- Jul 9, 2010
Catalog pictures of the upcoming Malata Zpad were leaked briefly before they were taken down. Malata is considered one of the largest shanzhai firms in Shenzhen. These may or may not be final, but the device does seem to be well on its way to being launched very soon. Malata has been recruiting Android developers for their Zpad since the 12th this month.
Preliminary specifications include Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core Cortex A9 CPU at 1GHz, 10" TFT-LCD display at 1024x600, Android 2.2, and 1080p support. It is also supposed to have a capacitive multitouch display as well as wireless n support and bluetooth connectivity. It will also come with a low resolution front facing camera. It is also listed to have 1GB of RAM. Battery life is listed to for 6-8 hours of continuous video playback.
It is expected to launch well below 3000RMB (450US). In line with other offerings, the device should be shipping sometime next month.
With Cortex A9 devices now entering the market, and more Cortex A8 devices in the pipeline, it may not make sense to spend money on any ARM11 based devices right now, which are incapable of Adobe Flash even with an upgrade to Android 2.2.