This is what a $50 Android tablet looks like

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.

eser tablet

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.

via micdigi

  • buzz86us

    This combo actually performs very well but unless you are already in the far east getting one for $50 is a very difficult thing to do i have this as a Hyundai A7 but it has the capacitive touchscreen and i paid $99

  • Signops

    I got the Hyundai A7 for $110. But saw that there is the Ainol Paladin retails for $89 at the Thats the cheapest price. On other websites like it goes for $106.

    • buzz86us

      the paladin has the lame MIPS processor that is incompatible with just about everything. For anybody new to these tablets I recommend the Onda tab it is the exact same thing as the Hyundai like I bought but it has a slightly better battery.
      The Hyundai has 3000mah vs the Onda with 3600mah. These tabs are nice because they have lower power requirements in a pinch you can hook these to the computer and charge or use a battery box like the Energizer powergo or any of the others on ebay.

  • Pharnet

    The Allwinner A10 w/Mali 400 is pretty powerful and aspires to be an open source platform. I look forward to ubiquitous, low power consumption, low cost, general purpose computing devices like this. Internet TV box, home file server, a few A10 beaglebone/raspberry pi like devices, and a couple A10 based tablets sprinkled around the house. My first capacitive, multitouch A10 7″ tablet was $100.

  • Paula Meyers

    That’s a pretty decent $50 tablet and it has front-facing camera.