Creative Technology Ltd. today announced the ZiiO 7″ and 10″ Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablets, the world's first apt-X enabled touch screen tablet — which runs on Android, delivers the best wireless audio performance from an Android-based tablet in the market, differentiating it from similar devices.
Creative ZiiO tablet also delivers the most seamless, fuss-free Bluetooth pairing experience with Creative's extensive range of speakers and headphones.
All this has been made possible through the know-how gleaned from Creative's longstanding history of audio engineering expertise that produced the Sound Blaster, X-Fi and a host of award winning portable media players and speaker systems. In the process of creating a Creative ZiiO tablet, Creative applies these high audio standard benchmarks to each tablet through a rigorous series of in-house critical listening tests.
In the actual device, this seamless superior wireless audio quality has been achieved with the Pure Android Audio application and the apt-X codec found in each Creative ZiiO tablet:
- The Pure Android Audio application
A unique fully upgradable comprehensive easy-to-use integrated suite of applications for the purest wireless audio experience that allows access to al audio enhancement and wireless connectivity settings at a touch of an onscreen button. The technologies housed under Pure Android Audio currently include:
- X-Fi Crystalizer for Crystal Clear Audio in Your Music
Digital music today pales in comparison to the real thing. That is because important details disappear in the high and low ranges when CDs are ripped into digital music. X-Fi Crystalizer intelligently restores lost detail and enhances digital audio content to amazing clarity.
- X-Fi Expand for Expansive Audio in Your Movies and Games
X-Fi Expand intelligently expands game and movie soundtracks into an immersive audio experience with a breathtakingly realistic depth of field. The effect becomes most apparent when used with earphones — users will feel as if they are listening to your game or movie soundtracks from a pair of high-end speakers instead of earphones.
- Bluetooth 2.1 Wireless Technology
Together with the apt-X codec, Bluetooth allows users to stream high fidelity stereo wirelessly to all compatible stereo Bluetooth speakers and headphones, such as the ZiiSound D5, ZiiSound T6 (the all new premium 2.1 speaker with Surround Sound) and Creative WP-300.
- X-Fi Crystalizer for Crystal Clear Audio in Your Music
- The High Performance Low-Latency apt-X Codec
The high performance codec allows Creative ZiiO to deliver high quality audio wirelessly to compatible apt-X Bluetooth speakers and headphones.
Just like other touch screen tablets, the easy-to-use device lets users check emails on-the-go, watch their favorite movies (Creative ZiiO lets users connect the tablet to a larger screen via a HD cable for an enhanced movie viewing experience), as well as play music and casual games. Users can also download applications from the Internet and ZiiStore; this versatile touch screen device runs on the Android operating system, enabling users to easily install more applications from tens of thousands of cool choices on the Web for free.
Creative ZiiO tablet is also the first tablet to utilize Creative's in-house ZMS-08 processor that is engineered to deliver the high performance media-rich processing required of next-generation devices.
The Pure Entertainment Tablet is the portable digital entertainment companion that allows users to store, manage and stream audio content from one device — without the clutter of cables! Pure Android Audio represents the most seamless high quality wireless audio streaming experience from an Android based device. This is achieved with the unique Pure Android audio application (a one-touch onscreen icon housing X-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity interfaces), and a host of audio enhancement technologies that include the apt-X codec and lossless audio support.
Creative ZiiO is available in 7″ (480 x 800) and 10″ (1024 x 600) display models. The 7″ model is in white, while the 10″ model is in black. Both models come in 8GB and 16GB memory capacities.
- Compact Touch Screen Tablet
- Stunning 16.8 million (7″ version ) and 262K color (10″ version) display for laser sharp images
- Android 2.1 Operating System
- Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (with apt-X and A2DP)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g capable
- X-Fi Audio Enhancements (X-Fi Crystalizer, X-Fi Expand)
- Audio Supported: MP3, AAC, WMA9, FLAC, OGG, ADPCM, MIDI, WAV, Audible Format 4
- Video Supported: H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, MJPEG, MOV, AVI, MKV
- HD Video-Out (HDMI-Out)
- Photo Supported: JPG, BMP, PNG
- Front facing camera
- Built-in Mic
- Built-in Speaker (stereo)
- Playtime: Up to 25 hrs (MP3), up to 5 hrs (video)
- microSD (7″) / SD (10″) card slot (up to 32GB)
- Dimensions: 207.4 x 133 x 13.7 mm (7″ version), 262 x 173 x 13.7 mm (10″ version)
- Weight: 400g (7″ version), 650g (10″ version)
Creative ZiiO comes with the following companion accessories:
- Leather Case – Wrap your Creative ZiiO in a leather case that is both stylish and functional. With easy access to all your Creative ZiiO's interfaces and buttons, the case looks great while protecting your Creative ZiiO from stains and scratches. The case also doubles as a desktop stand. Available in black leather for both Creative ZiiO 7″ and 10″.
- Stylus – Each pack comes with three styluses.
- Screen Protector – Give the screen instant scratch protection with a screen protector that also protects from dust and fingerprints. Once applied onto the screen, the bubble free, antiglare protector actually improves handwriting recognition. Available for Creative ZiiO 7″ and 10″.
- Universal Power Adapter – Save the hassle of unplugging the Creative ZiiO home-based charger and get a secondary charger for office and travel use. Comes supplied with 4 interchangeable plugs that enable users to charge the Creative ZiiO anywhere in the world.
Pricing and Availability
The Pure Wireless Entertainment solution will be available at the online store at creative.com/shop and authorized dealers in US from early December 2010 onwards at the following suggested retail prices.
- Creative ZiiO 7″ Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 8GB US$249.99
- Creative ZiiO 7″ Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 16GB US$269.99
- Creative ZiiO 10″ Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 8GB US$299.99
- Creative ZiiO 10″ Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 16GB US$319.99
- Creative ZiiO Leather Case US$39.99
- Creative ZiiO Stylus (3-in-1) US$19.99
- Creative ZiiO Screen Protector US$9.99
- Creative ZiiO Universal Power Adapter US$39.99