Hands-on with the Inye 2

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Saheed Adepoju is CEO of Encipher, manufacturers of the Inye tablet. He was at the New Media in Governance conference today and had a pre-production unit of Inye 2 tablet with him. He has happily let me have it till tomorrow.

Inye 2

Hardware
The first impressions of the Inye 2 is that it is beautiful. Really beautiful. The white casing in front makes it stand out, and the patterned black rear has the Encipher logo .

Inye 2 has an array of connectivity ports including:

  • microSD slot
  • 3.5mm audio port
  • microUSB port
  • USB host port
  • HDMI port
  • Standard SIM card slot

With all those ports, including a full USB host port (letting you plug in your flash drive), Inye 2 looks set to replace your PC than most other tablets.

Inye connectivity ports

Software
On the software front, Inye 2 runs stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a version that was designed for tablets. Honeycomb looks good too. Really good. Inye 2 has access to all Google services, including the Play Store. Thousands of third party apps are available for download from the Play Store.
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Performance
This is a pre-production unit, so it is not quite right to comment on performance at this stage. I do look forward to doing that when the device rolls out of the factory.

Inye 2 rear

Key Specifications
A mobile device is more than just specifications these days. It is about how it performs in meeting specific needs. Still, for the geeks out there, here are a few key specs that might interest you:

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • 16 GB microSD card included
  • 3G access via regular SIM
  • custom app for loading airtime and subscribing to data plans on all Nigerian GSM networks
  • 5-point capacitive touchscreen
  • 8-inch display
  • Up to 8 hours of mixed usage

I do not have a confirmed launch date for Inye 2, but I will publish that as soon as it is made available. In the meantime, I still have Inye 2 with me to play with till tomorrow afternoon.

13 comments

  1. Aaah! You got this device before I did. Good to finally see it… Looks good… Pictures of apps running especially the customised data plan app would be nice.

    Good job Saheed/Encypher group

  2. Winning me over already with the specs…but Mister Mobility, the encipher logo at the back is poorly designed. Pls tell them to work on its aesthetics.

  3. Well, I am very happy nigerians are moving into the OEM space.
    The only thing I dont like about that device for now is the LOGO…

  4. Price price price???? 8hrs battery life? If it can be confirmed, then this would be a winner, one that I will consider

  5. Looks tempting. I was expecting the logo at the back to read “Inye2”. Then Encipher should’ve been wrritten else where.

    If usability is good and the price point is okay, then we may just have a bestseller tablet from Nigeria!

  6. late comers do we need to get angry before they respond. where is ovim2, we need local competitive growth.can we make this tablet slimmer,and pls work on the GUI too important to neglect.
    well done for leaving it with mr mobility

  7. Nice review. Does this tablet come with dual cameras for video calls like skype?

    Is the operating system upgradeable to ice cream sandwhich 4.0?

    How much is the tablet price?

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