CES Count the Tablets 34-40: Homeland 7”, 8.9”, 10”

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LAS VEGAS - Continuing our “Count the Tablets” coverage of CES, we have seven tablets from a Shenzhen, China company called Homeland that range in size from 7” to 10”, bringing our count to 40 tablets. Unlike many of the other companies we’ve covered in this series, Homeland had detailed specs for each of their tablets, but unfortunately they resembled their competition in that none of the tablets were turned on, and all of them were wrapped in plastic.

Homeland’s devices were feature rich, and the company was quite specific about the different audio and video formats that these devices could handle. They are all shy on storage — most of them had 2GB of internal storage — but they all have TF card slots for additional storage.

In addition, all of the devices run on Android OS, with a mix of devices on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2. All but the MID-IO-N tablet that run Android 2.2 were running an embedded version of the OS, meaning that it can’t be updated.

Homeland MID-IO-T Homeland MID-IO-T Tablet
  • 10” Display
  • Android OS 2.1
  • TF Card Memory Expansion
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Support for external 3G modem via the card slot
  • Support for many file formats, including AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPG, AAC, APE, WAV, WMA, DAT, more
  • Comes with various apps for contacts, calendar, ebook reading and similar functions
  • No price, no availability
Homeland MID-IO-N Homeland MID-IO-N Tablet
  • 10” Display
  • 1024 x 600 Resolution
  • Android OS 2.2
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra T20 Dual Cortex A9 (1GHz)
  • 1 Mini USB port
  • 1 Mini HDMI port
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • TF Card slot for additonal storage
  • Support for several video codecs, including H.263 and H.264 up to 1080p.
  • Support for several audio formats
  • Various apps
Homeland MID-001 Homeland MID-001 Tablet
  • 8.9” Display
  • Android OS 2.2 (embedded, which means it can’t be upgraded)
  • ARM II processor (speed not specified)
  • 256MB RAM
  • 2GB SSD for storage
  • 2 Mini USB ports
  • Mini SD Card Reader
  • SIM Card Reader
  • Audio Out
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Optional built-in 3G modem
  • Optional built-in Bluetooth
  • Camera 1.3 megapixel
  • Microphone
  • Support for several video formats, including MPEG 1, 2, and 4, H.263 BL, H.264 BP, WMP, RMVB
  • Various Apps
Homeland MID-074-T Homeland MID-074-T Tablet
  • 7” Display
  • Android OS 2.2
  • TF Card Slot for expanded memory
  • Camera 1.3 megapixel
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Optional built-in 3G modem
  • Optional built-in Bluetooth
  • Various audio and video formats
  • Various apps
Homeland MID-071-T Homeland MID-071-T Tablet
  • 7” Display
  • Android OS 2.2
  • TF Card Slot for expanded memory
  • Camera 1.3 megapixel
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Optional built-in 3G modem
  • Optional built-in Bluetooth
  • Various audio and video formats
  • Various apps
Homeland MID-007-M Homeland MID-007-M Tablet
  • 7” Display
  • Android OS 2.2 (embedded, which means it can’t be upgraded)
  • 256MB RAM
  • 2G SSD for storage
  • 1 Mini USB port
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Optional built-in 3G modem
  • Built-in microphone
  • Various audio and video formats
  • Various apps
Homeland MID-073-5 Homeland MID-073-5 Tablet
  • 7” Display
  • Android OS 2.2 (embedded, which means it can’t be upgraded)
  • Has optional cellphone capabilities
  • Camera 1.2 megapixel
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2G SSD for storage
  • TF Card slot for more storage
  • 1 Mini USB port
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Optional built-in 3G modem
  • Optional built-in Bluetooth
  • Various audio and video formats
  • Various apps

Stay tuned for many, many more tablets direct from CES.

Jeff Gamet contributed to this article.

Comments

RonMacGuy

Obviously designed to look just like an iPad.  Can’t they do something different?

Lee Dronick

Can?t they do something different?

They, are. No live demos, no hands-on trying them.

MyRightEye

You forgot, no tablet OS, no tablet Apps.

FlipFriddle

Embedded OS? It’s already obsolete?!? Sign me up.
This is the best they could come up with?
iPad sales are quite safe.

nealg

It would seem to me there are too many choices out there for someone who wants a non-Apple tablet to make a good/easy decision right now. Apple has 2 models(wifi and 3g), each with 3 memory configurations making the choice relatively simple. One of the reasons why Apple has been successful was that when Jobs came back to Apple, he simplified Apple’s offerings making it easier for the consumer to decide what they want. I think that is an often overlooked strategy that Apple has had that is part of the reason for their success.

Neal

Dean Lewis

Odd. Every one of those appear to be plugged in to power, but none are turned on? I guess the power only charges the battery, and the battery life is so bad, it can’t muster a second of power to the device.

wab95

Some of this discussion may be missing the target audience.

Many of these will be dirt cheap devices never intended for sale or marketing in the US or Europe, but will be sold, at a different economy of scale, in Asia. They will have the virtue of being labelled, ‘As featured at CES in the USA’, which will give them a certain credibility and appeal.

I think that most of these vendors aren’t the least bit worried what anyone in the ‘West’ thinks of their less than subtle imitation of iPad’s form factor.

As far as function is concerned, many of these will only play to, and need to please, a local/regional audience, who are not the iPad target market.

wab95

I should have added, there are even low income country-specific tablets in the making, some featured at CES, to address a very different market.

There seems an implicit consensus that tablets are the future.

Whither the netbook?

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