Inexpensive Unu Tablet Also Acts as Media Center

A tablet that acts as a gaming console and as a smart TV controller. The new Android-based Unu media station is ready to take up those roles, for a price tag of about $250.

The system, from 17-year-old German video game accessory manufacturer Sunflex, is taking pre-orders for a scheduled release date of Nov. 8. The centerpiece is an Android-based 7-inch tablet, which can connect into the accompanying TV docking station and, via a handheld remote, become a media extension that turns your TV into a smart TV. A separate dual-stick video game controller allows the tablet/TV combo to also become a game console, running Android games. On the back of the handheld remote is a physical QWERTY keyboard.

The tablet utilizes the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, and features a quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, a 1280x800 resolution screen, cameras on both sides, a gigabyte of memory, 8 GB of flash memory, and USB and HDMI ports.

Smart TV

When the tablet is docked to a TV, Unu provides access to such services as Netflix, Hulu and Pandora, which can be controlled by the Airmouse handheld remote. When using the TV via the custom smart TV user interface on the tablet, viewers can find the TV programs they're looking for, including checking through video services online.

As a game console, the system can access the over 1 million Android games available in the Google Play Store. Because it has both a two-stick controller and a gestural Airmouse, it can play both gesture-based games as well as ones with more conventional interaction, like racing games. Reports on the Web indicate a wide variation of performance by various Android games, which may be due to the vast range of quality for that platform.

A version without the controller, called the Media Edition, is available...

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