Up until a few days ago few people had heard the name Augen. But now that KMart is selling 7 inch tablets Android netbooks and tablets from the company for between $99 and $150, it seems like a day doesn’t go by without a bit of Augen related news. Here’s today’s dose:
Augen introduces GenBook108 10 inch Android netbook
While KMart is only stocking a 7 inch netbook from Augen at the moment, Augen has also introduced a 10 inch model. This version looks a lot beefier than the 7 inch netbook, with twice the RAM, double the CPU clock speed, and a higher resolution display and alrger keyboard.
The Augen GenBOOK108 has a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, an 800MHz CPU, 256MB of memory, and 2GB of flash storage. It runs Google Android 2.1, supports WiFi, and has an SD card slot for extra storage. It also comes with a leather carrying case and a USB cable for data transfers.
There’s no wor don the price for htis model, but I suspect it will cost a bit more than the $99 GenBook78 netbook.
Technical difficulties plague the GenTouch78 tablet
While the Augen GenTouch78 tablet is one of the cheapest Android tablets around — and is one of the only models you can actually walk into a store in the US and pick up (if you happen to live near one of the few KMarts that have the tablet in stock), it’s still a cheap piece of consumer electronics. So it’s not surprising that early adopters are noticing a few problems.
First, Augen notes that many users are upset that it has a 2.5m headphone jack instead of a more standard 3.5mm headphone jack. But the company is promising to send a set of earbuds to users who write in and request them.
Second, there’s a software glitch that misrepresents the amount of available memory, which Augen says it is fixing. Finally, much to my surprise, the Augen GenTouch78 tablet does apparently ship with the Google Android Market preloaded. It just doesn’t appear to let users download and install software right now, but Augen says a software patch which is coming soon should fix that issue.