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China Brands Add Android Tablets, TVs

7/18/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern
QINGDAO, CHINA — Chinese CE manufacturers Lenovo and Haier showed their first Android- based tablets for China’s domestic market during the China International Consumer Electronics Show (SINOCES).

Although Haier said it has no current plans for U.S. sales, Lenovo intends this week to announce its tablet plans for the U.S. market.

Domestic laptop supplier Hasee also showed a tablet, but company representatives didn’t know whether the product would be sold in the U.S.

For its part, China-based Hisense showed its first Android-based smart TVs, all with 3D technology. The company plans to bring the TV technologies to the U.S. “soon” as part of an effort to move up-market in this country, said JoAnne Foist, Hisense’s newly appointed global marketing director.

The Android TVs became available in China about three months ago. Hisense offers 3DTVs in China and countries other than the U.S.

Little information was available about the Haier tablet, called the Haipad, but a company engineer said it features the Android 3.0 OS, which is optimized for tablets. It ships in China in a month.

The Lenovo tablet, also Android-based, shipped in China in April. Company literature showed the Lenovo tablet is equipped with a Qualcomm 1.3GHz processor, 10.1-inch screen, Flash 10.1, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. 3G-equipped versions feature 800/1,900HMz CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A and 850/1,900/2,1000MHz HSDPA technology, making them suitable for use in U.S. 3G networks. The device also comes in 16GB and 32GB versions, and a laptop-like docking station is available.
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