The average price of Android tablets seems to be dropping all the time. Any day now I expect to find companies paying you to take one home. But there’s a pretty big difference between a cheap Chinese tablet and an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime… or even an Amazon Kindle Fire.
If you’ve ever wondered what kind of tablet you could buy for $50, the folks at Shanzhaiben have the answer.
The ESER tablet sells for about 318 yuan in China. That’s about $50 US — although I’m not entirely sure that’s the retail price. It might be the wholesale price. But even with a decent markup, this tablet could sell for $75 to $100.
So here’s what you get for the money:
- 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display
- Resistive touch panel
- Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor
- Mali 400 graphics
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of storage
- Front-facing camera
- HDMI, microSD, USB, and headphone ports
It’s not a very impressive Android tablet, but things have come a long way in just a few years. In 2010 the Augen GenTouch78 got a lot of attention when it went on sale for $150, and that tablet had a slower CPU and half the RAM and storage of this new $50(ish) tablet.