GNB netbook & Kinpo Tablet get Android & low-cost Freescale CPUs

Jun 8, 2009
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GNB netbook & Kinpo Tablet get Android & low-cost Freescale CPUs

Sony may be tinkering with Android, but other companies are already slapping it onto hardware and talking about releases.  Last week we heard Acer's plans for a dual-boot Android/XP netbook, together with BenQ's intentions, and saw a couple of OEM netbooks and MIDs; taking things right back to basics (by which we mean cheap) were Kinpo, with their 7-inch Android-based touchscreen tablet, and GNB, with a sturdy little Android netbook.

Video demos of Kinpo Android Tablet and GNB Android Netbook after the cut

The GNB netbook has a 7-inch resistive touchscreen display and runs on Freescale's i.MX31 processor.  An ARM-based CPU, the i.MX31 is never going to blow away a Core 2 Duo but it's enough to run Android reasonably well and cheap enough for a sub-$200 price tag to be talked about.

As for the Kinpo tablet, the company are calling it a thin client but it's basically a touchscreen UMPC with a 7-inch WVGA display and Freescale i.MX51 processor.  More work is needed polishing it before it'll be ready for release - video playback is an obvious issue, as you can see in the video below - but again they're talking about low prices that might make a lot of sense for those wanting a straightforward web-browsing machine.

GNB Android Netbook:

Kinpo 7-inch Android Tablet:


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