And so the tablet wars heat up... Retail giant the Dixons Group (owners of Currys and PC World) have announced that they are to stock 2 Android based tablet devices in time for the Christmas season.
The first device, the Amico, is the lowest priced unit at just £129.99. The device packs a 7" touchscreen, camera, WiFi and Android 2.1. It's screen is resistive. Yuk. There's no place for resistive screens in today's marketplace, so you probably want to ignore this one.
Far more interesting is the second device, the Vega. Priced at £249.99, the Vega packs the punch that the Amico is missing. Highlights include a 10.1" CAPACITIVE touchscreen, a 1GHz NVidia Tegra chipset and Android 2.2.
- Product Name:
- Product ID: P10AN01
- Processor: Nvidia T20 Tegra 2
- Processor speed: 1GHz
- RAM: 512MB
- ROM: 512MB
- Included microSD Card: 4GB
- Screen resolution: 1024 x 600
- Widescreen: yes
- LED Screen: yes
- WiFi: 802.11bg
- Bluetooth: 2.1 +EDR
- Memory card Reader: microSD card
- Webcam: 1.3 Megapixels
- Touch screen technology: Projective Capacitive
- Multi-touch: 4 fingers
- Built-in 3G broadband SIM card slot: yes
- Battery Type: Li-Polymer
- Number of battery cells: 2
- Battery life :
- Play Audio (LCD off) : 16hr
- Play 1080p Video : 6.5hr
- Stand by : 4 days
- Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo
- Microphone: yes
- Dimensions: 275mm / 178mm / 13.6mm
- Weight: 700~750g
- Colour: Black
The devices are scheduled to hit retail from the 18th October... we will of course be getting our hands on and reviewing one as soon as possible... as well as putting up lots more pictures (unfortunately we have only the rather nondescript press shot at this time).
Now, I know a lot of you will be less than enthused by the Advent name on the Vega. Advent is simply the brand applied to generically acquired DSGi group devices. Once upon a time, a device appeared on the scene - back when netbooks were those 'new fangled things' - called the Advent 4211. It actually turned out to be a rebranded MSI Wind U100 and was one of the best (and best value) netbooks ever made. Here's hoping history is about to repeat itself...
I'll be creating the http://Vega.MoDaCo.com discussion forum shortly and posting more information there and in this topic as it becomes available!
UPDATE: I've been told a few other specs by an anonymous source, who tells me the device also features miniHDMI (aka PDMI) connectivity and USB host with full size USB ports. Interestingly there are NO hardware home / back etc. buttons on the device and the tablet will ship with a customised '3D' user interface (which can be turned off to revert to stock Froyo). The processor is a 1GHz SMP dual Cortex-A9. I'm trying to get confirmation as to whether or not the Android Market is included on device (making this a full Google experience device).