At the MWC 2010, Freecell, a chip manufacturer, presented a concept of an Android tablet powered with their Freescale i.MX515 platform, there it was called the Mastone Prowave (my earlier post).
At that time not much information was available about this device and nobody knew if it will be just another concept study. This tablet made another step into mass production reality.
These days, Mastone, a chinese electronics company, revealed a website that is dedicated to this product now under the name Mastone Lifepad 3G. As I don’t speak chinese, I can’t relly read it, but there are many informations we didn’t have until now. Still, a “Order it now!”-Button is missing and a title says “I 850 Concept” but that’s more that we had until now.
This is what it looks like:
This is a picture of that product website:
If you want to see more, check the Google translated product page and the translated press bulletin. Looking at the bottom of the product page, you see some logos of China Telecom. That indicates that Mastone teamed up with one of the biggest chinese phone operators. Anyway, this thing could be really close to a roll out.
I just updated the specifications table, as presented on the product website:
|Specs||Mastone Lifepad 3G (I 850 Concept)|
|Processor||ARM Cortex A8 Freescale i.MX515 / 1 Ghz|
|Screen||7-inch / 800 x 600 / LED backlit / Resistive Touch|
|Storage||built-in 2GB NAND / SD Card|
|A/V Input||Front Camera with 300 000 pixel/ Audio In|
|A/V Output||Speakers / Headphones|
|Network||WLAN (802.11 b/g) / 3G (CDMA2000 module) / Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR|
|Connectors||micro USB (MINI-B 10PIN) / DC Input / Headphone Jack|
|Battery||Lithium-polymer Battery / 5000mAh|
|Extras||Android 2.1 (Eclair) / GPS / Customized Home Screen / Black or Stainless steel design / SD Card Slot / 720p HD video|
|Price Range||4980 yuan (around 730$) according to chinabyte.com
|Distributor||Mastone / Product Website|
They say that it weighs about 492 grams and they offer 1 year warranty. As it will be mainly sold in China, they ship some extra apps with it, like navgation, mobile TV and kind of a handwriting software. Maybe they used a resistive screen because they ship a stylus for handwriting with it or because it was cheaper than a capacitive one (yes, I know there are stylus for capacitice screens too). I would prefer a capacitive screen…
Mastone also worked on the software. There’s Android 2.1 Eclair running on it. The Lifepad will play 720p videos (at one point on the website 1080p is mentioned) and is ready for navigation solutions as it has GPS onboard. As they target the business sector, they say that it can be used to edit documents for which they add another piece of software.
Unfortunately they don’t say anything about sensors. I think it is made for use in landscape mode, because of the position of the camera and the buttons. Maybe it’s lacking G-sensors.
Watch Charbax‘ video of the prototype he spotted at the MWC 2010 to see why I think that this could be a really good tablet:
It is fast, well manufactured and it is Android! I want one!
UPDATE May 5th, 2010: The first 3G Lifepads have been spotted now on a business2business website called globalmarket.com.
UPDATE May 31, 2010: Updated Price (pretty high!!)
UPDATE June 2, 2010: Reader Pattenz found a seller on the wholesale site aliexpress.com who is selling them under the name VYT850 for 479.-$, what is still a bit expensive. Here is the offer, buy on your own risk (and never without an escrow service between you and the seller) VYT850 aka Mastone Lifepad 3G. (@Pattenz – thanks for the hint!)