Developing a tablet is perhaps way too easy. How else can we explain the recent trend of every other company coming up with a tablet? And when it’s about tablets, Google’s Android operating system has so far turned out to be the preferred OS. There are more tablets running the Android OS than any other system.
This time, it’s Flat Computing that has introduced a tablet named FlatPad A10. I’ts exactly 10.2 inches of resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Powering the tablet is a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU coupled to 256MB RAM. However, onboard memory amounts to just 2 GB which is quite a dampener, though the microSD memory card slot can help things a bit here.
The rest of the spec story is quite familiar with an integrated accelerometer, WiFi, USB port, headphone jack and stereo speakers. The FlatPad A10 is also capable of 1080p HD video playback. A 2400mAh battery ensures 5 hours of operation with the WiFi turned on. Turn the wireless off and you get another 2 hours of running time.
The FlatPad A10 carries a price tag of $285, which positions it in the upper rung of the budget tablet segment. The tablet is also quite compact, measuring 10.6 x 7 x 0.6 inches. There have been reports in some sections where the FlatPad A10 is actually considered to be a repainted Zenithink ZT-180 tablet, with the main difference being that the former is available in the US right away while the latter is not.
And lastly, it’s Android 2.1 that’s working hard and not the latest 2.2 Froyo. Flat Computing said the update will come by the end of this month.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email