More Tablet Makers Set For CES Rollout
By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 6 2011 - 6:01am
LAS VEGAS —
More companies could be popping
tablets here at International CES than show goers
Here are just some of the new tablets of the entertainment/
computing kind that CES attendees
will be seeing this week:
The e-reader company will launch a
tablet. Details were unavailable.
The netbook and e-reader supplier,
which launched an Android-based tablet through
select Kmart stores in 2010, is coming to CES with
six Wi-Fi-equipped Gentouch models with screen
sizes ranging from 7 to 10.2 inches and suggested
retails ranging from $199 to $599 in the Latte and
Augen’s lineup includes one model that docks
with a large desktop keyboard to provide a laptoplike
configuration. Another SKU comes with a digital
pen to capture handwriting made on a regular
piece of paper. Four feature built-in GPS, and four
feature forward-facing camera for video chats. All
feature touchscreens, the latest Android 2.2 OS,
and 16-pin connector for use with docking/charging
Four of the six models feature capacitive multitouch
touchscreens, while the other two feature
The two models in the Latte series also come
with Adobe DRM SDK9 technology to purchase
and download e-books from authorized sites. The
four step-up Espresso series models are upgradable
to Android 3.0.
All of the tablets will access Augen’s own
SlideME Android-app store.
The company’s first three tablets, all using
the Android OS, consist of 7-, 8- and 10-inch
models with resistive touchscreens, Wi-Fi, web
browser, FM tuner, MicroSD slot to expand memory,
1080p HDMI output with included cable, USB
2.0 port with included cable and two embedded
speakers. They also come with Coby media manager
to access stored audio, video, and photos.
World alarm clock, calendar and game apps are
included. They’ll be available in the first quarter in
4GB and 8GB versions.
The company plans early in the second
quarter to update its current Android-based tablet
to add embedded ATSC-M/H DTV tuner.
The current tablet, which became available in
December, is the $249 M7 Mobile tablet. The
ATSC-M/H version will be priced at $299. Enspert:
The Seoul-based company launched
its first tablet, the Android-based Identity Tab, in
its domestic market in 2010 with Wi-Fi.
Earlier this year, the company launched the Android-based Identity Tab in its domestic market with
Wi-Fi. At CES, the company will show ther Wi-Fi version
as well as a Wi-Fi/3G version with embedded HSPA cellular
data modem, global sales director Bobby Cha told
TWICE. Both versions will use the Android 2.2 OS but
are upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Android
Honeycomb, which Google said is specifically
optimized for tablet devices.
The 3G version will operate in the U.S. 800/1900MHz
Late in the first quarter, the company will launch a
dongle to add ATSC-M/H mobile-DTV tuning to the devices.
The Identity Tab features 7-inch capacitive multitouch
screen, 1GHz CPU, 8GB of embedded memory, GPS,
accelerometer, 3-megapixel camera, preinstalled ebook
reader and Microsoft Office for document viewing
and editing, as well as DLNA certification to share
content via Wi-Fi with TVs, PCs, and phones.
The Wi-Fi version with ATSC-M/H will be available
in the U.S. through Best Buy at around $300. The 3G
version will be available in the U.S. in time for back-toschool
sales, he said.
The Korean company plans early 2011 delivery
of the Zood 3D tablet, which uses polarized glass
to display 3D images without glasses and provides 2D
to 3D conversion. It features Android 2.1 OS, 7-inch
800 by 480 capacitive touchscreen, 1080p with HDMI
output, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, web browser, A/V playback,
USN 2.0 Host, HDMI 1.3 output, composite-video output,
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, SDHC card slot, e-book reader,
document viewer, dictionary and gravity sensor for
use in playing games. It comes in 16GB and 32GB versions.
Pricing was unavailable.
The company’s first Android tablet
and first combination e-reader/multimedia player are
The tablet is the $149-suggested Android-based
The Core, or NMI-1500. It was to be shipping by CES.
