November 26, 2014

7-Inch GENTOUCH78 Tablet Available at KMART for $150

Kmart just became another place to shop for Android tablets.  Yeah, that Kmart.  They are currently offering a 7-inch tablet from a company called Augen that features some impressive specs.  Dubbed the GENTOUCH78, this unit is said to run Android 2.1 and supposedly promises access to the full Android Market.  Although it’s a WiFi only tablet, I’m finding it awful difficult to not pick one up for that feature alone.  I would be more than content to have one of these around the house until something else from a major player comes along.

Check out the hardware said to be included:

  • 800×480 color TFT touch panel screen
  • CPU: 800 Mhz
  • Ram: DDR2 256mb
  • Internal Memory: 2GB
  • Expansion Slots: SD/MMC card slot up to 16GB
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity with Full Web Browsing Capability
  • Supports Ebook Formats: Text, PDF, E-PUB, HTML
  • Supports Media Formats: MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC
  • Supports most popular E-Book formats
  • Picture Viewer in JPEG, BMP
  • Video Player
  • Rechargeable Lithium Battery
  • Carrying case included
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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/anakin78z anakin78z

    hmn… I can't find this on the kmart website… Anyone know if this has a capacitive screen?

  • http://twitter.com/f1vlad @f1vlad

    Just called a couple of local KMARTS to inquire, they don't know what I am talking about :(

  • melhiore

    capacitive screen for $150?? Don't think so…

  • Nate

    Are you sure it's at Kmart? I can't find a product page.

  • http://twitter.com/Epicanis @Epicanis

    "Supports Media Formats: MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC"
    Why do these lists never mention Ogg, despite the fact that Ogg Vorbis (at least) is almost certainly supported? Manufacturers just seem to have a blind spot about this…

    • God Dammit

      This tablet supports FLAC? Why doesn't the stock Android 2.1 or 2.2 build support this? My Nexus One with Froyo build FRF91 has no support for any lossless audio format.

  • fls_carnage

    it sounds like a nice little tablet. i want a tablet that is about the same size as the ipad though.

  • rva
  • Droid Fan

    Your faulty claim that K-Mart has this goes beyond belief. Where do you get your information from an elf.
    Repost this article with the correct information please.

  • http://twitter.com/luisferfranco @luisferfranco

    No, can't find it in KMart site.

    If you follow the link, you can't order it online. No specs.

  • Steven

    I saw this yesterday in the Kmart ad in the Sunday paper in Nashville. I was shocked to see it. $149.99.

  • Ryan

    Just picked one up in Chattanooga area. My first impression….how did this only cost $150, it seems like pretty nice hardware.

    • whaaat

      Uh, MORE DETAILS

    • http://twitter.com/roebeet @roebeet

      whatever you can add about the device would be enormously helpful — capacitive or resistive touchscreen? Does yours have a camera, as I've heard rumors that it might? Android Marketplace there? And how is the UI, is it choppy or fairly smooth? thanks.

    • kcx

      How’s the battery life? Sounds like a great deal, but if the battery dies after a couple of hours, I would never really use it.

    • Marcelo L

      All good questions, if you don't answer, maybe I'll have an answer for these and other questions from the rep I spoke to @ Augen today.

      • pat b

        he wont respond. what did you find out Marcelo?

  • Kevin
  • Gryffyn

    I was highly skeptical with the linksgoing to shoplocal.com and not a real Kmart page. And like others, couldn't it listed on the Kmart site.

    But if you go to kmart.com and click on Weekly Ad (upper right corner under the shopping cart) then click on "View Our New Personalized Weekly Ad" then click "Computers & Electronics" on the left.. you'll see the Augen 7" Tablet there. Clicking on it doesn't seem to do anything, but it does have a banner that says "In Stores Only". So you might have to check your local store to see if they're in stock.

    At least it seems legit. Definitely going to have to check this out. Maybe see if CM6 runs on it if there are any limitations to the stock OS is too limited.

    • guest

      click on "weekly ad" on the kmart site and it will say shoplocal

  • Gryffyn

    Just noticed that the banner also says "Valid 7/25/10 – 7/31/10"

    • Ernest

      It also says you are saving $20. I'm assuming the non sale price would then be $170.00

  • Scott

    I just checked three stores in my area of Western Washington State and none of them had any available and no knowledge about when they would arrive.

    • Guido

      The KMart blog says that they’re having some distribution issues and to ask for a raincheck so that you get the $149.99 price when they do get them in. Engadget has a link to the blog.

  • Casulty

    Checked the K-Marts in my area(Roseville, CA) today(2010-07-26) and they haven't received them yet. They expect to have them middle of next week but the ARE issuing Rain Checks so you can get them at the sale price when they arrive.

  • Mike

    Raleigh NC capital Kmart had 6.. guy told me the sold out by noon on Sunday… oh well. He did say to check later in the week in case they shipped more..

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dadmgraphics dadmgraphics

    Just checked 3 local stores all three said they had at least 5 in stock. Detroit metro.

  • pat b

    has anyone else noticed the apparent non-existence of a home back and menu button on this thing? how does that work?

    • Tripper

      They are little buttons on the back of it. Not the easiest to use but they do the trick

  • hazmatt

    Eastern WA – Kmart didn't have them, nor could they give me a shipping date but did issue a rain check. There is space on the display and shelves for the tablet and the Augen netbook. They had the Augen reader in stock.

    Does anyone have one in hand yet? Any chance of pix, video?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Kerberus Kerberus

    I called 2 stores in the Central Arkansas area and they don't have any in yet…. and don't know when they will get any…. has anyone seen a hands on review yet?

  • Steve G

    So no accelerometer or cam? Even just a cam would have been great for skyping or something. I was really digging this until that.

    • Marcelo L

      As I understand it, there IS supposed to be an accelerometer on this one, as it should rotate the desktop completely. As for a web cam, I don't have it 100% confirmed, but it may have a USB port, in which case, as with other tablets, it may be possible to utilize a usb web cam. Not a perfect solution, but workable.

      Still no sight of it here in Sunny SoFla.

  • http://twitter.com/the_androidblog @the_androidblog

    My Kmart had 5 of them but I couldn't get passed how slow/unresponsive it was. You can see the quick video I made while I was testing it out here:
    http://theandroidblog.com/content/162-hands-augen

  • Mikado
  • mike

    Using it to write this and its ok at best#!! Any questions just ask

    • Marcelo L

      1. Can it be used without a stylus ?
      2. Can you set up Android System Info from the Market and post the results
      3. Can you confirm or deny that it comes with 2Gb of Storage ?
      4. Post links to PICTURES….please.

  • http://twitter.com/the_androidblog @the_androidblog

    Here's a longer video review of it. I did an unboxing and shows a lot of issues I was having with it. http://theandroidblog.com/content/164-hands-augen

  • http://twitter.com/RHLiz @RHLiz

    Hi! Just letting you guys know that there is a major bug with these tablets. They all have the same Mac address ! Check out http://www.slatedroid.com/content/only-1-augen-pe… for a full rundown, I think the forums show a fix also

  • http://www.webappstogo.net aac

    what are horrible attempt of tablet pc.
    I had the tablet for exactly 6 hours and returned it.
    don’t buy it. don’t waste your money..
    right of the box was buggy..
    terrible touch screen.
    if it had a accelerometer it never worked.
    applied the update from their site.
    and bricked it…
    it was done with it…
    save the money and let’s wait for something of better quality.
    no wonder Kmart had it…
    you get what you paid for.

    the worse.. there is no support… there is a site.. with information but for nothing..

    • Kam

      You bought from wrong place, Buy from us, we have best quality product

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