Top tablets on show at Mobile World Congress: HTC Flyer, LG Optimus Pad
Wednesday 16 February 2011
This year has seen a record number of high-profile consumer electronics manufacturers unveil their tablet concepts at Mobile World Congress (MWC).
Tablet makers have been pumping their devices full of world-firsts and powerful technology in an attempt to compete with the current tablet leader, Apple's iPad.
Relaxnews takes a look at some of the most interesting tablets being unveiled at the event:
HTC unveiled a 7" inch Android tablet called the Flyer during its MWC press event. Unlike many of the Android-powered tablets coming to the market in 2011, the Flyer features a battery-powered "magic pen" stylus for writing and drawing. The tablet runs on an optimized version of Android Gingerbread (as opposed to the newest generation Android OS, 3.0 Honeycomb) and has a 1.5GHz processor, support for Adobe Flash, multi-window browsing, a 5MP rear facing camera with support for 720p video recording and a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video calls.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung revealed it had put the finishing touches on a larger edition of its existing 7" Galaxy Tab and named it the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (thanks to its larger 10.1" display). The Dual-Core tablet runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb and has two cameras: an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available this spring.
LG Optimus Pad
The LG Optimus Pad aka the G-Slate is an immersive multimedia device with a 8.9-inch display. It also happens the be the world's first tablet with a built-in 3D camera. Based on Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform, the LG Optimus Tab also features a 1 GHz Dual Core processor, multitasking, and two 5MP cameras on the back for capturing full 1080p HD video in 3D. The tablet is expected to start shipping in March.
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) announced it will launch two new PlayBook tablets in the second half of 2011. The newly announced PlayBook tablets will provide support for additional 4G networks with either LTE or HSPA+ built-in connectivity.
HP's TouchPad is the first tablet to be powered by Palm's webOS platform. It connects with HP's newly announced webOS smartphones and enables consumers to answer calls or tap out SMS messages on their tablet thanks to the company's exclusive "touch-to-share" feature. The TouchPad weighs around 740 grams and has a 9.7" capacitive multitouch display, a 1.3MP camera, support for Flash Player 10.1 beta, true multitasking, and a 1.2 GHz processor. The tablet should be ready to ship by the middle of the year.
Billed as a low-cost alternative to Apple's iPad, Orange's 7" capacitive touchscreen Android tablet will help money-conscious consumers enter the tablet market without needing to spend top dollar. To keep the price down, Orange has opted for an older version of Google's Android operating system, Android 2.1 and has skipped many features available on more expensive tablets (such as 4G connectivity). The Orange Tablet will be released in Spain, Poland, Slovakia and Romania.
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