Coby Ice Cream Sandwich tablet family hands-on at CES 2012See all photos
We first went for the MID9742 -- the 9.7-inch offering -- packed a pretty respectable screen. The software remained pretty laggy -- thus the prototype proviso -- but it seemed the least temperamental of the bunch, with pricing likely to be around $275. All of Coby's Android 4.0 tablets pack the same ARM A8 1GHz processor, which makes it difficult to explain why the MID8042, Coby's eight-incher, likely to be priced at just over $200, seemed to struggle during simple navigation and crashed several times during our hands-on time. However, it was refreshing to see ICS arrive on these smaller form factors. The seven-inch MID7042 was more like an e-reader, which has decided to hold onto a physical home button despite its defunct status on Android's convergence OS. The screen here was pretty underwhelming, but with pricing likely to be around $150, it's not a massive surprise. Finally, Coby had another petite tablet (MID7014) that packed a similar seven-inch display, Android Gingerbread, an unusual mini-USB (yes, we got that right) port, a micro-SD slot and no HDMI-out found on the other tablets. A spokesperson told us that this lower-specced model was likely to hit stores at around $100. Release dates for the whole Coby bunch haven't been decided just yet, but you can check our lukewarm impressions in the hands-on video below.
Sean Cooper and Sean Buckley contributed to this report.