August 29, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
As Andrew mentioned in a recent post about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab, there has been an onslaught of Android tablet announcements this year – many from comparatively small and unknown Asian manufacturers, but thus far no decent ones have made it to market. Hopefully the Galaxy Tab that will be launched on Thursday in Berlin will break the mould, and another promising Android tablet is the Elocity A7 that Engadget got to check out yesterday.
The tablet is currently running Android 2.1, but units shipped in October will feature Android 2.2 Froyo. Another main selling point of the Elocity A7 is that it’s powered by NVIDIA’s mighty 1GHz system-on-a-chip Tegra 2. The tablet features a 7-inch, WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch that according to Engadget is “extremely responsive”. It also has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls as well as a SD card slot.
Thanks to its Tegra 2 chip, 1080p video playback is apparently super smooth on the device, and it comes with a HDMI port that allows you to hook it up to a television. Engadget hinted that the tablet is 3G compatible, but whether or not that’s just for data or for voice as well is unclear.
A HDMI cord and a wireless keyboard will be bundled with the Elocity A7, and it will be brought to Amazon in September by a Philadelphia start-up called StreamTV, all for $399. The Galaxy Tab may have the advantage of being manufactured by major player Samsung, which ensures a certain quality level, but the Elocity A7 sounds promising as well and Engadget seemed fairly impressed with the tablet.