Quad-core gets cheap: $99 Cherry Mobile tablet hits the Philippines

Remember when a quad-core processor was the mark of a top tier, expensive phone or tablet? That’s such a 2012 way to see the world. Not only can you pick up a Google Nexus 7 tablet with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip in the US for $199, but if you happen to be in the Philippines, you could soon pick up a Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt with a quad-core CPU for $99.

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt

Yugatech reports the tablet packs a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and a 1 GHz Action Semiconductor AM7029 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor.

While that chip isn’t as speedy as the Nexus 7′s Tegra 3, it should be faster than anything you would have found in a $99 tablet a year or two ago.

Throwing extra processor cores into a chip doesn’t always result in faster performance, but it generally helps with multitasking capabilities, among other things.

The Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt is also expected to feature 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, WiFI, Bluetooth, a front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, and a 4000mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, measures 0.42 inches thick and weighs 11.3 ounces.

If the tablet looks familiar, that’s because it appears to be a rebranded Ainol Novo 7 Venus tablet with a slightly slower processor.

According to YugaTech, the $99 tablet should go on sale in March.

via reddit