Ematic Releases First 10″ Android 4.0 Tablet
The eGlide XL Pro 2 is running the latest version of Android on a multi-core chipset. The details aren’t completely clear, but it looks like this tablet is running on the Boxchip A10 chipset that I love so much. It has a 1GHz CPU with a 400MHz GPU. The chips aren’t named, but that combination strongly suggests the A10 CPU.
This tablet lacks Bluetooth, but it does have a front facing camera, 4GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, HDMI out, and a g-sensor. Ematics is also boasting that this tablet comes with 5GB of cloud storage and a microphone. It ships with the Kobo app but not the Android Market. Instead Ematic is including its own app store.
This is a fairly ordinary looking tablet, but one thing that really interests me is one of the custom apps that Ematic included. It’s called EDAN (“Ematic Digital Assistant & Navigator”), and going by the description this looks to be a Siri competitor. It’s described as a virtual assistant app that uses voice-to-text technology to find out answers to every day questions such as restaurant locations, movie times and more. You’re supposed to be able to verbally dictate an email, Facebook message, or tweet without relying on the tablet’s on-screen keyboard. I haven’t had a chance to try it so I don’t know how well it works. But it looks interesting.
In any case, the eGlide XL Pro 2 is now hitting store shelves (ShopNBC, Walmart, and Amazon) with a retail of $220, which puts it firmly in the budget tablet range, considering its screen size.