Infant-friendly devices are the "in thing" for panicking adults who don't want jammy fingers all over their Galaxy Note. Karuma is the newest to aim for the pre-Bieber crowd with the PlayBase: a cheap, durable tablet that's 9.7mm thick. The key specs include a 7-inch capacitive multitouch display, WiFi and a 1.2GHz Rockchip RK2918 Cortex A8 (the same chip in the AndyPad Pro, Archos Arnova 8 and 10). It's running a custom-skinned version of Gingerbread, but the company has included 1GB of DDR3 RAM in anticipation for a forthcoming bump to Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich. As well as the rugged design, you'll also find it comes with a shock-absorbent silicon cover that protects the screen from the elements and can fold back to double as a kickstand. A front-facing camera and five hours advertised battery life round out the rugrat tablet (rugratblet?). Fans of pre-ordering things can throw down cash on November 15th and it'll be on sale proper come December 1st. Whichever way you wish to pay for it, it'll cost you £170 ($270).
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Karuma reveals the world's slimmest 7" kid-proof tablet for £169

Singapore, 1 November 2011 – Singapore-based consumer product developer and manufacturer, Karuma, officially announces the launch of their upcoming, upgradable Android Tablet, PlayBase®, today.

Designed and engineered in Singapore, PlayBase® is a sleek, durable and tough tablet for adults, built with kids in mind. Weighing in at just 325grams and at a thickness of 9.7mm, you'll want to slip it into your pocket and take it everywhere you go. It features a 7" capacitive multi-touch display, formed metal rear covers as well as interfaces for micro USB and a headphone jack, all housed in a sleek, kid-friendly and lightweight design for ultra portability.

Powered by Android,PlayBase® is more than just a well-built, multimedia device. Specifically designed to address the growing demand for kid-friendly tablets, it emphasizes on style and value while providing the latest technology and exceptional features users want, at very attractive price point. "Low cost does not mean having to compromise on quality. The idea of kid-proofing PlayBase® came from my personal experience (and many others!), with my 2-year-old nephew who broke my tablet's screen, after dropping it on the ground. PlayCovers will offer extra grip for little hands and butter fingers and keep it safe from drops, knocks and bumps", says Ashley Sayed, Managing Director.

Its sleek, stylish Dura-Body® features 5 main attributes that distinguishes it from other Android devices:

PlayBase® PlayCover®
PlayBase® introduces its innovativePlayCover®, a shock-absorbent silicone cover that wraps around the device and prevents damage from drops* and protect against rain,spills, dirt, scratches and screen marks. When not in use, it serves as a stand to watch videos and browse the internet. This unique slip-resistant rubberized surface is comfortable to the touch and easy to hold. Best of all, it comes with a complete range of PlayBase® accessories to fit your personality and lifestyle!

Each PlayBase® unit comes together with its own PlayCover®.
*PlayCover® increase the drop test performance by up to five times when compared to similar 7" tablets, meaning your device lasts longer than any other tablet on the market.

Upgradable firmware
With 1GB system RAM, users will be able to upgrade from the current OS to the latest Android releases, through our website, within the next few months.Combined with a powerful 1.2 GHz processor + 3D GPU, it promises to give you a smoother user interface and one of the best 3D gaming experiences ever.

Discover a whole new level in sound quality
When fitted with the PlayCover®, dual speakers deliver stereo audio to give improved bass and enhance your music, movie, video and gaming experience.

PlayBase® games
Pre-installed with our very own play-based learning game, it will be the first in a series of educational games that will challenge children and adults alike with its varying difficulty levels. New games and updates can be downloaded from our website, www.play-base.com. Follow us on Twitter (@Play_Base) for updates.

Intuitive User Interfaces
PlayBase® provides user-friendly control via the capacitive touch screen to tap into the growing Android developer community. Experience thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications,without compromising on portability.

Key features and specifications of the PlayBase® include:
7" LCD, 800 x 600 resolution display, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch display
1.2 GHz single-core processor
Built-in Wi-Fi
8GB of NAND flash
Up to 32GB Micro SD card
Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback
RAM : 1G DDR3
Output: Micro USB, Earphones
Dimensions: 204mm ×122m × 9.7mm
Weight: 325g
Stereo speakers
Front-facing camera
Accelerometer
Up to 5 hours of battery life, 60 hours on standby

Pricing & Availability
PlayBase®will be available for pre-orders from 15 November 2011, through www.play-base.com, with units arriving early December, in time for Christmas. PlayBase® will retail at £169 and is available to buy online via www.play-base.com, Amazon and eBay from 1 December 2011.

For the latestPlayBase® ®news, please visit www.play-base.com and on Twitter @Play_Base. For video of PlayBase® in action, visit PlayBase® TV at: http://www.youtube.com/user/PlayBase TV

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