Snakebyte Prepares 7” Tablet with Loads of Accessories
With the rise of the Google Play Store on Android and the rapidly-improving hardware that supports them, the traditional game console manufacturers have suddenly found many more rivals than just each other. Companies like Archos are sticking gaming-centric buttons on tablets, while set-top devices like the Ouya have found support through crowd-funding campaigns.
Now, a German company going by the name of Snakebyte is aiming to offer users the best – or so it hopes – of both worlds. The tablet, dubbed Unu, boasts a dock in the box for HDMI connection to your TV and a $50 wireless game controller, among other accessories. It's also otherwise reasonably portable, with a 7” screen.
Actually, that game controller comes by default in the $250 “Gaming Edition” set, which otherwise includes everything in the $50-cheaper “Media Edition” - a dock for HDMI output and charging, a half light gun half QWERTY remote dubbed Airmouse, and the Unu itself.
Snakebyte is clearly trying out a game console-esque marketing technique here, and while a similar amount of money will get you a Google Nexus 7... well, it'll do just that: get you just the Nexus, without any potentially useful extras. Snakebyte wants to differ.
Corners have to be cut, though, to keep such a low price. The Unu tablet contains a 1280x800-pixel screen, 1.6Ghz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The Nexus 7 offers a 1920x1200-pixel resolution, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage minimum – and a 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU, which might still be faster due to architectural tweaks too lengthy to be discussed here.
Still, the Unu has a MicroSD memory card slot, something the Nexus doesn't have, and ultimately should be able to decently handle all of the Netflix/Hulu+/YouTube watching, 3D gaming, social networking, internet surfing, and whatever else one might want to do on a 7” screen.
Meanwhile, Snakebyte has a couple of extra stuff available for Unu users, including car cigarette lighter chargers and screen protectors. Perhaps the most interesting is the Premium Dock, which adds two USB ports, a wired LAN connection, and a 3.5mm headphone jack to the base dock. Not everyone has a speedy WiFi connection for streaming, after all, and things like beefy external drives and camera memory cards in a card reader can be connected through this dock if desired.