Earlier this week, I announced here on this blog that a Nigerian technology company, Encipher Limited is set to unveil the prototype of their Andriod powered tablet this weekend.
Today, the unveiling commenced as the photos of the Encipher tablet went live on Facebook. The Andriod-powered tablet doesn’t look anything like the iPad as some may have anticipated. It looks more like the highly anticipated Google tablet.
I’ve posted some of the pictures below.
Interestingly, the specs of the final product was also announced. Here they are:
- CPU:VIA 8505 400mhz
- 16GB HDD
- LCD: 7″ 16:9 aspect ratio, 800*400 resolution
- Wifi:802.11 b/g.
- External 3G( means one can use their existing USB mobile broadband with the device).
- Android 1.6 (codename: Donut).
- 35mm jack, HDMI output, support for TV-OUT, USB2.0, SD/MMC card port,
- Accessories: User manual, HDMI cable.
In terms of storage, the Encipher tablet is similar to the iPad which starts at 16GB. However, the iPad also has 32GB and 64GB storage space options. Would there be an Encipher tablet with 64GB storage capacity? We don’t know yet.
Although the Encipher tablet has 16GB storage, there is the option of 5GB online storage. Encipher believes that customers would yearn more for online storage to be able to move around rather than local storage, in the case of theft.
The iPad is 9.7″, while the Encipher tablet has a smaller screen (7″) but is still perfect for viewing pictures and videos. According to Saheed Adepoju, Co-founder and Innovation Manager of Encipher, “the new tablet beats Amazon’s Kindle as it has other purposes rather than a standard ebook reader”.
He further stated that [Encipher] does not “intend to combat with Google…but hopes to “sell [Encipher's] cloud computing services via the device”, such as Hosted Exchange, Cloud storage, Cloud Backup, Hosted desktops, Hosted VoIp, etc. The Encipher tablet when officially released will include Google maps, Ebook reader, Fb app and standard android apps, amongst others.
“The nature of the Encipher tablet unveiling will be in the form of a video demo-ing the features of the prototype and discussion of the various final specs”, he stated in a message to Encipher fans on Facebook.
Encipher is a growing technology consultancy with bases in the UK and Nigeria and with expertise in ensuring that products and services are always available on the “cloud”, regardless of platform or device.
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