Kouziro, a Japanese computer OEM known for its Build-To-Order line of desktop PCs, has announced the availability of two new 10-inch tablets for its domestic Japanese market, which both feature and external keyboard and a choice between Microsoft's Windows 7 and Google's Android operating systems.
Read on to find out more about the new tablets from Kouziro…
Offering a decent tablet to users is never an easy task for most OEMs. On one hand, most people will demand an Android-powered tablet that comes with all the added bells and whistles they expect to find on such a device, while more productivity-oriented users will want their tablets to be pre-loaded with Windows 7 on the grounds that it plays nice with one's existing infrastructure and is compatible with all of the major Windows-based applications that are heavily used today.
That being said, what is an OEM like Kouziro to do in order to ensure that it can cater to both markets at once? The answer is simple: produce two similar tablets, with each device running off a different operating system. And this is exactly what Kouziro has done with its new FT102 series of tablets.
According to a report published by Japanese website ITmedia, the FT102-series of tablets will consist of two variants, with each variant running a different operating system. The first variant, which is known as the FT102-16, will be preloaded with version 2.2 of the Android operating system (aka Froyo), and will be powered by Intel's Atom N455 processor clocked at 1.66GHz. In addition, the FT102-16 will also feature 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 16GB SSD for storage purposes, a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display that is capable of a native resolution of 1024 x 600, a battery pack which is reportedly capable of up to 3.5 hours of uptime on a single charge, and support for WiFi connectivity via the 802.11b/g/n standard. Oh, and it apparently will not come bundled with the Android Market., as ITmedia claims that Kouziro intends to position the FT102-16 as a corporate device.
On the other hand, the other FT102 variant, the FT102-32, will sport slightly superior hardware in the form of having 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 32GB SSD for storage purposes, although ITmedia has confirmed that the FT102-32 will feature a display and the processor identical to the ones used in the FT102-16. Also, unlike the FT102-16, the FT102-32 will be preloaded with Windows 7 instead of the Android operating system.
Last but definitely not least, ITmedia claims that both tablets will come bundled with a wireless keyboard that connects via the use of a nano receiver, and will feature analogue RGB output connectors for use in displaying the contents on the tablets' screen onto an external display.
The Kouziro FT102 series of tablets are expected to be made available for sale in Japan come late July at the suggested retail prices of 30,000 yen and 50,000 yen (approx US$380 and US$633) for the FT102-16 and FT102-32 respectively.