Creative announced their plans for a pair of Android based tablets a few months back, but since then we haven’t heard much of the device’s details. The European devices are set to launch with 7-inch and 10-inch models, and the 7-inch model has just hit the FCC.
complete with user manual and lovely snapshots of its innards all laid out. There’s no mistaking that ZiiLABS ZMS-08 system-on-a-chip front and center, flanked by four slabs of NAND flash from Hynix Semiconductor, and in the upper left-hand corner you can even see the AzureWave chip responsible for its 802.11 b/g WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth functions.
The new Android tablets from Creative won’t compete with the iPad or Galaxy Tab on performance. But they will offer some tempting low-cost alternatives. The ZiiO tablet from Creative has been available in Europe since earlier this month, and has now made an appearance at the FCC. Although there’s been no official U.S. announcement, we can probably expect them in early 2011.
The 7-inch tablet will sport a 800×480 resolution screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroSD slot, VGA camera, mic, speaker and will ship with 8GB or 16GB onboard storage.
If you’re still reading after hearing “resistive touchscreen,” you should know that it also includes a colossal 5000mAh battery, so we should see some long usage times.
Creative’s 7-inch model retails in the U.K. for the equivalent of $315 (8GB) and $347 (16GB). At these rates, the ZiiO might be perfect for someone who wants Android 2.1 (2.2 is on the way), basic Internet browsing, above-average video, and no carrier contract.