Unu combines tablet, games console and TV PC all in one device


If there are three computing categories Android is in danger of revolutionising, it’s the tablet, the games console and the home theatre PC.

So rather than waste time with three devices, the team at Unu has decided why have three when one will do.

According to cnx-software.com, the Unu tablet can transform between all three modes with its 7-inch I-PS LCD panel as the base. That panel comes with 1280×800-pixel resolution so it should be quite decent. The team from Engadget spotted this one over at the recent Computex trade show in Taiwan.

It’s powered by – what else? – Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core processor clocking in at 1.6GHz and featuring ARM’s Mali-400MP4 quad-core graphics set.

Apart from the display, you also pick up an Xbox-style wireless game controller plus a TV remote that all work through the one unit.

Elsewhere in the tablet, there’s Wi-Fi wireless networking plus Bluetooth 4.0 (for the game controller), two microUSB ports and a mini HDMI port.

There’s passable storage with 8GB of flash, expandable through the MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB. You even get twin cameras – 5MP sensor on the back and a 2MP front-facing option as well.

It’s all powered by Android 4.2 operating system but there’s no detail on the amount of RAM included with the device at this stage.

Is it an original idea? Well, strictly speaking, you can use a Sony DualShock 3 controller running the SixAxis Android app (requires root access) to game on an Android tablet and there are any number of Android remote devices you can use with mini PCs and tablets alike. Where unu makes the difference (and what we like about this one) is it includes all of the devices in the one package, which takes the fuss out of having to search for devices that do work together.

At this stage, we have no pricing or availability details but we’ll get them to you as soon as they come to hand.

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