It has been a couple months since we first reported on the Creative Labs Zii Egg. The device was advertised as an Android development platform, but early units only shipped with the custom Plaszma OS. After a couple months of waiting, ZiiLabs has released the official Android 1.6 firmware for the ZiiEgg.
We believe the ZiiLabs intended to operate as an original design manufacturer and have other companies pick up the ZiiEgg and re-brand it as their own. No product announcements have been made (that we are aware of) and the device is only available to developers.
The ZiiEgg is still going for $399 and packs some serious specs.
- 3.5″ 320×480 true-color capacitive 10-point multi-touch display
- X-Fi audio processing
- Up to 32GB internal NAND Flash
- 256MB RAM
- HDTV 1080p support via HD Cable
- Composite video In/Out
- Forward facing VGA camera
- Rear Facing HD camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Hardware GPS receiver with antenna
- 3-axis Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Full size SDHC slot (supports up to 32GB of external SDHC Card)
- USB 2.0 Mini-B (MTP and Charging)
- Universal Docking connector (HDMI, USB, Audio Line-In/Line-Out, Composite-In/Out, UART)
- Headphone socket, built in speaker and microphone
- 1200mAH rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Supports Linux-based Plaszma OS and Android
- 115 x 62 x 12 mm
- Light weight: 108grams
Anything But Ipod has a device and loaded up the new Android 1.6 firmware to capture it on video. They report this firmware is the first Android firmware to make it to the Zii EGG so it is very buggy and more of a proof of concept. You still have to give ZiiLabs major props for releasing Android 1.6 while other companies struggle to roll it out to their devices based on Android 1.5 (Sprint Hero, Sprint Moment, T-Mobile Cliq, T-Mobile Behold II).