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Startup tips seven-inch Android tablet

Aug 17, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

A startup called Stream TV Networks is readying a seven-inch Android tablet called the eLocity A7, with preorders starting Aug. 24. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet will be unveiled in two weeks at the IFA 2010 show in Berlin, and will run Android 2.2, reports say.

The eLocity A7 teaser announcement from Stream TV Networks precedes a launch scheduled for next Tuesday. The seven-inch tablet will run Android, and measure 8.2 inches by 4.8 inches, says the startup. No more hardware features were mentioned, but detailed specs will be posted at launch, says Stream TV Networks.

The eLocity A7 is the first of a number of planned consumer electronics products from the company, and "will take video viewing and gaming on a tablet device to a whole new level, integrating high-end display and graphics technology," says the company.

The tablet is said to offer a wide range of mobile apps, as well as a high degree of compatibility with common office software. Stream TV says it has lined up "leading national online retailers" to offer the eLocity A7.

Stated Stream TV CEO Mathu Rajan, "We look forward to the launch of the eLocity A7 tablet, which provides a cutting edge solution to meet the needs of technology enthusiasts with a beautiful, versatile and affordable device. We believe we have created a worthy competitor to the iPad." 

Samsung Galaxy Tab launching next month?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab, which is pictured at right in a leaked Samsung shot from early June, is slated for a September debut, according to PC World. Samsung is likely to unveil the Android tablet at the IFA 2010 consumer electronics show in Berlin, which starts Sept. 3, says the story.

Meanwhile, Samsung-Firmwares is reporting that it acquired firmware for the Galaxy Tab, which it also refers to as the "P100." The firmware is said to reveal that the tablet will run Android 2.2 on a 1GHz S5PC110 CPU, Samsung's so-called "Hummingbird" system-on-chip (SoC), which is found in its Android-based Galaxy S phones. (The site calls it an ARM11 processor, although the Hummingbird is actually based on an ARM Cortex-A8 core.)

The Galaxy Tab's seven-inch display will offer 800 x 480 resolution, Samsung-Firmwares said. However, as the site later acknowledged in an update, a post on XDA-Developers points to evidence that the actual screen resolution may be 1024 x 600 pixels.

The Galaxy Tab will include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS functionality, says Samsung-Firmwares. Other details are said to include rear and front-facing cameras, with the former offering 2048 x 1536 resolution and the latter providing 320 x 240 resolution. Software includes Google Maps and Adobe Flash Player, Samsung-Firmwares adds.

The Galaxy Tab has previously been rumored to be set for a Vodafone release in the U.K., writes Michelle Maisto in a Galaxy Tab story in our sister publication, eWEEK. However, a Berlin debut would suggest that Vodafone may not be alone in offering the tablet, she notes.

In fact, the BoyGeniusReport recently claimed that Verizon will offer a seven-inch Samsung Android tablet with front-facing camera, said to be running Android 2.2 on an ARM Cortex-A8-based processor clocked at 1.2GHz.

Previous reports have suggested that the Galaxy Tab will indeed feature a 1.2GHz processor instead of a 1GHz model, as well as 16GB of memory, expandable up to 48GB, and a seven-inch Super AMOLED display.

Availability

The Stream TV Networks eLocity A7 will be available for pre-orders starting Aug. 24, says the company, whose placeholder site may be found here.

The PC World story on the Galaxy Tab may be found here, and the Samsung-Firmwares report should be here.

The XDA Developers post amending the latter report may be found here, and the eWEEK story should be here.


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