Coby Readies Five Ice Cream Sandwich Tablets for 2012

Consumer electronics maker Coby Electronics is set to release five new tablets running Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system in the first quarter of 2012, the company said Friday. Coby will unveil the tablets, among the first to run Google's next-generation OS, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January.

"Coby is thrilled to announce our premiere range of feature-packed Android 4.0-powered Internet tablets that will put the world in consumers' hands as never before," said Jodi Sally, vice president of marketing for Coby, in a statement. "We also are proud to be among the first companies to make available a wide range of the newest, Ice Cream Sandwich-operated units, helping to further underscore our commitment to meeting the demands of a broad base of consumers with innovative products in the hottest CE categories."

Coby's new tablets are the 7-inch MID7042, 8-inch MID8042, 9-inch MID9042, 9.7-inch MID9742, and 10-inch MID1042. The company didn't divulge prices for the new devices, but did say that the tablets sport a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, capacitive multi-touch screens, up to 1GB of RAM, expandable memory up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, and HDMI 1080p output.

Earlier tablet efforts from Coby include the Kyros MID7015, a 7-inch tablet priced at $199 with a resistive touch screen rather than a multi-touch display, running Android 2.1, a version of the OS not built for tablets.

The new units look a lot more promising. Users will be able to pinch and expand for zooming just like on popular tablets like the iPad, and Ice Cream Sandwich is a major OS upgrade. We'll be getting our hands on the new Coby tablets at CES and will let you know how they test drive.

src: [PCMag]


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