New and Noteworthy Tablet PC Coming Soon With a Unique Twist
I’m covering an additional article this week as one of the What Tablet PC readers recently got in touch with us (thanks Walt!) to flag up an intriguing upcoming tablet PC with an interesting story.
The forthcoming tablet is called the Andy Pad and will be arriving in just over 2 months. It’s a great story as the company building it are www.Mattressman.co.uk – that’s right, a UK-based mattress manufacturer.
George Eastmead, who looks after business development for Mattressman told me the story of how they got into tablets. He said, “Mattressman ticks over very well and has made a solid profit many years running, the managing director; Andrew Kerry has decided to explore the fresh market of technology.”
It turns out that the company is full of tech enthusiasts so they kicked off a project to see what they could bring to the market that was unique. They got hold of all the tablets they could from the iPad and Xoom, to cheap Chinese imports in a bid to find a gap in the market. They’ve since set up a dedicated team of programmers and marketers to focus on getting their new product launched.
So, what is the unique tablet PC proposition that they have?
First up, they’re aiming at younger customers – 15-25 years old. Those that want a tablet but can’t justify the price of an iPad or premium Android slate. This means hitting a price point sub-£200 but without compromising on poor quality manufacturing and components that are synonymous with cheap tablets.
Where are they at now?
The Andy Pad is in development with details being finalised. But, I’m told they’ve ensured that it will play full high-definition video at 1080p, handle 3D games and do the usual everyday tasks without crashes or irritating flaws. It’s designed so “it works straight out of the box”. This means it will have a number of pre-installed games and apps – including Twitter and Facebook.
They also passed on some teaser pictures of what we can expect too…
What does the Andy Pad feature list look like?
Mattressman are still putting the finishing touches to it, but so far we have the following:
- 7-inch white tablet – a size suited to a jacket pocket
- 5-point multi-touch screen – it’s a resistive screen so less responsive than a capacitive screen but that allows them to get to the low price point and we’re informed it’s a decent quality resistive screen
- Running Android 2.3 so not the latest Android Honeycomb operating system but still a recent Android update
- 1.2GHz A8 Processor with
256MB RAM.Latest update has this with 512MB RAM.
- HD output at 1080p – capable of playing high definition video
- Flash support so you can watch web videos delivered using this technology
- 8GB (TBC) internal memory for storing apps, games, music and video
- SD card reader for extending the internal memory
- Mini-USB port
- Front-facing camera for video chat
- Accelerometer and G-sensor so that the tablet will react to movement during gaming to control the on-screen action
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
How much will the Andy Pad be?
All of this will be delivered for £129 – very impressive.
To whet your appetite further, we have an unconfirmed report that there will be a higher specification version also available bringing a more responsive capacitive screen, a powerful processor with 512MB RAM and at a price point of just £40 more – all TBC at the moment.
Tablets are notoriously difficult to deliver on a promised spec and all of this is subject to change as the tablets nears completion. But, as you can tell, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on an Andy Pad so we can get a review out.
For the very latest updates head over to the official Andy Pad website and I’ll keep you up to date when I know more.
Image source: www.andypad.co.uk/