Andy Pad tablet will have 512Mb of RAM, same low price

Over the last few weeks, Neowin has been paying particular attention to a new Android Tablet that's due to hit the market this September. Unlike many of the tablets out there today, the Andy Pad stands out as purporting to be a high quality tablet with a low, low price - £129.

The catch, something that many people are acutely aware of, is that you often pay for what you get with electronics and that low price means there must be a catch somewhere. While the specifications hadn't been revealed, it was looking as though the cuts would come in the form of a small amount of ram, 256Mb, as well as a resistive touch screen.

Those of you who are on the fence with this product may rest slightly easier, as it has been revealed via their twitter page that the tablet will actually come with 512Mb of RAM after all. The resistive touch screen is still there, however the Andy Pad team have pointed out via an email that the tablet is aimed at younger audience; school children and such who couldn't afford a high end tablet, but that need something that "just works" and works well.

This means that the Andy Pad's specifications are looking to be something like this, although there's still plenty of time for this to change -

  • 7" tablet
  • 5-point multi-touch resistive touch screen
  • Android 2.3
  • 1.2GHz A8 Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • HD output at 1080p (capable of playing high definition video)
  • Flash support
  • 8GB internal memory for storage
  • SDHD card reader
  • Mini-USB port
  • Front-facing camera for video chat
  • Accelerometer and G-sensor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth

The attention that the enthusiast community has given them has seemingly caught them off guard, however this is why they've officially announced that a second model will be available on the same launch day - what they're currently dubbing the "Andy Pad Pro". The "pro" model, which has been rumoured previously, will come with a capacitive touch screen, front and rear facing cameras and various "other features" that will be announced at a later date. The price for the "pro" model wasn't announced, either, however the previous rumour stated that the higher-end device will cost somewhere around £170 - still a pretty decent price. Of course remember that this price is just a rumour at the moment. If the team can offer all this for less than £200, they may well have a runaway success and potentially put other, higher-priced Android Tablets to shame.

Both models are still slated to come with a completely unlocked bootloader and they're promising that international shipping will be available from day one, so expect a lot of attention from enthusiasts everywhere.

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I got a 7" optus MyTab for $99... And for the price running 2.2 stock and 2.3 un-officially im happy

PLays angry birds, job done...

imachip said,
God that's a horrible name for a product.

Reminds me of Andy Pandy, which reminds me of Sarah Jane Smith, which makes me sad.

What besides brand name would be different from these countless China tablets (SuperPAD, Zenithink, Gome etc.) who already are available for sale for 100-200USD?

Can people GET THIS INTO THERE BLOODY HEADS!? 512Mb or ANYTHING Mb is megaBITS, NOT MEGABYTES, if it has 512Mb it wouldn't even be worth purchasing, that'd be 64MB of RAM.

Please learn the difference and quote properly, quoted text shows 512MB, article texts shows 512Mb, I'd have expected better from a tech site for crying out loud.

n_K said,
Can people GET THIS INTO THERE BLOODY HEADS!? 512Mb or ANYTHING Mb is megaBITS, NOT MEGABYTES, if it has 512Mb it wouldn't even be worth purchasing, that'd be 64MB of RAM.

Please learn the difference and quote properly, quoted text shows 512MB, article texts shows 512Mb, I'd have expected better from a tech site for crying out loud.


+1000

Thank you. I was just about to post something similar.

n_K said,
Can people GET THIS INTO THERE BLOODY HEADS!? 512Mb or ANYTHING Mb is megaBITS, NOT MEGABYTES, if it has 512Mb it wouldn't even be worth purchasing, that'd be 64MB of RAM.

Please learn the difference and quote properly, quoted text shows 512MB, article texts shows 512Mb, I'd have expected better from a tech site for crying out loud.

Thank you. Without your knowledge I would have thought I was getting 512 bachelor of medicines.

Xenomorph said,
Fix the screen, and this will be a winner (for about a year, of course). Everything else looks fine.

yep. I can NOT agree with the 'high quality' if its sporting a resistive. Has to have capacitive for me to even consider thinking about it.

"just works," isn't that mighty close to one of the soon-to-be-if-not-already patented phrases that Apple tosses around?

Jenson said,

Will be faster than the iPad first generation i wouldnt say its average.

average when compared to other android tablets at those specs.

REM2000 said,

average when compared to other android tablets at those specs.


Better when you compared it to other android tablets, you cant compare them to the cheap ipad clones because they use really awful CPUs, £129 for a 1.2Ghz better than Apple A4 cpu, gpu capable of 3d and 1080p will have more than enough grunt for graphics, ive tried a few of the cheap tablets and they barely run Angry Birds let alone any gpu intensive games.

Jenson said,

Will be faster than the iPad first generation i wouldnt say its average.

I doubt it, just cause the specs are slightly higher doesn't mean it'll be faster, the difference is in the optomised OS, where as Android is a interperated layer that slows it down

xendrome said,
Yea specs are junk, you can already get this type of crap out there, just google Superpad 2 or Superpad 3.

Cortex A8 isnt a junk processor, the Superpads have an ARMv6 cpu, the A8 is an ARMv7 which is what the Apple A4 processor is based on.

Jenson said,

Cortex A8 isnt a junk processor, the Superpads have an ARMv6 cpu, the A8 is an ARMv7 which is what the Apple A4 processor is based on.

Yea he's right, Cortex A8 is out-of-date now. Especially when we have the Cortex A9 and A15.

SharpGreen said,

Yea he's right, Cortex A8 is out-of-date now. Especially when we have the Cortex A9 and A15.

Right and how much do those tablets cost.....

Jenson said,
No honeycomb, no point.

Who cares for the price. I am sure that it will be released at some time...if not, check XDA.

Jenson said,
No honeycomb, no point.

Colby produces really cheap models for less then $200. You could also always hack the Nook Color. I agree with the first post, I really don't see a point.