At Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain a new face to tablets has shown up, SmartQ. SmartQ has brought out a new 9.7-inch tablet with some very interesting touchscreen technology.
The tablet has been dubbed SmartQ Ten and will run on Google’s Android OS. The interesting touch technology that the SmartQ Ten’s screen features is called piezoelectric [screen], the technology allows for both human multi-touch (10-point) as well as non-conductive styli use (older type of stylus).
The piezoelectric screen will according to SmartQ feature an experience that mirrors both capacitive screens (similar light transmittance) and resistive screens (similar point-input precision) but will cost less to make. The LCD panel used for the Ten tablet will use In Plane Switching (IPS) technology, which offers great picture quality.
SmartQ will be outfitting the Ten tablet with a ARM Cortex A9 processor (unspecified amount of cores or clockspeed), a Mali 400 GPU, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of Flash storage. Other features to be included include a G-sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS module, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. At this time SmartQ states the Ten will run on Android 2.2 Froyo OS.
At this time SmartQ hasn’t given out an official price or release date for this new Android tablet.