The pressure’s on for manufacturers to come up with Android tablets designed around the latest OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Coby may have the fix. The New York-based Coby Electronics plans to unveil five new Android 4.0 tablets at CES, just a few weeks from now. Samsung’s saturating the market with another tablet release, this time it’s the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab for Verizon’s LTE network. And Android smartphones get a designer touch with Prada’s latest, an upscale line of LG handsets.
Coby Android 4.0 tablets
Coby Electronics knows that making an early entry is a great way to gain some attention, so it’s racing to develop five tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which CES attendees will be able to see firsthand come January. Few details have been given, but Coby has revealed that the tablet sizes will range from 7 to 10 inches, with an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 1GHz, supported by 1GB of system memory. No word on how much device storage will be included, though existing Coby tablets have 4GB, and the new tablets will support microSD for expanded space. They’ll also come with support for Wi-Fi and HDMI, so look for Coby’s latest line to hit stores sometime during Q1 2012. No prices have been revealed, but Coby’s devices are usually easy on the wallet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
There’s plenty of Android-based tablets to choose from at Verizon, but here’s another one to add to the mix. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be coming to Verizon stores soon, with LTE support for Verizon’s 4G network. The Tab 7.7 will help flesh out Verizon’s LTE-supported tablet line up, which is relatively sparse. The smaller size of the Tab 7.7 doesn’t skimp on hardware. It sports a 1.4GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1280×800 Super AMOLED Plus display, and a 5100 mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and also features Samsung’s TouchWiz UX interface. There’s also a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth along with 4G, and sports a USB 2.0 port as well.
PRADA Phone by LG 3.0
If your Android phone is missing that certain je ne sais quoi, try a blinged-out PRADA phone, developed especially for the LG 3.0 line. The 4.3-inch smartphone is the third in LG’s series of Prada collaborations, but is the first to run on Android. The designer phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade promised for early next year. It’s a rather slim phone, sporting a WVGA LG NOVA display with 800 nits brightness, which fares better in sunlight. There’s a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front, and an 8-megapixel in the rear, with full HD video support. Prada’s phone comes with a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 processor, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It also comes with NFC support and an easy-access toggle to turn it off and on. This Android phone is all about design, making a sleek and attractive handset. There’s no word on price, but it’s sure to cost a pretty penny. Expect Prada’s phone to arrive in South Korea and Europe first (rumor says a UK release is slotted for January 2012).