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More Android tablets break cover

Sep 7, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Navigation device manufacturer Rydeen Mobile Electronics announced a seven-inch, Android-based tablet called the “gPad GCOM701” at last weekend's IFA show in Berlin. Also at the show, Foryoudigital demonstrated its five-inch, Android-powered MX10, and Enspert announced that it built the “Identity Tab” Android tablet recently released by Korean carrier KT.

Known primarily for its automotive navigation systems, Rydeen Mobile Electronics announced the gPad GCOM701 tablet last week at the IFA show, still underway in Berlin through tomorrow. The seven-inch GCOM701 runs an unstated version of Android on an 800MHz Marvell Armada 166 processor, according to a press release posted by Phandroid, as well as additional specs published by Gizmag.

Rydeen gPad GCOM701

Expected to ship in November, the GCOM701 is equipped with 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, says Rydeen. (We suspect this spec is mistaken and that the 2GB refers to flash memory, not RAM.) A microSD slot accepts SDHC cards up to 32GB, adds the company.

The seven-inch resistive TFT touchscreen offers 800 × 480 resolution, says Rydeen. The tablet is said to be further equipped with 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth, and a front-facing camera. Other features include a microphone, speakers, a 3.5mm audio port, and both USB 2.0 and mini-USB 2.0 ports, says the company.

As befits a Rydeen device, a "high-sensitivity" NXP GNS7560 GPS receiver is supplied. The device is said to be supported by pre-loaded Navteq navigation software, featuring four million Points of Interest (POIs).

The GCOM701 offers a 2400mAh Li battery, says Rydeen. This is claimed to supply up to six hours of operation at full power mode and up to eight hours under normal usage.

Foryoudigital's MX10

Also at the IFA show, Chinese MP3/MP4 player vendor Foryoudigital announced a five-inch, Android-powered "MX10" tablet, according to Aving. Few details are available on the device, which has yet to be posted on Foryoudigital's site.

According to Aving, the mini-tablet features a five-inch touchscreen, a three-megapixel camera, an HDMI port, and a USB Host OTG port.

Foryoudigital's MX10

A "remote controlling function" (presumably an IR port) is said to be available, as well as an audio port and an earphone. The MX10 can also be used as an Internet phone, says the story. No wireless features are mentioned, but the latter presumably refers to a VoIP connection via a WiFi radio.

Foryoudigital also announced a 3.6-inch, "full-touch" MP4 player called the MX8 that can play 720p video images without format transcoding, says the story. The device is also said to play 1080p video, also without file transcoding, via a supplied HDMI port.

In addition, the company was said to have announced a similar MX9 portable media player (PMP) that can be connected to a TV via component and composite connections. A remote control function is also available. No operating system was mentioned for either the MX8 or MX9, although Linux is a likely candidate.

Enspert reveals more Identity Tab details

Last week, Korean mobile provider KT announced the launch of its Identity Tab Android tablet — but without saying who built it. Since then, Insprit subsidiary Enspert has stepped up as the mystery manufacturer.

Enspert's Identity Tab

As we knew previously, the seven-inch, multitouch Identity Tab is based on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. It offers 8GB of internal memory along with an SD card reader. Other listed specs include Wi-Fi, a DMB TV tuner, a gyro-sensor, and a three-megapixel camera.

The Identity Tab is now available on KT in Korea.

Enspert has now released a few additional specs for the Identity Tab, including the presence of GPS and a light sensor. A wide range of video codecs is also said to be provided.

The Identity Tab offers Insprit's "3-Screen" DLNA media sharing technology, says Enspert. In addition to the typical DLNA (digital living network alliance) features, 3-Screen offers a personalized delivery service that samples and scans the user's "profile, interests, and propensities to find and deliver recommended content via an intelligent push solution," says the company.


The gPad GCOM701 will be available starting in November in black and white color options, says Rydeen. The price has yet to be announced. The Phandroid story on the GCOM701 may be found here, and the Gizmag story should be here.

No pricing or availability information was listed for the Foryoudigital MX10. The Aving story on the mini-tablet may be found here. The MX10 should eventually show up at Foryoudigital's site, here.

The Identity Tab is available now in South Korea on KT. According to Enspert, the tablet will also be launched in North America, Europe, and China at some unspecified point in the future.

The KT version of the Identity Tab is available for 300,000 Won (about $252) or free with a 27,000 Won (about $23) 24-month contract. The contract is said to include a "50G" WiBro (similar to 4G WiMAX) unlimited data plan and a Wi-Fi Wibro data card.

More information on the Identity Tab may be found at Enspert, here.

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