Most inexpensive Windows 8 tablets on the market right now are powered by Intel Atom processors. But if you’re looking for a model with a little more oomph, there’s a new 11.6 inch Windows 8 tablet with a 1.8 GHz Intel Celeron 1037U dual-core processor.
That’s the same chip that recently started showing up in low-cost mini-desktop computers.
The new tablet seems to be a Chinese model, and it’s kind of tough to tell who the actual manufacturer is. But if that doesn’t scare you off, you can pick one up for $440 and up from AliExpress or about $500 from eBay.
The eBay model seems to have 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and comes with a keyboard, while the AliExpress version has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and the keyboard for that model is an optional accessory which adds $40 to the price.
Both models feature 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel displays with 140 degree viewing angles, 10-point capacitive multitouch input, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
There’s a 2MP camera on the back and a 1MP camera on the front and an 8000mAh battery which is said to last for 4 to 5 hours of run time. Around the sides of the tablet you’ll find 2 USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, and a microSD card slot. There’s also a kickstand on the back.
Note that the eBay seller has less-than-perfect feedback, so proceed with caution.
Interestingly, it looks like ViewSonic is releasing a remarkably similar tablet, with the same processor, screen size, and even a kickstand. That doesn’t necessarily mean ViewSonic is the manufacturer of this tablet, but it’s likely that the company is ordering from the same supplier.
There are a few cosmetic differences between the ViewSonic ViewPad 116i S2 and the other models, but the biggest difference is that the ViewSonic model has a 64GB solid state drive.
Interesting how it has taken the Atom processor for us to attach words like “oomph” to the word Celeron.
Interesting thing, but screen angle is so-so. An old TFT panel.
Second one question is could it run Ubuntu or another Linux distro and will it work properly (especially peripherials such as wi-fi, BT, touchscreen etc)?
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