Tablet Cold War: Russian company launches five devices
Look, we know it's a bit risky to mention the Cold War and Russians' launching anything - but hey, how else are you going to introduce a story whereby a Russian company has unleashed five tablets into the highly competitive MID market?
And that's exactly what the Rover Computers Group of Moscow has done with a mix of Windows CE 6.0 and, more excitingly, Android tablets.
Let's get the Windows CE 6.0 out of the way first shall we, because, well, it's Windows CE. It's called the RoverPad Air G70 and it has a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen. On board it features a 667MHz Samsung ARM11 processor, 256MB of RAM, 4GB of built-in flash memory, Wi-Fi and 3G (optional). There’s also an FM transmitter, a 3-megapixel camera and TV output.
The flagship device is the, 7-inch capacitive, Android 2.1, RoverPad TegA W70 which uses Nvidia's Tegra chipset. It has a HDMI output, Wi-Fi, 3G, a 4GB flash drive, 512MB of RAM and a webcam.
There's also the Go G50, which has a 5-inch screen, runs Android 1.5 and uses a Marvell PXA303 chip; the Go G72 which is Android 1.6, 7-inch and also has Bluetooth; and finally the budget option - the RoverPad 3WG70 which is Android 1.5, uses RockChip’s 2808 chip, has 128MB of RAM and 2GB of flash storage.
It's a weird mishmash of a lineup, and the chances are you won't be able to buy them directly in the UK. Ebay could be your friend if you want to get hold of one of the Rover tablets.
Expect prices to start at around 10,000 Rubles (£211) for the 3WG70 and escalate from there.