February 13, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
WSL Japan is a very well-known electronics manufacturer in Asia, but unfortunately in the United States there is probably no one who has ever heard of their products. Their latest tablet effort has little to no chance of becoming a hit in America, but it still looks nice and snappy enough to be at least mentioned on our blog.
The Xvision an4 has just been officially announced and, as far as we can tell from the Japanese press release, it is set to hit the market in April for a yet to be specified price. Sporting a 9.7-inch capacitive multi-touch display with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio, the slate is clearly intended to be an iPad copycat, if not an iPad killer.
With a pretty elegant and stylish overall look, the Xvision an4 is set to be pretty slim, measuring a mere 10 mm (0.39) inches thick. If I were to speculate based on the couple of official photos released, the slate should also be fairly light, but the exact weight hasn’t been made public just yet.
Under the hood the tablet is not exactly groundbreaking or impressive, but it comes with a decent 1 GHz Amlogic 8726-M3 processor, which is basically an A9 ARM Cortex with Mali 400 GPU, and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM.
Other features include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, optional 3G and GPS, an 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera and 16 GB of internal storage space. As I already said, it’s not impressive or innovative, but it’s more than decent for a medium-end tablet these days.
The 9.7-inch slate is also set to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which would be pretty great, but on the other hand I personally think that there’ll be loads of ICS tablets on the market by April, so it’s not that big of a deal after all.
That’s pretty much all I could decipher from the WSL Japan’s press release, but stay tuned for more details set to unravel during the coming weeks.