There is a new player in the mid-range American Android tablet market - the Coby Kyros MID7024. It is powered by a Samsung S5PV210 ARM Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz, has 512MB RAM, and runs Android 2.2.
It is the hardware equivalent of the Nexus One and Nook Color, but comes with a resistive touchscreen. However, the price is just $166.47, making it the least expensive tablet with a Cortex A8 processor in the market. The comparable device on the Android tablet market is the Creative ZiiO 7, which is currently $248 on Amazon.com with matching specifications. The hardware is sufficient to run Adobe Flash, according to the official Adobe requirements for Adobe Flash on Android systems.
Despite Amazon indefinitely pulling the lineup of new Coby Android 2.3 tablets originally available for pre-order early this month, a different model with seemingly identical specifications have begun to ship. Beach Audio via Amazon Marketplace has the Coby Kyros MID7024 available now. Beach Audio customer support has confirmed that the product has been just made available, and is available for shipment immediately.
According to CobyUSA, the other key specifications on the MID7024 are as follows: wifi b/g, front-facing camera, resistive display, 7-inch with a 800x480 screen resolution, HDMI supporting 720p and 1080p video output, microSD slot, and 4GB of built-in flash memory.
Coby has neglected to list the available RAM on the device, but Coby technical support confirms that the device has 512MB of RAM. Technical support is unable to confirm if the touchscreen supports more than a single touchpoint.
Coby Kyros tablets do not ship with Google Mobile applications such as the Google Market or Gmail. However, the MID7015 and MI7005 have seen easy after-market modifications that allowed for the installation of the applications to greatly enhance the overall user experience. It may seem that some members have actually received their tablets, so you can follow their conversation here. Getting the applications to work on the MID7024 may have to wait for more technically inclined users to jump into the fray.
The S5PV210 SoC has been found applications in shanzhai tablets by Shenzhen Aishuo dating back to early this year, and by Shenzhen Urbetter.
With regards to GPL compliance, no associated GPL source code for the MID7024 can be found on the webpage of Coby Electronics. Coby has had a poor track record for GPL compliance, and it would appear that this is going to be yet another violation by Coby.