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: