Lenovo’s LePad Trio Takes on Samsung’s Tablets


Samsung’s expansive Galaxy Tab lineup will be getting some competition from Lenovo as the latter has announced a trio of tablets that are aimed at consumers with differing tastes and needs for their mobile slates. Lenovo has announced in China a 10.1-, 7-, and 5-inch LePad. The 10.1-inch LePad, model S2010, is a bit different […]

Galaxy Note Confirmed for North American Release


Samsung’s high-resolution 5-inch tablet-phone hybrid will be hitting North America, and the Galaxy Note has received release confirmation for Canada in Q1 2012. However, it’s still unclear if Samsung intends to sell the device unlocked and without carrier subsidy or if it will be coming to a carrier with a service contract. Right now, Mobile […]

Lenovo Eyeing 5-Inch Pocket Tablet Market


Following in the footsteps of Dell, with the Streak 5, and Samsung, with the Galaxy Note, Lenovo is also looking into launching its own 5-inch Android tablet. In the case of Lenovo’s rivals, both those 5-inch numbers were and are considered ‘hybrid’ products, spanning the divide between uber-portable tablet and gigantic smartphone as the 5-inch […]

Asus Confirms Padphone Coming with Ice Cream Sandwich by End of Year


In addition to showing off the Transformer Prime tablet with a quad-core CPU and Android Ice Cream Sandwich onboard, Asus head Jonney Shih also took time to confirm that the Padfone will be coming to market by the end of the year. The Padfone was unveiled earlier this year and introduced a new hardware concept […]

Galaxy Note Arriving Late November in UK


According to Internet gadget seller Clove, the Galaxy Note, which first debuted earlier this month at the IFA conference in Germany, is expected to land in the UK in late November for £500 + VAT. Clove says that it will announce exact pricing and release date closer to the launch. The Galaxy Note is an expensive […]

Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update to Unlock Hidden NFC Feature, WiFi Calling


It looks like in addition to bringing the dual-screen Kyocera Echo up to date from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, Sprint and Kyocera may have other secret goodies to enable on the handset, including WiFi calling and NFC features. There are other more subtle, but useful, features as well that come with the update, […]

Acer’s Delayed Iconia Smart Makes Appearance at Computex

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The Acer Iconia Smart Android smartphone is another smartphone, like the Dell Streak 5-inch, that straddles two different form factors and could be used a tablet or a smartphone. With a 4.8-inch display of a unique aspect ratio for the Android device, Acer is calling it ‘100 percent phone’ and also at the same time […]

Pantech Vega 5 Smartphone-Tablet Hybrid Makes Dell Streak 5 Owners Envious


The Pantech Vega 5 tablet for the Asian market bears the same 5-inch form factor that straddles the line between large smartphone and undersized tablet beautifully, like the 5-inch Dell Streak that was released before it. Unfortunately, though, this handset may never make it to the U.S. so those who are awaiting for the Vega […]

Lenovo LePad to Launch as IdeaPad Tablet K1?


We had last glimpsed the Lenovo LePad tablet at CES where the device came with a unique U1 dock that turns the Android Honeycomb tablet into a Windows 7, Intel Core i5-powered laptop, and now there is speculation that the LePad will launch outside of China under Lenovo’s consumer-centric IdeaPad moniker as the IdeaPad Tablet […]

Hybrid E-Ink, LCD Apple Mobile Device to Challenge Kindle

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Apple may be looking to more aggressively tackle Amazon and the e-reader market with its latest patent filing for a hybrid display system that can dynamically switch between an e-ink display and an LCD display depending on the application used. The Apple system would, like its graphics options on computers, not require the intervention of […]

Android Acer Iconia Smart has a 4.8-inch 21:9 Display


At Mobile World Congress, Acer debuted its Iconia Smart smartphone, which is powered by the Android operating system. The company is marketing is 4.8-inch screen–just shy of the 5-inch screen on the Dell Streak 5 for AT&T–as “100% smartphone, 100% tablet,” suggesting that the hybrid device employs a compact enough form factor to be utilized […]

Lenovo LePad U1 Hybrid Video Demo

We got an early preview of the Lenovo LePad U1 Hybrid, which runs both Android and Windows 7 depending if the tablet is docked in its keyboard case or not. The device will be released in China initially, and Lenovo is still waiting for Google to announce and release Android Honeycomb before shipping the device […]

Lenovo Unveils LePad Android Slate and U1 Windows 7 Hybrid


At the Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo has taken the wraps off the LePad tablet, an Android 2.2-based slate with a 10.1-inch display and weighing in at less than two pounds. The half-inch thick tablet will be available in a variety of different colors: scarlet, white, and brown and black textured leather. In Android mode, the […]

Hybrid E-Ink, AMOLED Display Technology Aims to Conserve Battery Life


We’ve heard of varying screen technologies that are being developed and emerging that helps to reduce power drain and improve sunlight visibility, including color e-ink, Pixel Qi screens, AMOLED and Super AMOLED technologies, and those from Qualcomm in the form of the Mirasol displays. However, a new hybrid display aims to improve battery life in […]

Two ultra-mobile video demos from jkkmobile

Along with the tablet they showed us earlier, jkkmobile has posted video demos of a couple more mobile computers today (and other portable PCs too), the Dmedia WiMax MID and Compal KAX15 UMPC. The Dmedia device is packing WiMax connectivity (obviously), but its other noteworthy feature is a big camera lens on the back capable […]