Pipo may not exactly be a household name — I’m not even sure it’s actually the name of a company. But the Pipo U1 tablet looks like it could be an interesting option for bargain-hunters looking for an Android tablet that’s only 3/4ths the price of a Google Nexus 7 — and which offers some features Google’s tablet lacks.
The tablet features a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS capacitive toucshcreen display, a Rockchip RK3066 dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, and Mali 400 graphics.
It has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. It features a front-facing 2MP camera, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.0.
The Google Nexus 7, on the other hand, lacks a microSD card slot and costs $249 if you choose a model with 16GB of storage.
On the other hand, the Pipo U1 only gets up to 5 hours of battery life, which falls short of the 9 hours of run time I typically get from my Nexus 7. And while the RK3066 is the fastest processor from Chinese chip maker Rockchip, I suspect it’s not quite as zippy as the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 in the Asus-built Google Nexus 7.
I’ve also seen hints that early versions of the Pipo U1 may have suffered from display problems — but it’s not clear if those issues affect the units that went on sale this week.