Hannspree plans to launch an Android 3.0 tablet later this year
Hannspree plans to launch a new tablet running Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb in the latter half of this year. Not that they can be very sure of its success, going by their past track record of tablets. The model that existed (10” screen and Tegra 2 processor) right now runs Froyo, and a shortly expected (reports Liliputing) cheaper model will also have the same OS. Honeycomb might come to Hannspree in the third quarter of this year – as reported by Liliputing.
The tablet called SN10T3 is expected to sport a 10.1” display that is so very popular in the netbook category. What is different in this toy is the presence of an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, with the usual 16B built-in storage. Now the Tegra 3 can be a competition killer with its quad-core Cortex A9 CPU clocking at up to 1.5GHz. Expect twice the performance of your Tegra 2 here. Apart from that, the Tegra 3 will also bring Blu-ray support and ultra-low power consumption – so low that the company claims it will be able to squeeze out 12 hrs of HD video playback!
Notebook Italia posts a video of the pre-production unit, and at least the resolution of 1280 x 800 looks brilliantly crisp! It also has a new UI with the category icons (Home, books etc.) lined up on the bottom of the screen like in an OS X. It has decent connectivity options including HDMI out, micro USB and mic. You also get provision for microSD and 3G SIM card, but no USB 2.0 support out-of-box I’m afraid. The micro USB might connect to an external hard drive through a connector but there was no mention of availability of compatible drivers.
By the looks of it, Hannspree might just have a tablet lined-up that can give them a serious uplift in the tablet market, alas! All we can do right now is to wait and watch.