While there’s plenty going on in the entry-level Chinese tablet market at the moment, you may not even have to go that far to find yourself a bargain tablet.
Some of the world’s big tablet brands are taking the axe to their prices as competition becomes white-hot.
But at this price, you tend to get what you pay for and HP’s Slate 7 is a comparatively low-spec model, featuring Rockchip’s original RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9-based SoC CPU. The Kindle Fire HD uses what we believe is Texas Instrument’s OMAP4470 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU clocking at 1.5GHz. And the Iconia B1-A71 runs a dual-core MediaTek MTK8317T chip. It comes on top of news that the market could be struggling under the weight of so many entry-level tablets on the market. Acer’s own Iconia B1-A71 is another for example, which is selling for around $140 in emerging markets around the world.
The only quad-core tablet from a name-brand you’ll find for under the $200 mark continues to be the Google Nexus 7 with its quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip for around $199.
Other issues with entry-level name-brand tablets tend to be lower-quality touchpanel displays and lower battery life than you’d get with more expensive models. This where the Nexus 7 still does comparatively well with its high-resolution 1280×800-pixel screen and up to 10 hours’ battery life. HP’s Slate 7′s battery life is rated closer to five hours by comparison.
But as the Chinese brands ramp up production of quad-core tablets based around the Rockchip RK3188 SoC CPU and others like it, name-brands will need to update or start a fire sale to move older stock. Either way, there’s no rest for anyone in the Android tablet market these days.
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