Suddenly from nowhere has arrived this company from somewhere in Russia. Name of the company is Rover Computer and they have launched some tablet PC and MIDs is different flavors called RoverPads. All of them are between the 5 to 7 inch genres of tablet PCs and its not just one or two tablets that Rover is coming up with. Instead, there is five of them with choice ranging from varied processors to choose from. So while there is the Samsung ARM processor on one end, the NVIDIA’s Tegra CPU finds pride of place in the top of the line RoverPad TegA W70 tablet with Marvell and RockChip ARM CPUs too coming into the picture in between. Choice of operating system toggles between Windows and the Androis OS with one of the tablet being based on the Windows CE 6.0 with the rest being Android based devices.
The range starts with the 4 inch tablet named RoverPad 3WG70. This is the smallest of the lot or maybe even the smallest tablet ever to be made. The display is a touch screen one and at its core lies the Rockchip 2808 CPU coupled to 128MB of RAM along with 2GB of flash storage. Running on the Android 1.5, the 3WG70 tablet also includes a microSD card slot, an integrated webcam and WiFi support. The 3WG70 is also the cheapest of the lot being priced at 10,000 rubies or $321 USD.
The RoverPad Go G50 has a 5 inch WVGA 800 x 480 resolution touch screen dominating the front end of the tablet with a Marvell PXA303 CPU at its core. It has 128 MB of onboard RAM and 2 GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot and USB connectivity along with the usual connectivity options of WiFi and 3G comes as standard fitment. Measuring in at 158 x 88 x 16 mm, the RoverPad Go G50 also includes GPS functionality though sadly the OS is Android 1.5.
The RoverPad Go G72 is the next in line and is similar to the G50 but with a 7 inch screen while still having the same resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Powering the tablet is the same 624MHz Marvell PXA303 processor with 128MB of RAM. The tablet has Bluetooth, ethernet along with optional GPS to flaunt while OS duty is done by version 1.6 of the popular Android.
Then there is the one named RoverPad Air G70. This one is made up of a 7 inch 800 x 480 resolution touch screen of restive technology upfront while behind the scenes is an ARM11 CPU running at 667 MHz. Coupled to the processor is a 256MB RAM while also allowing for 4GB of internal storage space. For communication it has WiFi and optional 3G connectivity as well. The Air G70 is also the only tablet here that runs the Widows CE OS. The Air G70 also features FM transmitter, a 3 MP built-in webcam along with TV output as well. There is also a microSD card slot in case you need more storage space.
The final flavor is the TegA W70 tablet which has a 7 inch capacitive touch screen display. It also has a web cam and an HDMI output. The W70 is also the frontline tablet PC offering from Rover Computers and is built around the NVIDIA Tegra chipset and Android 2.1 as the OS. It also has the normal standard 3G support along with WiFi, 4 GB of internal flash storage and 512 MB of on board RAM.
However, all the five tablets look to be rebadged OEM offerings with the TegA W70 particularly being based on the Compal Tegra tablet. Also, for the tablets to taste sweet success, they would have to come up with some exceptional performance. More so since since the company is yet an unknown one in this field of tablets devices what with markets already flooded with a plethora of tablets with several more likely to join the scene by the time they they come up, which is slated to happen in October.
PS: The tablet shown in the picture is that of the RoverPad Air G70 running Genuine Windows CE 6.0.
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