CES Day One: Best Tablets
Hardware makers announced a slew of new tablets at CES 2012 Monday. Here's a look at the most interesting choices, including Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 -- This tablet has a small 7.7-inch display and is incredibly thin at 7.9-mm thick. It is lightweight at only 340 grams (0.75 pounds), but still offers plenty of power.
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Some of the most important features include support for Verizon's LTE 4G network and mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices; 1.4-GHz dual-core processor; Android 3.2 Honeycomb with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface; Samsung's Social and Media Hubs for sharing and content; and 16 GB of internal storage. It also has a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and full 720p recording and 1080p playback (through HDMI dock or adapter) and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Pricing and availability were not announced.
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Pantech Element -- AT&T and Pantech surprised with this tablet. The best feature is perhaps the price: it will sell for $299 with a new data contract.
The Element is Pantech's first LTE-Android tablet for AT&T, and it is waterproof with an IP-57 rating, meaning it can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The Element runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb and includes a crisp 8-inch display with 1024 x 768 pixels, front- and rear-facing cameras, and a rich Web experience with full HTML and PC-like tabbed browsing. What's more interesting is that AT&T is offering the Element and the Pantech Burst LTE smartphone for $250 when purchased together. That's quite a deal.
Toshiba Excite X10 -- This tablet arrives at some point during the first quarter of the year. The Excite offers a 1.2-GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor and has a 10-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels. It also includes a 5-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. The Excite X10 runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF700T -- This tablet features a 10.1-inch display with 1920 x 1200 pixels and Gorilla Glass. It targets the entertainment category.
The TF700T has a 1.3-GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Cortex A9 processor and a 12-core GeForce GPU. It has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and dedicated LED Flash and 1080p HD video capture. The front-facing camera for video chats rates 2 megapixels. It includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. It will ship during the second quarter of 2012.
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