Project Ara seems to be in full swing to create a functional modular smartphone that can be tailored to your liking based on components of your choosing. Given how the population are serious cameraphone shutterbugs, wouldn’t it be great if you could pick the camera for your phone rather than the other way around?
Of the many companies working on modules, Toshiba gives us a glimpse of what their modular Project Ara camera will be like. The designs were showcased at the Modular Phones Forum and it’s hinted that the company will be making three different modules, a 2MP front camera, 5MP and 13MP rear cameras, and we have reason to believe that Project Ara will be heading to MWC Barcelona this year. Word has it that there will be up to 50 modules on display at the event as well, which sounds extremely promising for the project.
Toshiba did say however that the cost of the modules will range from $50 to $500 (about RM 179 – RM 1791) and will be adjusted to be available a ‘reasonable pricing’ to users. Toshiba wagers that their camera lineup would likely be fully ready in 2016.
Toshiba today has revealed its latest Android tablet line up with 7.7″, 10.1″ and a massive 13.3″ version. All 3 are powered by Nvidia’s quad core Tegra 3 processor, a 5MP main camera, 2MP front facing camera and runs on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
For the Excite 7.7, it comes with a 7.7″ AMOLED screen that pushes a resolution of 1280×800, while the Excite 10 comes with a 10.1″ LED display which also does 1280×800. Its largest model, the Excite 13.3 comes with a AutoBrite LED display that pushes a respectable 1600×900. For a tablet this massive, it is a pity that it isn’t pushing Full HD (1920×1200) like its Android tablet rivals.
Other than the big screen, the Excite 13 comes with a four speaker system alongside an array of ports such as micro USB, micro HDMI and a full sized SD card slot. It is 10.16mm thick and weighs just a whisker away from a full kilo at 997grams. In terms of battery life, the Excite 13 is rated up to 13 hours of usage.
Head after the break for more photos of the Excite 13.
Currently there are loads of Android tablets out there with different sizes. For those that are obsessed with the thinnest, lightest but largest display, the Toshiba Regza AT200 would be on top of your list with its thinnest profile of 7.7mm and it weighs just 535g. As comparison, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a thickness of 7.86mm while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs 595g.
In terms of specs, the Regza AT200 runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb with dual-core 1.0GHz (TI OMAP 4430), 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Just like its AT100 predecessor, the AT200 also comes with an array of ports such as micro USB, micro HDMI and micro SD reader. It also has a 5MP camera at the back and a 2MP front facing camera.
According to Lowyat, the Regza AT200 will be priced at RM1,699 and is expected to be available in March.
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Toshiba has finally introduced its line of Android Tablets in Malaysia with their 10″ Regza AT100 and 7″ AT1S0. The guys from Lowyat.NET managed to get a hands-on of the 2 tablets at the launch event. They have reported that the 10″ AT100 WiFi version is priced at RM1,699 and comes with 1GHz dual-core processor and 32GB of storage. The pricing of its smaller 7″ tablet hasn’t been revealed yet but it comes with a smaller 16GB storage capacity.
Although the Regza AT100 looks bulky, it is much more versatile with its massive offering of ports. It comes equipped with a built-in SD Card reader, a full sized USB, micro-USB and HDMI port. These ports are often sold separately as an adapters on other tablets and having them built-in is pretty convenient. For that rugged look, the AT100 is wrapped with a rubberised and textured body.
Unfortunately there wasn’t any sightings of the AT200 which is the thinnest tablet around at only 7.7mm!
Head after the break for more pics.
During our recent trip to Japan (courtesy of Sony Ericsson) we noticed that Windows Phone are as prominent as Android and other Japanese feature phones in the market there. Things are decidedly different here in Malaysia.
If Microsoft marketeers here were to promote Windows Phone as enthusiastically and interestingly as the guy you see in the video right after the jump, perhaps we would be able to see more people totting Windows Phone devices.
Alas…this is not the case. In Malaysia, the Windows Phone platform still has a massive chasm to cross to even be in the same playing field as the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
Let’s hope when the next wave of Windows Phone devices arrive with Mango in tow, the Microsoft Malaysia are ready to sell! sell! sell! At least there’s the marketing prowess of Nokia that the local Microsoft boys can tap into.
What are your thoughts on the Windows Phone platform?
Toshiba is putting its tablet on a serious diet with its latest AT200 tablet having a thickness of only 7.7mm. That’s 0.9mm thinner than Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.6mm) and 0.16mm thinner than the latest Galaxy Tab 7.7 (7.86mm). It is also lighter too at 558g which is just 7g lighter than the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Despite having paperweight dimensions, the Toshiba AT200 is no slouch. The previous model, the Toshiba Thrive AT100 boast having a full range of ports possible – full sized USB, mini USB port, standard size HDMI port and even a full SD Card slot. Unfortunately the AT100 was a monster in size at 16mm thickness with 725g of weight. For this new version, it still offers a variety of ports – micro USB, micro SD card slot and a micro HDMI port. Powering it is a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB of RAM and it also runs on the latest Android 3.2 honeycomb OS. There’s a 5MP camera at the back and a 2MP camera at the front.
Design wise it looks pretty sleek especially with its brushed metal back. The front looks awfully similar to a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 minus the obvious front facing camera at the top. As usual, no details of availability and we are not sure if Toshiba will be bringing this at all to Malaysia.
One more pic after the break
Toshiba is set to launch its first tablet sometime within these three months. Ahead of the launch, the company has put up a teaser website to showcase some of the features of the device. But that’s not all the teaser site was created for, if you try to access thetoshibatablet.com from the iPad or iPhone, you’ll be greeted with this notice.
Android Tablets are invading like a plague lately. First you got the Dell Streak that’s slightly bigger than a HD phone. Then you have the Samsung Galaxy Tab, half the size of an iPad. Now though, there’s something massive coming from Toshiba at 10.1″ big.
It is Toshiba’s rumoured SmartPad or better known as as the Folio 100 which was revealed further by Notebook Italia. It is powered by a new Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 16GB storage. For connectivity, it has WiFI 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3G, standard USB, USB mini audio jack and HDMI output. For added storage, there’s even a SD card reader that supports up to 32GB. For your multimedia needs, it comes with stereo speakers, a mic and a 1.3MP Web cam. On the OS version, we’re glad that it runs on Android 2.2 Froyo.
Although the screen is bigger than the iPad, the Folio 100’s 10.1″ screen supports a lower 1024×600 vs the iPad’s 1024×768 pixels. The bigger dimensions makes the Folio heavier at 760g which is 30g more than the iPad 3G’s 730g. Strangely, the battery for a tablet this big is a mere 1020mAh. Most Android phones today are powered with batteries of 1300mAh or more, so we are wondering how does the Folio cope up with such puny battery. At this point, all these are speculative specs from Notebook Italia with no pricing or launch details available.
So there you have it, Android Tablets or iPad killers at all sort of sizes to tickle your fancy.