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Marvell making Android tablet for mystery customer

updated 06:35 pm EDT, Tue May 25, 2010

Marvell 10-inch tablet due soon

Marvell today at the Netbook Summit showed a mystery 10-inch tablet. The aluminum-shelled slate would be based on the company's Moby reference design and would combine Android 2.1 with Marvell's high-speed Armada 610 processor. Little else is clear about the design, but it would have space for a front camera.

The design is fully intended for production for another company, but the customer for the tablet is being kept secret. Marvell wouldn't allow the unit to be turned on at the risk of giving away the identity. A ship date and a price are consequently off limits, but the Moby design would cost $99. The tablet as such could be a surprise competitor to the iPad as well as other Android tablets like the ICD Ultra or Notion Ink Adam. [via Engadget]




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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    BUT....


    Does it run Android??

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    I don't doubt that a company could produce

    an inexpensive tablet design but I think it would be difficult to build a well-constructed tablet and sell it to U.S. consumers for $300 without sacrificing customer support. All rival companies are going to try to undercut the iPad in cost and add in some extra features. Good luck with that strategy. If iPad sales come under pressure, Apple would simply drop the price of the iPad and goodbye Tablet X.
    I'd have to know what company is getting it. I'm sure it would be running Android. No company wants to pay for a mobile OS anymore.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    The company....

    ... is Google.

  1. emark

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    mmmm, no

    one: where did you get $300? why do you think they need to have a lower price? they said the Moby platform part would be $99. I don't see ANY mention of the price point it appears you arbitrarily picked.

    Let's see, excellent hardware (http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/02/11/marvell.intros.first.armada.600.series.chip/), an excellent and fast-evolving software platform (see reviews of Android 2.2, even though they are saying this would have 2.1...I'd bet on the former, or upgradeability), a svelte aluminum chasis...

    It may not be perfect, or fit your needs, but if you can't acknowledge that it has the makings of a strong competitor to the iPad, then you're blinded by the same things that would cause you to choose a name like "iphonerulez".

    ZinkDifferent: the company is probably not Google, for the same reason that they are extricating themselves from selling their own phones directly. They've made a decision to do the OS only in phones.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    $300

    Why $300 as your base? The iPad starts at $500, and that's for the low, low, low end model.

    And at $300, you're already talking $200 'profit'. You don't think it costs $200 to do all the other work needed to release such a product, do you?

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