Augen, makers of the $150 Kmart tablet, have announced six new Android tablets with screen sizes ranging from seven to 10 inches, each named after a coffee drink and broken up into the Espresso and Latte series.
First up, from the Latte series of tablets running Android 2.2 (Froyo) is the GENTOUCH Latte. This seven-inch Android tablet sports a resistive touchscreen (800 x 480) and weighs a scant 13.05 ounces. It ships with a soft-tipped stylus and contains 2GB of flash memory and a/b/g/n WiFi support. It also has an SD card slot (up to 16GB) and HDMI output. The GENTOUCH latte will cost $200 at launch.
The GENTOUCH Latte Grande is also a 7-inch Android tablet with all the ports and features of the Latte, but it has a capacitive touchscreen with an 800 x 600 resolution. It’s powered by an 800MHz CPU processor and also has a three-axis accelerometer, compass, and ambient light sensor. The Latte Grande will run $250 at launch.
The Espresso series are a step up from the Latte models. They also run Android Froyo, but will upgrade to Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) once available.
The GENTOUCH Espresso is another seven-inch tablet with a capacitive multi-touch screen and 800 x 600 resolution. It features a Cortex A9 1GHz processor and a front-facing three-megapixel camera with video conferencing capability. It also supports Bluetooh 2.1 + EDR and a/b/g/n WiFi. For storage, it has 8GB built-in and a Micro SD card slot. In addition to the light sensor, compass, and accelerometer also found on the Latte Grande, the GENTOUCH Espresso has a vibrating on-screen keyboard. The GENTOUCH Espresso will cost $350 at launch.
Moving up the line, the Espress Dolce is a 10.2-inch tablet with the same multi-touch capabilities and a 1024 x 768 screen resolution. It features a Cortex A8 1GHz processor and the same wireless support as its little brother Espresso. In addition, it sports a standard SD/MMC card slot, HDMI out, accelerometer, compass, light sensor and on-screen QWERTY keyboard with vibration. The Espresso Dolce will cost $430 at launch.
Another Hybrid Laptop?
The Espresso Doppio takes a page from the long-delayed Lenovo U1 and is a fully-functional notebook/tablet hybrid. The Doppio is a dual boot device, running both Android and an Ubuntu operating system. The 10.2-inch detachable display can be undocked from the keyboard base and doubles as a tablet with a multi-touch capacitive screen and 1024 x 768 resolution. The base is a chocolate-style, LED backlit keyboard, and both the screen and base have their own 6000 mAh battery, each good for 10 hours of juice separately, or 15 hours combines, according to Augen.
The Doppio has a 1GHz processor, 512MB SD RAM, three-megapixel front-facing camera, videoconferencing capability, accelerometer, compass, multi-touch trackpad, a/b/g/n WiFi, USB x2, and a 160GB hard drive. The Doppio will cost $600 at launch.
Augen’s Magical Pen
Finally, Augen is releasing the Espresso Firma. Augen claims this tablet includes a “magical wand pen” that “allows the user to create a digital note taking experience simultaneously transmitting the hand written notes digitally to the 7″ tablet.” Augen claims the pen is an actual ink pen that does not require a digitized surface.
This seven-inch tablet has a resistive touchscreen with an 800 x 400 resolution and 2GB of built-in storage as well as a/b/g/n WiFi. It will cost $350 at launch.
Augen did not announce specific availability, but they are shooting for a Q4 2010 or Q1 2011 release, hopefully before CES.