The Augen GenTouch78 may have received pretty lousy reviews, and Augen may have been forced by Google to remove access to the Android Market (it never really worked anyway). But that’s not stopping the company from moving full steam ahead into the great Android tablet beyond.
Augen has announced plans to introduce 6 new tablets, ranging from a $199.99 model which looks like a modest update to the GenTouch78 to the kind of awesome sounding $599.99 model which will feature almost every state of the art component you could hope for — plus a keyboard docking station.
Engadget has the full breakdown on the details, but here’s the short version:
- Augen GenTouch Latte: $199.99 tablet with a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel resistive touchscreen, a G-sensor, HDMI output, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and 2GB of storage weighing 13.05 ounces
- Augen GenTouch Latte Grande: $249.99 version of the above tablet with a higher resolution 800 x 600 pixel display, Android 2.2, a faster 800MHz CPU, a 3 axis accelerometer and n ambient light sensor
- Augen GenTouch Espresso: $349.99 7 inch tablet with an 800 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU< Android 2.2, Bluetooth, WiFi, 8GB of storage, vibration, a compass, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor
- Augen GenTouch Espresso Firma: 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel resisitve touchscreen display, a dual core CPU, and a “magical wand pen” for handwriting recognition, Android 2.2, 2G of storage, and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
- Augen GenTouch Espresso Dolce: $429.99 tablet with a 10.1 inch capacitive 1024 x 768 pixel display and most of the same features as the Espresso
- Augen GenTouch Espresso Doppio: $599.99 tablet that sounds like the Dolce on the hardare side, but it dual boots Android and Ubuntu Linux and also comes with a backlit keyboard docking station with its own battery — providing up to 15 hours of run time when docked.
The Espresso Doppio also has a 160GB hard drive and a 3MP front-facing camera.
All six tablets are due out by year’s end. Keep in mind, Augen’s press release also suggests that the company was “the first manufacturer to introduce Android platform tablets,” which couldn’t be much further from the truth… unless Augen meant to say the first manufacturer to introduce Android tablets at KMART. So I wouldn’t bother getting my hopes up about any of these new devices. On paper though, they all look awfully interesting.