New Tablets from Amazon and Google?

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Amazon is rumored to be preparing two new Kindle models, one with a 7 inch diagonal and the other with a 10 inch screen. The products could launch as soon as this month, or at least be announced then.

DigiTimes reported the 7-inch tablet will sport a display with higher resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The existing Kindle Fire’s display has 600 x 1024 pixels.

Google is also rumored to have a 10-inch Nexus tablet planned. Quoting sources inside two Taiwanese LCD displays manufacturers, DigiTimes writes that Wintek shipped 500,000 10-inch touch pannels to Google.

Google’s $199 Nexus 7 tablet, built by Asus, has a 7″ 1280×800 display, a Tegra-3 with Wi-Fi only (no 3G or LTE). It only has a microUSB slot, (no external storage or HDMI.

If Google is planning a 10″ tablet, perhaps Asus tablet models could provide an indication of what to expect. It might also have 1280×800 resolution. But hitting a $299 target might be too ambitious for now.

There are now four Asus Transformer models, featuring 10.1″ IPS multi-touch screens. The latest model is the Transformer Pad TF700, a Tegra 3 tablet with 1920 x 1200 HD resolution, higher than any other Transformer. It will hit the US stores in the week of July 16th, sporting a $499 price, reports Tablet News.

The Transformer series feature an optional docking station, of course.

Aside from the HD resolution screen, the TF700 Transformer looks and feels a lot like the Asus Transformer Prime TF201 ($499, 4 stars), but inside are slightly more powerful components, from a faster-clocked processor to an improved camera. The TF700 is compatible with the keyboard dock for the TF201, but not the dock for the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 ($379, 4 stars).

The Transformer Pad TF300T has a 10.1-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution, just like the original Transformer TF101 before it. But under its hood, the TF300 Pad has a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor instead of the original dual core Tegra.

A 10″ 32GB Tegra-3 Transformer tablet, with 1280 x 800 resolution runs $384 at Amazon. Perhaps an 8 GB tablet, without the keyboard adapter, might get close to $300, with Google’s assistance.

An Amazon tablet refresh would be no surprise. The tricky part is surviving the cut-throat competition in the tablet industry. At some point Apple may also have to step up with a ($299), 7″ tablet.

Maybe newspaper/magazine chains will offer Nexus tablets for $99 (with a 6 month subscription for $199), or “free” with a one-year subscription. Newspaper chains like Advance Publications, Knight Ridder, Mcclatchy, Scripps, Tribune, News Corp. and the New York Times have nothing to loose. E-Pub 3 allows them to output once, integrating display advertising and multimedia.

The rapid transition from ‘classic’ Bluetooth to Bluetooth 4.0, combined with native support in Apple’s iOS, Android 4.1, and Windows 8, will also drive more sports and fitness devices.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 2:41 pm .

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