Coby Electronics had revealed their updated Kyros tablet lineup on their webpage featuring five Samsung S5PV210 Cortex A8 tablets at 1GHz, 4GB onboard storage, 512MB RAM, Android 2.3, HDMI, and sizes of 7", 8", and 10". However, all tablets are listed only with wifi g connectivity, which is a setback. Some of these tablets also will feature capacitive touchscreens (1025, 1026 as listed), although most will be cheaper resistive variants. Coby has been rumored to have invested heavily in Android tablets in recent months, as shown by their revamped webpage.
Despite the decent specifications, none of these tablets can be easily recommended.
Interest will only by dampened by Coby's attitude of dismissal and ignorance towards compliance with the GPL license in multiple products, and continuing in the illegal distribution of violating products in the American market. Rooting Android 2.3 on an unknown platform may turn out to be difficult, as Google has patched various exploits that allowed for the devices to be rooted, leaving it up to the community to create viable alternatives.
Pre-orders are available on Amazon show availability for 4 of the 5 models (found so far) for March 15, with specifications on the Coby webpage, as follows:
MID7025 (7" 800x480 resistive): $172.99
MID7026 (7" 800x600 resistive): $172.99
MID8025 (8" 800x600 resistive): $190.99
MID1025 (10.1" 1024x600" capacitive) $259.99
Of note are the variants with resolutions of 800x600, which is not a standard Android resolution and is known to cause some applications to fail, and as a result are not recommended except as dedicated ebook readers. However, the 7025 and 1025 models could turn out to be viable alternatives.
Equivalent Samsung S5PV210 devices from Shenzhen have not found profound success due to sub-par firmware implementations. In addition, there has not been any stable Android 2.3 devices on the market as of now. As a company that is known to rebrand shanzhai products, we cannot be confident of Coby's capabilities to supply viable Android implementations. These products will likely not be Google certified to use Android market applications such as Gmail and the Android market. Coby does supply appslib, which is rather insufficient. Many MID7015 users have elected to attempt to install the Google mobile applications, as seen in our Coby tablet forums.
As such, none of Coby's new tablets should be recommended until the actual products ship.
Thanks to dardoncas in our Coby tablet forum discussion thread