While Android might be more popularly used in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet, Panasonic is showing that the open-source operating system can also be utilized in entertainment systems. The company has introduced a new compact entertainment device called the UN-W700 which has Android 2.3 onboard.
Touted as device for singing and dancing, the UN-W700 sports a sleek silver chassis with several buttons on the right side and a stand at the back. At first glance, one might mistake it for a run-of-the-mill tablet. After all, tablets today serve many purposes, entertainment being one of them. However, a closer look at its features reveals that the UN-W700 is different from the slates today.
The device has a screen that spans seven inches, with a pixel display resolution of 800 x 480, and an aspect ratio of 15:9. Users may play content on the standee from an SDXC card or through DLNA. It also supports playback of recordings from Panasonic Diga, including those targeted at BluRay. There is support for various codecs, including H.264, MPEG-4, and WMV. Meanwhile, audio files such as AAC, MP3, WMA, MP4, and 3GP and AAC+ are all supported.
Apart from watching multimedia content, users can also take advantage of its front-facing camera, which may be used for Skype. If users wish to download new apps, they may do so through Google Play, which comes pre-loaded on the entertainment gadget.
The device also comes with built in speakers, headphone jack, USB port, and a card slot for SD, SDHC, and SDXC. A web browser is pre-installed so users can access the Internet using Wireless LAN.
The device charges for 2.5 hours. Depending on the kind of activity performed on the device, it will be able to run from an hour to ten hours.
The Panasonic UN-W700 will be released this coming July 25th. There is still currently no word on its price range.