The rise of Android as an open-sourced operating system paved the way for continuous developments in the mobile device department. For the past few months, a number of announcements for upcoming devices were made, giving us an idea of what would the market be like in the near future. What is noticeable however in the list of anticipated releases (as well as in the recent ones) is the rise of 7-inch tablets– bigger than your average smartphone, but definitely more handy than your usual tablet.
Here’s a quick rundown of five of the talk-of-the-town 7-inch tablets:ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 3D
Status: Expected release June 2011 late 2011 or 2012
Before the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich later this year, Google surprised everyone with Android 3.2, reported as the last version of Honeycomb to hit the stores.
Mediapad, a 7-inch tablet manufactured by the Chinese company Huawei got the honors of being the first device to be powered by Android 3.2. What’s more surprising is that Android 3.2 apparently can support such screen size and a Qualcomm chip, whereas before this release, only NVIDIA’s Tegra and 10.1-inch screens can carry Honeycomb. There is also looming excitement for HTC Flyer users, as this increases the chances of having Android 3.2 on the Android 2.3-run 7-inch tablet. Motorola Xoom also announced [...]
Some may not be familiar with Huawei, but it is slowly stepping into the Android world, and is working hard to introduce competitive options if you want to buy a smartphone or tablet at a cut-rate cost. You might have not heard of Huawei’s IDEOS S7 Slim before, it is a 7-inch tablet served with Android 2.2 Froyo. And, you might be astounded to know that its cost is below $300. Too bad it’s not Honeycomb.
Lately, Huawei appears to be cooking something up, and are apparently getting ready to introduce a new dual-core tablet that will be known as Huawei MediaPad. Back at MWC 2011, it was dubbed under the name S7 Pro.
The MediaPad is regarded by Huawei as “the [...]