The Matrix One is one of the cheapest Android tablets money can buy. But while it doesn’t have a high resolution screen or a super speedy processor, it actually doesn’t look all that bad for a $60 tablet.

Originally the company planned to sell the 7 inch tablet for $99, but the price recently dropped to $59.99, which seems about right at a time when Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, and others are offering significantly better tablets for $199 or less.

Update 11/2/2012: Shipments have been delayed, orders have been suspended, and so far no customers have actually received any products. It’s a bit early to say if the Matrix One was nothing more than a scam, but if you were thinking of picking one up, you may want to look elsewhere for now. 

Update 12/05/2012: If you ordered a tablet and never got one, it looks like you might get a refund… if you’re lucky. 

Matrix One

The Matrix One features a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display with a 5-point multitouch capacitive touchscreen. It has a 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage, plus a microSDHC card slot for up to 32GB of extra storage.

There’s a front-facing 2 MP camera, a mic, gyroscrope, and accelerometer. The tablet has a full-sized USB port, a mico USB port, and a mini HDMI output. It has a 3200mAh battery and built-in WiFi.

The Matrix One runs Google Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it comes with root access enabled.

Matrix One says the tablet is compatible with the Amazon App Store, GetJar, and Google Play — although “compatible” doesn’t necessarily mean the device will come with Google Play preloaded. Maybe that’s why it ships with root — so you can install Google apps yourself.

via Engadget

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6 replies on “Matrix One: 7 inch Android 4.0 tablet for $60”

  1. According to Google as of today, November 14, Matrix One has had their account FROZEN due to their bad customer rating and the number of mediation requests that Matrix One is ignoring. They are ignoring a chargeback by my bank as well as my mediation request with Google Wallet. Do not walk but RUN away from this company and pass the word!

  2. I “pre-ordered” one of these, and am really happy you posted the update about nobody actually receiving the units.

    I have been checking their facebook page since the website was taken down, and posted a link to this page asking people to read Mohn Jadden’s comment. Within 15 minutes or so, my comment was deleted, and I have been banned from posting to their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MatrixOneTablet).

    Since then, I have noticed that any comments posted to the Matrix one Facebook page that speculate that this is a scam, have all been deleted.

    You are free to draw your own inferences about weather this is a scam or not, but I tried canceling my order and did not hear back from anybody at the company, so I have asked my credit card company to cancel payment to this vendor.

  3. Hey wait a second. Something’s fishy here.

    Take a look at the Matrix people’s About Us page. https://mtxone.com/company/about-us Note Robert K. as the CEO. They list his last name, Klayman. They also make mention about Ginsu Knives.

    A quick googling of Robert Klayman gives a report of someone who got scammed by his operation for what smells like a work-from-home pyramid scheme: https://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-special-report-bad-business,0,1679174.story

    There’s also a federal court cease-and-desist order to stop him from foisting interests in the same scheme since, from what I can tell and not being a lawyer, he was basically trying to sell to people who didn’t have a clue what they were buying: https://www.corp.ca.gov/ENF/pdf/2011/SCIEspanol_DR.pdf

    There’s a 2008 judgment that I don’t have full details on without PACER access, https://dockets.justia.com/docket/california/cacdce/2:2008cv02977/415055/

    He’s also involved in an overseas call center operation, with some investments in the Phillipines: https://www.securecallmanagement.com/executives.htm

    Is anyone else feeling a bit overly cautious over this? I put in a pre-order but I’m not sure I want to have money in vaporware.

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