Smartbook AG, the company that wants to prevent the rest of the world from calling cheap ARM-based netbooks with 3G capabilities smartbooks, has launched a device that doesn’t look anything like a smartbook… or a netbook, or laptop. The new Smartbook Surfer is a 7 inch Android tablet that actually looks an awful lot like the Augen GenTouch78 which recently went on sale in the US.
The Smartbook Surfer has a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a Telechips TTC8902 720MHz processor, and runs Google Android 2.1.
The tablet has 256MB of DDR2 memory and 2GB of internal flash storage. it has 802.11b/g WiFi, a miniSD card slot, GPS module, and a webcam.
The webcam and GPS definitely set this tablet apart from the Augen GenTouch78 which lacks both of those features. The Smartbook tablet also has 2 USB ports instead of 1, and a HDMI port for 1080p video output. On the other hand, it has a lower capacity 1400mAh battery (the Augen tablet has a 2100mAh battery).
Smartbook says the device supports Flash, but I find that hard to believe since you need Android 2.2 to run Adobe Flash, and the Smartbook Surfer ships with Android 2.1.
Touch Me Mobile has a hands-on video with the hardware, which was shot earlier this year on a similar device running Windows CE instead of Android.
The Smartbook Surfer is on sale in Germany for €179, or about $234 US.
Don’t buy Smartbook product! Smartbook Service Inexistent!
I sent it for repair about three months ago. They told They’ll send a replacement after about a month. Since then, no tablet received and no reply to email.
This is really cool. I found another one here at $145. Has anyone tried it out? worth?
Can we agree this release officially ends the “smartbook” trademark dispute?
You really should start mentioning if the touch screen is capacitive or resistive. It is one of the deal breakers for me. It sounds like it is a big issue for you too based on the GenTouch78 reviews. Now I’ll have to watch the video to find out. 🙂
“der Touchscreen ist resistiv” – Well. This settles it.
The HTC hero with android 1.5 already supported flash, at least a part of it. The HTC desire with 2.1 even more so. Version 2.2 is not the only version that supports flash or a part of it.
That’s Adobe “Flash-Lite”, for small devices like Smartphones.
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