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CeBIT: 'Pierre Cardin' tablets plump for Android

Switch from Windows 7 last year

Following its unexpected inaugural display at the CeBIT tech show last year, fashion brand Pierre Cardin has again come up with a range of tablet PCs - but this time they're (mostly) based on Google Android.

Of course, it remains to be seen how much Pierre Cardin himself has had to do with the project; we were told that Shenzhen Vogue Industries of China would be handling the hardware and, well, pretty much all of the technical side. They were even manning the Pierre Cardin stand at CeBIT, with the fashion brand's input seemingly limited to the attractive logo emblazoned across the tablets.

The two big changes from the Pierre Cardin tablets shown off last year are that the detachable keyboards have been dumped, and so has Windows. The new batch almost all run Google Android (versions 2.1 or 2.2, disappointingly), with the now compulsory exception of a Win 7 model targeted at professional buyers. (That strategy has also been demonstrated this year by Asus and MSI.)

PC7006 tablet

The PC7006 tablet, pictured below, has a 7in (800x480) capacitive touchscreen and runs Google Android 2.2. It's based on a 1GHz Samsung S5PV210 CPU and has 512MB of RAM. You get 2GB to 16GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by Micro SD support (up to 16GB).

Pierre Cardin PC7006 tablet

PC1018 tablet

The PC1018 tablet, meanwhile, has a 10.1in (1024x600) multitouch screen, and runs a 1GHz nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It has 1GB of DDR2 RAM and 16GB of internal storage (plus Micro SD support up to 32GB).

The PC1018 runs Google Android 2.2, but we were told it will be upgradable to Android 3.0 'Honeycomb'.

Pierre Cardin PC1018 tablet

Shenzhen Vogue representatives were unable to tell us a launch price for the tablets in the UK, but were hopeful of bringing their wares to us before long.

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