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.

thanks Steve!

via GottaBeMobile

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12 replies on “Augen introduces 10 inch Android netbook, pushes fixes for GenTouch78 tablet”

  1. I bought the GenBook108 10 inch Android netbook at K-mart for under $200. It has a nice display, very lightweight, nice keyboard. Unfortunately, I am taking mine back. I can not run any facebook gaming applications nor can I view a Netflix video. It is not compatable with many of the windows based programs. This is a shame… It was almost a keeper.

  2. Is there a better Android tablet on the market for less than $200 that has at LEAST a 7″ screen and 2.1 or 2.2 OS?

  3. Wow…pay $169.00 and NOT be able to use it because it can’t download software. What a bargain….NOT. I think I’ll spend a bit more, and get a Sony that CAN download software, instead.

    1. What product of Sony’s is comparable to a 7″ tablet running android?

  4. If it sells for less than $200, it should be a good deal. I think 10 inch is better than 7 inch when it comes to touch typing. I have a 7 inch netbook and a 9 inch netbook and the latter is better than the former.

    I have the 7 inch Gentouch 78 and will be checking out the patch.

    1. It can download files, and you can install .apk files (as long as you turn on the option allowing for non-Market installs in Menu > Settings > Applications), but the Android Market app doesn’t work properly. So if you have a direct url to a .apk file then you’re fine.

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