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Join Date: Jun 2009
Round-Up: Super Tablets @ Mobile World Congress 2011
Android-based products continue to take the marketplace by storm.
Last month, it was Android superphones that tumbled down like a January snowstorm. This month, it's Android super tablets that are capturing headlines.
Big vendors like Acer, ASUS and Toshiba are unleashing products with extraordinary capabilities that many analysts believe will find an eager audience.
These super tablets combine NVIDIA's Tegra 2 mobile superchip with Google's Android operating system to provide a faster, nimbler, more visually rich experience. Powered by Tegra 2's dual-core CPU and GeForce GPU, they s enable multitasking with the ease and performance expected from a PC. They surf the Web with fast-loading pages and support hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player. And they're perfect for streaming the latest HD movies or enjoying console-quality gaming ' even the cross-platform, multi-player versions in which a super tablet can be pitted against another tablet, console, PC or Mac.
'It's exciting to see the amount of Android tablets that are coming to market. With hardware-accelerated Flash support, Tegra 2 delivers a smooth Web experience of rich Flash based content ranging from video to games and Rich Internet Applications,' commented Danny Winokur, Vice President, Flash Runtime at Adobe.
Consider the Acer ICONIA Tab A100 and A500 tablets. Designed for HD entertainment, they come with a high-resolution, high-color contrast 10.1' display that allows users to play or share HD video with friends. It's also a gaming machine for HD arcade games and online 3D games, with a 10-point multi-touch and gyro meter control.
Mark Yang, Acer's director of product management for the smart-handheld business, said, 'Acer ICONIA TAB A100 and A500 are sleek, smart and full of innovative features that consumers will love. They'll feature the Tegra 2 super chip and Android OS for a tremendous web, 3D gaming and multimedia experience.'
Or, check out ASUS, which will soon be bringing out two super tablets of its own, the Eee Pad Slider and Transformer. Those looking for the best of both tablet and notebook worlds should take a peek at the Eee Pad Slider. It features a 10.1-inch IPS touch-screen for finger-friendly use and a nifty slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Meanwhile, the Eee Pad Transformer comes with an optional docking station transforming it into a full-fledged notebook with a QWERTY keyboard for desktop use ' and extending battery life up to 16 hours.
Samson Hu, GM of the Eee business at Asustek, said, 'Our new Eee Pad Slider and Transformer tablets feature Tegra 2 for never-before-seen experiences, so consumers can consume and create content for learning, work or play.'
Finally, Toshiba's super tablet, which is expected out during the first half of this year, includes new features and options for a highly personalized experience. Its 10.1-inch widescreen multi-touch display runs high-def 1280Ã?800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. It also features a choice of multiple colors for the back cover and a replaceable battery pack.
'Our Honeycomb tablet PC excellently combines style and entertainment with many connectivity options, keeping you connected to the web or your favorite media,' said Hidehito Murato, Chief Marketing Executive of Digital Products and Network Company at Toshiba. 'Thanks to Tegra 2, it also provides the power for faster gaming, faster browsing and multitasking.'
If you've been in the market for a tablet, your patience is about to pay off.