March 16, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
Idolian is a small US-based supplier of tablets and tablet accessories that probably doesn’t say much to the regular technology enthusiast. They concentrate on releasing budget-friendly slates, one of which is currently available for just 100 bucks and has an Ice Cream Sandwich update coming soon (does anyone remember the IdolPad?).
Idolian’s latest product to be officially unveiled sounds a bit quirky, but might actually have a shot in drawing some attention. The AmigoPad is the first ever Spanish-speaker, user-friendly tablet PC and is, of course, targeted towards the Hispanic community living in the United States.
The AmigoPad might seem that it will have a pretty small audience target, but on the other hand if you come to think it, there are currently over 50 million Hispanic or Latino Americans living in the United States, which is over 16 percent of the country’s total population.
Sporting a 10-inch multi touch capacitive touchscreen with a yet to be specified resolution, the AmigoPad is definitely not a high-end device, but rather a mid-range, affordable slate. Powered by a 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 chipset and featuring 512 MB of RAM, the tablet will be made available for just 209.99 dollars with free shipping.
In fact, the 10-incher should already be up for sale on Idolian’s official website, according to the manufacturers (I personally can’t find it, but it will most likely go up in the next couple of hours or so).
Other features include WiFi connectivity, optional 3G, HDMI, a battery that should run for five or six hours between charges, as well as a front-facing camera (probably VGA) and a 360 G-Sensor. In terms of software, the slate unfortunately runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has no ICS update planned for the time being.
As far as how the tablet plans to ‘’cater to the needs of the Spanish-speaking population in the United States’’, it seems that it will come preset with Spanish as the default language. That’s not exactly groundbreaking or innovative, but I guess it might be a useful enough marketing scheme.
So, what do you guys think? And I’m talking to Hispanics living in the US. Are you going to pick up this tablet or at least give it a chance to prove itself in a couple of online tests and reviews or are you just not sold by the idea? Deja un comentario por favor! (did I say that right?)