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Photos : Quanta Tablet With ST-Ericsson U8500 SoC

While most tablets on the market currently feature the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC, ST-Ericsson wants to grab a bigger slice of the market with its U8500 system on chip which was launched last year.

The chip, which was released back in October 2009, was the first to come with the Mali 400 GPU; the SoC also features two Cortex-A9 cores running at 1GHz with support for XGA display, simultaneous dual display and 20-megapixel camera support.

ST-Ericsson showed us a tablet which is manufactured by Quanta, the preferred ODM partner for the likes of HP, Apple, Samsung and Sony amongst others and one of the biggest technology companies in Taiwan.

The model, which is a reference sample currently running on Android Froyo, has a front facing camera, dedicated buttons, integrated 3G, USB and HDMI connectors and a microSD card reader.

The screen is a 10.1-inch one with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. We suspect that Android Honeycomb version with a higher 1280x720 pixels display are in the pipeline.

During Mobile World Congress, ST-Ericsson and Quanta also demoed an LTE tablet, one which uses the new Nova A9500 SoC, which combines a 1.2GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9-based processor with a Thor M700 LTE modem.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.