With what we've seen from Google's Android 3.0 platform so far, we have a sneaky suspicion that the days are numbered for tablets built on previous versions of Android. Nevertheless, Stream TV Networks plans to offer up its eLocity A10 tablet for pre-order on February 15. This tablet rocks some serious hardware -- like Nvidia's Tegra 2 T250 processor -- but it's also saddled with Android 2.2 (Froyo), a risky gamble with Motorola's Xoom tablet on the horizon.
We're inching ever closer to the promised bombardment of iPad alternatives, otherwise simply known as tablets. Amazon, for example, is now taking preorders for eLocity's A7 tablet built on Google's Android 2.2 (Froyo) platform.
For 370 bones, the A7 brings a 7-inch touchscreen to the table, Nvidia's Tegra 2 architecture, 4GB of Flash memory (storage), 512MB of DDR2 memory, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1.3MP webcam, micro SD card slot, USB 2.0 port, 3-axis accelerometer, and the ability to pipe 1080p content through its HDMI port.
It's a bit smaller than the iPad at just 7-inches, but one-ups Apple's magical device in a few areas. For more info, see our recent hands-on preview here.
If you’ve been following our tablet coverage, you know we’ve been waiting patiently for legitimate iPad competitors. You also know we gave a disappointing 6 verdict to the Dell Streak – more of a large smartphone “phablet” than a legitimate tablet – and that we’re looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, though one can only guess when that piece of gear will hit US shores.
But just when the whole world is focusing on the big-boy hardware vendors – your Dells, your Samsungs, your Toshibas and your RIMs – up pops the little-known Stream TV Networks with a clean, for-all-intents-finished prototype in hand, along with promises to hand off a reviewable unit next week. The tablet is called the eLocity A7, and we basically liked what we saw during 30 minutes of hands-on use.