The UNU, a mix between an Android-powered tablet, gaming console, and media station, has confirmed that it will begin shipping units to retailers in November. Pre-orders opened today for both the media and gaming editions at $200 and $250, respectively.
The cost makes it widely affordable, and the specifications give it a strong foothold to leverage success. The 7-inch tablet features a 1280 x 800 display, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB built-in storage, HDMI output, 2 USB ports, and expandable microSD storage up to 64 GB.
If you choose to get the media edition, you get the tablet, a docking station, and an AirMouse remote control. The extra $50 upgrade gets you an additional game controller to play your favorite touchscreen games on your HDTV.
The UNU tablet works as a united system of devices to appeal to a wide range of users who might like streaming media, gaming, or traditional tablet functions. That sets it apart from other companies like OUYA, which exist solely as an Android gaming console and nothing more.
Granted, the UNU is not the absolute top of the line, but it is a definite step in the right direction to disrupt the methods of traditional thought with regard to gaming. And while most casual games on the Android platform do not support game controller compatibility, developers now have a good reason to build it into updates or future releases.
And that might happen faster than expected because the whole thing operates on Android and takes advantage of the open development platform. UNU also fully supports the Play Store so you do not have to re-buy your games. GameStop is posting October 29 availability and NewEgg is posting November 8.