RIM, Samsung, Toshiba

RIM


No one expected to see RIM sit idly by while competitors carved away at the slate market, so it isn’t a big surprise that RIM is expected to release a slate device by end of this year. Based on speculation, the “Slateberry” is expected to run a Marvell Armada 610 1GHz CPU, capable of HD decoding, Flash 10.1, and of course using RIM’s new Blackberry OS6.

Not much else is known about this device currently, but expect it to cause a stir when it’s officially announced.

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Samsung


The Samsung Galaxy S smartphone made waves when it was released thanks to its customized TouchWiz UI for Android and a pretty AMOLED screen. The Samsung “Galaxy Tab”, as it is being called currently, is expected to continue the Galaxy lineage by using a 7″ AMOLED screen which may make it the best screen of the upcoming crop of products. The Galaxy Tab is reported to use the ARM Cortex A8 1.2GHz CPU, 16GB of NAND flash, and weigh 370 grams.

Recently Samsung Mobile’s president JK Shin announced that a Samsung slate will be available before October 2010.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab is expected to have a full 7″ AMOLED display –
expect to pay a little extra for this.


Known Details on Samsung Galaxy Tab:
  • Screen: 7″, AMOLED
  • CPU / RAM: ARM Cortex A8, 1.2GHz
  • Storage: 16GB Flash
  • Weight: 370 grams
  • Release Date: Before Oct 2010.

Toshiba

Toshiba has been public about their intentions of releasing a slate product, but they have been very mum on any details. We don’t know if it will be Android or Windows, or perhaps both? The only device we know for certain is the Libretto W100, a dual 7″ screen tablet that folds together like a book. The W100 will use Windows 7 and likely a Pentium U5400 1.2GHz processor.

Thanks to its two screens, you can have the onscreen keyboard on one screen while content is being shown on the opposite screen – making it much better at producing emails and documents.

With two screens and a more power-hungry CPU, the biggest concern for the W100 would be the battery life, but with a larger unfolded footprint to work with, the W100 can take advantage of larger batteries and remain competitive against the smaller slates.

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Known Details:
  • Screen: 2×7″ (1024×600 each)
  • CPU / RAM: Intel Pentium U5400 1.2GHz, 2GB RAM
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Storage: 64GB, SD card
  • Networking: 802.11g
  • Connectivity: USB (host and client capable)
  • Release: August 2010.


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