Android tablet with QWERTY keypad hits FCC

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

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)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.