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Advent Vega Tegra 2 tablet listed at PC World

PC World's Advent Vega tablet has been listed at the UK retailer's site, though the 10-inch Android slate isn't yet available to purchase. Priced at £249 ($396), the Vega promises up to 6.5hrs of HD video playback or 16hrs of audio-only music, and is based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset. There's also a 4GB memory card in the box, and the Vega itself has WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HDMI, USB and a webcam. More details in our hands-on report. [vms 540f67c1e9575e213be0] [Thanks Brett!]

Advent Vega tablet hands-on [Video]

The Advent Vega grabbed some interest recently, with the promise of a 10-inch capacitive tablet running Android 2.2 Froyo on an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, all for £249.99. The Vega isn't set to drop into Currys and PC World stores for a few weeks yet, but we grabbed an advance preview with one of the first prototypes to arrive. No branding as yet, and even the buttons aren't labelled, but the Vega is fully functional. Advent - or the OEM behind the Vega - have left the Froyo install relatively unmodified; there's little in the way of a custom interface here. What you do get is a persistent menu bar running along the top, with a dedicated Home shortcut - there's no hardware home button, only Back on the top right hand shoulder of the slate - and some status icons. You can drag that down, as on an Android smartphone, to see status messages and alerts. There are five homescreen panes, which can be filled with widgets as normal (though there aren't any extra than the regular Android phone selection), and a row of shortcuts along the bottom. On the right-hand side of the display are three shortcuts, for the browser, app menu and wireless settings. Unfortunately we couldn't get the Vega to connect to WiFi, so couldn't test the browser, but from what we saw it's the regular Android WebKit-based browser and as a result you might find sites defaulting to their mobile versions. There's multitouch pinch-zooming support, and the Tegra 2 chipset keeps things moving along slickly. [vms 540f67c1e9575e213be0] We did spot a few bugs, particularly with screen rotation. Although the Vega is seemingly intended to be used in landscape orientation (with portrait an option, automatically rotating via the inbuilt accelerometer) on a few occasions it would flip to portrait and refuse to flick back. It's worth noting that this is still a prototype, so hopefully that will be addressed by the time it hits shelves. Update: We've spoken to to team responsible for the Vega about the screen-rotation issues, and it seems one of the unlabelled switches was in rotation-lock position.  The homescreen is always shown in landscape orientation, but when we tried any of the apps they were locked to portrait.  Advent are now working on a new build of the OS which will add a rotation-lock indicator into the toolbar, so that sort of confusion won't occur for buyers of the slate, but of course by the time it reaches stores it'll also have printed legends for all of the physical controls too. Ports include mini HDMI, a microSD card slot and a USB, together with headphones and power jacks.  On the back there are stereo speakers.  A docking port along the bottom will apparently be accompanied by a docking station, we're told, though it's unclear what exact functionality that will include; we're guessing full-sized HDMI out at least, but probably not a QWERTY keyboard. It'll be sold separately. Generally it's a decent performer, though the apps are all the smartphone versions and lack the customisation for a larger screen that, say, Samsung has worked on. We had a chance to compare the Vega to a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and there's a significant difference in screen size; the Galaxy Tab is 7-inches to the Vega's 10-inches, but side-by-side the contrast is more noticeable. They're roughly the same thickness, but the broad bezel of the Vega gives it some heft. At the top there's a webcam which can be used to take stills or record video, while the Android 2.2 OS means streaming Flash video is supported too. No webcam on the back, however, unlike the Samsung. This particular Vega - which will retail for £249.99 - doesn't have integrated 3G mobile broadband, only WiFi and Bluetooth, but Advent are apparently looking to introduce a 3G version at a later date. No timescale for its release, however, nor pricing at this stage. We're cautiously impressed at this stage. The Vega's spec sheet may omit 3G and a rear-facing camera, and the OS might not be especially fitted to the large display, but it's a solid slate and the price is impressive; we've seen cheap, ARM11 based tablets on sale for the same sort of money, after all. We'll be able to put it through its paces more when the review units arrive, however, and see how much of a challenge to the iPad, Toshiba Folio 100 and Galaxy Tab it really is. [gallery]

Advent Vega specs revealed: HDMI, SIM slot & more [Video]

