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Froyo tablet touted for Tegra 2, eight-hour battery

Sep 1, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Hannspree announced a 10.1-inch, Nvidia Tegra 2-based tablet running Android 2.2, aimed at a European audience. The Hannspree Tablet offers 16GB of flash, HDMI output, 802.11/b/g/n, and claimed eight-hour battery life, and also supplies one key feature so far missing from many Android tablets: Android Market access.

Europe's answer to the Consumer Electronics Show — IFA 2010 — already looks as if it will be swarming with new Android tablets. The event does not start until Friday in Berlin, but tablet news and tips have been flying all week.

Among others, Netherlands-based consumer electronics firm Hannspree is using the event to unveil an Android 2.2 tablet running on a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. As first reported by TBLT.de, the 10.1-inch Hannspree Tablet is set to ship in Europe for 399 Euros, or about $507. 


Hannspree Tablet

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The Hannspree Tablet offers a customized version of Android 2.2 that is optimized for the 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 touchscreen, says the company. Native optimization for such large screen sizes won't appear until Android 3.0, say reports, leading a number of vendors to delay their "iPad killers" until early 2011.

Despite the custom UI, the Hannspree Tablet offers full access to Android Market and its approximately 100,000 Android apps, says Hannspree.

Equipped with the processor of choice for high-end Android tablets — Nvidia's dual-core, ARM Cortex-A9-based Tegra 2 — the tablet is furnished with 16GB of RAM and a microSD slot, says Hannspree. Like other Tegra 2-based tablets, the Hannspree model is said to deliver 1080p video playback, and thanks to Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), it supports Flash 10.1.

Hannspree Tablet, front and back
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The 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 display offers multitouch capacitive technology and a 16:9 aspect ratio, says Hannspree. Acceleration and light sensors are also said to be available. The tablet provides 802.11n Wi-Fi, as well as a mini-USB 2.0 port and a mini-HDMI port, says the company.

Audio features include a one-Watt speaker, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microphone. There's also Bluetooth 2.1, enabling a handsfree Hannspree experience.

The 3500mAh battery offers up to eight hours of HD video playback, says the company. The tablet is said to measure 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.5 inches (260 x 171 x 13.9mm) and weigh 27.8 ounces (790 grams). This is a fairly typical weight for 10.1-inch tablets, although it shows just how remarkable it is that Archos was able to tout a weight of only 15.87 ounces (480 grams) for its 10.1-inch, Android 2.2-based Archos 101 tablet announced yesterday.

Availability

The Hannspree Tablet should be available in Europe for 399 Euros (about $507) in November, says Hannspree. More information on the Hannspree Tablet may be found here, and a translated version of the TBLT.de story on the tablet, complete with press release and spec table should be here.

The tablet should eventually show up on Hannspree's website, here.


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