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.
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.
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.
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.
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.