Full specifications for the Advent Vega Tegra 2 tablet expected to drop at UK retailers PC World and Currys for just £249 have emerged.  MoDaCo received both the OEM spec sheet and the retailer's version, and turned up a few interesting tidbits not included in the official press release. Of note are the HDMI connector, four-finger multitouch support and integrated SIM card slot (though, with no mention of an actual 3G modem, we're guessing you'd have to supply your own); the battery life is also impressive.  The Vega is expected to hit retail on October 18th. [youtube Ypj6JxXcxu0]
  • Product Name:
  • Product ID: P10AN01
  • Processor: Nvidia T20 Tegra 2
  • Processor speed: 1GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • ROM: 512MB
  • Included microSD Card: 4GB
  • Screen resolution: 1024 x 600
  • Widescreen: yes
  • LED Screen: yes
  • WiFi: 802.11bg
  • Bluetooth: 2.1 +EDR
  • Memory card Reader: microSD card
  • Webcam: 1.3 Megapixels
  • Touch screen technology: Projective Capacitive
  • Multi-touch: 4 fingers
  • Built-in 3G broadband SIM card slot: yes
  • Battery Type: Li-Polymer
  • Number of battery cells: 2
  • Battery life :
    • Play Audio (LCD off) : 16hr
    • Play 1080p Video : 6.5hr
    • Stand by : 4 days
  • Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Microphone: yes
  • Dimensions: 275mm / 178mm / 13.6mm
  • Weight: 700~750g
  • Colour: Black

Avent Vega and Amico budget tablets due in UK November 1st

UK retail chain Dixons has announced a pair of low-cost Android tablets that will arrive in their PC World and Currys stores from the beginning of November.  The Advent Amico will start at £129 while the Advent Vega will be £249.99; of the two, the latter is unsurprisingly the most interesting. Specs for the Amico are on the scant side, with only a 7-inch touchscreen, WiFi and Android 2.1 listed; hopefully it won't be as wretched as some of the other budget Android slates we've seen of late.  The Vega, though, is a lot more intriguing, having a 10.1-inch multitouch capacitive touchscreen, NVIDIA's second-gen 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset, and Android 2.2. It'll also have a 4GB SD memory card, WiFi and a 1.3-megapixel webcam, together with a battery good for up to 10 hours continued use, despite being only 14mm thick. Press Release:
Dixons Retail Launches into the Tablet Market with new Advent Range • Advent Vega – the lowest priced fully featured tablet in the UK, £249.99 • Advent Amico – offering excellent value, £129.99 Dixons Retail, parent company of PC World and Currys has today announced the exclusive UK launch of two new tablet computers; the Advent Vega and the Advent Amico in a move which will bring tablet computing to the masses. The Advent Amico, at only £129.99, using Android 2.1 with a 7” touch screen and WiFi, offers customers a great introduction to the fun and convenience of tablet computing. It is only 15mm thick and is great for downloading quality videos, games and music to enjoy anywhere. With the addition of a camera it offers customers fantastic value for money as an entry level tablet. The fully featured Advent Vega at £249.99 is a quality and affordable tablet computer, brimming with features. It has a capacitive multi-touch 10.1” screen and an nVidia Tegra 2 dual core 1GHz processor making it one of the fastest tablets on the market, perfect for high quality video and sound playback and indeed more powerful than many netbooks. Popular sites such as BBC iPlayer, gaming sites, MySpace, Yahoo! Mail and YouTube can all be accessed with ease on the new Advent Vega. The Android 2.2 operating system coupled with the fastest processor for tablets on the market enables users to easily navigate their way around the functions and programmes on the Advent Vega. With a 4Gb SD memory card as standard, up to 10 hours continued use, only 14mm thick, a 1.3 megapixel camera and WiFi capability, the Advent Vega is a very capable tablet, ideal for portable computing, at an affordable price. The shiny black casing is stylish and elegant, yet robust enough to withstand the stresses and strains of normal daily use. Jeremy Fennell, Category Director at Dixons Retail said; “We expect tablets to take the computing market by storm and become one of the most popular gifts this Christmas. “While top of the range tablets may be all singing and dancing, the Advent Amico is a great, no frills, starter product. The Advent Vega meanwhile offers those who want more from their tablets a quality, performance product at a very affordable price.” Currys and PC World will have a full range of tablets in its stores, spanning customers’ differing needs and budgets from 1 November.
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