We’ve seen California-based Ematic release a number of decent budget-friendly Android tablets in the past, but the company still seems unable to break the barriers of anonymity and become a mainstream player.
The last Ematic gadget we spotted was the eGlide Pro X 9.7-incher, a tab running Android 4.0 and featuring HDMI output, but also a pretty modest 800 x 480 pix res display. Now there’s a new member of the family ready to see the light of day, and, like its forefathers, it has some off-putting specs that affect its appeal.
The EXP8 is marketed as a “value tablet”, but, at $179.99 it’s starting to look not that cheap, considering the direction the market is heading. Still, this is a 9.7-inch tab, and not a 7-incher like the Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fires; if you want the extra screen real estate, you naturally have to pay more.
The IPS capacitive multi-touch screen comes with a 1024 x 768 pixels resolution, which is not exactly the standard for 10-inchers these days, but it is still a significant evolution over the eGlide Pro X.
The EXP8 is powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor (most likely single-core), so compulsive Android gamers might really struggle with this tablet. The rest of the features are not that bad and include 1 GB of RAM, a 400 Mhz GPU, 8 GB of internal memory, 5 GB of free cloud storage, microSD support, HDMI, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, dual cameras, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Oddly enough, the cameras are not detailed (other than being called “high-resolution), so there’s a good chance you’ll only get a 2 MP rear-facing shooter and an 0.3 MP front-facing webcam, at best. The battery’s capacity is also kept under wraps, so don’t expect anything special in that department either.
Another disappointment is in the software department, where it seems that Ematic was unable or unwilling to pack the tab with full Google Play access. Instead, you get a bunch of pre-loaded apps (read: bloatware), and access to something called the Ematic App Shop. Not cool, guys, not cool at all!
If you’re willing to overlook this major downside, you might get some comfort out of the fact that the EXP8 looks rather stylish and elegant. The slate is available in black, gold and copper, and measures 0.46 inches in thickness. The tab’s weight is not mentioned per se, but based on the 2.1 pound shipping weight, it should be pretty slim.
Ematic’s EXP8 is already available for sale at Walmart.com. Anyone thinking of picking one up? Why? Why not?
LOS ANGELES - September 11, 2012 – Ematic, a leader in value tablets, releases the EXP8 tablet for the consumer requiring a feature rich device at a reasonable price. The EXP8 features a 9.7” high resolution IPS display, and is powered by Android 4.0 Operating System. Slim and lightweight, this tablet is ideal for those who are always on the move.
“The IPS Display Technology enhances colors and offers wider viewing angles,” says Roy Rayn, President of Ematic. “The multi-touch display is perfect for writing emails, browsing the Internet, and playing the latest games.”
Packed with power, the EXP8 features a fast 1.2 GHz processor, 400 Mhz GPU with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM to deliver superior performance. These leading specifications come in a slim package as the EXP8 is only .46” thick making it portable enough to put into a briefcase or purse.
The Ematic App Shop offers thousands of the latest apps from the most popular developers. Every EXP8 tablet comes preloaded with EDAN (“Ematic Digital Assistant & Navigator”), a virtual assistant that helps answer your everyday questions. Voice-to- text technology lets the user search for movie times, nearby restaurants and more. It also makes updating Facebook statuses or dictating an email hands-free and simple.
EXP8 users can be confident that all their favorite images, videos, and important documents will be stored safely. The tablet is equipped with 8GB of built-in flash memory plus an additional 5GB of cloud storage. A MicroSD Card slot allows an extra 32GB of storage, too.
Full List of Features:
• Android 4.0 (ICS)
￼• 9.7” Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
• IPS Display technology
• 1.2 GHz Processor with 400MHz GPU
• 8GB on-board storage memory
• USB 2.0 port
• HDMI port
• Back and front cameras
• 1080p HD video playback
• 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer
The EXP8 comes in black, gold or copper. It is available for $179.99 at walmart.com.
Ematic is a leader in portable media and value tablets offering high quality consumer electronics at an affordable price. The company offers a variety of technology ranging from designer headphones to MP3 players and tablets. Ematic prides itself on offering the latest in advanced technology that has undergone rigorous testing for quality, sturdiness and reliability.
Ematic Corporate Giving:
Beyond the production of high quality consumer electronics, Ematic supports initiatives for a greener Earth by running power-conscious facilities, using environmentally-friendly inks made from recycled cartridges, and 100% recyclable packaging. Ematic also makes it their mission to give back to its communities by donating 10% of all profits to various charities.