With Verizon launching its newly-minted Droid Xyboard tablets and webOS going open source, it has been a busy week in the tabletsphere. Here’s a look at some of the smaller stories including new budget Ice Cream Sandwich tablets launching from Coby and others. After you’ve got your fill of tablet news be sure to check out our review of the NOOK Tablet to see how it fares against the Kindle Fire.
Coby Electronics Announces New Android Ice Cream Sandwich Tablets
Coby Electronics has just announced a collection of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablets. The line-up includes the 7-inch MID7042, the 8-inch MID8042 (with a 4:3 aspect ratio), the 9-inch MID9042, the 9.7-inch MID9742 (with a 4:3 aspect ratio) and the 10-inch MID1042. All of the tablets will pack a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, up-to 1GB RAM, expandable memory up-to 32GB, Wi-Fi and an HDMI out. While the company neglected to mention pricing or availability, the new Coby collection of Android 4.0 tablets will debut at CES 2011.
Apple iPad December Sales Lower Thanks to Kindle Fire and MacBook Air
It appears December sales of the popular iPad will be lower than expected due to the rising demand of the Amazon Kindle Fire, as well as competition from Apple’s own MacBook Air. According to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, the iPad is seeing competition from both devices, causing him to lower his December quarter iPad sales estimate from 15 million to 13.5 million.
Toshiba to Launch Thrive Excite, Thinnest Tablet Yet, Next Year
Toshiba will reportedly offer the world’s thinnest tablet in Canada beginning early next year. While there is some debate over a January or February release, we do know the tablet will be called the Toshiba Excite and will measuring in at only 7.7mm thin. The Android 3.2 Honeycomb-based tablet will most likely be upgradeable to Android 4.0 ICS and will feature a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing webcam, a mini USB 2.0, a microHDMI out and a microSD card slot. The slim slate will also be available with 16/32GB of internal memory and will support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
$99 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet to Hit U.S. Soon
The Novo7, the first tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich currently available in China, will arrive in the U.S. in the upcoming months, sporting one of the lowest prices yet for a tablet. The 7-inch slate is expected to retail for $99. With a MIPS XBurst 1GHz CPU, dual cameras, 3D capability and an HDMI out, this low-priced tablet could shake up the tabletsphere.
ZTE 7-inch V66 Tablet Passes FCC Approval
It looks like we should be seeing a 7-inch LTE tablet from Chinese manufacturer ZTE soon, as the slate has just made its way through the FCC approval process. Currently known as the V66, the tablet sports LTE band 13 (Verizon’s LTE flavoring), in addition to Big Red’s LTE logo on the back. ZTE unveiled the V66 at a Beijing tech expo in September, touting the tablet with a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, Android 3.2, 1GB RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and a 1,280 x 800 display.
Barnes & Noble Ships One Million NOOK Tablets
A new report claims that Barnes & Noble has shipped one million units of its NOOK Tablet device since its launch in mid-November. While this doesn’t mean the book retailer has actually sold that many units to consumers (“shipped” includes devices sitting on store shelves and in warehouses), the company is also said to be increasing its order of the devices, due to strong initial sales.