Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona has come and gone. Lots of great gadgets coming out but we are narrowing down some of what we believe are interesting tablets to launch this year...
First is from Asus. We have written about the Padfone last year when Asus first started providing information about this interesting phone/tablet concept. I love this concept. On on hand, you have a typical smartphone but running Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0, 1GB RAM, and 4.3" 960x540 Super AMOLED qHD screen. But you can dock the phone in a tablet casing to transform your phone into a fully functional 10" Android tablet. Add a keyboard and now you have a "notebook". No word on price or availability. US carriers may balk at this since they would not like customers having one data plan for their phone/tablet. But the Padfone is not the only tablet that Asus is launching this year. They will also have Transformer Pad Infinity, which has a higher resolution screen and faster processor than the Transformer Prime. Asus will also launch a less expensive line - Transformer Pad 300 series.
Next Samsung announced next version of Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 although no major changes. Samsung will also now pair its S pen stylus to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Viewsonic announced three tablets for release: G70, E100 and P100. The G70 tablet features a 7" 1024 x 600-pixel capacitive IPS display, 1GB RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD slot, 3G, Wi-Fi, a 2MP rear camera, a VGA front camera and Android 4.0. The 9.7" E100 tablet sports 1024 x 768-pixel resolution with IPS screen technology, Android 4.0 and a 1GHz processor. Finally, the P100 features a 10" 1280 x 800-pixel IPS display with a 1.6GHz Intel N2600 dual-core processor running Windows 7. No word on pricing or availability.
Finally, Toshiba announced a 7.7" AT270 Android tablet. The AT270 will feature Tegra 3 processor and a 1200 x 800 Super AMOLED screen. Toshiba also noted that a monstrous 13" tablet will be launched. (Why??)