Augen, a relatively unknown U.S. electronics manufacturer, has released the Gentouch78, a low cost tablet powered by Android. The tablet has only just been made available through Kmart stores in the U.S. with official specs released on Augen’s website shortly after.
The Augen Gentouch78 has relatively basic hardware specifications compared to other tablets on the market but given its low cost of USD$149 (an introductory price that will later increase to USD$169), is understandable. The tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen display (800 x 480), 800 MHz processor, 256 MB of RAM, 2 GB internal memory, an SD/MMC card slot upgradeable to 16 GB and WiFi support. Also supported is the EPUB electronic publishing format, a free and open e-book standard that is rapidly growing in popularity.
The official specs don’t mention anything about location services or sensors so I suspect that it’s missing features such as GPS, digital compass and sensors that measure acceleration, proximity and ambient light. If this is true then the tablet won’t be able to run many of the apps that utilise these features. As such, I can’t see the Gentouch78 being any threat to Apple’s iPad but for USD$149, it is certainly great value as an e-book reader that can also browse the web and run basic apps.
- OS: Android 2.1
- Screen type: 7-inch colour TFT touchscreen display
- Screen resolution: 800 x 480 (WVGA)
- Processor: 800 MHz
- RAM: 256 MB DDR2
- Internal memory: 2 GB
- Expandable memory: SD/MMC card slot upgradeable to 16 GB
– WiFi (802.11 b/g)
- Supported audio: MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC
- Supported e-book formats: Text, PDF, EPUB, HTML
- Battery: Li-Ion (capacity unknown)