Chinese manufacturer Forsa presented a 7-Inch Android tablet at the CEBIT 2010 – the Posh.
Pad series MV7, a tablet powered with one of those Marvell processors, the PXA303 which is also used in the Camangi Webstation. This is what it looks like:
The same device is also distributed through several other companies like Shenzhen based Makesdo and Hongkong based Joyplus Int’l Enterprise. I don’t really know, how they work together and which kind of companies these are, but their device is simply called 7 Inch MID and looks like this:
Looking at the specs, these really should be the same devices. They are sold in different colors, but it’s always the same device.
And here is what it has under it’s hood:
|Specs||Forsa Posh.Pad series MV7|
|Processor||Marvell PXA303 Xscale 624Mhz|
|Screen||7″ / TFT / 800 x 480 pixels / touchscreen|
|Storage||2GB NAND Flash / SD Card|
|A/V Input||1.3 MP Front Camera|
|A/V Output||1.5W Speaker / Headphones|
|Network||WLAN (802.11 b/g) / Ethernet / Bluetooth / 3G|
|Connectors||1 x USB / 1 x micro USB/ RJ45 (Ethernet) / Headphone Out|
|Battery||Lithium Polymer 2800mAh / 3.7 V / ~4h working time|
|Extras||Built-In GPS / SD Card Slot / Can run also Win CE 6.0 / Stylus / Trackball / Android 1.6|
|Price Range||around 250$ according to the CEBIT guy|
|Manufacturer / Vendor||Forsa / posh-book.com|
Andrzej from German Techblog touchmemobile.de spotted it at the CEBIT and provides a video on Youtube showing all the technical details:
But still there is critique: Andrzej from touchmemobile.de says that the touchscreen is not very well integrated into the front bezel. I personally don’t think that this device is “posh”, I am not a big fan of it’s design. It is not flat enought, although the battery is not huge and shouldn’t take too much space. For me it looks like a standard plastic box that was used to produce this device. Also, the stylus and the videos indicate that it has a resistive touchscreen (yes, I know, that there are pens for capacitive screens too), which I don’t regard as the best solution. At last, other Android tablets come with customized UIs, which I couldn’t see in this case.
On the strong side, I like the 3G solution they have chosen. Simply slide in a SIM card on the side and there is 3G. That’s cool because some people (like me) have a 3G contract for data with only one SIM card (I usually use it for a 3G dongle in my notebook). This solution allows it to change cards quickly from one device to another without opening the case. Having two USB ports can’t be wrong either.
It will surely depend on the price if they can sell this thingy. If it stays low enough, people might accept the plastic quality and the touchscreen. The guy in Charbax’ video says that they already sell it, but I haven’t seen it anywhere and on their website it’s still on “coming soon”.
So let’s wait and see if it will come soon…