teXet now have a Wifi-less media tablet in Russia

I'm as surprised as you are.

teXet, a Russian gadget company, are currently showing off their latest media device. The TB-710HD is based on the standard 7" (800x480) touchscreen, but it's running Linux (not Android). It has a 600MHz CPU, 4GB Flash, microSD card slot, headphone jack, and a speaker.

The-eBook.org got their hands on one, and it has broad audio, video, and ebook support.  If used for reading, it gets about 4 days battery life. Video support was also good; it played a 720p file without skipping frames or blurring.  But they weren't pleased with the reading ability; it hung on a FB2 file and lacked decent PDF support.

Retail is 3599 rubles ( about $127 USD).

I don't know about you, but I really don't see the point of having a tablet without Wifi. The hardware cost is minimal and you get so much more in terms of ability. And Linux? Why would you choose Linux over Android?  I'd definitely pass.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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