As far as we’ve heard in the news, and directly from NEC up until now, the company’s 7-inch Cloud Communicator Android tablet was developed for the business markets. We had no idea they were going to launch this for consumers but that’s what they are doing now with their child ISP company Biglobe and the tablet gets a consumer name “Smartia” instead of “Cloud Communicator”. No changes to the tablet itself apart from some custom interface changes and the “Andronavi” app store. It’ll go on sale on December 6th priced at 42,800 yen (mid $300). Product and purchase page at Smartia.biglobe.ne.jp
The specs remain unchanged – a 600MHz Cortex-A8 processor, 7-inch 800 x 480 display, Android 2.1, resistive touchscreen with built-in stylus, GPS, b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 3MP webcam, 8 hour battery and various ports. NEC told us that a 1GHz processor and Android 2.2 and 3.0 udpates are in the books, however.
Smartia tablet press video:
And, our hands on from last week with the original “Cloud Communicator”: