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

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5 replies on “This is what a $50 Android tablet looks like”

  1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  3. 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

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