AOC is better known for its display range, but it's pushing out its own Android tablet all the same. The AOC Breeze is an 8-inch slate with a dinky sub-$200 price tag; problem is, you have to make a few other concessions to drop to that sort of budget pricing.
For instance, it's Android 2.1 Eclair rather than Froyo or Honeycomb, and the display - despite being larger than what you get on the Galaxy Tab - runs at mere 800 x 600 resolution. There's also only WiFi b/g and no Bluetooth, but you do at least get a full-sized USB port, 4GB of onboard storage and a microSD card reader.
AOC Unleashes the Breeze Tablet with 8-Inch Screen
World’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs makes a bigger entrance into the tablet market
Fremont, Calif. – January 3, 2011– AOC, the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs, announces the launch of the Breeze, an ultraportable tablet with an industry-leading 8-inch, 800-by-600-pixel touch screen and a full USB 2.0 port. The Breeze Tablet runs on the Google Android 2.1 operating system and is powered by a Rockchip processor. Weighing in at only 1.1 pounds, it is a truly portable device that puts the Internet, e-mail, games, movies and music at your fingertips. The Breeze Tablet offers a seamless user experience and will be available for purchase at a sub-$200 price point at national retailers.
“In developing the Breeze Tablet, we were able to capitalize on our expertise in video displays and our strength in the computer industry to create a device that matches our 60-year reputation of providing quality and user-friendly products at a great value,” said Robert Velez, Marketing Manager of AOC.
Ideal for work and play, the Breeze Tablet lets you stream media from an attached USB device or the Internet via Wi-Fi onto its 8-inch, 800-by-600-pixel touch screen. The device will play several hours of audio and video when fully charged, and includes a built-in speaker, standard headphone jack and microphone. The Breeze comes preloaded with essential applications like Web browser, video and audio players, photo browser, e-mail, calendar and e-book shelves, and provides access to additional apps like office suite through the Android marketplace. The Breeze offers 4GB of on-board storage space, as well as a micro SD card slot for further expansion. The full USB 2.0 also allows for additional storage.
Key Standard Features
§ Google Android 2.1 OS
§ 8-inch touch screen with auto-rotation
§ Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
§ 4GB internal memory
§ Full USB 2.0 port
§ Additional ports: USB OTG, 3.5MM stereo headphone jack, DC in jack
§ Micro SD card reader
§ 12 hrs audio playing time/up to 6 hrs video time
A full line of accessories is available for the Breeze Tablet, and AOC offers a two-year accident coverage program for loss or damage of the device.
AOC will showcase the Breeze Tablet during CES 2011 in Las Vegas from January 6-9. Journalists interested in previewing the Breeze and additional AOC products at the Bellagio Tower Ballroom 5, may schedule an appointment by contacting Tiffany Iwankiw.