Creative's Cortex A8 Tablet Launches in the ZiiO 7" Tablet

Discussion in 'Android Tablet News' started by xaueious, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. xaueious

    xaueious Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Messages:
    3,483
    Likes Received:
    435
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Location:
    Canada
    Tablet / Device:
    Asus Transformer TF300, Huwaei Ideos S7-104, HSG X5A, (Past APAD IMX515, APAD RK2808, RK2818 RT7)
    [​IMG]

    Creative just put up the sales page for their ZiiO 7" Android 2.1 tablet on their US webstore, in stock and ready for shipment. The price is $250 for the 8GB version, $270 for 16GB. Free shipping through Amazon.

    It is powered by a nice Creative ZiiLABS ZMS-08 Cortex-A8 processor at 1GHz touting 1080p videoplayback support, with a slated Android 2.2 update sometime early next year. Other standard features include bluetooth, wifi (b/g), hdmi, microSD, and a front-facing camera. All this is coupled by a resistive touchpanel and an ordinary 7" 800x480 TFT-LCD display.

    Some glaring issues include the lack of wireless n connectivity, shipping Android 2.1, and the resistive touchscreen. We can't say we are a big fan of the design either. But if this works as advertised, it might be a viable alternative for those looking for a portable multimedia Android tablet, as the list of supported multimedia formats looks to be decent. We are also awaiting audiophiles to actually test the claims of the sound quality.

    Specifications (from Creative)
    Capacity: 8GB / 16GB (16GB is available exclusively on Creative.com)
    Color: White
    Screen Size: 7" (diagonal)
    Display: 16.8mill color TFT, Resistive Touch
    Screen Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels
    Dimension: 207.4 x 133 x 13.7mm
    Weight: 400g
    Processor: ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD Media-Rich Applications Processor
    Operating System: Android 2.1
    Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (with apt-X & A2DP)
    Wireless Network: IEEE 802.11 b/g
    HD Video-out: Yes (up to 720p)
    Camera: Front camera (VGA)
    Built-in Microphone: Yes (Mono)
    Built-in Speaker: Yes (Stereo)
    Accelerometer: Yes
    Memory Expansion: microSD, up to 32GB
    Audio Enhancement: X-Fi Audio Enhancements (Crystalizer, Expand)
    Audio Support: MP3, AAC, WMA9, FLAC, OGG, MIDI, WAV, Audible Format
    Video Support: H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, MOV, AVI, MKV
    Photo Support: JPG, BMP, PNG
    Connectors: mini USB, 3.5mm Stereo jack
    RAM: 512MB (from FAQ)

    Source:
    AndroidGuys
     
  2. tigersgt

    tigersgt Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2010
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    70
    Location:
    NULL
    It's the same price as the Nook Color. Why not go for NC?
     
  3. Comacine

    Comacine Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2010
    Messages:
    69
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    70
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    Tablet / Device:
    Haipad 701, iPad
    I don't get it with all these manufacturers... It's like they want their devices to fail in the market. Why not launch with capacitive multi-touch and 2.2? Why deliberately make a brand new product unimpressive?
     
  4. mpit52

    mpit52 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    70
    Location:
    Islip, NY
    Tablet / Device:
    Moto Droid
    The only thing that comes to mind is that they have probably been working on this before the demand for a 2.2 capacitive device..either that or they are trying to compare it to the eReader which don't require capacitive touch...So by not using capacitive, it keeps the cost down which allows them to place more goodies like 1080p playback...this way when compared to other eReader, it stands out and looks better....

    Im on your side tho...I'd prefer a capacitive touch..its the way to go if you have the choice.
     
  5. xaueious

    xaueious Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Messages:
    3,483
    Likes Received:
    435
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Location:
    Canada
    Tablet / Device:
    Asus Transformer TF300, Huwaei Ideos S7-104, HSG X5A, (Past APAD IMX515, APAD RK2808, RK2818 RT7)
    By the way, they did not list the RAM on this thing



    Yes the Nook Color is much better than this as a tablet
     
  6. poncespr

    poncespr Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2010
    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    195
    Location:
    NULL
    There is actually a 25%off store wide sale, which specifies that does not apply ONLY to Zen MP3 players, yet when I go to checkout it will not let me use the discount. At $175 with free shipping I would have pulled the trigger, eyes closed :)
     
  7. xaueious

    xaueious Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Messages:
    3,483
    Likes Received:
    435
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Location:
    Canada
    Tablet / Device:
    Asus Transformer TF300, Huwaei Ideos S7-104, HSG X5A, (Past APAD IMX515, APAD RK2808, RK2818 RT7)
    RAM: 512MB (from FAQ)

    Just needs Froyo and a small price drop to add to the appeal. Needs to be cheaper than the Nook Color, at least. Otherwise seems very nice.
     
  8. gadgetrants

    gadgetrants Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    1,256
    Likes Received:
    81
    Trophy Points:
    132
    Tablet / Device:
    Asus OG Transformer, Droid 3
    Keep in mind the NC is 1024x600. Much better screen. Of course you need to tinker to get root/Market/apps, etc. But hey if you're here that should be easy!

    -Matt
     

Share This Page