RCA is set to reveal a Mobile TV Tablet (Model DDA850RF) next week at CES 2013 that's slated as the "world's first" dual-tuner mobile TV. But don't let the description fool you: in addition to receiving over-the-air Digital TV stations and the Dyle Mobile TV service, it's a full-fledged 8-inch Android tablet packed with Wi-Fi connectivity, dual-cameras and GPS functionality.
According to RCA, the Mobile TV Tablet will have on-the-go access to 130 mobile TV stations throughout the country thanks to the Dyle mobile TV service. Unfortunately, service isn't provided from coast to coast, but rather limited to over thirty cities across the nation. However for those able to receive the signal, Dyle mobile TV is available with no subscription fee through the end of 2013.
"Dyle mobile TV is a service that gives you the ability to watch live, local broadcast television on select mobile devices in select cities. Using a special mobile digital broadcast signal, we are able to deliver programming from our participating networks. So save your bandwidth, and watch TV on your device over the air," reads the product description.
For those not living in a Dyle mobile TV zone, the tablet can pick up local Digital TV signals over the air. If that also isn't acceptable, users may be able to stream TV via a wireless network from supporting cable operators. As previously mentioned, the device is a fully-functional Android-based 8-inch tablet with access to Google Play, so users can fall back on Hulu Plus, Time Warner and other video streaming services.
RCA said on Friday that the tablet will have an 8-inch IPS touchscreen with a 1024 x 768 resolution, powered by a Cortex A5 SoC clocked at 1 Ghz, and 1 GB of RAM. Other hardware features will include 8 GB of internal storage, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, front and rear-mounted cameras, twin speakers, integrated GPS, and USB, microUSB and HDMI connectivity. Battery life promises up to four hours in mobile TV mode, or up to 10 hours when web browsing.
RCA said that the TV-based Android tablet will hit retail stores this Spring with a suggested price of $299 USD. We'll take a closer look at this mobile TV tablet in Las Vegas.