Preview: Prestigio Multipad 9.7 – a 10″ Android 4.0 tablet for $260

March 17, 2012
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    Prestigio Multipad 9.7

    The tablet PC is slowly growing into an essential commodity, moving away from its initial status of luxury product. The popularity of tablets has now reached a stage at which schools and universities are recommending students to use tablets instead of laptops and even textbooks. In turn, the growing demand for tablets has spurred the popularity of low to mid-range tablets, which give consumers cheap alternatives to most of the high-end tablets (yes, the iPad) released so far.

    Joining the list of ambitious, yet affordable slates is the Prestigio Multipad 9.7 Android 4.0 tablet, announced at the recently concluded CeBIT tech fair in Hannover. As the name suggests, we are talking about a 9.7-inch tablet, identical in size with the iPad. Also like the iPad, it features IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, which provides extended viewing angles, allowing you use your tablet without keeping it exactly in front of your eyes. The Multipad looks and feels like a high-end device, with a metallic finish back plate, but with rubber-coated pads along the sides, which make it very easy to grip. Every unit comes with a “luxury case”, which, we must admit, looks very classy and provides a safe portability option.

    Prestigio Multipad 9.7 back

    The specifications are what remind us that the Prestigio Multipad 9.7 is, in fact, considered a low to mid-range device.
    Specs include:

    • 1 Ghz ARM Cortex A8 processor
    • 1 GB DDR3 RAM
    • Android 4.0 OS
    • 9.7-inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, with LED backlighting
    • 8GB Flash memory, expandable to 32GB with microSD
    • 0.3 MP front camera (no back camera)
    • 6000 mAH battery
    • “Advanced” wireless LAN adapter
    • Mini USB port, HDMI out port

    While the specifications are standard fare for most low and mid-range Android tablets, we were impressed by the Multipad’s powerful battery, which guarantees up to 6 hours of video playback.

    The device also boasts great usability right out of the box with numerous “carefully selected” pre-installed apps such as Skype, Youtube, and many more. We guess that these apps may prove useful for the users who just want to consume content, without worrying about apps and configurations. I know my Mom would like it.

    The Prestigio Multipad 9.7 seems to be a very good option in the budget-friendly class, considering the estimated price tag of approximately $260. Prestigio announced that the Multipad 9.7 will be in stores from April 2012, but we haven’t learned yet about the markets where it will be available.

    Here is a short video for further information on the Prestigio MultiPad 9.7, courtesy of NoteBookItalia.it.

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    Comments

    • tez

      well i got one and it’s fantastic all you ever want
      from a tablet no slipping out your hand with this one
      nice to hold bit heavy but nice feel

      • Nicos

        Is it worth buying it?

    • mtajdich

      I got one too, overall it’s not bad, lots of positive impressions, but my main concern is that Skype is almost unusable on this tablet. Can’t hear the audio from speakers, only from headphones. Even tshen, sound is breaking, so you can not understand person on tahe otahe side.Graphics does not allow playing even simple games, although I think it could be solved using better software. Overall impression – good for the money, and I think skype problem could be solved easily. Good video reproduction, nice apps, it is not ideal, but I like it. Not to forget, everybody sasy it has a nice lasting battery. Nice touchscreen with good resolution too.

    • Nick

      People are obviously blind when it comes to this tablet, it’s full of bugs. Battery is discarching rapidly, apps close unexpectedly, YouTube videos fail to load, problem with Skype, wifi problems, firmware upgrade causes the tablet to never boot up properly (until hard reset is not performed)… All in all, total waste of money and wouldn’t recommend it.

    • Nick

      It may be cheap, but when you have it does not perform simple and usual tasks the way it should, it’s definitely better saving money and buying something much better than this.

    • Nick

      Oh, and Prestigio tech support is not responsive at all, that’s yet another in the number of cons about this manufacturer and their tablets.

    • mae

      Im planning to. buy this kind of pad for games.Can somebody tell me if its ok for installing games?tnx and one thing ,i really want this but here in qatar theres no available,can somebody helpe where i can buy this for my son birthday.Thank you.Hope you can help me.godbless

    • Lauren

      I loves it apart from the fact that it has real trouble turning on or just coming back on after the screensaver comes on which is incredibly annoying and needs to be looked at. It also freezes every so often, but if these could be fixed it would be a fantastic tablet

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