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Appeared on: Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Creative Launches ZiiO TABLETS And Zen Touch 2

Creative Labs on Tuesday announced entry-level media tablets with 7-inch and 10-inch touchscreens, with prices ranging from $249 to $319.

Creative announced the release Creative ZiiO 7" and ZiiO 10" Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablets, as well as the Creative ZEN Touch 2 Wireless Entertainment Device.

The Creative ZiiO touch tablet runs on Android and promises to deliver the best wireless audio performance differentiating it from similar devices. This superior wireless audio quality has been achieved with the Pure Android Audio application and the apt-X codec found in each Creative ZiiO tablet.

The Pure Android Audio application is an integrated suite of applications that allows you to access all your audio enhancement and wireless connectivity setting at a touch of an onscreen button. The technologies housed under Pure Android Audio currently include:

* X-Fi Crystalizer for Crystal Clear Audio in Your Music
Digital music today pales in comparison to the real thing. That is because important details disappear in the high and low ranges when you rip your CDs into digital music. X-Fi Crystalizer intelligently restores lost detail and enhances your digital audio content to amazing clarity.

* X-Fi Expand for Expansive Audio in Your Movies and Games
X-Fi Expand intelligently expands your game and movie soundtracks with a realistic depth of field.

* Bluetooth 2.1 Wireless Technology
Together with the apt-X codec, Bluetooth allows you to stream high fidelity stereo wirelessly to all compatible stereo Bluetooth speakers and headphones.

The apt-X Codec
The high performance codec allows Creative ZiiO to deliver high quality audio wirelessly to compatible apt-X Bluetooth speakers and headphones.

Just like other touch screen tablets, the device lets you check your emails on-the-go, watch their favourite movies, as well as play your music and casual games. You can also download applications from the Internet and ZiiStore.

Creative ZiiO tablet is also the first tablet to utilise Creative?s in-house ZMS-08 processor, which is based on a 1GHz Arm processor and can play 1080p video. The device comes with an HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) port to play video from the tablet on high-definition TVs. It also comes with a MicroSD card slot for additional storage.

Creative ZiiO is available in 7" (480 x 800) and 10" (1024 x 600) display models. The 7" model is in white, while the 10" model is in black. Both models come in 8GB and 16GB memory capacities.

* Compact Touch Screen Tablet
* 16.8 million (7" version ) and 262K color (10? version) display
* Android 2.1 Operating System
* Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (with apt-X and A2DP)
* Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g capable
* X-Fi Audio Enhancements (X-Fi Crystalizer, X-Fi Expand)
* Audio Supported: MP3, AAC, WMA9, FLAC, OGG, ADPCM, MIDI, WAV, Audible Format 4
* Video Supported: H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, MJPEG, MOV, AVI, MKV
* HD Video-Out (HDMI-Out)
* Photo Supported: JPG, BMP, PNG
* Front facing camera
* Built-in Mic
* Built-in Speaker (stereo)
* Accelerometer
* Playtime: Up to 25 hrs (MP3), up to 5 hrs (video)
* microSD (7") / SD (10") card slot (up to 32GB)

* Dimensions:
o 207.4 x 133 x 13.7 mm (7" version)
o 262 x 173 x 13.7 mm (10" version)

* Weight:
o 400g (7" version)
o 650g (10? version)

Creative ZEN Touch 2 Wireless Entertainment Device

The new Creative ZEN Touch 2 is a pocket-sized wireless entertainment device. With Creative ZEN Touch 2 you can enjoy wireless audio streamed to your Bluetooth headphones and speakers. At the touch of an onscreen icon you can also access the Internet. This means that you will be able to share photos taken from the built-in camera through your favourite website or stay connected with friends via email ? all on-the-go.

Creative ZEN Touch 2 comes in two versions, a standard version and an enhanced version that comes with extra GPS, Digital Compass and FM Radio features.

* 3.2" Touch Screen
* Lossless Music
* Android 2.1 Operating System
* Bluetooth 2.1
* High Speed Wi-Fi access (802.11b/g/n)
* Accelerometer
* Built-in Speaker
* 2-Megapixel Camera
* Composite Video-Out
* microSD Card Slot
* GPS, Digital Compass, FM Radio (Available with the enhanced version)

The Pure Wireless Entertainment solution will be available at the online store at sg.store.creative.com from end December 2010 onwards and at The CREATIVE Stores at International Business Park and Marina Square and authorised dealers in Singapore from end January 2011 onwards at the following suggested retail prices.

* Creative ZiiO 7" Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 8GB S$359.00
* Creative ZiiO 7" Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 16GB S$389.00 (available exclusively at sg.store.creative.com)
* Creative ZiiO 10" Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 8GB S$429.00
* Creative ZiiO 10" Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 16GB S$459.00 (available exclusively at sg.store.creative.com)

* ZEN Touch 2 Wireless Entertainment Device (without GPS) 8GB S$279.00
* ZEN Touch 2 Wireless Entertainment Device (without GPS) 16GB S$319.00 (available exclusively at sg.store.creative.com)
* ZEN Touch 2 Wireless Entertainment Device (with GPS) 8GB S$299.00 (available exclusively at sg.store.creative.com)

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