Pierre Cardin has designs on tablet market with PC-7006 Tablet PC
By Darren Quick
August 4, 2011
As the number of Android tablets from lesser known electronics companies proliferate it's no surprise to see companies not exactly known for their electronic device offerings looking to horn in the market. Fashion label Pierre Cardin has launched a 7-inch tablet computer the company claims is "the UK's first designer tablet PC." What makes a designer tablet you ask? Apparently a "tasteful case" featuring a metallic Pierre Cardin logo and an "uber-cool black gift box."
The Pierre Cardin PC-7006 Tablet PC isn't the fashion house's first entry into the mobile electronics arena, with the 7-inch PC729 and 8.9-inch PC819 appearing in 2010. Both ran Windows 7 and were powered by VIA's C7-M processors, which meant a less than stellar battery life of around 2.5 hours. However, powered by a Samsung Cortex A8 1 GHz processor, the new PC-7006 should do better in this regard.
Instead of the tablet-oriented Android 3.x, the unit runs version Android 2.2 (Froyo) and comes with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via a Micro SD slot supporting cards up to 16 GB. The capacitive multi-touch 7-inch display packs 800 x 480 pixel resolution and connectivity options include 802.11 b/g and 3G. Like the Archos G9, however, 3G connectivity requires the purchase of an external 3G dongle that connects to the unit's mini USB port.
There's also an HDMI port, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 720P HD video playback capabilities. The unit measures 19.5 x 12.3 x 1.4 cm (7.6 x 4.8 x 0.5 in) and weighs 520 g (1.14 lb).
So, aside from the Pierre Cardin logo on the case, there isn't really anything that sets the unit apart from other middling tablet offerings. However, if things like logos and "uber cool" black gift boxes are important to you, the Pierre Cardin PC-7006 is available here for GBP275 (approx. US$447).