woensdag 10 oktober 2012

Android tablet with built-in projector.

Over the past few years I’ve seen a number of folks use tablets to give small group business presentations. Just fire up a slideshow app, prop up your iPad on a table, and everyone can crowd around to look at a tiny PowerPoint presentation. SmartDevices has another solution. The company’s new SmartQ U7 tablet features a built-in 40 lumen projector for presentations, movies, or other content. That way you can project a 50 inch, 854 x 480 pixel image on a wall or screen about 6 feet away. The tablet has a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and a TI OMAP4 dual core processor. There will be two models, and AndroidYo reports prices will start at $315: •1 GHz OMAP 4430 CPU and 8GB of storage for $315 •1.5 GHz OMAP 4460 CPU and 16GB of storage for $400 While those prices might seem a little high for Chinese tablets, they’re not bad at all when you consider the built-in Pico Projector. A battery powered projector alone could cost $200 or more — and that’s without the attached Android tablet. The 7-inch SmartQ U7 is admittedly not the exact device that would sell me on a projector tablet. Despite having a 1024×600 resolution display, the 40 lumen projector only spits out an 854×480 picture which can be blown up to 50 inches. And though a 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4 Chipset and a Gig of RAM seem a bit pedestrian for a £300-or-less Android tablet—it’s clear that such a device could be improved at a rapid rate and offered at a somewhat affordable price. Obviously, the compromise that would have to be made here would be the slimness of the tablet. But imagine being able to play games on a big screen anywhere you have a blank wall. Or instead of having a TV in your bedroom, you could just project your tablet screen onto a wall and use a wireless speaker. Or yes, maybe you would be using your tablet in the office and want to project a power point presentation or something. (I dunno!) Not only is projector technology better now, but I’d be much more willing to sacrifice some size in a tablet than I would a smartphone. If the quality of the picture was good enough, an integrated projector is definitely something I’d want in a future tablet.

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