Mobile Devices

Intel-Powered Tablets: On Show Soon

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Intel TabletIntel will unveil more than 10 Intel chip carrying tablets at Taiwan's Computex later this month, as it plays catch up with Arm's processor range.

The show will also host the launch of the company's tablet processor range, Oak Trail, the Wall Street Journal reports. Intel also says more than 35 Intel chip-based tablets will ship this year.

The tablet race will be far from easy for Intel though-- analysts say Intel will be limping its way through, thanks to the combination of lack of strong partnerships and simply being the latest arrival.

Meanwhile Intel Asia-Pacific GM Navin Shenoy says the company expects no impact on its supply chain following March's Japan earthquake-- meaning Intel's tablet entry won't be delayed even further...

Go Intel Steps Into Tablet Market (WSJ)

Folding Displays for the Near Future?

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Devices with screens users can fold to store in their pockets? Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology presents a prototype of an AMOLED display it says does exactly that, while bearing no visible crease.

display The prototype in question consists of x2 AMOLED panels with silicone rubber (a hyperelastic material), a protective glass cover and a module case. The display's folding radios is of just 1mm-- meaning the panels nearly touch each other when folded at a 180° angle.

The glass cover not only protects the panels from scratches, but can also serve as a touchscreen.

On testing Samsung's researchers folded the device for 100000 times, with surprising results. They say the brightness at the folding crease decreases by just -6%-- virtually invisible to the human eye.

There definitely is a market for portable touchscreen devices, so we imagine (if not hope) Samsung use this technology for future devices fairly soon.

Go Foldable Display Shows No Crease after 100000 Folding Cycles

Yarvik Goes 7"

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Yarvik TabYarvik takes on the tablet market with a lightweight 7" Android, the TAB210.

It comes with Android 2.1, a resistive touch screen (800 x 480 resolution) and, rather unusually, a scroll wheel allowing users to scroll through their files. It comes with 4GB of memory (expandable via Micro-SD card) as well as a 600 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM.

Meanwhile internet connections come via wifi.

The company claims its battery has a life of up to 4 hours for video (or up to 14 hours for music).

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Wireless Charging by LG

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Wireless ChargerLG announces its WCP-700, a wireless charging pad compatible with the company's mobile devices. 

Using inductive coils built into battery doors and internal contacts allows charging from the wire-free source-- and eliminating the need for a charger. 

The charging pad features audible and tactile feedback when the user places their phone on its surface, while different colour LEDs show charging status. It also comes in a slim design for users on the go. 

Go LG Wireless Charging Solution

Free to Try a ViewPad

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ViewPad 7ViewSonic Europe announces a "Try for Free" campaign for potential ViewPad 7 customers, to run throughout April 2011.

Consumers will be able to try the tablet for 30 days free of charge. If not satisfied within that period, customers can send the device back to a full refund, with the company paying for return postage and package.

The ViewPad 7 is an Android 2.2 tablet, with wifi, Bluetooth and 3G support and 2x front/rear facing cameras. It has a 7" touchscreen, stereo speakers, thin profile and lightweight construction, making it ideal for users wanting entertainment on the go.

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