Budget Android tablets are not exactly a rarity these days, but you might be surprised at what some of the no-name tablets pack under the hood. While the upcoming Cube U9GT4 won’t try to challenge the new iPad’s retina display like its bigger sibling, it does come with almost the same sheet of specs.
Herculean Archos Arnova FamilyPad tablet unveiled, to come soon with 13-inch display and ICS
We haven’t heard much to back Toshiba’s initial foray into the realm of Herculean 13-inch tablets, but believe it or not we now have a challenger for the Excite 13. The Archos Arnova FamilyPad is due to be released in “a month or two”, and if size and money matter to you, you should definitely keep an eye on the tab.
iPad beware! Chinese tablets with “retina” displays up for grabs for under $300
We have two Android-based tablets released that can compete with the new iPad at least in terms of the screens’ resolutions. The Cube U9GT 5 and Chuwi V99 are as exotic as they are hard to find, but if you’re not fazed with the possible poor build quality of Chinese tabs coming from no-name companies, you should be happy to hear about their existence.
Lexibook joins the kiddie tablet war with the Junior and Master Tablets
The two new kiddie tabs are called the Junior Tablet and Master Tablet and come from Lexibook, a French-based tech manufacturer that doesn’t say much. In such a suddenly crowded and competitive niche, the name of the company behind the slates might be of grand importance, although on the surface we can’t say these two look very different from the FunTab Pro, for example.
Ematic launches $150 FunTab Pro kid-friendly 7-incher with ICS
We’ve seen several decent tabs targeting children released during the past few months, with the Fuhu Nabi 2, Archos ChildPad and Toys R Us Tabeo being the first few names that come to mind. Still, there seems to be more room for competition, and now a new player is getting into the game.
Introducing the 7-inch Alcatel One Touch T10 budget tablet
The market for lower priced tablets like Google's Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire series continues to grow, and more and more companies are announcing their own entries into the market. The latest company to throw their hat into the ring is Alcatel, with its recently announced One Touch T10.
Cheap Archos Arnova Gbook unveiled. Does it combine the best of a tablet with the best of an e-reader?
Archos is known for releasing cheap and relatively decently specced Android-based tablets, but the company’s latest device seems to win a lot of points in the former category and not that many in the latter. The Arnova GBook 7-incher isn’t even advertised as a full-fledged tablet by Archos, although the company’s official website does mention that it “combines the best of a tablet with the best of an eReader”.
If the idea of handing your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 over to your kids makes you cringe, why not consider getting them a tablet of their own? The new MEEP! tablet by Oregon Scientific is built from the ground up to be used by kids, and it will only cost you $149.
Acer’s Iconia Tab A110 finally up for grabs, going for £179 in the UK
Despite having what looked like a winner on its hands, Acer didn’t make a huge effort in advertising the 7-inch Iconia Tab A110 tablet. Still, the “Nexus 7 killer” looked quite enticing to those who heard about it, especially after Acer officially announced that it would be coming with Jelly Bean on board.
Are Google and Asus planning a $99 Nexus 7? Digitimes says yes, Asus says no
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.