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Android tablet with QWERTY keypad hits FCC

Budget Android 2.1-based tablet coming with a keypad and directional keys

Ever wanted more Android tablets with physical QWERTY keypads?

The WR780 WiFi Ebook tablet from Keen High Holding Limited, complete with a physical keypad, was recently spotted at the FCC by The 7-inch tablet will include an 800x480 resolution TFT screen and Android 2.1, but additional details on the specifications have yet to be confirmed. Still, the company was able to fit in directional arrows and six dedicated buttons in addition to the aforementioned QWERTY keys. Exactly how this will perform against an onscreen keyboard would make for an interesting comparison.

Don’t expect a powerhouse tablet, unfortunately, since the old Éclair Android version gives it away as a budget offering. Also judging by the picture, there won’t be a front-facing camera and physical connectivity options such as card readers, USB or video-out may be excluded.

Exactly when we can get our fingers on the tablet remains to be seen. The source notes that the tablet will likely undergo a rebranding process before it becomes live.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10-23 (Update: 2012-05-26)