Here at CTIA 2012 in New Orleans the ZTE block was definitely hot with several of their new Android devices that debuted at MWC on display and ready for hands on.
The ZTE V96 Android tablet features a respectable 1.7ghz Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 dual-core processor. The 10.1″ tablet has a 1280×800 pixel multitouch display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for it’s operating system.
We’re not sure which carriers (if any) it will end up with in the United States but it supports both 4G/LTE and HSPA+.
While we are rounding out our CES 2012 schedule and checking all the rumors we’ve stumbled across the latest tablet rumor. Asus is believed to be introducing a new 7″ tablet reportedly being called the Eee Pad MeMo.
The 7″ tablet will join the ranks of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0, Acer Iconia A100, and the Toshiba Thrive 7″. While it doesn’t spec out quite as nicely as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, we are expecting it to have a 1.2 ghz dual core Qualcomm SnapDragon processor and a 1280×800 display. We’ve also heard it was sport dual cameras with a 5 megapixel on the rear and a 1.3 megapixel on the front.
There’s no word on pricing but we are anticipating a shift in 7″ tablet pricing after the wild success of the Amazon Kindle Fire. Expect the MeMo (mee-mo not memo) tablet to come in the $200-$300 range and hopefully the latter.
The e-reading market is heating up. We have the Kindle Fire reportedly shipping very soon, the just announced Nook tablet and now a Google Books update.
The new Google Books update supports the ability to +1 books that you’re reading. It’s also reportedly fixed book search and flow in both portrait and landscape mode.
The biggest thing in the latest update to Google Books is compatibility for 7″ tablet screens. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus, the new T-Mobile (Huawei) Springboard, and the Acer A100 will all benefit from this update. Personally I like reading books on a 7″ tablet vs a 10″ tablet because of the weight and the size being closer to a paperback.
The reviews posted on the interwebs about the the Acer Iconia A100, 7″ tablet have been for the most part mixed. Well we’ll tell you that the Acer Iconia A100 has a 7″ tablet just right, especially right now.
Last year, when Samsung introduced the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, it was in a 7 inch form factor. Where it fell short was that it released with Froyo which of course is a phone operating system. It has since been upgraded to Gingerbread, again a phone operating system. While we have the argument that a phone operating system gives the tablet access to hundreds of thousands more apps than there are for Honeycomb, you do lose the functionality that comes with Honeycomb. The A-100 gets all this right.