Smart Devices, makers of the versatile SmartQ V5 and V7, is back with its latest product to grace the MID scene, the SmartQ T7 and T7-3G. An updated version of the Ubuntu-running R7, the new T7 series is clearly taking a page from the growing popularity of e-readers and the iPad, deviating from the landscape orientation of the V5 and V7 and opting for a portrait format design with a 7-inch SVGA (800×600) resistive touch screen.
Running Android 2.1 and powered by a 720MHz ARM11 processor that includes hardware video decoding and 3D graphics acceleration, the tablet is capable of playing back 1080p full HD video and supports an extensive range of video/audio/file formats. Other specs include 256MB RAM, 2GB local storage (with 512MB available for use), support for SD cards up to 32GB, accelerometer, b/g WiFi, USB 2.0 OTG, and a high capacity 4700mAh battery. The T7-3G model adds 3G mobile broadband connectivity over the standard T7 model. The neatly designed tablet tips the scales at around 14.8 ounces and measures 8.1 x 5.35 x 0.63 inches.
Although not the most powerful or well specified MID we've seen, the SmartQ T7-3G is one of the few devices occupying the boundary between tablet MIDs and e-readers, bringing together an interesting mix of design elements and features, with the excellent Android OS, strong internet and media capabilities, and a simple, versatile design for landscape or portrait use. Most other dedicated tablet MIDs are more focused on the internet and media experiences with a wider landscape design, while dedicated e-readers usually have grayscale e-ink screens and treat the internet and media functionality as a secondary priority. With the increasing level of convergence in new devices it will be interesting to see if more manufacturers will start to introduce MID/e-reader crossover devices merging more functionality into a single tablet.
There's currently no word on the release date or price of the SmartQ T7 and T7-3G, apart from that it should be soon and the pricing should be competitive. What are your thoughts on these new MID/e-reader tablets? Would you be interested in seeing more crossover devices?[Zol | Engadget China]