RCA Announces a TV Tablet, the DMT580D
If you pine for TV any where you go, and just can’t afford the bandwidth and agro involved with setting up a Slingbox, then you don’t have to look much further than Dyle’s offering. Recently EyeTV Mobile launched an iOS only compatible product, leaving many of those without an Apple tablet or smartphone out in the cold. But not any more.
Today, RCA of all companies announced the DMT580D, an Android tablet. It would appear to be the first of its kind to include dual built-in TV tuners – Dyle and DTV. Dyle is a pay for service, which means you’ll have to incur a monthly cost, but with it comes 130 channels from a variety of content providers. If you’re looking to stretch your dollar a bit further, fear not, as you’ll still be able to pick up local broadcasts thanks to DTV support.
Other features include an 8-inch 1024×768 IPS screen, WiFi, dual cameras, and GPS. The whole get-up is powered by a a Cortex A5 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage (expandable by microSD card slot). I don’t know how svelte it is, but at 1.4lbs it’s more than twice as heavy as the iPad Mini, which mind you doesn’t include a TV tuner. Battery life is a reported 4-hours when streaming TV and 10-hours when surfing the web.
RCA plans to sell the DMT580D tablet for $299 and while the company hasn’t said where, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion you’ll see it at your local Radio Shack soon enough.
Of note, it would seem that RCA plans to sell a less version, the DDA850R, along side it. It’s not clear what the difference it between the two, though I’m confident it will be cheaper and probably sport a less powerful processor.