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ZiiLabs and Creative partner on superthin Android tablet prototypes

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first_imgWith notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, manufacturers love to brag about few things more than how light or thin they can make a device. That’s exactly what ZiiLabs is trumpeting about it’s new Jaguar3 tablet reference design — which comes as slim as 7.4mm, making it the thinnest 10.1 tablet around (at least for now).What has ZiiLabs crammed inside that slender shell? How about a dual-core ZMS-20 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and 48 of Zii’s StemCell Processors for added horsepower? Next quarter, the company plans to double that muscle and offer the quad-core ZMS-40 powerplant with 96 StemCell cores — and it’s still all packed onto a board about 4.5 by 2.5 inches. Display duties are handled by a 1280×800 touchscreen, and dual cameras are available with support for up to 12 megapixels on the rear. Android 3.2 is onboard on the reference design, but depending on when manufacturers start placing their orders, Jaguar3-based tablets could very well ship with Ice Cream Sandwich.Design of the Jaguar3’s exterior was handled by Creative, who has teamed up with ZiiLabs before — on the ZiiO series tablets. They weren’t exactly a hit, but they also weren’t nearly as sexy or powerful as the Jaguar3, so perhaps Creative fair better with the updated hardware.In addition to the slender 10.1 incher, a pair of slightly chubbier 7-inch models were also revealed. They’ll provide a budget option for folks who want an alternative to new Android tablets like the Lenovo IdeaPad A1.You likely won’t find these hitting the streets with ZiiLabs branding. Rather, they’ll churn them out for other companies who will choose the specific components and set pricing. The good news is that ZiiLabs claims it can produce Jaguar3 tablets for around $100 — meaning the trend of sub-$200 Android (and eventually even Windows 8) tablets should continue unabated.More at ZiiLabs and Engadgetlast_img read more