Archive for July, 2012
Wikipad gaming tablet – Tegra 3 quad core powered
Photo is from the official WikiPad site
Wikipad disclosed some technical details of their gaming tablet powered by quad core Tegra3 processor. Wikipad tablet is designed specifically for gamers. The prototype of the tablet was introduced at the beginning of the year. At that time it was powered by single core 1.2 Gz processor and featured by 8 inch touch screen with the resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The prototype was capable of managing 3D images.
After release of nVidia Tegra platform Wikipad tabled changed the processor and currently powered by quad core 1.4 GHz processor, low-voltage co-processor and GeForce graphic accelerator. Wikipad tablets have 1GB of RAM and equipped by 2 cameras: 2 megapixels front camera and 8 megixels rear camera. The size of the screen was increased to 10.1 inch. Display is utilizing IPS technology and has resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels. First models of WikiPad tablets will not support 3D but such feature is expected to be added to next models.
Wikipad tablet comes with detachable hood with built-in set of controllers, which turns the tablet into a portable gaming console. Weight of the device is 560 g and thickness is 8.6 mm. Wikipad is running on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The battery of the tablet is capable to support of up to 6 hours gaming or 8 hours video playback without recharging.
Nowadays quad core tablets on nVidia Tegra 3 platform becoming very popular. Recently released Google Nexus 7 , ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Android tablets are all running on Tegra 3 processors. Even much expected Amazon Kindle Fire 2 could also be powered by Tegra 3 processor.
Apple could launch 7 inch iPad mini model of iPad tablets in October following to the presentation of new iPhone 5 in September. The major sales of Apple iPad mini expected in the last quarter of 2012. Some sales analytics predict 4th quarter sales of up to 13 million units of Apple iPad mini. Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is hiring additional staff for coming mass production during next months.
There are rumors around about modified version of current iPad 3 tablet. Modified iPad 3 is expected to be released at the same time with Apple iPad mini. Redesigned iPad 3 could have better cooling system and build on other components in order to reduce the overall cost of the tablet.
According to the analyst of KGI Securities Ming-Chih Kuo the next generation of Apple smartphone iPhone 5 is expected in September. Apple iPhone sales are unlikely to increase significantly in the current quarter because of the limited availability of components and coming sales of the new model of Apple iPhone. Potential customers may postpone the purchase until the release of Apple iPhone 5.
Apple iPhone 5 comes with bigger touch screen and featured by a new in-cell technology. Mass production of such displays may take some time and therefore production volumes of Apple iPhone 5 may be limited at the beginning of sales.
Although sales in the third quarter are unlikely to be a record, Kuo believes that Apple is waiting for a brilliant fourth quarter, mainly due to release of new models of iPhone and iPad. The analyst believes that in the fourth quarter of 2012 Apple will sell 55 million iPhone smartphones and almost 24 million iPad tablets.
In addition, there are some expectations on redesigned new models of Apple iPod touch media player and Apple iPod nano. Kuo said that next generation Apple devices will be featured by new technologies such as in-sell large displays as well as well by known components such as A5 processor currently used in Apple iPhone 4S.
Amazon is preparing to release 5 to 6 new models of next generation of Kindle Fire tablets. One of the models of Kindle Fire 2 expected to come with 10-inch screen. Models may have either 7 or 10 inch display and featured by either only Wi-Fi or combined Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networking support. Amazon Kindle Fire 2 models could also have different amount of internal storage.
Currently Amazon sells only one model of the Kindle Fire featured by 7-inch screen, 8GB of internal memory and Wi-Fi. The price of the current model of Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is $199. Amazon Kindle Fire is still the most popular Android tablet in the United States because of the low price, unique design and integration with Amazon digital content. However there are new notable Android tablets introduced recently such as Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Their popularity is increasing dramatically. Amazon is trying to keep leadership by planning on release of the next generation of Kindle Fire tablets in variety of models.
In less than two months Samsung reports on sell over ten million Samsung Galaxy S 3 smartphones. South Korean giant started sales of Samsung Galaxy S 3 at the end of May. Since then over 10 million units of Samsung Galaxy S 3 were sold. Samsung Galaxy S 3 is one of the major competitors of Apple iPhone 4S. Apple has managed to sell 4 million iPhone 4S in the first three days of sales from 14 to 16 October 2011. Apple is developing the new smartphone model iPhone 5. The presentation of the next generation of Apple iPhone expected in a couple of months.
According to IDC, in the first quarter of 2012, Samsung became the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones and cell phones. The South Korean company produces the phones and devices on Android, Bada and Windows phone platforms.