Tablet News Bits: Galaxy Tab 2 Specs Leak, HP Files TouchPad Trademarks, and Acer’s Bleak Outlook

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The biggest little stories from the industry today include Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 spec leaks, bad news from Acer, and six new HP TouchPad trademark filings.

Galaxy Tab 2 Specs Emerge
Galaxy Tab 2Specs for what is purported to be the second-generation seven-inch Galaxy Tab have surfaced on HDBlog, and they suggest the next Galaxy Tab, which rumors indicate could ship this fall, will just be a modest update from the first. Interestingly, the second-gen Galaxy Tab will not run Honeycomb, but rather a version of Gingerbread, Android 2.3.4 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 skin. This news lends credence to rumors that Honeycomb does not play nice with seven-inch tablets, as evident by news of the Iconia Tab A100 delay.

Other specs may include:

  • Exynos 1.2 GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB capacity
  • micro SD slot
  • Samsung proprietary pin connector with USB Host capabilities via an adapter
  • Seven-inch WSVGA IPS touch display
  • Voice and video chat capability, text messaging

Source: HDBlog via Crunchgear

HP Files More TouchPad Trademarks
HP has filed six more TouchPad-related trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The new filings reveal no new TouchPad or TouchPad accessory details other than potential names, though one filing, the TouchPad7, suggests a seven-inch webOS tablet is at least being considered by HP.

The filings include:

  • TouchPad7
  • TouchPadFlex
  • TouchPadGeo
  • TouchPadGo
  • TouchPadPro
  • TouchPadTwin

Source: PreCentral

HTC Flyer Dock Spotted
HTC Flyer DockBestBuy is now selling an official HTC Flyer dock for $50. The “HTC – Micro USB Desktop Docking Station,” as it is officially titled on, secures the Flyer in portrait mode slots in via the Flyer’s MHL input (the lone and obscure connection on the Flyer, it functions as a microUSB and HDMI connection in one, supports regular microUSB devices, but requires a special cable or adapter for HDMI functionality). The dock has an MHL input of its own and a power button with charge indicator light. There is no indication it includes a slot to dock the N-trig stylus, which is a complaint TabletPCReview levied in an otherwise positive review of the Flyer.

Acer Cuts Its Projected Shipments
Things are going less than well for Taiwanese tablet, netbook, and laptop manufacturer Acer. It’s being fined $150 million for questionable accounting, cut 15% of its staff in Europe, and is dropping its projected tablet shipments from five to seven million to 2.5 to three million.

Acer blames its woes on a slow economic recovery in Europe, where it does much of its business. Acer’s tablets fall into its Iconia line, and we found the latest addition, the Iconia Tab A500, to be fast, reliable, and functional, but also overly large and flawed in some of its hardware attributes.

Ultimately, it’s not too difficult to see why Acer’s products might be struggling against the bounty of other tablet options currently saturating the market.

Source: WSJ

Vizio Tablet Priced
Vizio TabletVizio did not go too far outside the box when naming its next device, the Vizio Tablet, but its generic name did not keep NBA superstar Blake Griffin from demoing it in the most recent PR effort for the device. Between its appearance at Griffin’s home and the appearance of price tags listing it at one Indiana Walmart, it seems as if the Tablet will arrive soon.

The best part of all is that, if the price tags be true, the Vizio Tablet will go on sale for $350.

Source: This is My Next



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