Enso had first stunned the tech world with an Android tablet that had a sticker price of just $155. Unfortunately, however, the excitement didn’t last long and the zenPad, as the tablet was named, disappeared nearly as soon as it arrived. But as per the latest tablet pc news, Enso is back in the scene and this time they have emboldened themselves with three tablet devices that they hope will bring them better luck.
So let’s explore the three tablet devices.
zenPad 4: First off, there is the zenPad 4 which is the cheapest of the lot and also perhaps the cheapest near perfect clone of the iPad to be found anywhere. So there is the 10.2 inch resistive touch screen interface up front with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels. Processing power comes from the 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU while system memory is in the form of a 256MB RAM. On board storage amounts to 2GB, though there is also a microSD slot that can push that figure up to 8GB.
The operating system for the zenPad 4 is Android 2.1, while connectivity options is limited to just 802.11a/b/g WiFi. A built-in accelerometer ensures screen orientations change automatically as the device is turned around. A 2,400mAh battery provides power to the device which Enso claims is good enough to keep things going for 5 to 7 hours. Enso would like us to believe the zenPad “has a fast response and works very well.” Coming to the cost, it’s $199 and it’s shipping now.
zenPad 2: Next up is the zenPad 2 and the screen size here is 5 inches. So it’s 5 inches of resistive touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution. At the core of the tablet is the 624MHz Marvell PXA303 Xscale processor coupled to 128MB of RAM. The tablet also includes 256MB of NAND Flash as also a 8 GB microSD card slot. The tablet also includes a stylus.
Connectivity options with the zenPad 2 are wider as the device comes integrated with a 3G modem in addition to 802.11a/b/g WiFi. The zenPad 2 also comes with onboard GPS along with a micro-USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a built in accelerometer. The battery can sustain operation of the tablet for 4.5 hours while the operating system is Android 1.5. However, before you feel disappointed about that, Enso has said there will be an upgrade to the more recent 2.1 version of Android in future. zenPad has been priced at $219 and is also shipping right now.
zenPad 3: The zenPad 3 is the costliest tablet of the trio and is exactly the same as its zenPad 2 brethren though with a screen size that measures 7 inches. The cost has been set at $249 and is the only tablet here that is available on pre-order.