MiTAC heads to CeBIT with new Android tablets

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The Valar media tablet runs on Android 2.3, has a webcam to the front and a 5 megapixel snapper to the rear and supports full 1080p high definition playback

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The flood of tablet computer releases seen at CES 2011 looks set to continue at this year's CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany with Taiwan's MiTAC first off the starting line with four new tablets heading for the show. Hoping to capitalize on the success of last year's award-winning Valinor media tablet, the company has announced a couple of media tablets, a rugged model and one featuring two GPS receivers.

While it's doubtful that the two Valar media tablets about to get a showing in Germany will have quite the same impact on the world as their Ainur namesakes, you will at least be able to watch movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy in full 1080p high definition on the displays themselves or on a big screen TV via HDMI-out.

They benefit from a 1GHz Cortex processor, Android 2.3 with MiTAC overlay, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel webcam and a 5-megapixel camera with flash at the rear. The Valar 7, as you might expect, features a 7-inch touchscreen display while the Valar 10 has a 10-inch high definition widescreen display. Both units come with built-in GPS, with support for location-based services such as Google Maps or turn-by-turn navigation.

Continuing the Tolkien theme, the Ulmo is the tough member of the new quartet, being IPX7 waterproof and drop resistant. Its 7-inch touchscreen display is also capable of full 1080p high definition playback and there's also HDMI connectivity and stereo speakers.

Naming inspiration takes a Greek holiday for the Zeus 6-inch tablet, which has dual GPS receivers to help ensure a strong GPS signal whichever way the device is held.

Although there is specific mention of an operating system for the Valar series, what's running the Zeus and Ulmo has not yet to be confirmed, but the product images provided by MiTAC suggest Android too.

The new tablets will be on show at the MiTAC booth between March 1 and 5 at CeBIT 2011 in Hanover, Germany. As soon as we get word on pricing and availability, we'll let you know.

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