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