The NMI-1500 features 7-inch color LCD touchscreen,
Wi-Fi, gravity sensor to rotate the display into portrait
or landscape mode, web browser, email capabilities,
SDHC card slot, USB inputs, 720p HDMI output and
embedded 8GB memory.
The e-reader/multimedia player is the $109-suggested
NER-1400 with full wireless capabilities. It was to
be available by CES with 7-inch 800 by 480 TFT LCD
screen, 90-degree screen rotation via a gravity sensor,
built-in speakers, SD card slot and embedded 4GB
memory. It supports multiple e-book formats with skip,
save and bookmark functions and supports multiple audio,
video and digital-image formats with audio rates to
320kbps for MP3 and WMA files.
The Chinese company will enter the tablet
business under the Envizen Digital brand with five Android
models in 7-, 8- and 10-inch sizes. Additional details
In a related category, Noah will offer a 7-inch tablet
that streams video wirelessly from a TV set, set-top box
or Blu-ray/DVD player. The Home Roam TV communicates
wirelessly up to 100 feet with a video source
whose A/V output is connected to a proprietary wireless
module. Users can change channels from the handheld
device, which runs on rechargeable batteries for up
to two hours. Retail pricing is anticipated at $159.
The Chino, Calif., company plans to launch
its first Android tablets sometime this year, having released
a Linux tablet in 2009.
The two models in the Cyberus line are the 10.1-inch
ID1010WTA at a targeted $329 and a 7-inch ID708WTA
at a targeted $229. They feature Android 2.2 OS,
3D gaming, 3D gaming applications with the integrated
3D accelerator, e-book reader and compatibility with
Microsoft Office. The 7-inch model features front-facing
cameras for video chats.
The 0.75-inch-thick ID1010WTA features 10.1-inch
high-definition touchscreen, HDMI 1.3 mini port, removable
1700mAH battery that supports up to four hours of
continuous use, and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g for access
to the Web and to more than 20,000 applications from
the Android Market.
The 7-inch model LED-backlit widescreen display,
embedded front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, 2GB of
internal memory, MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB of
memory expansion, and built-in 1600mAh battery offering
three hours of continuous use. Standard preloaded
applications include Google maps, MSN and Google
Talk instant messenger and more. With Google Maps,
users get their current position on a map when connected
to a Wi-Fi source.
The company will expand its selection of Kula TV
PMPs to add 5- and 7-inch touchscreen models, joining
a 4.3-inch model launched last year a suggested $200.
The 4.3-inch model accesses more than 500 subscription-
free IPTV channels arranged by country, language
and topic, including news, sports and finance.
Digital Gadgets, which markets small electronics
under the Sylvania name, shipped its first tablet
to Sears in November, and it’s coming to CES with two
more tablets, both priced at less than $200.
The Sears tablet was based on the Android 2.1 OS,
but one of the two new tablets will run on the Android
2.2. The other new one will run on the Windows Compact
7 OS. Both feature 7-inch touchscreen, but the
Android model uses a resistive touchscreen, while the
Windows 7 model uses capacitive touchscreen.
The Android version will retail for $129. Pricing on
the Windows 7 version was unavailable. Shipments
start in the first and second quarters.
Features on both include Wi-Fi, expandable memory
capacity and USB ports. Additional details were unavailable.
The company will show its first three
tablets. They are an Android 2.2-based ViewPad 7 with
7-inch touchscreen; 10-inch Android 2.2-based gTablet;
and 10-inch ViewPad 10, a dual-boot tablet that
boots up in the user’s choice of either Android 1.6 or
Windows 7. All feature Wi-Fi, but the ViewPad 7 adds
a SIM card slot to adds circuit-switched cellular voice
and 3G data.
As of mid-December, the gTablet was available, the
ViewPad 7 was available for preorder, and the View-
Pad 10 was on track for first-quarter availability at an