Auraslate is positioning it’s 7 and 10 inch Android tablets as hacker-friendly devices with open source software. In fact you even get a disc with the source code when you buy one of the company’s tablets.

auraslate 1026 tablet dissected

But just how easy is it for an independent developer to work with one of these tablets? Pretty easy, it turns out.

AdamOutler posted a video of the Auraslate 1026 for xda-developers that starts with an unboxing, continues to show the process of disassembling the tablet altogether, and finally shows how to hook the system board up to a computer to run some diagnostics and learn what makes it tick.

There aren’t many surprises. we already knew that the device has a 10 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor. AdamOutler did discover that the CPU is produced by AMLogic though, and that’s not something listed on the spec sheet.

More importantly, he reports that it’s pretty easy to take apart the tablet and work with the software. Although the $199 tablet ships with Android 4.0, developers that know what they’re doing should be able to modify the software, produce custom ROMS, or even port other operating systems to run on the hardware.

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One reply on “Auraslate 1026 tablet dissected, proves hacker-friendly”

  1. Sorry, the all sales are final bit is just a bridge too far.  Unknown product from an unknown company with zero track record and we are buying with no ability to return a dud?

    I can see a charge to revive a bricked unit, labor ain’t free.  Or just sell a JTAG cable along with instructions to reflash it and really make it a developer unit.  But calling it one to avoid offering a warranty is just a dodge.

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