vendredi 29 juillet 2011

Pandigital SuperNova: 8 inch Android tablet and eReader

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Pandigital SuperNova

Pandigital has a long record of releasing Android tablets and calling them eBook Readers to keep your expectations low.The company’s latest device made a stop at the FCC this week, and brought some photos and a user manual along for the ride. It’s called the Pandigital SuperNova, and it’s described as a Tablet eReader, so it looks like Pandigital is embracing its Android side.

The SuperNova ships with the Barnes & Noble NOOK eBook app and store preloaded. But as a general purpose Android tablet there’s nothing stopping you from installing any eReader app you like.

The tablet features an 8 inch, 600 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen display and runs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has 4GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HDMI output, a built-in mic and stereo speakers, and a mini USB port. There’s a front-facing 0.3MP camera and a rear 3MP camera. It measures 6.25″ x 8.5″ and features a 12.6 Whr battery.

It appears the tablet is powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 chip from Samsung called the S5PV210AH-80.

The user manual also suggests you can connect a keyboard, mouse or other USB peripheral to the Pandigital SuperNova — which is odd, because that’s a feature that’s built into Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but I wasn’t aware that it was available in Gingerbread. I suppose it’s possible that Pandigital developed its own software to support USB accessories.

You won’t find any information about the price or launch date, but given the specs I suspect the Pandigital SuperNova will be rather cheap for an Android tablet, but kind of expensive for an eBook reader.

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