December 20, 2014

Packard Bell and Amiga Enter Android Tablet Fray

Two prominent names from the 90’s PC era have entered the Android tablet game, hoping  to grab a piece of the pie.  Amiga is rolling out a pair of Android 2.2 tablets in 7-inch and 10-inch variants, both of which can be purchased immediately. According to the email we received, the 7-inch Xpedio 7 MT model will be nearly identical to the Galaxy Tab with a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 16GB storage. At $299 it will be a tough sell against the likes of Samsung, especially with its 800 x 480 resolution screen and 1.3-megapixel camera. The 10-inch version (Xpedio 10 MT) looks to fetch $449 and should have the same internals save for its larger screen. The picture you see above is said to be a stack of their tablets rolling off the assembly line. Amiga promises that these tablets will see Honeycomb once Google releases the code to all.

Currently, Amiga is donating at least $25 of each purchased tablet to relief efforts in Japan and Haiti. Down the road, addition initiatives and schools will benefit from the Amiga cause. All one has to do is enter Japan or Haiti in the promotional code section when checking out with their purchase.

Packard Bell plans to offer a slightly more powerful experience with their new Honeycomb-powered Liberty Tab. Hardware looks to feature a 10.1-inch display at 1280×800 with a 5-megapixel camera on back and 2-megapixel snapper on front. Other details include an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, USB ports, and support for Wi-Fi, 3G, HDMI, Bluetooth, and GPS. Europeans can pick theirs up later this summer (June) in either Pearl White or Cherry Red.

 



  • http://twitter.com/Terrormaster Terrormaster

    Personally would love to see a C64 10.1 Tablet with 64g of memory, a nice beige bezel with the C=64 logo, and a customized version of Honeycomb themed in a nostalgic Commodore flavor that includes a C64 emulator app. Price it reasonable enough and I’ll buy that sucker RIGHT NOW. Much better than the C64 with PC guts Commodore USA is producing now.

    • Geir

      What about the c-one? Hardware emulation of the c64 (and others)

      http://c64upgra.de/c-one/

      If one want to be nostalgic, branding new products with old names is just .. silly, however 100% hardware emulation is real homage. Plus easier to expand than the original.

  • http://twitter.com/Epicanis Epicanis

    For me, no GPS=no sale, so the Amiga has little interest for me (at least they are approaching a sane price, though).

    Also: Holy crap, Packard Bell still exists? I hope their tablets are better than their old desktop computers were. Depending on the price, their tablet looks pretty interesting.

    • http://twitter.com/stoodi stoodi

      Packard Bell is part of Acer now ;) and they still have quite strong brand in some. countries

      • Hoorah

        20 Years ago I was a support engineer for PB. Back then we had the best service you could imagine. Last year I bought a PB netbook. After a month or two the HD crashed. It took about two minutes to register the device and create the ticket. The device was picked up by UPS, repaired and delivered back to me within a week. Still great service. I might buy one of these tablets just because of that.

        And no, I’m not paid by PB to write this.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe for nostalgia’s sake, the Packard Bell tablets will contain parts from old tablets, but claim to be new (that’s what brought down the original Packard Bell).

  • http://www.facebook.com/thefunkynerd Jamie Carl

    Seriously, someone has to mention the Amiga website. What’s up with that? I don’t know if I can trust a company that releases the latest and greatest in tech, but has a website from the 90’s.

    Also, no GPS and no USB Host mode = no sale…

    • Geir

      The Amiga WAS the 90s. well.. Early at least.

      • Anonymous

        It’s hard to know exactly which “Amiga” this is. After Commodore went under, German PC company ESCOM bought both Commodore and Gateway tech and rights. After ESCOM went under, Gateway 2000 eventually bought the Amiga assets. They were apparently just after the patents; the licensed the name and AmigaOS operating system development to a couple of guys in Washington state, who set themselves up as Amiga, Inc. They, in turn, spun off OS development to a video game company, and, last I checked, they had it running on PowerPC computers, of which there are practically none other than closed gaming consoles, even though they’ve spent more time on this than whole development of the first few original versions of AmigaOS.

        So there’s nothing “we” about this Amiga, far as I can tell… it’s kind of insulting to those of us actually involved in the Amiga in those days (you can find my name on teh Amiga 2000 motherboard, for example) to have someone not remotely involved with any of that original Amiga development to be claiming “we”, or suggesting a cheap also-ran tablet is a comparable development. Sorry, just how it is.

        So someone’s clearly getting China, Inc. to put the Amiga name on a tablet. Most Chinese tablets are pretty weak … I’d hold out at least for a nVidia Tegra 2 in any Android tablet.

        • F1lupo

          + 1,000,000…this is just AI being sheysters once again trying to make a buck off the Amiga legacy without doing one ounce of their own original work

        • Miggy4000

          “So there’s nothing “we” about this Amiga, far as I can tell… it’s kind of insulting to those of us actually involved in the Amiga in those days (you can find my name on teh Amiga 2000 motherboard, for example) to have someone not remotely involved with any of that original Amiga development to be claiming “we”, or suggesting a cheap also-ran tablet is a comparable development. Sorry, just how it is.”

          Totally agree Hazydave, and your name was on more than just the 2000 ;)

          For a new “Amiga-a-like”, the only thing that seems to be going in the right direction right now is the Natami. These tablets and whatnot are just cashing in on a legendary name

  • http://www.theandysan.com/j-hass-group-debt-settlement J Hass Group

    The picture you see above is said to be a stack of their tablets rolling off the assembly line. Amiga promises that these tablets will see Honeycomb once Google releases the code to all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kjetil-Hvalstrand/100001787844137 Kjetil Hvalstrand

    Putting Amiga on you Sony PS3 does not make it an Amiga compatible, for me only a computer running AmigaOS is a Amiga.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kjetil-Hvalstrand/100001787844137 Kjetil Hvalstrand

    I will also added to this AmigaOne-X1000 created by A-EON, and Sam460 are what I call Amiga compatible, anything is just lame marketing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kjetil-Hvalstrand/100001787844137 Kjetil Hvalstrand

    I will also added to this AmigaOne-X1000 created by A-EON, and Sam460 are what I call Amiga compatible, anything is just lame marketing.

  • Xenoniax

    This is great news. I was always fond of Amiga way of things and eager to get this new Amiga. I hope it succeeds. This is great news to us Amiga fans.

  • Hlaser

    In November, 1963, I watched three days of news coverage following JFK’s assassination, on our family’s Packard Bell black and white console teevee.. and that’s all I have to say about that..

  • http://twitter.com/miyoshiamigan Shinji Miyoshi

    Thanks a million.
    >> Currently, Amiga is donating at least $25 of each purchased tablet to relief efforts in Japan and Haiti

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