What’s the sign that the tablet market has received acceptance as a viable sector? Well, the entry of a budget brand such as Coby is certainly one.
Coby waded into the suddenly not-so-calm waters of the tablet pool with its Kyros MID7015 Android tablet. Coby takes a page from Samsung’s high-profile Galaxy Tab by sporting a 7-inch screen and Android interface. But as with all Coby products, what differentiates this tablet is cost. The Kyros is pegged at $250.
No word on how long battery life will be, which is always a key question for any tablet. Apps also are delivered via the AppsLib store, which doesn’t have as many applications as the Android Market.
Still, the ability to output video up to 1080p via high-speed HDMI should please movie buffs. The device also supports EPUB for folks who want to use it as an eReader.
The key question now is whether Coby can deliver a smooth, tablet experience within that budget price. Here are the Kyros’ specs:
- 7.5 inches by 4.75 inches
- .48 inch thick
- 0.9 pounds weight
BRAINS & MEMORY
- 800 MHz processor
- Android 2.1 OS
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
- 4GB flash memory
- MicroSD slot for up to 16GB additional memory
- 7-inch resistive touch screen
- 800 x 480 resolution
- 16:9 aspect ratio
- Microphone slot
- 3.5 mm headphone slot (also has built-in speakers)
- Full-size USB slot
- HDMI slot for outputting up to 1080p video to TV
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