Advent Vega

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Advent Vega
Advent Vega.jpg
Developer Dixons Retail plc
Manufacturer Advent
Type Tablet media player and PC
Release date 14 November 2010
Operating system Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Power 2 cells Li-Polymer battery
CPU GHz Nvidia Tegra
Memory 512 MB
Storage Flash memory
512 MB and microSD slot
Display 1024 × 600 px, 10.1 in (26 cm) diagonal
Graphics ULP GeForce
Input Multi-touch screen
Camera 1.3 MP AF camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth.
Dimensions 275 mm (10.8 in) (h)
178 mm (7.0 in) (w)
13.6 mm (0.54 in) (d)
Weight 700 g (1.5 lb)

The Advent Vega (also known as P10AN01) is an Android-based compact tablet computer produced by Dixons Retail plc, featuring a 10.1-inch (260 mm) LED touchscreen, Wi-Fi capability, a 1.0 GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera. The Advent Vega was released on November 19, 2010, in the UK.[1]

Hardware[edit]

The tablet is enclosed in a black plastic body weighing a total of 700 grams (1.5 lb).[2]

The capacitive screen has a 1024x600 resolution and supports two-finger multi-touch. It has a flash internal storage of 512 MB and comes with a 4-gigabyte microSD card which can be used to expand its storage.[3]

Its CPU is a 1.0 GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore with 512 MB of RAM.

The tablet has a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video calling and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity. It also has an HDMI port and one USB port.

The battery features 6.5 hours of video playback or 16 hours of audio playback time (with the screen powered off). On standby, the battery will last up to four days.[4]

Software[edit]

The Advent Vega ran on Google's Android 2.2 Froyo operating system and was never upgraded to newer versions of Android. The installed Android version had been stripped of some functionality compared to similar tablets running Android 2.2,[5] most notably the absence of the pre-installed Android Market service, which was supposed to be corrected with a future update of Android.[6] The device instead featured the Archos AppsLib store, containing over 5,000 apps.[7]

Several custom ROMs (e.g. Corvus5, MoDaCo) were available to improve the experience on the Vega by, for example, giving access to the Android Market. Android 3.2, 4.0.4 and 4.1.1 have been successfully ported to the Advent Vega as "VegaComb", "VegaCream", and "Vegabean" by individuals in the user community,[8] providing access to the Google Play Store, along with full hardware acceleration provided by the Tegra 2 system on a chip (SoC).

Early Impressions[edit]

The Advent Vega had good first hands-on impressions[9] and was considered a strong rival for other tablet PCs released earlier in 2010, such as the Apple iPad or Neofonie WeTab, especially considering both the competitive announced price and the later generation dual-core CPU.

Advent also simultaneously released the Advent Amico, a smaller and slower version of the Advent Vega, for £129. The tablet ran on Android 2.1 and had an identical look to the Vega but with a 7-inch (180 mm) resistive touch-screen.[10]

Availability[edit]

The Advent Vega was added to the Currys[11] and PC World[12] web sites as of November 19, 2010.[13] It was also sold in Turkey under the name Exper Easypad.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Advent Vega went on Sales in UK". Engadget. 19 November 2010. Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Full tech specification of the Dixons Advent Vega Android 2.2 tablet". Eurodroid. 8 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Advent Vega specs revealed". Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Full tech specification of the Dixons Advent Vega Android 2.2 tablet". Eurodroid. 8 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Advent Vega: clash of the Android tablets". Electricpig. 28 October 2010. Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Advent Vega tablet won't come with Android Market". Endgadget. 28 October 2010. Archived from the original on 20 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "No Android Market for Advent Vega Tablet at launch". Talkandroid. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Vega ROM Development". TabletROMs. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Specs released for Advent Vega, the £249 Android Tegra tablet". Endgadget. 28 October 2010. Archived from the original on 21 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Dixons Retail Launches into the Tablet Market with new Advent Range". Dixons Press release. 28 October 2010. Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Currys Product Listing". Currys. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "PC World Product Listing". PC World. 19 November 2010. Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Advent Vega goes on Sales in UK". Engadget. 19 November 2010. Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 

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