Collaborating with Intel and DreamWorks, Fuhu is prepping 8- and 12-inch Android 4.4 “DreamTab” tablets for kids, based on Intel’s 64-bit Atom Z3740 SoC.
The DreamTab appears to be one of the first Android tablets to offer the Atom Z3740, Intel’s 64-bit version of the Atom Z3000 (“Bay Trail-T”) system-on-chip family. Other tablets that have incorporated the “Silvermont” architecture SoC have been Windows devices. These include the Asus Transformer Book T100 and the Toshiba Encore 8-inch tablet.
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The DreamTab is an edutainment collaboration between Fuhu, developers of the popular Nabi line of Android kids tablets, and both Intel and DreamWorks Animation. Designed for ages 5-7, the tablets will be available in 8- and 12-inch versions with full HD IPS resolution, and will ship with 16GB or 32GB of flash storage.
No more technical information was supplied on the DreamTab except that it offers a stylus and NFC (near field communication) technology. According to AndroidPolice, at CES Fuhu also showed off prototypes of 19- and 24-inch DreamTab tablets.
8-inch DreamTab at CES
With its 22nm fabrication and Tri-Gate 3D semiconductor design, the Intel Atom Z3000 runs at up to 1.9GHz and offers double the compute performance and triple the graphics performance compared to the previous-generation Atom, claims Intel. This presumably refers to the Atom Z2400, which appeared last year in Intel’s 7- and 10-inch Intel Education Tablets. The processor also enables longer battery life, says Intel.
The tablet will run the latest Android 4.4 (“KitKat”) build with Fuhu’s new OS overlay, Blue Morpho. This kid-friendly Android skin offers parental controls, as well as COPPA-compliant, kid-safe email, text and photo sharing. Blue Morpho also includes customizable new content from DreamWorks that is integrated within the UI “from sign on to shut down.”
An NFC-enabled School of Dragons multiplayer online application builds on DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” franchise, letting kids bring characters to life by tapping on the tablet. Other DreamsWorks content featured in Blue Morpho and the Nabi Play application has been spun off from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Puss in Boots and other movies. Curated App Zone and Treasure Box applications let parents and kids browse a variety of multimedia content.
The DreamTab will also include Fuhu’s Wings Learning System software, which can “work in conjunction with first-of-its-kind offline Bluetooth-enabled workbooks, bringing together offline and online learning experiences,” says Fuju. Also included is a new Creative Studio “Be an Artist” program, provided exclusively for the DreamTab. The application invites kids to create their favorite DreamWorks characters using an interactive workshop of integrated animation tools.
The DreamTab received high praise in a Laptop hands-on by Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer, who said the tablet would sell for under $300. Given the tablet’s strong performance and a screen with higher quality and resolution than typical kiddie tablets, the DreamTab should give Amazon’s “Kindle Fire HDX a serious run for its money,” wrote Spoonauer.
The DreamTab will be available starting in June at an unstated price. More information may be found on Fuhu’s DreamTab product page.