As ViewSonic has unveiled the ViewPad 7x, there was no exact release date for the small 7-inch Honeycomb tablet. Chris from TabTech was confirmed by ViewSonic’s press agency that the Viewsonic ViewPad 7x will be hit German market in mid-September, at least for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For the next version of Android Honeycomb there was no precise information. It is likely that it will come to the market with Android 3.2.
Over a month ago Microsoft has unveiled its new operating system Windows 8 to run not only on PCs, but also on tablets. We have seen even a few Tablet prototype with Windows 8, the first tablets will appear probably until next year. At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft shows a Windows 8 Tablet concept presented to the participants. We do not learn much new unfortunately, only the images you see below. With Windows 8 you can use a tablet like all that possible with a PC just with touching the screen.
Today there are new rumors about Motorola Xoom 2. According to a source of Fudzilla, the new Motorola Tablet much thinner and unlike the first Motorola Xoom it will have a 10 inch screen in 4:3 format with high resolution 2048×1536 pixel display.
In addition to the modified display, the Motorola Xoom 2 will hit the market with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream). This brings together some features of honeycomb and gingerbread in the OS. The new Xoom should be presented shortly after the new Android OS available on the market, which would in the 4th Quarter of this year.
The source could not say what is the Processor of the tablet, but it can be assumed that it will powered by the new NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core processor, as Motorola and Nvidia work closely together.
Last year a very interesting convertible NetBook/tablet was unveiled at CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Lenovo IdeaPad U1 which reminds a little of the Asus EEE Pad transformer. The transformer was introduced a year after the U1 and is already available, but now apparently also Lenovo draws to. The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 has finally appeared at the FCC, which means that it is likely coming soon on the market. As with the Transformer, Lenovo U1 also has a NetBook docking station for the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet, which is sold separately. The special feature of U1 NetBook dock is not only has its own battery, but also Intel processor and hard drive with Windows 7 operating system!
The race for the 7 inch honeycomb throne is in full swing, Acer has presented their Iconia Tab A100 in the pre-IFA event and now ViewSonic with the ViewSonic 7x, a 7-inch honeycomb tablet due out very soon.
At least for Japan the wait is soon over, as ViewSonic Tablet 7x scheduled to be launched in Japan in the middle of August this year. However, it is not sold there by ViewSonic itself, but re-branded by Camangi as the Mangrove7. That of course does not alter the old specs: 7-inch display with 1024×600 pixels and protected by Gorilla glass, Android 3.1, NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, 1GB RAM, 8 GB Flash memory, 2MP front / 5MP back (with Flash) cams, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 1600mAh battery, micro USB 2.0, microSD card slot, mini HDMI, GPS / A-GPS, and the usual sensors.