Monday, April 1, 2013

Never mind the brand, try to see the dots – $250 retina screen quad core Android tablets you can buy NOW

While 8 bit scanlines are the old black around these parts, and we hiss at resolutions greater than 360 * 240, who among us has not stared enviously at the 2048 * 1536 res screens of rich Uncle Muppet’s Ipad 3? A screen so sharp, so bright, and packed with pixel densities with numbers so large, matched only by the numbers following their price tags? We might not game on them, but hotdarnnit, them large table things with retina screens look dang nice. Pity you have to sell Boxer to the glue factory to raise funds if you want one.

That is, of course, until recent times, thanks to the magic of Chinese mass production.  Yes, Android 9.7 inch tablets with ultra pixel dense IPS screens – ok harkkit, let’s call them retina screens – are now readily available in the wild! Check these models, all with Quad Core CPUs and 2048 x 1536 screens out (and click on the links to find out more … or to buy one from Tinydeal):

(AINOL) Spark 9.7 Retina Android 4.1 Quad-core Tablet (AINOL) Spark 9.7" Retina Android 4.1 Quad-core Tablet $258.82
(CHUWI) V99 9.7 Retina Android 4.1 16GB A31 Quad-core Tablet PC (CHUWI) V99 9.7" Retina Android 4.1 16GB A31 Quad-core Tablet PC $249.79
(KNC) MD906 9.7 Retina Android 4.1 16GB Quad-core Tablet PC (KNC) MD906 9.7" Retina Android 4.1 16GB Quad-core Tablet PC $240.76  
(PLOYER) MOMO19HD 9.7 Retina Android 4.1 Quad-core Tablet PC (PLOYER) MOMO19HD 9.7" Retina Android 4.1 Quad-core Tablet PC $272.85
(FREELANDER) PD80 9.7 Retina Android 4.1 16GB Quad-core Tablet (FREELANDER) PD80 9.7" Retina Android 4.1 16GB Quad-core Tablet $253.80
(ONDA) V972 9.7 Retina Screen Android 4.1 Quad-core Tablet PC (ONDA) V972 9.7" Retina Screen Android 4.1 Quad-core Tablet PC $265.84

Early Chinese Android tablets were laughable in implementation, but brands like Ainol, Chuwi and Onda seem to be intent on building a decent product, and more importantly, supporting them.  With the cheapest retina ipads costing about $500, these smooth looking retina tablets for about half that are just the thing if you’re in the market for a value tablet.

2 comments :

  1. Has anyone seen these screens at first-hand. Do they compare well to the Apple ? I have Chinese tablet and do like using it. Only gripe is the battery life for use and the support for firmware update was very tricky, had to look on forums for help. Still need to workout the trick to get to 'proper' google play which is a pain.

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  2. IPS is all well and good, but here are two letters they all forgot:

    BT

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