The Eken M001 is one of the cheapest Google Android powered touchscreen tablets around, selling for just around $100. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for and the 7 inch tablet has a fairly sluggish 600MHz processor, just 2GB of storage space, and a 1600mAh battery. While there’s only so much you can do about the processor and display, one hacker figured he wasn’t stuck with the other hardware, and after opening up the case of his Eken M001 tablet, he tweaked the heck out of it.

The modded tablet now includes a front-facing camera, 8GB of flash storage, a USB hub, 2 external USB ports, and a 5200mAh battery, among other things. With the new battery, he says he’s getting between 7 and 12 hours of run time from the tablet. In order to do that, he redesigned the back panel of the tablet, making it much, much thicker.

When all is said and done, it might make more sense just to spend the extra cash on a pricier Android tablet such as the Archos 7 or Dell Streak. But if you’re a DIY-er looking for a project, it’s nice to know that the Eken M001 is quite hackable.

via SlashGear

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9 replies on “Eken M001 Android tablet hacked with upgraded battery, storage, more”

  1. i just bought one of these and for the life of me can not figure out how to put video on it. I mean movies and tv shows not hand made ones. Any advise or should I give up?

    1. I think that you need to put the video on to a SD card of whichever type your tablet takes. You must first ensure that it is in a romat supported by your tablet. Good luck, Anthony

    2. Record or convert any video to the FLV or MP4 (use MP4V codec) format and it should work fine. You can copy the video to a SD card or to the internal drive and the My Video version 1.7 application that comes with the unit will play it. You will need to lower the bitrate to 800 and set the size to 320×240. Initially I was not able to get it to work except for the demo video included. As soon as I deleted the demo video it started working fine. I have been able to download Youtube videos and without any conversions they work in FLV format. Best of luck. Check out this group it may help… https://groups.google.com/group/ekenm001/web

      1. Update for that Google Link Now Massive Support for these on Slatedroid.com Forum

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