If someone had told us a year and a half ago that 7-inch tablets would challenge 10-inchers’ popularity, we would have had no trouble in calling that someone out of his frigging mind. However, the unexpected has happened, and, mostly due to Amazon and Google’s fine efforts, 7-inchers are starting to feel more like the norm than the exception.
After making the headlines with an ultra-thin, but rather pricey dual-core 10-inch tablet called 101 XS, it’s time for Archos to get back to what it does best – releasing budget-friendly gadgets with modest specs, but nice looks.
Out on the prowl for an Android tablet with some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness, but can’t really afford to spend more than a hundred bucks? Worry not, as today seems to be the perfect day to shop for tabs priced like alarm clocks.
Don’t care that much about performance and need an even cheaper Android-based tablet than the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire? No problem, because Gardner’s upcoming GoTab will cost less than $100. In fact, it will be available in the UK for £59, which would translate into $96, but if it were to ever come in the US, our guess is that it wouldn’t cost more than $60 or $70.
Although promises were made and prototypes were shown, we’re yet to see an Android-based tablet capable of getting near the iPad’s Retina Display even with seven months gone after the new Apple slate’s release.
Acer is looking to join the crowded and competitive 7-inch Android tablet party, with one juicy gadget we craved for ever since Computex in June. The Iconia Tab A110 is the name of this new slate, and, just when we thought we knew everything about it, Acer dropped the bomb: it will come with Jelly Bean on board.
The UbiSlate 7Ri, 7R+, 7Ci, and 7C+ are the four newly unveiled slates, all sporting 7-inch screens and all ready to go on sale at unbelievably low prices. Though we don’t have many photos starring the four tabs, these shouldn’t look very different on the outside, and their innards will be similar as well.
SmartQ has released Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware updates for all of its current tablets. The company has a full range of tablets starting with the smaller seven inch S7 and K7 models and finishing with the 10.1 inch T30. In between, there is an eight inch model and a couple of 9.7 inch models.
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.
After releasing the very first ICS tablet last year, Ainol is back at it, launching the Novo 7 Crystal, a very affordable tablet with the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, a dual core CPU and IPS display, all for only $139.