Lenovo has already won FCC approval for several Windows 8 and Android tablets over the past few months. Today, yet another Lenovo tablet appeared on the FCC thanks to Lenovo’s OEM partner Wistron Corporation.
Known only by the model number TP00045A1IT, this mysterious tablet appears to sport a Windows button near the bottom of its screen. FCC filings indicate that the device will be available with and without a “digitizer feature,” suggesting that this may be a Windows 8 tablet with an optional stylus input.
The TP00045A1IT is somewhat similar in appearance to Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2, however the rounded top edges of the TP00045A1IT are different than the edges on the ThinkPad Tablet 2. Connectors at the base of the TP00045A1IT are a good sign that the tablet is designed to be used with an add-on keyboard, and it appears that there is also at least one USB port on the bottom of the device (below).
Lenovo’s OEM partner Compal Electronics won FCC approval for a device called the TP00042A yesterday. FCC filings describe the TP0042A as a “Convertible Tablet Computer”, but did not give any more specifics.
The TP0042A won FCC approval for the use of GSM 850/1900 bands and WCDMA bands II and V, in addition to WiFi and Bluetooth, suggesting that the device may be a 3G capable version of Lenovo’s existing Yoga or ThinkPad Twist convertible tablets.
HP’s 10.1-inch ElitePad 900 made an appearance on the FCC today, winning approval for dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC. The device also won approval for GSM bands 850 and 1900, as well as WCDMA bands II and V, making the tablet a perfect fit for AT&T’s service in the United States.
The ElitePad 900 will feature Windows 8 Pro running on a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor. The device will be one of the first tablets to sport an 8MP rear-facing camera capable of recording 1080p video, along with a 5MP front-facing camera. Measuring just 9.2mm thick, the ElitePad 900 will be slightly thinner than Apple’s 4th generation iPad. The device will offer up to 64GB of storage, with additional storage supported via microSD card slot.
HP plans to release the ElitePad 900 in January 2013.
Barnes and Noble unveiled its NOOK HD+ tablet last month with an expected release date of November 1st, 2012. Today, the device made an appearance on the FCC right on time for its November launch and got torn down in the process.
The NOOK HD+ sports an impressive 9 inch, 1920 x 1280 display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of storage and a battery that will provide up to 10 hours of juice. The device runs Android 4.0 ICS, but like Amazon’s Kindle Fire the OS is skinned nearly beyond recognition.
FCC filings include internal and external photos of the device, however internal photos don’t show much. However, we do see the NOOK HD+ cracked open, above, and logos on the device’s screen suggest that it’s made by Samsung. Unfortunately, we can’t see much else under the NOOK HD+’s hood.
Check out the FCC photos of the NOOK HD+ below for yourself.
A new tablet from Sony made the rounds at the FCC today, winning approval for WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC wireless capabilities. The device bears the model number SVJ202A11L, and is part of Sony’s VAIO line of PCs. Test reports for the SVJ202A11L show that the tablet is manufactured by Foxconn in Taiwan.
Sony’s FCC filings did not disclose the marketing name for the SVJ202A11L. Sony’s VAIO Duo Slider already won FCC approval, so it’s possible that the SVJ202A11L is the Sony VAIO Tap 20, which was unveiled last month.
Last month a tablet called the EY21 won approval from the FCC. The applications for the EY21 were filed by a Minnesota-based firm called Hannaford LLC. The address for Hannaford LLC listed in FCC filings is the same address of Corporation Services Company, a known front for Amazon, making it likely that the EY21 is actually a new version of Amazon’s Kindle eBook reader.
Today, the EY21 made yet another appearance on the FCC. This time, FCC documents for the EY21 were filed by Gluteen LLC, an Illinois-based firm who’s address at 801 Adlai Stevenson Drive in Springfield is also an address of Corporation Services Company. FCC filings for the EY21 shows that the device won FCC approval for 802.11 b/g/n wireless in the 2.4GHz band.
It’s unclear why Amazon passed the EY21 through the FCC twice, with two different front companies. However, the recent increase in filings by Amazon front companies does suggest that we should be expecting a new version of the Kindle very soon.