So there’s a 2-day event going on this week in San Francisco called the Netbook Summit. And some of the coolest items on display are tablets. Go figure.

Anyway, Engadget’s Joanna Stern got a little hands-on time with a 10 inch Android tablet sporting a Marvell Armada 610 ARM-based processor. Marvell doesn’t actually build tablets, notebooks, or other consumer products. The company makes chips, so this is clearly just a demo unit that won’t likely come to market under the Marvell moniker. But it certainly looks sexy as all get out.

The tablet runs Google Android 2.1 and has a nice array of ports including what look like HDMI and micro SDHC ports. The thing is also super slim.

Joanna didn’t get to turn the tablet on — because then she might see the name of the company that actually built the product. I’m going to take that as a good sign, since it would seem to indicate that somebody does plan to bring this tablet to market one day.

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6 replies on “Mystery Marvell tablet crashes the Netbook Summit”

  1. cant wait for android devices … was just hoping that some way android/ goolge implement inking on such devices … it would be perfect !!

  2. It should hardly be surprising that a tablet could crash the netbook summit. Ask the “experts” what a netbook is and you’ll get as many different definitions. It’s sad and funny. How about they work on the definition, then we know the computers that will be covered at the summit? Too obvious yet too difficult it seems.

  3. @Mike: Agreed. I’ve been hearing about tablets now for what seems like the better part of a year. I figured the iPad would spur things along, but that doesn’t seemed to have happened. The joojoo is a disappointment (I suspect because it is Atom based) . Where are all of the cool ARM based, Android/WebOS/Chrome tablets??

  4. I see slates/tablets more as consumption devices, not netbook replacements. I am concerned about two things, 10″ may be too big and slates still don’t have access to the Android marketplace. If they come out with a 7-9″ model with access to the marketplace and has 8 – 10 hours of run time I will buy one immediately. Oh, and thank God they didn’t use Android 1.5!

  5. None of these devices took much steps and I feel it wont anytime soon.

    Maybe because of the fact that netbooks still has a dominance on the lower end pc space.

    We have to start up understanding that yes these devices will be available, but the questions is when?

  6. I really can’t wait for these devices to start coming to market. I really like Android. I really want to see it succede on larger devices. I totally get where a tablet would fit into my life, and want one that isn’t made by a company that wants to lock me into their walled little garden, and dictate the ecosystem, which is why I get so excited when I see devices like this one… Now if I could just BUY one!

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