ZaReason introduces the ZaTab Android tablet
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In case you have never heard of ZaReason before, it is a company that sells portable and desktop computers equipped with Ubuntu Linux. Now, the Berkeley, CA-based outfit has unveiled its first Android tablet, called ZaTab. Apparently, the device is aimed at developers or consumers and can be purchased with or without a pre-installed OS. According to the maker, the slate is now available, priced at $349.
The product’s page indicates the ZaTab is an “open device” that comes with an unlocked bootloader and allows root access, meaning developers can create custom ROMs. Furthermore, it offers an Allwinner A10 SoC (system on a chip), which incorporates one processing core clocked at 1.2GHz, and a 9.7-inch IPS (the In-Plane Switching technology delivers improved viewing angles) multitouch-enabled capacitive display that has a native resolution of 1024-by-768 pixels.
Weighing 630 grams (1.38lbs), the ZaTab packs 1GB of internal memory and 16GB flash storage, expandable by up to 32GB via the built-in microSD card reader slot. In addition, users are provided with two microUSB ports, a Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n adapter, a microHDMI interface and dual cameras (one on the back and a front-facing web cam for video chats).
Other features reportedly include an Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (that is, if you want one) and an 8000mAh battery, which has an autonomy period of up to 14 hours on a single charge.