February 8, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
If about a year ago the tablet market was all about quality, performance and design, it now seems that affordability has become the most important feature to look for in a slate. If you are one of these budget-crazed technology enthusiasts, this latest news received from Russia should make you go over the moon with excitement.
According to Mobile-Review.com, a new budget Android tablet has been released in Russia, called teXet TM-7025. Despite its pretty horrible name, which is almost impossible to remember, this 7-inch slate looks pretty good on paper.
Sure, it only runs Android 2.3.4 for the time being, but it should be updated to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon enough and, get this, it supports 3D video playback. Powered by a 1 GHz Boxchip A10 Cortex A8 processor and featuring 512 MB of RAM, the 7-incher looks pretty elegant and stylish, as far as I can tell from the first official photos, and only weighs 370 grams (13 ounces).
The 7-inch capacitive TFT LCD display sported by the teXet TM-7025 features a pretty modest 800 x 480 pixels resolution, but the tablet makes up for what might be a poor screen with the ports and connectivity options.
You therefore get (or rather I should say you, Russians, therefore get) WiFi connectivity, a miniUSB port, a microSD card slot, but also a miniHDMI connector, which is pretty darn good for such a cheap gagdet. Oh, right, I forgot to tell you how much it costs.
Well, in Russia it will be made available for 5,999 rubles, which would convert to around 200 bucks right now. That’s a pretty low price right there, but if we are to take into consideration the usual differences between the European and the US market, the slate might go for even less when and if it will come to America.
Other features include a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 4 GB of internal storage space, an accelerometer and a 3100 mAh Li-Ion battery with a yet to be specified autonomy. There’s also the possibility of connecting the slate to a 500 GB hard drive without using extra power.
I don’t know about you, but I for one would really love to see a, say, $150 Android 4.0 tablet with 3D video playback support around here, even though it would come from an unknown manufacturer.