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Exclusive Photos : World's First Android Tablet With USB 3.0 Spied

Tucked away on the ST-Ericsson booth at MWC in Barcelona is one of the company's partners from India, Asmaitha, who showed us the prototype of a rather intriguing tablet, the Sruta tablet PC which is the first Android tablet in the world to come with a USB 3.0 port.

It runs on a dual core ST-Ericsson Nova A9500, a dual core Cortex-A9 based chipset clocked at 1GHz, with 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage and a microSD card sLot. The final product will run Ice Cream Sandwich and should come towards the end of the year.

Other features include a 7-inch display (demo unit was running 800x480 pixels although a company spokesperson said that it would carry a 1024x600 pixels one at launch with a bigger 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixels tablet in the pipeline as well.

There's an eight megapixel camera at the back, a two megapixel one in the front, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, onboard 3G/HSPA+ compatibility, a 6000mAh battery and a microHDMI port.

The Bangalore-based tablet maker expects the product to be available later this year for $200 or around £160. No details as to whether this tablet will come to Europe or indeed be sold outside India.

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.