While a few dozen companies are promising to launch tablets this year to compete with the elephant-in-the-room Apple iPad, it looks like Haleron decided to get a head start on things with the launch of a 7 inch touchscreen tablet called the iLet Mini. The device isn’t exactly the most powerful device I’ve seen lately. It has a 300MHz ARM-based processor, 128MB of RAM, and just 2GB of flash storage. But it is dirt cheap, with a starting price of just $149.

The iLet Mini has a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display and runs either Windows CE 6.0 or Linux, according to the spec sheet. But I don’t see any option to actually choose the operating system before adding the product to your cart. And just to make matters more confusing, the promotional image clearly shows a device running Windows XP. So it looks like ordering the iLet Mini is a bit of a crap shoot for now. If anyone actually gets one, let us know what OS it runs in the comments.

Haleron says the tablet will run for 4 to 6 hours with a 220mAh battery, although a higher capacity 3300mAh battery is available which should increase run time to 8 to 10 hours. The iLet Mini sports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and optional Bluetooth. You can expand the internal storage with an SDHC card up to 16GB. The device measures 7.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.9″.

Update: Haleron says the iLet Mini does run Windows CE, the promotional image notwithstanding.

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17 replies on “Haleron launches $149 iLet Mini tablet”

  1. Could it be more of an UMPC or MID than a tablet pc? UMPC – ultraportable mobile personal computer ; MID – mobile internet device.

  2. At $149, I would not mind getting one. I think it is a great price for a tablet pc.

    iLet Mini
    7″ Touch Screen
    Color eReader Tablet
    Win CE 6.0, WiFi
    Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, Flash, and many more programs.

    Mini 7″ Smartbook
    Win CE 6.0, Linux, or Win XP
    Word, Excel, Publisher, Skype, Flash, and many more programs.
    Small and Light


  3. Some of their other products do offer linux as a +$15 upcharge so they might get it as an option here as well. I know I’d pay not to get WinCE. The bigger problem is the international shipping. They won’t give shipping charges until after you fill out the shipping details but the default for the country field is Colombo so you do the math. And if you ordered more than one you probably wouldn’t be able to avoid import duties.

    A US distributor for their products is really needed.

  4. Superb device. Roberto, any plans for a 9 inch and 10 inch model?

    I am definitely buying one.

    A 300Mhz processor is good enough to surf the web, As Mikez said, processor speed is relative. You know, you can even surf the web well in a Pentium 166MMX (1997 machine).

    I am so happy sexy gadgets are now open to the masses and the poor.

    Now, everyone can own a kind of iphone.

    Brad, your blog is now getting juicier and intersting. It was a bit dry the past 2 weeks with the same old netbook news

  5. I would definitely consider this unit at or very close to this price point…with Linux, I gave up on Win CE about 4 years ago, and never looked back. This appears to have a better size, price and flexibility than the iPad or even n900.

  6. this is exactly the sort of thing i’ve been looking for at exactly the right price. Where are they for sale?

  7. Do we see any signs yet that the general public is starting to learn that the
    processor clockspeed does not tell the whole story?

    Remember that the media players reviewed here are running 400Mhz RISC processors.

    A 300Mhz RISC processor is nothing to turn your nose up at – if properly
    matched to the device’s expected use model.

    This product sounds to me like it fits right in at the:
    small, light, decent battery life, low cost, large screen, PDA category.

    The display size and resolution is right up there with some of the
    earliest of the NetBooks.
    My guess is this product likely has a good chance in its own market segment.

  8. Please let me clear up some of the questions here. The iLet mini comes with the ARM 300MHZ processor and operates on WINCE 6.0. The photo is of the mini xtreme which operates on the rdc 1.0 x86 processor and Windows XP. The Mini Xtreme model will be released in March. Both units are in the same 7 inch chassis. Roberto, Haleron Technologies.

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