This week we’re at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin where tablets are all the rage.
Sony used the trade show to launch two Android based tablets the Tablet S and the Tablet P. The Honeycomb-based single and dual screen tablets range in price from 480 to 600 Euro. The Tablet P sports a clamshell design and has dual 5.5 inch screens and a 1 Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.The Tablet S has a 9.4-inch screen and is shaped like a wedge.
Like many of the tablets that will launch here at IFA, vendors are hoping to make a dent in Apple’s sales of the iPad and take advantage of the growing market. While Apple may be responsible for making tablets the must have gadget, Howard Stringer didn’t miss a chance to take a jab at the company.
The Wifi only version of the Tablet S will begin shipping in Europe in September, the 3G version in November along with the Tablet P.
Samsung also had tablets to talk about among other gadgets. At last year's IFA, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab, which will now be replaced with the Galaxy Tab 7.7. The new version is the first tablet to come with Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus display technology. And just like the name signals, it measures 7.7-inches.
It’s powered by a dual core 1.4 gig processor, the same processor that powers the Galaxy Note, a smartphone-tablet hybrid that Samsung also announced this week.
The Galaxy Note will start shipping in November for about 820 US dollars without taxes or subsidies. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will ship around the end of the year for about 750 dollars.
Toshiba went thin and light this year announcing a new ultrabook and tablet, both of which the company claims are the thinnest and lightest in their categories.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch display with a 1280-by-800 pixel resolution and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. Toshiba hopes that its size will set it apart from the competition. At 7.7 millimeters (0.3 inches) thick, the tablet is thinner than both the iPad2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The AT200 also offers a wealth of connectivity, including micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports. Toshiba may be pushing tablets, but hasn't forgotten about laptops. The company's addition to Intel's ultrabook segment is the Portégé Z830, which has a 13.3-inch HD LED screen and weighs just over a kilogram.
Both the tablet and the ultrabook will start shipping during the fourth quarter, according to Toshiba, but the company didn't announce any pricing.
Changing gears from tablets Ford came to IFA, marking the second time this year that the car maker has come to a major consumer electronics show. This time it detailed the Ford Evos, a cloud connected concept car that represents Fords vision of the future as the automotive and technology industries converge. The Evos will remember to close your garage door, but thats just the beginning.
Of course since the Evos is a concept car there are no plans for commercialization.