Ematic sells dozens of cheap Android tablets. Now the company is getting ready to branch out into cheap Windows tablets.
An unannounced tablet called the Ematic EWT716 showed up at the FCC this week. It features a 7 inch display, an Intel Atom processor, and Windows 8.1 software.
Ematic won’t be the first company to launch a 7 inch Windows tablet. Toshiba and HP already offer their own models, priced at $99 to $119.
But based on the spec sheet, the Ematic EWT716 will likely be at least as inexpensive as those models.
According to the user manual, Ematic’s tablet has a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display, a 1.3 GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth, has front and rear cameras and features a micro USB port and microSD card slot for up to 32GB of removable storage.
The tablet has a 2800mAh battery.
Windows Store apps won’t actually run on a tablet with a 1024 x 600 pixel display, and full-fledged desktop apps don’t run well on a tablet with just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. So don’t be surprised if the Ematic tablet has a virtual display resolution that’s actually higher than the screen’s native resolution.
That’s a trick Toshiba uses for its Encore Mini tablet… Windows thinks the tablet has a 1280 x 768 pixel display even though the screen has a native resolution of 1024 x 600. But graphics look a bit fuzzier than they should on the tablet.
At least Ematic’s tablet will have an IPS display, which means it should have better viewing angles than Toshiba’s tablet.
Both of these tablets could also look a little better next year than they do at launch this year: Microsoft is building support for 1024 x 600 pixel displays into Windows 10. That means you’ll be able to run Windows Store app without tricking Windows into thinking that your device has a higher display resolution.