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
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.
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
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.
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
selection consists of the Latte and Espresso series.
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
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.