Skytex Primer Pocket is a $99 handheld Android device

There aren’t many Android devices with 5 inch or smaller screens that aren’t phones. But today there’s one more. A company called Skytex has launched a device called the Primer Pocket, and it’s a pocketable tablet running Google Android 2.2.

The Pocket Primer joins a handful of other products which are most easily classified as Android versions of the iPod touch. Like the iPod Touch, these devices can play music and movies, surf the web over WiFi, and run a large number of third party apps. The ICE Smart, Philips GoGear, Cowon D3, Creative Zen Touch 2, and several Archos products have also had a go at this space, but none has really managed to make a dent in the iPod touch’s market share.

I doubt the Pocket Primer will either, but this little guy does have a few things going for it. At the top of the list? A suggested retail price of just $99 — making the Skytex Pocket Primer one of the cheapest Android devices around.

The Pocket Primer has a 4.3 inch, 480 x 272 pixel display, support for multitouch input, a G-sensor, and a 600 MHz processor. It has 256MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for expansion. It has 802.11b/g/n WiFi support.

Unlike many other low-cost Android handhelds, the Pocket Primer has a built in mic and speaker, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1 watt speaker.

This isn’t the company’s first foray into the mobile devices space. The company also offers a 7 inch Android 2.3 tablet called the SkyPad Alpha, a Windows tablet called the SkyTab S Series, and a few eBook readers.

  • Nards Barley

    “support for multitouch input”

    I am see they put the words :pinch-to-zoom” in parenthesis.  I take it this doesn’t necessarily mean it is capacitive. I use to associate the words pinch-to-zoom with capacitive, but that seems to be changing?

    I guess no support for flash and no mention of battery capacity.  At $99 it may be worth checking out.

    s

    • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

      Yep, there are definitely a few things we still don’t know about this little guy. The price is appealing, but I wouldn’t expect a lot from a $99 Android device. 

  • Anonymous

    With that screen, pass.

  • Nards Barley

    I see the specs mention a “power adapter”. It would be a shame if a little sucker like this can’t be charged with a USB cable.

    • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

      You can charge via USB or connect the power adapter to the end of the USB cable. 

      • Nards Barley

        Ah, that is right. All my reading devices have power adapters. I tend to associate the word with the traditional style. 

      • Nards Barley

        I guess then they would be called a “power supply”….whatever.

  • Nards Barley

    Sounds like the Nate of the Digital Reader blog reads your blog:

    His blog:
    “ Unlike some of the tiny Android devices I’ve seen without phone functionality, the Pocket Primer has a built-in mic and speaker, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.”

    Your blog:
    “Unlike some of the tiny Android devices I’ve seen without phone functionality, the Pocket Primer has a built in mic and speaker, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1 watt speaker.”

    • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

      Actually, I think he published his article before I wrote mine… but I’m pretty sure that similar language was an accident. I wasn’t reading his article when I wrote mine — but we both noticed the same features.

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