Intel's weird TV play, a more-square Lenovo tab, and ceramic Galaxy SIII?

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Details: 9.7-inch screen, but not in the seemingly standard widescreen-style configuration that many Android tablets take, but more like the iPad’s more squared-off aspect. Also, possibly 4-way speakers (which would be a bragging point for sure) and Ice Cream Sandwich/4.0.

Likelihood: Pretty good, given that drawings landed at the FCC for approval (80%?)

Get excited?: With a potential Nexus-branded tablet so close now, I’d hold off, unless you’re really looking for something the size of an iPad, rather than a 7-inch, Kindle-Fire-style portable unit.

Intel develop web-based television network

Source: WSJ.com

Details: Intel, making its own set-top boxes, would offer a number of full channels and some on-demand content to customers, streamed over the internet (which has to be obtained separately).

Likelihood: That Intel is discussing it? High. That it’s going to happen? Low.

Get excited?: Why? If Intel gets all four networks and a few cable channels to sign up, they’ll be selling you, basically, a cable bundle that has buffering problems. It seems mostly like a play for Intel to create a new league of devices to put their chips into, as the major set-top players--Roku, Boxee, Apple--have their own non-Intel chips. This is one weird offering.

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