It’s been nearly two years since Freecsale introduced its i.MX6 processor. The 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm since then… but there are now a number of inexpensive tablets powered by Freescale’s chip.
And the 10 inch tablets are reasonably cheap, with prices around $225 or less.
Retailer W2Comp contacted me today to let me know about the Ampe A10, which the store calls the first Chinese quad-core tablet. You can pick one up for $225 plus free shipping.
But a quick check of AliExpress shows that the Ampe A10 isn’t alone. Several sellers are offering tablets with virtually identical specifications. They’re selling for as little as $204, but you’ll have to pay around $25 for shipping from China on those models.
Interestingly, if you search AliExpress for “Ampe A10,” you get a bunch of listings for tablets with single-core Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processors.
It looks like all of these tablets feature 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, front and rear cameras, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandiwch software.
They feature 10-point multitouch capacitive touchscreen displays and USB, SD card, and HDMI ports. The tablets have ARM Mali 400 graphics.
According to the product listings, they also feature support for the Google Play Store, which should make downloading third party apps easy.
I wouldn’t expect the same build quality or performance from one of these tablets as from an iPad, Kindle Fire, or Nexus 7. But $225 isn’t a bad price for a 10 inch tablet with a quad-core processor.