The coming age of Dedicated Tablets

fruhla One of the trends we’re betting on here at Fruhla is that tablet prices will drop hard and fast allowing for dedicated tablets in the home. This means that instead of one $600 iPad you all have to share and pull up and down off the wall, you have at least one other tablet mounted on a wall in the kitchen, or hallway or other location for dedicated usage for a smaller set of context appropriate apps. (e.g. a recipe or grocery app in the kitchen, etc.) which is much more practical than carrying your phone around in the house or clearing the space (and budget) for a 20" all-in-one touchscreen PC mounted in those same spaces.

Gartner sees the average selling price (ASP) of a tablet going from $543 in 2010 to $263 by 2015.  I think it’s going to drop further and faster.  Here’s why:

First, that prediction doesn’t even come close to keeping pace with Moore’s Law which roughly says you can put twice as much computing power in the same space every two years, but most folks think about the other resultant equation which is, if you hold the computing power/space constant, the manufacturing costs for an identical device should fall by half.

So we can have more power and smaller for the same price, or same power and form factors for half.  In the case of tablets, do we need smaller?  Maybe for detachable/embedded usage in consumer appliances, manufacturing and the Enterprise, but probably not for consumer handheld or dedicated usage. (It’s pretty much just a big smartphone when you get down around a 4.5" screen, right?)

In fact the iPad 2 is already so slim that a further size reduction would probably make it less ergonomic to carry and use. I love the ingenuity of the Smart Cover, but it keeps the overall thickness so small that my hand actually cramps trying to carry it around securely without dropping it.

So do we need more power?  Tabets can already do most things a high-end media pc can do, such as play 1080p video, run graphics intensive games, etc.  Dedicated uses in both enterprise and the home won’t need more than this to connect and consume media or view HTML5 enterprise apps.

As far as storage, one of the factors that seems to be missed in the forecasts I’ve seen is that cloud services allow you to order a *cheap* tablet so you can stream your media and download only the docs you need.  All you need is to be able to render graphics, a capable browser, Wi-Fi and capacitive multi-touch touchscreen.  (Many of the already sub $275 Android tablets like the Creative ZiiO have resistive touch which requires contact with a stylus or your fingernail and is less natural to interact with and difficult to use multi-touch gestures)

And I think other consumers are reaching the same conclusion and comfort level with the cloud. One of the things that was not taken into consideration in the ASP iPad2 forecasts by Piper Jaffray is that at launch of iPad2, the baseline model 16gb+wifi ran out first. –So people bought the 32GB model or higher model they didn’t want, making the ASP less useful for predicting the pricing and demand of a cloud only tablet.

If you are a consumer who wasn’t already on board with the cloud, your consumer confidence got a big boost  this week when a trusted brand like Amazon announced theirCloud Drive and Player.

And as a last data point, Costco already has a 7" WiFi Android tablet from Velocity Micro at $199.   It’s resistive touch and doesn’t run Bananas-Foster or whatever the latest version of Android OS is called, but it’s sitting right next to a $589 Motorola Xoom.  Which price point do you think the Costco customer will go for?

Time to get back to work designing apps for those Dedicated Tablets.  They’re going to be here under $200 by 2013 at the latest.

-Chris

Dreambook W7 = Tablet + Phone

This is an Android 2.2 Chinese tablet,  7″ (1024×600)capacitive screen, with the following built-in networkings: 3G(UMTS/HSDPA (2100 MHz),GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900,2100 MHz), Bluetooth and WiFi, it aslo has an internal GPS, its processor is Freescale i.MX515 Cortex-A8, DDR2 SRAM 512M Memory, NAND Flash memory ( 8G ) and External SD Slot, 2M pixel camera, 3300 mA battery that lasts for 6 working hours, the whole unit weighs 450g and the dimensions are 195*118*14.5mm.
The price on Taobao (website for online auction and online shopping, similar to eBay) is from RMB2100 to RMB2600.
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A Sneak Peek of Android 3.0, Honeycomb

Copy from http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2011/01/sneak-peak-of-android-30-honeycomb.html

The past few weeks have been exciting ones for the Android team: we recently released Nexus S and Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and we’ve even had some of our most popular team members take a trip to space. But we haven’t stopped buzzing with excitement: today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we previewed Android 3.0, Honeycomb.

Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface. Many of Android’s existing features will really shine on Honeycomb: refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive. We’ve also made some powerful upgrades to the web browser, including tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing.

