ever seen on an E Ink-powered device. The eReader will be available by June 2011.

The Hanvon WISEreader is the perfect eReader for the traveler on the go, or those that do not want to remember to recharge their e-book reader. The WISEreader has a standby battery life of 15 days, and can read more than 10,000 pages before requiring a recharge.

The WISEreader will support extended MicroSD cards up to 32GB, allowing consumers to store more than 10,000 e-books on the reader. It provides all the traditional benefits of an E Ink reader and also supports a variety of formats, will speak in TTS voice, allows users to comment in PDF at any time and make instant Chinese-English translations.

itablet  www.itablet.com
Announced back in February 2010 and officially launched at the CES Show.  The itablet has a 10.1” widescreen capacitive touchscreen and an integrated graphics processor that delivers high quality images at up to 1024 x 600 resolution in either landscape or itabletportrait formats. A large onscreen keyboard makes inputting text a simple process and, with 32GB storage capacity. The integrated SD card reader enables photographs and other files to be viewed or uploaded and an HDMI output provides high quality playback of HD video and pictures through larger TV screens. Audio playback can be through the built-in stereo speakers or stereo headphones.

Fully equipped with Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networking enabling users to easily connect to wireless networks to download and edit files or access the internet with full Flash compatibility. They can also make their choice of browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. An integrated 2 mega-pixel webcam and microphone are also included for video and VoIP conferencing applications.

Preloaded with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium and powered by an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor with 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, multiple applications can be run simultaneously. Something that cannot be achieved with other commonly used operating systems. It is also equipped with two integrated USB 2.0 ports, with dimensions of 271 x 163 x 16mm it weighs under 1kg.

AHX Global is also simultaneously launching the W10 which is powered by an Intel Atom Z510 1.3GHz processor with 1GB DDR2 SDRAM running Windows 7 Starter Edition. It shares the same features as the W10 but does not have a webcam or HDMI output. Deliveries of the Windows itablets will start in March.

Motion Computing  www.motioncomputing.com
Motion Computint TabletEvery Motion CL900 comes out of the box ready to work. Weighing just 2.1 pounds1, the CL900 helps every user to work faster, smarter and more effectively, providing the capabilities, applications and ergonomic ease of use mobile workers need to be more productive in today’s decentralized work environments.

Designed for the challenging conditions highly mobile workers face every day and is made to be more durable than any other comparably priced tablet. Built around an internal frame for structural rigidity, it’s designed to withstand a drop from the back of a truck, a countertop or a hospital bed, and is protected against exposure to moisture, dust or harsh temperatures.

The display is equipped with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, the resilient display material renowned for its lightweight strength and durability, the CL900 is the first 10-inch rugged tablet that enables both multi-touch and active stylus3 input on a display. It can work up to a full eight hours on just one battery charge.

They designed it to support future expansion options with a unique peripheral module that can be securely integrated into each tablet to help maintain durability and extend features and functionality with tools such as a magnetic stripe reader or fingerprint reader.

Using the upcoming “Oak Trail” Intel® Atom™ processor provides the ideal balance between power and battery consumption. As a result, the CL900 can simultaneously run multiple enterprise applications, as well as deliver crisp, colorful HD video and graphics. Users can connect in the way that best suits their needs, from integrated Bluetooth® to WLAN to Gobi™ 3000 3G mobile broadband.

Built to run on Windows® 7, so there’s no need for IT to rework infrastructure, support a new OS, or sacrifice security. Features:

MSI  www.msi.com
MSI WindPadRevealed two new generation WindPad tablets - one on the Windows platform and the other on the Android™ platform with functions such as G-Sensor gravity detection, which protects the internal hardware in case the unit is dropped, an ALS light sensor which adjusts screen brightness according to the surrounding light source, and Wi-Fi.

NEC  www.nec.com Nec tablet
The LT-W Cloud Communicator is like a book with dual 7” touchscreens that unfolds like a book and runs Android 2.1. It is designed to look and work just like a paperback book. It can use touch or stylus for interaction. Communications include LAN, BlueTooth, wireless (802.11g), and 3G as a built-in option. Each screen has 800 x 600 resolution. It has a 3MB camera, USB, and SD card slot. Battery life is estimated to be 5 hours. Also built-in are a mono speaker, and GPS and accelerometer.

It definitely designed for students, even the demo I receive he kept talking about student and classes. No word on when it will be shipped to the U.S.

