Tablet PCs continues to hog the limelight in this year’s edition of the Computex Show that is now being held at Taepei with already quite a few Tablets breaking cover. Malata is a new addition to this zealous large number and has come up with four novel tablet devices which includes the Android 2.1 running SMB-A1001 and the SMB-A1011 and the Windows 7 running PC-A1001 and the PC-A1001H.
To begin with, both the PC-A1001 and the PC-A1001H are similar devices. They both have a 10.1 inch screen with the usual resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and have a similar feature set. The tablets also include a stylus that can be used to make inputs directly on to the touch sensitive screen. Then there are two USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out, SD and MMC card slots in both the tablet PCs. Then the two tablets also come integrated with a mini VGA, a 1.3MP webcam as well as an accelerometer. Both the tablets derive power from the same 3000mAh lithium polymer battery. Connectivity option in the two tablet PCs include a 802.11b/g/n WiFi while there is also a discretionary 3G, GPS as well as Bluetooth. Hard disk options for both PC-A1001 and the PC-A1001H starts with a 160GB STAT HDD and scales through a 250GB, 320GB, to even a 500GB HDD. Then there’s also the option to choose either a 1GB or a 2GB DDR2 RAM. The 2 tablets tilt the scales at 2.2 pounds and sport external dimensions of 10.35 x 6.46 x 0.7 inches.
However, the similarities end here for both the PC-A1001 and the PC-A1001H and the one aspect that differentiates both the tablet PCs is their processors. So while an Intel Atom N450 CPU clocking at 1.66GHz and which includes an Intel NM10 chipset lurks within the PC-A1001, an upgraded version of the CPU, that is the Intel Atom N470 that has a slightly higher clock speed of 1.83GHz can be found powering the PC-A1001H.
Next, moving on to the Android based tablets, both the SMB-A1001 and the SMB-A1011 have a lot in common. Like both of them sport a 10.1 inch capacitive multitouch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution. And here too, the Android devices differ on their CPUs with the SMB-A1011 tablet running Google Android OS version 2.1 having a NVIDIA 1GHz Tegra 2 processor at its core. Memory options include a 512MB or a 1GB DDR2 RAM while there are there storage choice to choose from – a 512MB, 1GB SLC or 2GB to 32GB iNand storage. Apart from these, the SMB-A1011 also includes other convenient features like a mini USB, mini HDMI, audio in/out, stereo speakers, micro SD card slot, as well as an accelerometer. In fact, both the Android tablet sport a HDMI port which means both the tablets will be able to handle HD video at least to some extent while of the Tegra model, Malata said it is capable of 1080p HD video playback as well as 3D graphics. Powering the tablet will be a 3500 mAh lithium polymer battery. Connectivity options with the SMB-A1011 include 802.11b/g WiFi with the ‘n’ being surprisingly missing though there is also an additional Bluetooth feature that can be opted as well. The tablet weighs less than 1.45 pounds and measures 9.96 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches.
Apart from sharing a lot of similarities with the SMB-A1011, the other tablet running Android, the SMB-A1001 is built around the Samsung ARM Cortex-A8 based processor.
And as usual, Malata is loathe to reveal pricing details or when the tablet is likely to reach markets.
Also, the June issue of the Good E-Reader Magazine is already out and it promises to be just as interesting as the previous editions were.
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