Amongst the products being shown off at CES by China's e-Reader king and developer of handwriting recognition technology, Hanvon Technology, was the 7-inch HPad A116 tablet. The dual camera, multi-touch device runs on a customized version of Android and is powered by an ARM Cortex processor. There's Wireless-N connectivity (with optional 3G) to connect to Hanvon's own application portal or online bookstore and support for a range of common audio, video and text formats.

The HPad A116 runs on a customized flavor of Android 2.2 (Froyo) or 2.3 (Gingerbread), with access to over 5,000 apps via the company's own application marketplace. Those wishing to use the device for reading could also head to the Hanvon online bookstore, which currently holds over 160,000 titles - with that figure set to increase at a rate of around 10,000 titles per month.

The 7.83 x 4.96 x 0.42-inch (199 x 126 x 10.8 mm) A116 is built around an aluminum-magnesium alloy frame with steel back cover, within which is the ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB of memory and 2GB of NAND flash storage. Expansion is possible via the microSD slot. The device has a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution, 16:9 aspect, capacitive LCD touchscreen (with resistive as an option) with 1080p video support. There's a 1.3 megapixel camera to the front and a 5 megapixel one to the rear.

Wireless connectivity comes in the shape of built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR (3G and GPS are shown as optional extras). Micro-USB and mini-HDMI ports complete the physical connectivity checklist and the HPad's Li-polymer battery is said to give an estimated 6 hours of video playback or 8 hours if used as a reader.

The HPad A116 joins a host of other tablets and e-Readers in the company's expanding portfolio – like the B10 10-inch tablet.

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