Coby shows off a quintet of Ice Cream Sandwich tablets for 2012

December 9, 2011
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Not one to be left out in the cold, budget manufacturer Coby has announced no less than five new Android tablet,s all of them running Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices will cover the gamut as far as screen sizes for tablets go, with 7, 8, 9, 9.7 and 10inch varieties. There's no specific launch date available, but Coby says that the tablets will be on hand at CES in January.

All five of the tablets will feature 1Ghz Cortex 8 processors and a full gigabyte of RAM, which should be enough to run Ice Cream Sandwich, even if it doesn't exactly zoom. Naturally they're WiFi only, but they'll be equipped with HDMI ports and up to 32GB of storage - not bad. There's no mention of the Android Market or Google apps, so they may not be included. We'll see soon enough.

The variety of screens doesn't stop as sizes. Coby notes that the capacitive screens on the MID8042 and MID 9742 use a 4:3 aspect ratio like the iPad and HP Touchpad, while the MID7042, MID9042 and MID1042 weren't specified, which probably means either 16:9 or 16:10. There's no word on price, but given Coby's position in the market, you can expect them to be competitive; whether you'd want the tablets over more expensive alternatives is yet to be seen.


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