More famous for creating fashionable e-book reader products, BeBook has just announced and demoed their upcoming 7-inch Live Android OS 2.2 Tablet. With dedicated e-readers going the dinosaur’s path, it’s a good thing that this company has shifted to making Android tablets. The BeBook Live reminds me of my favorite music software program, Ableton Live. I hope it lives up to its name when it hits commercial launch this coming June 2011.
As per company representatives, BeBook Live 7″ Android OS 2.2 Tablet PC will retail for $279 next month. It’s a bargain considering this device will feature a 1 GHz Samsung Cortex A8 processor and it will have 512MB of RAM. Pricewise, this android tablet will compete with the Coby Kyros MID7024 and HeroTab C8 which offers the same core features. But unlike the Chinese generic tablets, this one’s got BeBook’s seal of quality. Expect this to be produced under strict quality supervision.
I’m not happy that BeBook is shipping the Live with the old Android 2.2 OS but hopefully, next-generation batches of this tablet will ship with Android 3.0 or Android 2.3. Since it’s a Samsung 1 GHz inside this gadget, we can safely presume that the BeBook Live will play 3D OpenGL 1.0 games easily. Because of this feature, I’m already tempted to order this tablet as a wedding gift for a friend that’s tying the knots on June 28. He’s also an avid gamer, might as well give him a 3D game-capable tablet to keep him sane once his wife starts running off her mouth.
I’m also delighted to learn that this cheap tablet PC will have a 7-inch capacitive and multi-touch capable screen. At such a low price point, I was expecting a resistive screen but BeBook must have gotten a supplier of affordable capacitive displays. It is also another thumbs-up for the Live because it features a front-facing 2 megapixel camera – perfect for video calls with Fring.
The BeBook Live will ship with 4GB of built-in flash storage but can be easily expanded via the included microSD slot. Since it ships with Android 2.2 “Froyo” OS, this tablet has full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Android Market. Thanks to its powerful processor and large amount of RAM, the BeBook Live can play 1080p full HD movies easily. Users will also be able to output the same 1080p video to large screen monitors via the HDMI port of this android tablet.
Here’s the promotional video for the BeBook Live Android 2.2 tablet:
If you’re interested of this android tablet, watch out for BeBook Live release date in June 2011 and prepare a minimum cash of $279.