We are in the midst of a revolution of expectation, witnessing tablets evolve from “wants” to “needs”. Most people primarily use a tablet for surfing the internet, checking email, listening to music, and occasionally watching movies and other streaming content, and shouldn’t have to shell out over $500 (which is a conservative estimate) to buy such a device. The solution to this problem is now at hand, with a slew of low-cost, but not necessarily poorly-spec’ed, tablets now entering the market. God, I love competition.
One such budget-friendly device is the Ematic eGlide Prism. The ultra-slim (9mm) Android 4.0 device, while quite cheap, features specifications that include:
- 7″ capacitive multi-touch LCD Display
- 800×480 resolution
- 1Ghz single-core processor
- Android 4.0
- 8GB internal storage, expandable via microSD, also includes 5GB cloud storage
- 512MB RAM
- front facing webcam
- HDMI support
- dedicated GPU
- Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
While the specifications are in line with most other low-cost tablets, what makes the eGlide Prism really stand out from the crowd is its 2160p 3D HD video playback capability with 3D glasses included with the tablet. While it is not glasses-free 3D, this will likely be a huge selling point for the eGlide Prism. Oh, and good luck finding 2160p content, too.
While not the most highly-specced device around, the features and specs are certainly impressive for the very low price of tag of around $160. The company’s “About Us” section includes a line that states, “Ematic has been providing superior technology at a fraction of the cost,” and that certainly seems to be the case here. Of course, while it sounds very reasonable on paper, a more thorough hands-on review would be required to check the performance of the tablet. Hopefully, a 3D capable tablet for that price should be completely worth it.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on some 3D goodness at a very budget-friendly price, you can order it online here.
What are your thoughts? Are the specification “compromises” worth it for the low cost? Will you be looking to buy the Ematic eGlide Prism? Let us know in the comments section below.
We’ll be getting one for review in the next little while, so check back for our full verdict soon!