Cheap Android tablets are what we expect from Chinese manufacturers. After all, it’s a boom market and with the ease of making a tablet, it should be expected. However, it maybe easy to make a tablet, but its hard to make a good one. That’s why the LY-F526 from Shenzhen Lingyunxianfeng is actually a bit of a surprise. This is because from its specs it actually looks to be a good tablet for under $200.
Packing a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor, it’s not exactly in the Tegra 2 territory of the more high-end stuff. However, its backed by PowerVR graphics, 1080p HD video playback support, 512MB of RAM, and your choice of 4GB and 16GB of storage. Additional features included a full-sized USB 2.0 port and full-sized HDMI port and a capacitive touchscreen. It even has 802.11b/g/n WiFi and has a 1.3MP camera.
It can easily handle several file types: MKV, Xvid, H.264, and other video formats. It also supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, and WAV audio.
That sounds pretty impressive. But the main problems with it are that the small 7-inch display has a low resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Plus, the thing runs on Google Android 2.2 Froyo, not exactly the state-of-the-art.
However, it does look pretty neat and the trade-off is pretty minor. Right now, the LY-F526 is selling for $140 online. That’s the bulk order price, too and limited to distributors or resellers. However, you can expect it to jump a few dollars or so. Still, that’s under $200 and for a decent media device/e-reader/tablet, that’s pretty cheap.