MiTAC entering tablet market with three Gingerbread models
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Taiwan electronics company MiTAC announced its intention to enter the tablet market back at CeBIT 2011, but further details have now been revealed about the tablets in question. According to NoteBookItalia, MiTAC will be releasing a total of three mid-ranged tablets, all sporting Android Gingerbread upon release and with unique areas of focus.
First up is the MiTAC Zeus, a tablet of only 6-inches in screen size and 11.6mm (0.45 inches) in thickness. The Zeus will focus on GPS functionality as it is reported to ship with dual GPS receivers for increased positioning accuracy. Location Based Services and apps should therefore be much more precise and reliable with the Zeus. This is perhaps unsurprising as MiTAC is also the parent company of Magellan, a popular GPS brand.
The second tablet, called Valar, will come in two models of 7-inch (800x480 resolution) and 10.1-inch (1024x600 resolution) form factors. This lineup will be the entertainment and multimedia-focused tablets as they will each include 1GHz processors, 512MB RAM, front and rear cameras, optional 3G compatibility, and 1080p playback through HDMI-out. MiTAC may even plan on extending runtime of the power hungry 10.1-inch Valar by including an impressive 8000 mAh battery.
Finally, the third tablet from MiTAC will be the Ulmo, a rugged and waterproof 7-inch tablet. The exterior walls of the tablet will be completely protected in rubber to survive the occasional drop, and will reportedly be dustproof as well. Despite its size and durability, the tablet will sport some of the same features as the Valar series, including an 800x480 resolution screen and 1080p support through HDMI-out.
Motorola could also be working on a similar rugged tablet for outdoor use, according to rumors reported last month.
MiTAC is looking to make a unique splash in the tablet market, and these three offerings are already sounding quite impressive in terms of features and durability. Hopefully the company will announce the launch prices and availability dates within the coming months.