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
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.