Nowadays, the market of tablets and smartphones having OS of Ice Cream Sandwich is becoming more and more common; there is still a market for cheap tablets having OS of mostly Gingerbread. This has been testified by a Small manufacturer PocketBook with the introduction of its new Gingerbread running tablet PocketBook A7, which is a follow-up of the previous 701 model. Until now, PocketBook was known for making its own line-up of eReaders, but with the PocketBook A7 it is going to throw its hat in the tablet market. PocketBook has intended this device with the hope to steal as many hearts as possible in the e-Reader market as it has features like integrated and back next buttons. However, the interesting part about the device is that it is tremendously reminiscent with the popular HTC Flyer tablet.
The ergonomics design of PocketBook A7 is somewhat stylish, as well easy to use in both vertical and horizontal position. When it comes to processor, this device is powered with a 1GHz single-core Texas Instruments OMAP 3621 CPU along with 512MB of RAM. PocketBook A7 runs on the Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread operating system. PocketBook has used a 7” capacitive multi-touch LCD display with a full screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels for this tablet. It sports a front facing camera of 2-mega pixels for web conferencing, but there is no rear facing camera. While talking about storage, it includes an internal storage of 4GB which can be expanded via microSD card slot. Dimension wise, it measures 207 x 131 x 14 mm and the weight of the device is 410 grams.
There is no word on the availability of the Bluetooth, but the device will definitely come with built-in Wi-Fi support. The device will also feature HDMI port, microUSB port, G-Sensor, 1x Speaker and headphone socket. PocketBook A7 is packed with Lithium Polymer 3300mAh battery, which will deliver the battery life of up to 6.5 hours. The device has supports of PDF (ADOBE DRM), EPUB (ADOBE DRM), DJVU, TXT, FB2, DOC, HTML, DOCX, RTF file formats, WAV and MP3 audio formats, MKV, AVI and MP4 video formats, and BMP, JPEG, TIFF and PNG graphic formats.
Sadly, the PocketBook A7 hasn’t the support for Android Market and standard Google Applications. However, it comes with some notable pre-installed third-party Android applications such as Adobe Digital Editions and Dolphin Browser. There should be a plenty for e-books with PocketBook A7, so it is very obvious that PocketBook aims to people who are frequently spending their extra time in reading their desired fiction novels. The other features include ABBYY Lingvo dictionaries, Text-to-Speech converter, PocketBook collection of books, CoolReader for eBooks reading, Dolphin Browser HD with Flash support, HomeWork for scheduling and home task management, and Office Suite Pro to view PDF files and to create & manage office documents.
Right now, there is no word on the pricing information and releasing date of the PocketBook A7 tablet. But, it is expected that the price of this tablet will not go beyond $200.
The features and specifications of PocketBook A7:
- Operating System: Gingerbread 2.3.7
- Processor: 1GHz single-core Texas Instruments OMAP 3621 CPU
- Display: 7” capacitive multi-touch LCD display
- Display Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
- Internal Storage: 4GB, 512 MB RAM
- External Storage: Via MicroSD Card Slot
- Front-Facing Camera: 2MP
- Dimensions: 207 x 131 x 14 mm
- Weight: 410 grams
- Connectivity: Built-in Wi-Fi, microUSB port, HDMI port, G-Sensor, headphone jack
- Battery: Lithium Polymer 3300mAh battery
- Battery life: Up to 6.5 hours
- File formats support: PDF (ADOBE DRM), EPUB (ADOBE DRM), DJVU, TXT, FB2, DOC, HTML, DOCX, RTF
- Graphics formats support: BMP, JPEG, TIFF and PNG
- Audio formats support: WAV and MP3
- Video formats support: MKV, AVI and MP4
- Pre-installed Android apps: Adobe Digital Editions and Dolphin Browser