The one thing that tablets have long been missing is that you cannot easily watch a broad scope of live television. There are some cable providers that allow you to watch their channel lineup, if you are a subscriber and even then only if you are inside your own home on a WiFi network that is registered to you.
RCA announced today that they are going to be changing that with the launch of their new "TV Tablet."
This new tablet, which will be officially shown off in public at next week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) comes equipped with an Android operating system and two built in TV tuners. The first tuner is a standard, over-the-air DTV tuner as well as the company's signature mobile television tuner that will work with the Dyle mobile TV service.
The RCA Mobile TV Tablet is the first tablet in the industry that will have access to the Dyle mobile service, giving users access to more than 130 different channels. Some people might consider this nothing more than a more mobile television, but RCA says that it will also be a fully functional 8" screen tablet, complete with WiFi connectivity, two digital cameras and the latest Android operating system. That means when you aren't watching television you can surf the web or check your email, or play any of the thousands of games available in the Google Play store.
The tablet also has a Cortex A5 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of built in flash memory as well as a MicroSD port to add even more memory. Built in GPS and USB, MicroUSB and HDMI ports round out the features of the tablet that weighs just 1.4 pounds. The company says the tablet will have a battery life of 4 hours when using the television function and around 10 hours when surfing the web.
RCA's Mobile TV Tablet is expected to be on the market later this spring and will carry a $299 MSRP.