2 New Android Tablets Get Release Dates
Even though Android tablets are expected to give the Apple iPad some stiff competition, there haven't been very many that have progressed far enough to get a release date. That makes it all the more surprising that release dates have been announced for two new Android tablets we haven't even heard of.
The first is the Interpad from a German company called E-Noa. The Interpad is a surprisingly capable device, judging from the hefty list of hardware specs. It will have a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the new Tegra 2 processor from NVIDIA, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage that's expandable with a microSD card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HDMI-out. The battery is rated for 8-12 hours of use, though we'll believe that when we see it.
The Interpad will run Android 2.1 , but will likely be upgraded to 2.2 before long. E-Noa says the Interpad will be available for around $500 and will have an upgraded version with 3G connectivity and camera for around $650. It will be available in December, according to the company's site, which is far more specific than the "holiday" release date most Android tablets currently boast.
The second Android tablet will be out far sooner than that: this week, if the manufacturer Augen is to be believed. Don't be surprised if you haven't heard of Augen; few people have heard of this small manufacturer. But Augen's new 7-inch Android tablet has unexpectedly shown up in a Kmart circular advertised for $150. Augen confirmed that the GENTOUCH78 tablet will be available later this week on Kmart shelves.
The GENTOUCH 78 runs Android 2.1 and isn't nearly as impressive as the Interpad. It has only 2GB of storage and 256MB of RAM, but it does include Wi-Fi and, crucially, is supposed to be compatible with the Android Market. That means the GENTOUCH78 will be able to download and use Android apps just like Android phones, which should expand its functionality significantly.