Diversity produces innovation. It’s great to have a lot of products in a competing market – they sort of encourage each other to improve. Here’s an example of that diversity from Hong Kong. Named the Sheng 708, it’s an Android tablet that’s got a removable battery – a pretty unique trait.
When you look at the device, you can see a back panel which you can slide off. This reveals a battery compartment. Most laptops have featured removable batteries, however, tablets haven’t been so open in their systems. What this means is if you run out of charge you will need to plug in. This also means that if your battery conks out – well, it’s off to the repair shop for either a replacement or to the store for a completely new tablet. Right now, only two Android tablets can boast that their batteries are removable. These are the Toshiba Thrive and Cisco Cius tablets.
With the removable tablet, the Sheng owner can just pop in a replacement battery any time, with as little as possible.
The other notable thing about the Sheng is that it runs on the Gingerbread OS. Yes, this baby is packing Google Android 2.3, which is a bit dated. Everyone is going for Honeycomb these days. Still, it’s an improvement over the old Android 2.2 operating system.
If you’re interested in picking this baby up, better import it now. You probably won’t see this hit US stores. Priced at an affordable $300 equivalent, it ‘s pretty cheap. It also comes with a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, the usual front and rear cameras, a rather weak 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, and the basic WiFi connectivity – a decent cheap Android tablet if you’re in the market for one.