7 inch tablets too big? Poketab launches a 6 inch tablet in Japan

Android tablets come in a range of shapes and sizes… but most have 7 or 10 inch screens. And then there’s the Poketab 6, which has a 6 inch screen and a case small enough to slip into a pocket.

In fact, with the growing size of smartphones, the Poketab almost looks more like a phone than a tablet. But it’s being positioned as a tablet that’s the right size for Japanese customers… you know, because they have smaller hands. Or something.

Poketab 6

As an American who’s just 5 feet, 4 inches tall I’m a bit offended by the implicit sizeism. But whatever… I suppose it’s nice to see someone thinking outside the box when it comes to tablet size.

Unfortunately the small screen is about the only thing the Poketab 6 really has going for it.

The tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM COrtex-A8 processor and features 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 800 x 480 pixel display.

Those specs sound a bit dated in 2013. But you can at least add a little storage using the microSD card slot.

Poketab also isn’t charging an arm and a leg for the tablet — it sells for about $90 in Japan.

The Poketab 6 also features 802.11n WiFi, a 5-point multitouch display and a 2000mAh battery. It measures 6.3″ x 3.7″ x 0.4″and weighs 8.4 ounces.

via tabl3ts and GDM.or.jp

  • http://twitter.com/mikecane Mike Cane

    >>>And then there’s the Poketab 6, which has a 7 inch screen

    Typo? 6?

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

      Yup… thanks for catching that!

  • BaderMQ

    It runs Android 3.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

    typo, 4.0 ICS

  • Kyle Platt

    “As an American” you’re an american, I had you pegged as from the EU.

  • Brian St. John

    This is the same Chinese tablet that’s sold in the UK as the Gotab Digit.

  • buzz86us

    There already is a 6′ tablet out there that they sell as a phone it is called the galaxy note.

  • DougC3

    I’ve been quite stuck on the 7″ size ever since I put CM7 on my Nook Tablet (thx, Brad & others) and I buy pants only with cargo pockets, etc. I think a 6.5″ screen with a very narrow bezel would be ideal, and I keep hoping for one.

    As for sizeism and Japanese hands: In the 70’s when the new compact Olympus OM1 35mm SLR debuted, Pop (or Modern) Photography sent a large American writer (I forget which one) to Japan to interview Yoshihisa Maitani, the chief engineer who designed it. The writer started talking about how the camera was designed for small Japanese hands, and Maitani held up his hand… It turned out to be exactly the same size as the writer’s. (By the way, the M in OM is for Maitani.)

  • andybar

    are there any reviews for this? such a low price isn’t promising, but the size is great. I would have bought a G Note II but the screen is too crappy – – fuzzy fonts, no white point, everything blue — gives me the blues.