Cheap Android tablets from China are a dime a dozen these days, but one that stands out a bit is a new 7 inch model called the Rena3 which you can pick up from merimobiles for $215.
The tablet has a capacitive touchscreen display and a dual core Renesas ARM Cortex-A9 processor. While merimobiles describes the CPU as a 1 GHz processor, it actually appears to have a 533 MHz core and a second 666 MHz core, which I guess is supported to offer performance on par with a 1 Ghz processor — and in demo videos the tablet does appear to be quite speedy.
The tablet supports 720p HD video playback and 3d graphics acceleration, but struggles with 1080p HD video.
There are a few marks against the tablet. First, it has a relatively low resolution 800 x 480 pixel display. Second, the tablet runs Android 2.2 which is starting to look a bit dated. And third, it packs just 4GB of flash memory, although there’s a microSD card slot for additional storage.
For a few bucks more you can get a Barnes & Noble NOOK Color with a higher resolution display and which has the backing of a company you’ve actually heard of which means it’s more likely to get regular software updates. But the Rena3 is still a very interesting tablet for the price — especially for users interested in hacking the tablet with custom software. Unlike many cheap Chinese tablets, the Rena3 has Bluetooth and 802.11n support.
You can check out a couple of demo videos after the break courtesy of SchlumpfiHB and Shanzai.com.