Ocosmos  ocosmos.en.ec21.com
Their OMOS Interface technology can replace the keyboard and the mouse with two input-keys; so, the user can control the games and the office work programs, which are actually working on Desktop PC, in the mobile circumstances.
Both the OCS1 and OCS9 feature:

The OCS1 specifications include:

The OCS9 specifications include:

PocketBook  www.pocketbook-usa.com Pocketbook 602
Demonstrated the company’s five new product models – PocketBook Pro 602, Pro 902 – standard models, PocketBook Pro 603, Pro 903 – premium class models and multimedia reading device PocketBook IQ 701.

The 602 is a smaller unit with a longer battery life (six inches and 14,000 page turns) while the 902 has a larger screen and a shorter duration between power-ups (9.7 inches and 7,000 page turns). Despite these physical differences, both models can be used for either work or play.

The updated PocketBook Pro 603 and Pro 903 are the company’s premium class models. The two models differ in screen size with the Pro 603 measuring 6” and the Pro 903 measuring 9.7”. These upgraded versions possess a stylus touch module Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and, these models feature 3G connectivity module.

The IQ 701 offers a number of different features including a seven-inch color TFT touch screen with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Functioning on the Android operating system with Android application capabilities.

Samsung   www.samsung.com
The Samsung Galaxy Tab™ Wi-Fi-only will be available for purchase in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2011. It runs on Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) and features a 7-inch TFT display with 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution. The lightweight and sleek device weighs only 13 ounces, is 12 millimeters thin and easily fits in a jacket pocket or purse. It includes 16GB of internal storage and has microSD expansion for up to 32GB of additional storage. The Tab also supports Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 to deliver an enhanced content experience with access to thousands of Web sites packed with complex Flash-based applications and content. The Flash content support includes games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, video, music and more. The Tab is also designed with a rear-facing 3 megapixel camera for Samsung Galaxy Tab tablettaking pictures on-the-go, as well as a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and camcorder for video chat.

It offers services like Google Maps™ with Navigation (Beta) and Google Goggles™, as well as access to more than 100,000 applications currently available for download on Android Market™. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone portfolio, the Galaxy Tab keep users connected with Samsung’s Social Hub application. Social Hub works with the user’s Messaging and Contacts to initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar™ and social networking services are merged into a single interface for easy organization.

Additional features of the Galaxy Tab include:

They also announced the launch of its first sliding tablet PC. Equipped with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and powered by the upcoming Intel® Atom™ processor platform, currently code-named “Oak Trail,” the PC 7 Series maximizes the benefits of a tablet PC with its compact, light design, and incorporates a sliding keyboard for easy typing, enhanced productivity and performance. The display slides up to reveal a physical keyboard giving the user the option of a multi-touch display or full keyboard and mouse interface.

Samsung 7 Series tabletsWeighing just 2.2 pounds, the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series is easily packed into a briefcase and can be used for making presentations or for recording data on the fly. The 7 Series is suited for both indoor and outdoor use with 340-nit brightness 10.1-inch display supported by an enhanced HD resolution (1366 x 768). With its slim and light weight design, the 7 Series allows for mobility without compromising functionality in personal or professional settings.

The device is also perfect thanks to its handy, portable nature and focus on content. For those who prefer physical keyboards over a touch screen for quickly typing up notes or browsing the Web, the 7 Series features a full, 80/81-key keyboard sleekly tucked away under the display. At the user’s convenience, the keyboard slides out completely, creating a laptop-like interface coupled with the touch capabilities on the display.

The six-cell lithium-polymer battery and innovative Eco Light Sensor, which conserves energy and adjusts screen brightness based on available ambient light, allows the 7 Series to last for up to 9 hours.

Available in either 32GB or 64GB models, the 7 Series features expandable storage with the 4-in-1 memory card reader. The solid-state hard drive and Samsung’s Fast Start feature powers the 7 Series in as little as 15 seconds, or restores from Hibernate and Sleep modes in a mere 3 seconds. The SSD also fully supports multi-tasking not only in the Windows® mode, but also in touch mode, so users never have to slow down.

Equipped with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, the Samsung 7 Series provides familiarity and comfort to users while enhancing their overall experience. Users with entertainment in mind will benefit from high-resolution graphics and an HDMI port for sharing content on an HDTV. Additionally, the built-in webcam and audio speaker make the 7 Series ideal for video communication with family, friends and coworkers across the globe.

Optional 3G connectivity gives the 7 Series Internet connectivity anywhere, anytime. Moreover, the built-in accelerometer enables portrait or landscape viewing, making the 7 Series perfect for reading daily news articles, or sharing photos with family and friends.

