It seems that The NEC Corporation has just finished making its first tablet computer. NEC is among the world’s top twenty chip makers but it has all of a sudden has decided to dip its feet in the tablet manufacturing market the tablet computer of the company is said to hit the market in this month itself with NEC LifeTouch Tablet. The tablet was supposed to come to the stores of Japan in the month of October but all the company could manage is to come up with the device in the month of October. As far as the specs of the device is concerned it seems pretty impressive.
NEC LifeTouch Tablet comes with a 7-inch display and runs the Android 2.1 operating system the resolution of the screen is pretty impressive with 800 X 480 pixels. The tablet, will combine the functions of a cellphone and a PC and is geared towards enterprise users with its stylus. Also on-board is an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3-megapixel camera, accelerometer, 3G, and infrared. There’s also USB Host and USB Device ports, an SDHC card slot, stereo speakers, GPS, various sensors (light, accelerometer, digital compass) and a microphone. NEC is targeting the LifeTouch at corporate users, who will rely on cloud storage as well as using the slate for some crafty ebook reading, multimedia playback and online shopping. Battery life is tipped at up to 8hrs.
NEC LifeTouch Specifications:
Here are the specs of the device for those who like a compare:
- OS: Android 2.1
- 7-inch screen with 800×480 resolution
- ARM Cortex A8 CPU
- Mobile DDR 256MB
- Wi-Fi IEEE802.11b/11g
- Bluetooth Ver.2.1 + EDR
- 3MP camera with AF
- internal mono mic
- internal stereo speakers
- SD/SDHC slot, one USB 2.0 port
- 8 hours of battery life
- size: 220×120×14mm
- weight: 370g
The inclusion of an IR port and a stylus is interesting, with the latter having been made pretty much obsolete on most phones shipping in the U.S. in recent years; the stylus though may make sense given the market (even I am not very comfortable using the inbuilt the QWERTY keyboard). The company says that customized services and software will also be available for corporate customers. What’s interesting is that NEC plans to help its customers distribute content via the Life Touch (i.e. for marketing or educational purposes), by providing a cloud-based distribution system as well as content. The price for the device hasn’t been fixed yet.
The company has the corporate customers as the main takers for the device and hence it seems that the device will not be placed at the very low range price tag. We have loved every bit of the device’s what is your take of the same? Do let us know of your views on the device in the comments section below. With the company already saying that the corporate customizable services are going to be made available on the device. Do let us know of your views in the comments section below.