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Augen Expands Android Tablet Selection

10/08/2010 10:18:57 AM Eastern
Hollywood, Fla. - Augen, the netbook and e-reader supplier that launched an Android-based tablet through select K mart stores earlier this year, unveiled six Wi-Fi-equipped Gentouch models with screen sizes ranging from 7 inches to 10.2 inches and suggested retails ranging from $199 to $599.

 The 13-ounce $199-suggested Latte features 7-inch resistive 800 by 480 resistive touchscreen with included soft-tipped stylus and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n.
Select products will be targeted to different channels of distribution, ranging from mass merchants, step-up electronic retailers, catalogers, and national distributors, president Daniel Gofman told TWICE.

Augen's lineup includes one model that docks with a large desktop keyboard to provide a laptop-like 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 stations.

Four of the six models feature capacitive multi-touch touch screens, while the other two feature resistive touch screen.

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, but the company is also working on Google certification for select models to access Google's own app store, Gofman said.

Google doesn't license access to its own store from Android-based tablet devices that lack embedded GPS or that have screen sizes of more than 7 inches, a Google spokesperson explained.

The six-SKU selection consists of the Latte and Espresso series.

 The $349-suggested Espresso Firma comes with a wireless pen that lets users write on standard paper and simultaneously transfer the digital notes to the 7-inch tablet.
The Latte series consists of the $199-suggested Latte and $249 Latte Grande. The espresso series consist of four SKUs from $349 to $599, all with GPS.

The $199 13-ounce Latte features touch-sensitive front access controls, G-Sensor,  HDMI output, 7-inch resistive 800 by 480 resistive touchscreen with included soft-tipped stylus, 2GB of built-in flash memory, Wi-Fi-802.11a/b/g/n and SD card slot supporting up to 16GB cards.

 The $249.99 Latte Grande feature 7-inch 800 by 600 multi-touch capacitive screen, 800MHz processor, 2GB built-in flash, Wi-Fi, MicroSD card slot, three- xis accelerometer, three-axis axis compass, ambient light sensor to conserve battery power and HDMI output.

 The Espresso series starts with the $349 Gentouch Espresso with 800 by 600 7-inch multi-touch capacitive touch screen, Cortex A9 1GHz CPU processor, forward-facing 3-megapixel camera for video chatting, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, 8GB built-in flash, MicroSD slot, three-axis accelerometer/compass, on-screen keyboard and ambient light sensor.

The $429.99 Espresso Dolce features 10.2-inch 1,024 by 768 multi touch touchscreen with 4:3 aspect ratio fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, Cortex A8 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi-802.11 a/b/g/n, 8GB built-in flash, forward-facing 3-megapixel camera for video chats, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, three-axis accelerometer/compass, SD MMC slot, HDMI output, ambient light sensor and on-screen keyboard.

The $599.99 Espresso Doppio is a dual-boot device that can be booted up using the Android or Ubuntu operating systems and is positioned as offering the "full functionality of a laptop." As such, it features a 10.2-inch, 1,024 by 768 4:3 capacitive multi-touch screen that detaches from a desktop base that incorporates an LED-backlit QWERTY keyboard. Other laptop-like features include 512MB Mobile SD RAM, 2.5-inch SATA IDE HDD 160GB hard drive, two USB OTG/ports and a multi-touch track pad. It also features front-facing 3-megapixel camera, three-axis accelerometer/compass and 1GHz processor.

The Doppio and keyboard base each incorporate a lithium battery to extend combined battery life to 15 hours.

The $349 Espresso Firma comes with a wireless pen that lets users write on standard paper and simultaneously transfer the digital notes to the 7-inch tablet, enabling users to do email and sign documents. The Firma also features a dual-core processor with the main CPU operating at 600MHz and an auxiliary CPU operating at 550MHz for digital command control. Other features include an 800 by 480 7-inch resistive touchscreen with 800 by 480 resolution, 2GB of built-in flash memory, and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n.
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