Tablets from Toshiba, HTC and others are hitting the market this summer, but the track record of Android and BlackBerry tablets has been poor.
At least 3 analysts have cut their estimates for tablet sales due to bland Android, and BlackBerry performance, says eweek. They blame the high prices of the tablets and Android’s tablet-specific Honeycomb OS, which requires some improvements.
The Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Asustek Eee Pad and RIM’s PlayBook have sold modestly, said JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz last week. Production on non-iPad tablets has slowed by 10 percent since March as a result, and there’s a stockpile of 73 million units in the field, he said. Also a Jefferies & Co. analyst cut his tablet estimates this year by 30 percent to 70 million.
We’re seeing some lower pricing from the non-iPad camp, but not from the top tier.
Here’s 4 new tablets for summer:
Mid-July: Toshiba’s just announced “Thrive” WiFi-only tablet running Honeycomb 3.1 will be up for pre-order June 13 through various retailers, with full availability expected in July. The price begins at $429.99 for the 10.1-inch tablet with a Tegra 2 processor. It offers Toshiba display enhancement technology, HDMI, 2MP front-facing webcam and 5MP rear-facing camera plus stereo speakers using SRS Labs technology.
Late June: ViewSonic hits the $250 price point with a new ViewBook 730, but it lacks some top specs, says CNET. It’s a 7-inch, WiFi-only tablet with an ARM Cortex-A8 1GHz processor and it runs Android 2.2. Users get an 800×480 LCD LED backlit touch screen with 8GB of memory plus an additional 32GB of storage via a microSD card slot. There’s a mini HDMI port for 1080p video and you get a single VGA Webcam in the front. It does support Flash and Bluetooth.
June 8: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1—billed as the thinnest tablet– goes on sales through Best Buy and Verizon this month. The WiFi version of the tablet running Honeycomb 3.1 gets an exclusive launch June 8 at Best Buy’s Union Sq. NYC store, and moves to all Best Buy stores June 17. Prices are $499 and $599 for 16GB and 32GB models. Verizon preorders start June 8 with a ship date to be announced for a 4G/LTE version starting at $529.99. For more features, see Android Tablet Fanatic.
June 24: HTC’s 4G tablet called the Evo View 4G will get a U.S. launch from Sprint June 24 at $399. The 7-inch device runs Android 2.3 but is expected to be upgraded to 3.0 (Honeycomb) in the future. It comes with a digital pen for note taking and highlighting. Specs include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory and dual cameras. Plus it plays Flash. See more details here.