Remember when a $199 tablet seemed like a really good deal? Chinese device maker Sunnycube has a model that’s just 1/5th the price.

The upcoming Sunnycube V7 is a 7 inch tablet with an ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software. It’s expected to sell for about 249 yuan in China. That’s about $40 US.

Update: Sources tell me that $40 is the manufacturing cost. The tablet’s more likely to sell for $69 in the US, and maybe a little less in China.

SunnyCube v7

At that price, don’t expect a Nexus 7 or iPad mini killer. The Sunnycube V7 has a low-resolution 800 x 480 pixel display, just 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage.

It has a 1.5 GHz VIA WonderMedia WM8880 dual-core processor and front and rear cameras.

By tablet standards it’s not that impressive. By $40 tablet standards, it’s kind of amazing.

The Sunnycube V7 should be available soon in China, and odds are you’ll be able to buy one from an exporter for around $50 or so shortly after that.

Cheap tablets have come a long way since the $150 Augen GenTouch78.

via GizmoChina and CNX-Software

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17 replies on “Sunnycube introduces a $40 dual-core Android tablet”

  1. I wonder when they start selling Android mini sticks in retail stores. There is a market for these.

  2. This will just put more downward price pressure on everyone else. Which is a good thing if you are a consumer, not so much if you are a manufacturer, retailer or own stock in one.

    We approach a magic point, when a truly usable device drops to $99. Not a dump, not a black Friday deal, not a loss leader or other promo; a regular everyday price. In other words, into impulse buy territory for most people and a price point where anyone, even the ‘poor’ in the first world, will have no reason not to own one. Truly universal computing.

  3. “At that price, don’t expect a Nexus 7 or iPad mini killer.” Is this remark necessary to the article. If someone buys this device expecting that build quality they don’t have an iota of sense.

    Here in Seoul it will cost 45,286.21 KRW

  4. i agree that it’s no competitor to a nexus 7 but i’ve been looking for a cheap PDF reader (for academic journal articles) and this is a promising candidate. all i need is wifi + dropbox + PDF reader.

  5. At that price point and with those specs it looks like what it will have the most power to do is disappoint, but I could easily be wrong.
    I’m still curious about it…but not curious enough to bite.

  6. It would be interesting to know what type of battery life this tablet gets under normal use.

  7. Gentlemen, save your pennies…seriously. If you have to, collect bottles or something but this has frustration written all over it. Get a PlayBook through Kijiji or the Sero series through Walmart. They’ll serve you much more faithfully in the long run. Many features and much higher quality.

  8. I wonder if it can play mkv avi and mp4 files .. at that price I doubt it..

    1. I think. it would never cost 40 bucks, it’s kind of mistake

      1. Well the tegra2 that my Acer a500 tablet is based on can’t really handle 720’s in real life. The tegra3 in my nexus7 can play them just fine. So while the tegra2 is supposed to be able to play 720’s, it realistically cannot. This is not a show-stopper or anything, but I would really want to be able to play h.264, mkv, and occassionally a 720 here or there. I’d like to hear some real-world reports about if this thing can really play h.264 and mkv’s.

        1. Playing 720p up video on a 800×480 display device, that is not tolerable even it capable playing so

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