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When ZiiLABS announced the ZMS-20, ZMS-40 and the new JAGUAR platforms over the last few weeks, I was skeptical at how things would eventually turn out to be. But seeing is believing. Thanks to VR-Zone (a Singapore based technology website), what we are going to see below are photos of the actual JAGUAR prototypes running the Honeycomb OS. According to the website, the ZiiLABS team has been working hard over the weeks to make the Honeycomb OS play nice with the ZMS-20 processor and has achieved "pretty good success so far". The article also claims that the latest Angry Bird Game (Rio) and 1080p videos were playing flawlessly on the JAGUAR. One last pleasant surprise of the day was how thin and sleek the JAGUAR 10" is! Honestly it looks very un-creative and Apple-like but i am not complaining. With its dual-core processor, awesome good looks and Creative's traditionally low prices for tablet, this is something i would really like to have for Christmas!
The 10" Jaguar running Android 3.0
These JAGUAR tablets actually looks and feels pretty good and slim too. Much closer to competition than before so ZiiLABS might have a chance in the tablet market.
Angry Bird Rio and a 1080p video running "flawlessly" on the JAGUAR
Read the complete article:
ZiiLABS demos JAGUAR 7 and JAGUAR 10 Honeycomb Tablets
The 10" Jaguar Reference design shown above
After showcasing their powerful new processors, the ZMS-20 and ZMS-40, Ziilabs is poised to put those bad boys to work. They'll be featured in a new platform called Jaguar, capable of running Android 3.0 (aka Honeycomb). ZiiLabs have provided reference designs for a 7" and a 10" model, as well as their capabilities.
Advanced Feature Set
Powered by ZMS-20 StemCell processor
7" and 10" LCD options
Capacitive and resistive touch options
Up to 1GB LPDDR2 or DDR3
Rear and Front facing cameras
3G/4G/WiMax modem options
Tuned antenna design
GPS, accelerometer, compass and gyroscope
High-quality dual microphone array
Up to 64 GB internal storage
HDMI 1.4 output
USB 2.0 port
SD card support
Tuned antenna design
Stereo headphone and Mic input
Rechargeable battery and power management
Instantaneous On and extended Sleep function
That's quite an impressive list! This new platform certainly sounds promising, and will hopefully get Creative and co. back on track. We'll keep you posted as usual.
Jaguar Reference Tablets
It has been 2 years since ZiiLABS announced its last media processor - the ZMS-08. The media-rich applications processor is now seen powering the Creative's ZiiO range of tablets. While we have yet to see the 1080p video playback or 720p video conferencing on these devices, we did see the ZiiO rendering decent 3D games and also 720p HDMI output.
Today, ZiiLABS (also known as the chip-making arm of Creative) announces 2 new processors targeting at the rapidly growing tablet market. The ZMS-20 is a dual-core (think 2 brains on a chip) 1.5GHz Cortex A9 processor which the company says is 4 times faster than the ZMS-08. The ZMS-40 on the other hand is a quad-core (now think 4 brains) processor which is able to deliver a clock speed of up to 6GHz. This all sounds amazing to us. What it simply means is that the ZMS-20 and ZMS-40 are micro-size media-powerhouse processors optimized for Android 3.0 high-definition tablets.
Along with the chips, ZiiLABS will provide a comprehensive Android Tablet Platform consisting of the ZMS-20 SDK for Android, customize or white label ID tablet designs and also certification and conformation.
ZiiLABS ZMS-20 & ZMS-40 Press Release
ZiiLABS Android Tablet Platform
It's been quite a while, but Creative has finally announced a new player. The Zen Style M300 is a compact device that looks about the same size as the latest iPod nano. The M300 comes in a variety of colors, has touch-sensitive controls, and supports Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.
Creative ZEN Style M300 Portable Media Player
Display: 1.45" TFT (262K colours)
Capacity: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, plus a microSD slot
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 wireless technology (supports A2DP & AVRCP)
FM Radio function with 32 preset stations
Battery Life: Up to 20 hours (based on128kpbs, 4mins/song, MP3 file)
Supported Audio Formats: MP3, WMA (DRM9),WAV (IMA-ADPCM),
Audible Format 4, Audible AAX
Supported Picture Formats: JPEG
Supported Video Formats: Transcoded SMV (requires respective codec pre-installed on PC)
Built-in microphone for voice recording
Additional feature: Clock display
Creative also announced an "M100" model which is exactly like the M300 sans Bluetooth support. Both models go on sale in Mid June, with prices ranging from $39.99 to $89.99.
Creative has announced via its Twitter account that the ZiiO 10" will begin shipping in Europe today! The 8GB version will retail at Â£249.99 while the 16GB one will cost you Â£269.99. In case you have forgotten, below is a short summary of the ZiiO 10"'s features:
- 10 inch 262k color TFT, Resistive Touch
- SD Card slot
- HDMI jack, X-Fi audio enhancement
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, apt-X
- ZMS-08, Android 2.1 (upgradable to 2.2)
We will keep you posted on when the ZiiO 10" will be available in Asia and the US. I am sure it won't be long!
Creative UK Store
CES 2011 is underway and Creative is in attendance, showing off their recently announced ZiiO Android tablet. Tech Digest got their hands on it and shot this preview video:
The interface looked fairly responsive with most applications, but certainly not as smooth as a capacitive screen would be. According to Tech Digest, the device is currently running Android 2.2, but will be upgraded to 2.3 later on.
Tech Digest Preview
It's that time of the year folks! If you can't figure out what to get someone for Christmas, then Creative has just the sale for you. They've taken off 30% off of everything in their store, except their line of ZEN MP3 players. Since items at Creative are fulfilled by Amazon, many can be ordered directly from Amazon.com (often cheaper than from Creative). Just use the code 30OFFNOW at Checkout
Here are some highlights:
EP-630 Earphones (any color) - $20.99
Sound Blaster World Of Warcraft USB Headset - $43.22
Creative Aurvana 2 In-Ear Headphones - $61.57
Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync Webcam - $14.57
Shipping is free with a $25 or higher purchase. The sale is good from Dec. 13th to 24th. Happy Holidays everyone!
Creative Store at Amazon
Official Creative Store
It turns out the OnePad we reported on earlier was just a mere glimpse of what Creative had to unveil today. They announced the ZiiO series of tablets, as well as a new Android-based DAP called the ZEN Touch 2. Here's a breakdown of all the new stuff:
The ZEN Touch 2 isn't a tablet, but it's also running on Android 2.1, allowing it to share many of the same advantages of the ZiiO tablet line.
The ZEN Touch 2 starts at 279 Singapore dollars, or roughly $217US and will be available starting next month.
Creative looks like their taking things more seriously again with these two new devices. Let us know what you think of them!
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