Honeycomb also features the latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability, access to over 3 million Google eBooks, and Google Talk, which now allows you to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled device (PC, tablet, etc).

Dell Streak 7

Android™ 2.2 (Froyo)

Overall size 7.9 x 4.7 x 0.5 inch,

Vibrant 7-inch, multi-touch screen display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and full Adobe® Flash® 10.1

Rear 5MP Auto Focus camera with Flash and 1.3 MP front-facing camera for face-to-face chats on popular services such as ooVoo and Qik®

16GB of internal storage, plus Wi-Fi™, Bluetooth® and built-in GPS

Networking: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth2.1 +EDR, GSM / HSPA+ @ 2100/1900/AWS/850

UM700 from DWCO Electronics

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Technical Features

Display
Srceen size
7″

Resolution
800*480 pixel

Display type
TFT LCD Display with Resistive touch screen

CPU
TCC8902, RAM11, 720MHz

Memory
Storage memory
2G-32GB MLC Nandflash, support 16GB micSD card slot

System memory
256MB DDR2

Network
WiFi 820.11b/g,3G wireless through USB dongle

Sensor
built-in G-sensor (0.3mpixels CMOS, 3-Axis G-sensor)

Battery
3.7V, 3200mAH Li-poly battery

Battery life
Music
8 hours@mp3, 128Kbps, 44.1Khz,

Video
6 hours@720p, 30fps, 4 hours@1080p, 30fps

Internet
6 hours@WiFi, web-browser

Video playback
Full HD (1080p) video playback with 30fps; H.263, H.264, MPEG1/2/4, WMV

Interface
HDMI AV output, Micro SDHC card, 3.5mm stereo earphone,

USB 2.0 OTG,MIC, DC adapter jack for charging, Reset

Format
Video format
MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC/OGG/FLAC/APE/AC3

Music format
AVI/WMV/3GP/MP4/MPG/VOB/MKV/RMVB/FLV/TS/TP

Image format
JPEG/RAW/BMP/GIF/PNG

Certification & Regulation
CE,FCC and RoHS compliant

Operating System

OS
Android 2.1

Dimension

Length
191mm

Width
121mm

Thickness
14mm

Weight

Weight
370g

Package Contents

7.0″unit *1pc

USB Cable*1pc

USB host cable *1pc

AC adapter*1pc

Earphone* 1pc

Carrying case*1pc

User’s Manual*1pc

Gift box*1pc

Tablet PC solution companies in China

Here are some solution companies that are very popular in China.
1,
威盛电子股份有限公司Wei Sheng Electronics (VIA Technologies),From Taiwan
 
2,
瑞芯微电子有限公司Rui Xin Wei (Fuzhou Rockchips Electronics CO., Ltd) From Fujian province
 
 3 ,
 卓尼斯科技有限公司 Shenzhen Zhuo Nisi Technology Co., Ltd
 
 4,
上海盈方微, YingFangWei from Shanghai (Shanghai InfoTM Microelectronics Co.,Ltd)
 
Telechips from Korea, Freescale is also very popular, Samsung from Korea as well.

Lenovo LePad (Happy Pad)

Price: about RMB4,000

CR Jan., 2011
OS Android2.2
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon,1.3GHz
Internal Memory 1GB
Hard Drive 32GB
Hand Drive SSD
Display
Size 10″
Resolution 1280×800
Type Touch screen
Networking
WiFi WIFI wireless internet
3G China Telcom3G(CDMA2000),Unicom 3G(WCDMA)
Audio
audio system Internal audio chip
Interface
USB USB2.0
Audio interface 3.5mm earphone
Video interface HDMI
Other interfaces Power,RJ45 internet port
Power
Battery Lithium Cell
Cruise Time 8hours
Other features
Camera Built-in camera, 2 Mega Pixels
Other features Support Adobe Flash Player 10.1
Overview
Size thickness:12.9mm
Weight 760g
Colors Red, white, brown, Black

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Hotels that are close to the electronics market

1,One good and inexpensive hotel near the electronics market I would recommend is The Vienna Hotel Fuhua Branch (Shenzhen Fuhua Weiyena Jiudian 深圳维也纳福华分店)

The name in Chinese: 深圳维也纳酒店福华店
The address:广 73

It is about 10 minute walk distance from the SEG building.

Here is the location in Google map.

You can print the following picture to show to a taxi driver,

2, Chicago Suites International Hotel 芝加哥国际公寓酒店

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