The Sliding PC 7 Series comes with several pre-loaded applications that are optimized for the touch screen display. This includes Samsung’s applications for music, video, photos, note taking, weather, clock, compass and many more. In addition, Microsoft Bing™ Maps provides powerful tools that help get more out of search, including the intuitive Bing voice search, which enables users to type with their voice to find what they’re looking for. More robust touch applications will be available via the Samsung App Manager and Windows Product Scout.

The Samsung 7 Series acts as a connective hub with other devices to improve the entertainment experience thanks to Samsung’s device-to-device connection solutions. Samsung AllShare™ enables users to control, search, swap and play videos, photos, and music across a full range of DLNA® (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified Samsung devices, ranging from cameras and smart phones to TVs and PCs.

The Samsung 7 Series is scheduled to be available in March 2011, with a starting price of $699 MSRP.

Sharp  www.sharpelectronicsusa.com
Sharp GALAPAGOS tabletShowcased its GALAPAGOS e-media tablet and cloud-based bookstore service. Utilizing its proprietary XMDF (ever-eXtending Mobile Document Format) it will present an enhanced e-reading experience to consumers by providing rich content, an intuitive user interface and periodic software updates. The e-media tablet and e-bookstore service will offer consumers wide access to e-books, movies, games, and music. An optional Automated Scheduled Delivery Service will deliver the most updated newspapers and magazines to the user’s “door” wherever a wireless connection is available. Featuring a 16:9 format touch-screen LCD and rich graphic capabilities. They will have two sizes: 5.5” and 10.8”.

Users will have the option of browsing content free-of-charge before purchasing and having it automatically delivered to the tablet. All downloaded content is stored on the micro SD card, so users can enjoy reading e-books even in locations without Wi-Fi.

Sharp plans to add new content categories such as video and e-commerce, and enhanced connectivity between the media tablet and devices including AQUOS® LCD TVs and smartphones. All content viewed on the tablet will be able to be shared with large-size high definition AQUOS TVs, and users will be able to remotely control content from the tablet.  Future plans also include home control, education, medical and e-commerce applications.

Toshiba  www.toshiba.com   
Previewed its first Android-powered tablet for the U.S. market. Featuring a 10.1-inch diagonal widescreen HD display, the tablet is equipped with stand-out performance and features, plus smart technologies that adapt to the way you want to use it. The Toshiba tablet is slated to ship in the first half of 2011 with the Android Honeycomb operating system, the next version of Android designed for tablet devices.

The Toshiba tablet’s high-resolution 10.1-inch diagonal widescreen multi-touch display is ideal for viewing full websites and both landscape and portrait mode. The display’s high definition 1280x800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio also creates a cinematic experience for movie viewing and gaming. Coupled with support for Adobe® Flash®-enabled content, the tablet provides a complete web and entertainment experience.

Toshiba TabletThe Toshiba Adaptive Display technology ensures that users get the best visual experience, automatically adjusting the display’s brightness and color to the lighting environment. The tablet also features a built-in motion sensor that enables full screen rotation and includes a rotation-lock switch to set the display in position when the user chooses. In addition, the tablet includes an on-screen keyboard with Haptic feedback for more accurate typing.

The EasyGrip finish and will be available in multiple colors. This unique slip-resistant rubberized surface is more comfortable to the touch and easy to hold. Features an open design, giving users greater flexibility for customization with user-replaceable EasyGrip back covers and a replaceable prismatic lithium ion battery.

Powered by the world’s most advanced mobile processor – the dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 with integrated NVIDIA graphics – users will be able browse the web at unprecedented speed, experience amazing graphics in the latest games and multimedia and benefit from accelerated multi-tasking. The NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor also delivers smooth, full frame-rate 1080p HD video playback.

The tablet includes Toshiba Resolution+™ video enhancement technology that improves color, contrast and sharpness, giving standard definition video a more high definition look as well as Toshiba sound enhancement technology to boost the audio experience adding more robust sound capabilities to the device’s stereo speakers. The tablet features a two megapixel front-facing camera and five megapixel rear-facing camera for taking photos, videos and video chat, and includes integrated GPS and compass so users can take advantage of location-based services.

The tablet will also feature a full host of connectivity options and ports that make it easy to integrate the device into everyday digital life, including a full-size HDMI® port to easily share photos and video on an HDTV, a full-size USB and a mini USB 2.0 port for connecting external devices. A full-size SD Card slot provides options for additional storage and transferring files. The device will also be equipped with Bluetooth® for easy device connectivity and fast 802.11n Wi-Fi® support for easily connecting to the web from home, the office or Wi-Fi hotspots. Optional docking stations will allow users to connect and recharge the device at a desk or at home and provide additional connectivity ports.

The Toshiba tablet will be available in the first half of 2011.

 


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