[News]Top 10 Upcoming Low-Cost Android 4.0 (ICS) Tablets for 2012
Android Discussion Top 10 Upcoming Low-Cost Android 4.0 (ICS) Tablets for 2012
Can there be such a thing as a good cheap Android tablet? Has Ice Cream Sandwich really leveled the playing field so that cheaper hardware can run it smoothly? Ever since the “tablets” have become a must-have item, it seems as if every electronics manufacturer on the face of this earth is trying to get their hands on some of the market share. That’s right, Sony, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Lenovo and even Amazon have stepped up and produced Android tablets. However, no matter how many Android tablets the manufacturers push at us, they all seem to fall very short of the iPad. So why do people still buy them and why are they still being made you ask? Price!
Both iPads have been set at a $500 starting price, and that is just for the most basic model. Android tablets have come out with price tags as low at $79! In response, Apple would probably say something along the lines of “you get what you pay for”. But we tend to look at the price difference the same way Amazon does:
So without further ado, here are your top 10 Ice Cream Sandwich tablets of 2012 that won’t break your piggy bank: Don’t forget to pick your favorite and let us know why in the comments at the bottom!
Ainovo took the world by storm last year when it was announced they were releasing a sub-$100 tablet. And if that was not enough, it would be one of the first tablets to run Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0). However, the tablet was no where to be found until now. The tablet that made an in person appearance at CES will only cost you $89 for a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. Note: Upon purchasing the Paladin, shipping to the Eastern United States turned out to be around $60. This brings the overall cost of the tablet up to $149. Additionally, it has a MIPS processor inside, so many apps in the Android Market will not function properly. Price: $89 Screen Size: 7″ HD LCD Resolution: 800 x 480 Processor: 1GHz Ingenic JZ4770 Memory: 512 MB RAM GPU: GC860 core with 3D rendering upgrade Storage: 8GB/16GB Camera(s): No Camera Battery: Built-in 4000 mAh lithium-polymer battery (8 hours of Web Surfing)
Viewsonic Viewpad e70
Now that the creators of the Novo7 have snuck a $60 shipping fee in, the sub-$100 ICS tablet isn’t so sub-$100. On January 10th, Viewsonic announced that they would be making the ViewPad E70. This 7″ tablet is aimed at consumers who want the ultimate value while still being able to attain Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although the device has been shown off in public, some of the specifications are still up in the air or remain unknown. Price: $169.99 Screen Size: 7″ Resolution: 800 x 480 Processor: 1GHz processor Memory: Still Unknown (Most likely 1GB of RAM)Storage: 4GB (Up to 32GB Micro SD slot) Camera(s): Front-Facing Camera Battery: Still Unknown Release Date: Late Q1 (Late March?)
Archos 80 G9
When you think of tablets, you probably don’t think of Archos. However, even before the “low-cost” tablets came into play, the Archos 80 G9 had always offered the same incredible specs for a fraction of the price of the other guys. And now, to sweeten the deal even more on the almost unknown tablet, Archos is upgrading the G9 tablets (80 and 101) to Ice Cream Sandwich. Price: $299.99 Screen Size: 8″ Resolution: 1024 x 768 Processor: OMAP™ 4 smart dual-core ARM CORTEX A9 from 1GHz to 1.2GHz Memory: 512MBStorage: 8/16GB (Additional microSD slot) Camera(s): 720p front camera Battery: Internet navigation time up to 10 hrs Release Date: February to March
A full chart of the Archos G9 tablet variations thanks to arctablet.com.
Coby MID 7042Coby has been in the cheap tablet market for a while now. However, almost every single one of their tablets have been sub-par. Now, with the addition of ICS and upgraded specs, Coby might actually have a chance at some market share (Maybe!). Note: Be careful, rumor has it this tablet will have access to the GetJar marketplace instead of the Android Market. Price: $179 Screen Size: 7″ Resolution: 800 x 480 Processor: 1Ghz ARM Cortex A8 processor Memory: 1GBStorage: 4GB (microSD slot up to 32GB) Camera(s): Front facing camera of unknown quality Battery: Still Unknown Release Date: Unknown (but soon)
Argos Skypad Alpha2
Argos SkyPad is the latest cheap tablet manufactured by Skytex. Once again, this is not really a high-profile company that is a household name. In addition, the tablet will have access to the 1mobile market instead of the standard Android Market. But as noted in the picture above, the Alpha2 will have access to a lot of the big and famous Android apps. Price: $199 Screen Size: 7″ Resolution: 1024 x 600 Processor: 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Memory: UnknownStorage: 8GB Camera(s): At least a rear-facing camera Battery: Removable Battery of Unknown Size Release Date: Early 2012