updated 11:30 am EST, Sat January 7, 2012
Gadmei T863 uses glasses-free 3D with Android
An unusual first came in tablets late this week after Hong Kong exporter Brando began offering the Gadmei T863 3D Tablet. The eight-inch Android 2.3 tablet uses a 1280x768 lenticular display that makes it the first readily available tablet to have glasses-free 3D. Gadmei has given it the support it needs to play content, supporting both common MPO 3D videos as well as H.264 videos encoded with left-right views and a specific file name prefix.
Regardless of the video format, the tablet is also slightly above others in its class for performance, carrying a single-core but modern 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 chip with 1080p-capable Mali-400 graphics and HDMI video out. Most of the cost cutting comes from the 512MB of RAM and its limiting cameras to one VGA (0.3-megapixel) model at the front. Storage comes through 8GB inside and a microSDHC card slot.
At $199, the T863 costs as much as an Amazon Kindle Fire and, while not as fast, has some advantages in the display and camera over its US-designed counterpart, even as it carries a higher resolution than the iPad. Brando is taking orders today. [via CNET]