Chuwi V88S iPad mini clone includes Bluetooth, Android 4.2

v88sChinese tablet brand Chuwi has released an updated version of its V88 iPad mini clone called the Chuwi V88S.

Amongst the new features is Bluetooth 3.0 support built-in and an updated OS, now Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

The Chuwi V88s features an iPad mini-like 7.9-inch I-PS touchscreen panel with 1024×768-pixel resolution, powered by Rockchip’s popular RK3188 quad-core SoC CPU running at up to 1.6GHz and a fairly decent 3.7V/5000mAh Lithium-ion battery. The downside is that while the V88 is said to come with up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM, the V88S only features 1GB of RAM.

It comes with 16GB on on-board flash storage, expandable through MicroSD, up to another 32GB for extra space.

The tablet comes with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and HDMI video output, plus a USB OTG port. It also features two cameras – a basic VGA camera facing the front and a 2MP image sensor on the rear. The tablet is bundled with a 5V/2A DC power adapter but we believe it can also charged via USB (not confirmed).

All up, the new Chuwi V88S weighs in at 305 grams. You can find details on the new unit over at the Chuwi website.

The most interesting detail is the Y699 price tag (approximately $115), making it one of the cheapest quad-core tablets going around.

The Rockchip RK3188 SoC CPU features Cortex A9 technology but manufactured at a smaller, more power efficient 28nm scale and has all but become the chip of choice amongst budget tablet makers in China over the last three months. Included with its four CPU cores is its Mali-400 MP4 quad-core graphics engine – not the GPU fastest solution around but enough to provide passable gaming speed.

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