Coming on October NEC Android Tablet LifeTouch with Android 2.1 version,FroYo update and many more…..
Hey, they say beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, but we’re going to go out on a limb here and call this one like we see it: NEC’s LifeTouch Android tablet isn’t a looker, in our opinion. That said, this 7-incher runs Android 2.1 and packs an ARM Cortex A8 processor.
Also named as “Cloud Communicator” as it allows businesses to have access to NEC servers for cloud computing apps, the LifeTouch comes in 219mm x 119mm x 13.9mm dimension, sports a 7-inch TFT LCD screen with 800×480 resolution, runs on Android 2.1, and weighs just 400 grams. Other specs include ARM Cortex A8 CPU, Mobile DDR 256MB, SD/SDHC slot, two USB 2.0 ports, 3MP camera, Wi-Fi 802.11b/11g, Bluetooth Ver.2.1 + EDR, internal mono mic, internal stereo speaker, GPS, accelerometer and 8 hours of battery life. It also supports both stylus and finger.
The Apple’s iPad is selling as well in Japan as it is anywhere else. But that hasn’t deterred the domestic electronics industry to come up with their own tablet devices. Like electronics giant NEC who are propping a tablet they have named LifeTouch and is likely to hit markets during October of this year.
Behind the screen lies an ARM Cortex-A8 processor though it hasn’t been revealed if the processor is from Freescale, Texas Instruments or Samsung. Coupled to the processor will be a 256MB Mobile DDR RAM and will come pre-installed with the Google’s Android operating system, version 2.1. A SDHC slot allows for expanding the on board storage further in case more space is needed while the two USB port (one full and another mini) will let users to attach more gadgets to the LifeTouch.
However, for all the impressive array of features that the LifeTouch incorporates, the lack of a 3G chip is glaring, something that can deprive the tablet from making the best out of the Android Marketplace.
The LifeTouch may look like a device for kids but NEC also plans to position the LifeTouch as a tool that one can do some serious business with. And for that, it intends to provide users access to the NEC servers so that cloud computing applications are able to operate without a glitch. In fact, NEC is also named the LifeTouch as a “Cloud Communicator” in order to cash in on its business potential.
Although it’s scheduled for release in Japan in October, it turns out that it’ll be sold directly to businesses, so don’t hope to grab up one of these — unless you have the best employer ever, that is. Hey, at least it’s original looking.
The press photos show also show a decent looking docking station as ell as a case with a lid to protect the screen, which the folks at Android Guys rightly point out makes the tablet look a bit like a Nintendo DS.
No pricing details have been revealed so far apart from that it is going to be available in Japan from this October onwards. When it is going to be launched internationally is also anybody’s guess.