Spice CSL Launches DroidPad M1700

The year 2010 indeed marks the year of tablet computing, when local brand Spice CSL releases the all-new Spice CSL DroidPad M1700. The DroidPad M1700 runs on Android 2.2 Froyo – the latest of the open source operating system.

Spotted at the launch of the DroidPad was Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob and international artiste, Dafi.

The DroidPad which bears a slight resemblance to the Apple iPad has a 7-inch 16M TFT capacitive touch screen, with a dimension of 800 X 480. But that’s not all –the DroidPad enables its users to make calls (the system supports a regular-size SIM card). The DroidPad is capable of supporting quad band GSM/EDGE/UMTS (3G)/HSDPA (3.5G) networks and with Wi-Fi (803.11 b/g) capability as a back-up.

The DroidPad also comes with a 3-megapixel camera, located at the back. It also comes with a 3240mAh Li-Polymer battery compared to a 1500 mAh battery of one of its competitors.

Underneath the cover, the DroidPad is more than just an ordinary tablet. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7227 chipset. The cost-effective chipset is designed to offer advance processing and rich multimedia while supporting high broadband over 3G networks, making it an excellent choice for the DroidPad.

The chipset comprised of a 600 MHz application processor, a 400MHz modem processor, 320MHz application DSP, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and GPS/AGPS capabilities. It also comes with a 512MB ROM and 512MB RAM; and the ability to support a micro SD card up to 32GB.

For those who are familiar with the Android, the DroidPad takes full-use of Google’s useful and free applications like Latitude, Maps, Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Calendar and Google Voice. Not only that, you can also download interesting apps from the Android Market.

The DroidPad M1700 is retailed at RM 1,599 at all CSL retail outlets nationwide.