November's hot new gadgets
Editor's note: This slideshow was adapted from the blog post "Shoppers, start your engines! Gizmovember is here!"
November is shaping up to be quite an exciting month for lovers of gadgets and gizmos (a.k.a. cell phones and tablets). Here's a run-down of what's coming.
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
Barnes & Noble launched the Nook Tablet (fomerly Nook Color 2) on Monday, November 7th. The tablet will be available "by the end of next week" at Barnes & Noble stores, other retailers and by mail.
Source: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
Asus Transformer Prime
On November 9th, the Asus Transformer Prime is supposed to launch. This is the first quad-core Android tablet to hit the market (sporting an Nvidia Tegra 3, aka Kal El, chip). It'll come running Honeycomb but Asus says it'll roll out an update to Ice Cream Sandwich eventually (until Google delivers they can't offer a firm date). Given how long it took Asus to take the original Transformer from "shown on show floor" to retailers shelves, I'm pleasantly surprised to see the Prime coming so soon. My cynical prediction was February 2012. Glad I didn't print that. Oops.
Amazon Kindle Fire
On November 15th, of course, Amazon ships the Kindle Fire. By all accounts, they've had to manufacture eleventy-billion of the things. Kidding aside, Amazon isn't saying how many but they have mentioned that based on pre-orders they're manufacturing "millions more" of the 7" tablet. The Fire will be followed up by the Kindle Touch on November 21st.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
AndroidCentral was sent a picture of a Costco inventory screen showing the phone's price of $289 on-contract. Assume from that it'll be $299 direct from Verizon Wireless. AndroidCentral wasn't content with leaking the price; they leaked the launch date, too. Actually, they leaked a few of them. To be fair, AC is sharing these with more than the usual 'grain of salt' warnings, but leak #1 says we'll see the Galaxy Nexus in Verison stores on November 17th. Leak #2 says sometime during the week of November 21st (keep in mind the 24th is Thanksgiving and the 25th is Black Friday).
Motorola Xoom 2
At this point we're getting more vague, but Engadget has unearthed an image talking about the Motorola Xoom 2 coming out "this Christmas" in Ireland. €399.90 for the WiFi, 16GB tablet with an 8.2" screen and Android Honeycomb. No word on a US launch and I realize Christmas doesn't fall in November, but what the heck.
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