Think that the Optimus 2X is the only Korean Android-powered device to come bundled with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC)? Think again: yet another Android device is getting the Tegra 2 treatment, and it comes in the form of a tablet known as the Tabit, and produced by TriGem.
Sometimes, technological trends can move so fast that what was previously considered as 'bleeding-edge' technology can quickly be reduced to mere 'meh' status in only a matter of months. Usually, such situations are often considered to be good news for both users and OEMs, simply because most consumers will be able to feed their desires to have the fastest, meanest, highest-performing device possible in order to maintain their up-to-date and sophisticated image. As for OEMs…well, new products almost always results in yet another avenue of income from consumers.
In this case, consumers who have been complaining about the lack of a decent, high-performance tablet will finally have something to look forward to, for something good is about to head their way. This is because a Korean OEM by the name of TriGem has just announced the proposal of a new tablet device known as the Tabit that comes bundled wiith…yes, you guessed it: NVIDIA's Tegra 2 System-on-a-chip (SoC).
Not much detail about TriGem's Tabit tablet has been released, but what we do know is that, in addition to the impressive SoC used to power the Tabit, the tablet will reportedly feature a 10-inch display that is capable of resolutions of up to 1024 x 600, and will be pre-loaded with version 2.2 of the Android operating system. However, there was completely no mention about the possibility for future firmware updates, which means that consumers will not be getting any Gingerbread love from Trigem any time soon.
However, if the idea of using a previous-gen operating system is not going to be a liability, it would appear that there are a few features of the Tabit which might appeal to heavy consumers of digital multimedia content. For one, the Tabit reportedly features a HDMI-out port, so consumers can easily load up the Tabit with their favourite movies and play them back on the big screen. In addition, a machine-translated report made by NewsKorea has claimed that the Tabit will allow users to access up to two million eBooks, while the tablet's battery is supposedly capable of providing up to six hours of continuous video playback on a single charge.
Last but definitely not least, the Tabit will also sport various standard connectivity features such as WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a MicroSD card reader and a USB port. As for availability, it would seem that the Tabit is slated for an early May launch in Korea (no mention of global availability, if at all), and can be purchased for 399,000 won (approximately US$372).