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Lenovo has added new 7-inch and 10-inch tablets to the 5-inch LePad S2005 Android 'phablet' launched earlier today. The new tablets run Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), but are said to be inline for an update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the near future. Unlike the planned US launch of the IdeaTab K2 variant, which will sport Ice Cream Sandwich and the new NVIDIA 3 quad-core processor, the new tablets incorporate dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processors clocked at 1.5GHz.
Lenovo has introduced the LePad S2005 5-inch Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) at a Chinese launch. The device joins the Samsung Galaxy Note in a market niche that combines the display size approaching a tablet with a device that can also function as an oversize phone. However, Lenovo has chosen to market the device as a compact tablet in the first instance, with its LePad branding evidence of this.
Lenovo has begun marketing its LePad A1-07 tablet in China, where the device will arrive ahead of availability in other countries. The company has yet to show the tablet in the US, however the Chinese marketing materials provide a look at the design. The advertisement also confirms that the seven-inch tablet will be based on Android 2.3, rather than a Honeycomb build geared for 10-inch displays.
A new tablet from Lenovo has appeared at the FCC. It bears the IdeaPad A1-07 and LePad A1-07 names, which would likely be the same device sold in different markets. The only technical specification confirmed by the listing is the presence of a Bluetooth radio.
The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is now up for preorder at Amazon.com. The website shows both the black version, which made a brief appearance earlier, and a white K1. The listing confirms the 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 10.1-inch 1280x800 multi-touch screen. In addition to a micro SD card reader, micro HDMI out, and 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, the K1 will also have a SIM card port.
A Lenovo affiliate newsletter has given clues that the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet could be unveiled as soon as this coming week. The company's "upcoming product launches" have the K1 unveiled in late June or early July with the ThinkPad's date narrowed to June 28. Although both are believed to be Android-based, Liliputing in uncovering the info cautioned that the ThinkPad might be a Windows model.
Lenovo's IdeaPad and ThinkPad tablets were confirmed by company president Rory Read in an interview that also had Lenovo keeping out of the US smartphone race for now. Both of the tablets would have 10-inch screens, ship with Android 3, and cost between $450 to $900 depending on the model, he told Dow Jones. The IdeaPad K1 should be ready by July and could be followed by the pro-oriented ThinkPad edition as soon as August.
The Lenovo LePad has hit the FCC with a new name for the North American market. It will be known as the IdeaPad Tablet K1. The timing of its appearance at the regulator suggests that it is on course for a release by June as previously indicated. Whether it will ship with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is not known at this stage, although when it first appeared in January it was only running Android 2.2 (Froyo).
Lenovo may be planning more than just the ThinkPad Tablet by the end of the year based on a second
Lenovo COO Rory Read in an interview Thursday was optimistic for tablets. He predicted slates like the LePad would have 15 to 18 percent of the computer market in the next five years. Netbooks were on their way out, he argued to Forbes, in part because the category was being swallowed up as the computers got larger or faster.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE