NEC's LifeTouch Android Tablet Gets Release Date (In Japan)

In June this year, NEC started showcasing an Android tablet called LifeTouch. Originally scheduled to go on sale in Japan in October, the device now has a new release date [JP]: “sometime this month” (you can see the final design on the picture). Unlike most other tablets, NEC now says they will market the LifeTouch exclusively to businesses (the initial plan was to offer it to individuals, too).

To recap, here are the main specs (NEC changed some features, but these are the final specs):

  • OS: Android 2.1
  • 7-inch screen with 800×480 resolution
  • ARM Cortex A8 CPU
  • Mobile DDR 256MB
  • Wi-Fi IEEE802.11b/11g
  • Bluetooth Ver.2.1 + EDR
  • 3MP camera with AF
  • GPS
  • accelerometer
  • internal mono mic
  • internal stereo speakers
  • SD/SDHC slot, one USB 2.0 port
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • size: 220×120×14mm
  • weight: 370g

What’s interesting is that NEC plans to help its customers distribute content via the LifeTouch (i.e. for marketing or educational purposes), by providing a cloud-based distribution system as well as content. The price for the device hasn’t been fixed yet.