Augen Tablet with Android
Jumping right into the juicy bits, Augen are to release six tablets running Android 2.2 ranging from 7-inches to 10-inches and $199.99 to $599.99. All will support Adobe DE DRM. Augen have gone for a coffee naming scheme, starting with the smaller Latte and Latte Grande.
Both of these devices will offer WiFi, HDMI out, 2GB of storage, and a SDHC card slot. The original Latte provides a 7-inch 800×480 resolution screen for $199. A stylus is included. The Grande latte serves up a 7-inch multi-touch 800×600 resolution screen along with a 800MHz CPU. A compass, light sensor, and an accelerometer can be made available for an additional $50.
It seems as though the Espresso series will support Android 3.0 when it comes out, but it isn’t totally clear from what I have read whether the Latte range will too. Either way, the Espresso range will all offer WiFi, Bluetooth, a 3MP camera, accelerometer, compass, and light sensor. The entry level Espresso costs $349 and provides a 7-inch 800×600 resolution screen powered by a 1GHz cortex A9 CPU. In terms of storage, it will offer 8GB of flash storage with the ability to add more via the microSDHC card slot. The Espresso dolce appears to be exactly the same but offers-up a 10.2-inch 1024×768 resolution screen and supports multi-touch.
Spicing things up a little bit is the Espresso Doppio for $599. This device offers a netbook style tablet form-factor and can dual boot of Ubuntu or Android. It provides a 10.2-inch multi-touch 1024×768 resolution touchscreen, 160GB HDD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and also offers 8GB of Flash-memory storage and dual USB ports. This is all powered by the same 1Ghz processor. Augen have also thrown in a trackpad for good measure.
Wrapping things up is the Espresso Firma for $349. It offers a 7-inch 800×480 resolution screen powered by a 600MHz dual-core CPU. It too has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as you might expect, and is demonstrated in the news image to the right. What is most interesting about this device is that it has a very strange feature whereby you are alledged to be able to write on the accompanying paper and the strokes you make there will be transferred to the screen or stored in some way.
The Espresso Firma tablet with a magical wand pen (included), allows the user to create a digital note taking experience simultaneously transmitting the hand written notes digitally to the 7” tablet. The regular sized ink pen writes on standard paper and does not require any digitizing surface. The Espresso Firma allows the user to conveniently email files, sign documents, and help utilize the powerful capabilities like personal note taking and hand written email compositions.
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