But Huawei has a different idea with its UltraStick, a tiny 3G module that device makers can easily add to existing WiFi tablets without completely redesigning the hardware.
It’s not clear when UltraStick’s might be available in the U.S. or if it will remain strictly an option for device makers or, eventually, an accessory consumers could purchase to upgrade a WiFi tablet to cellular.
Citing “sources from the tablet sector”, Digitimes reports an incoming wave of these larger smartphones – or phablets as they have been dubbed – could undermine 7-inch tablet demand, particularly if the phablets are offered with a telecom package.
In recent times, Samsung has launched the 6.3-inch Mega and is expected to unveil the new Galaxy Note next month, while Sony and China-based Huawei have also jumped into the market with the Xperia ZU and Ascend Mate, respectively.
Nokia last month announced the Lumia 925, which is essentially an affordable phablet with 4G connectivity, while BlackBerry and HTC are also widely-reported to be about to [...]
The ‘phablet’ is essentially a cross-over between a phone and a tablet, and is around 5-inches in size. The market has been here before, of course, what with Dell launching the 5-inch Streak in 2011 and more recently Samsung outing the stylus-equipped Galaxy Note.
Some researchers, including Gartner and DisplaySearch, have openly admitted to TabTimes that they don’t see this category as to taking off, but ABI Research clearly disagrees, and today published the new ‘Phablets and Super Smartphones’ report which indicates that phablet shipments will increase by a factor of ten this year, before growing to reach a healthy 208 million units by [...]
The country has long since been looking at using tablets, and has previously talked with Datawind – the maker of the Indian Aakash tablet – as well as other manufacturers, most of whom were believed to be from China. As it is, government officials surprisingly ended up contracting little-known Chinese company, Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development.
The contract is expected to be signed later this month, and the tablets are due to arrive before the new school term in May. It has been reported that the small Chinese company won the contract after offering the lowest price of $81 for each 7-inch touchscreen tablet, beating off competition from much larger Chinese [...]
The new MediaPad FHD was briefly introduced at the firm’s press conference, which largely focused on the vendor's new Ascend smartphones. The tablet sports some impressive specifications, as it has a hi-res 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display (that’s amble pixels for 1080p HD viewing), a powerful quad-core 1.5GHz K3 processor, and runs the Android 4.0 operating system.
The slate, which weighs 598g and is 8.8mm thick, also boasts an 8MP camera on the rear (there's a 1.3MP camera on the front for video-calling), features Dolby surround sound technology, and supports a number of network standards, including LTE. Huawei says that the model will be available with [...]
The 7-inch Tahiti tablet has been made by Chinese firm Huawei and appears to be a rebranded version of the MediaPad tablet. As with the MediaPad, the Orange tablet runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), boasts a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and has a multi-touch LCD display.
The device has 512MB of RAM, 8GB of flash memory and a rear-facing 5MP camera. The tablet weighs 390g and supports GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G+, while there are connections for micro USB, micro SD and HDMI. The battery will last for up to six hours when in standby, according to Orange.
The operator plans to sell the tablet for £69.99 (approximately $108) on a £25-a-month ($39) [...]