I’ve said it before that the iPad market will not turn up like the iPod market, but like the smartphone market, where the iPhone also had a huge head start in both number of users, new sales, and apps, but Android being supported by all the other manufacturers in the industry still managed to catch up, and even surpass the iPhone in most of those areas. The iPad is no different, and the first sign of that is this “made in China” Android tablet that will sell for $95.
This tablet is leading the way for cheaper-than-iPad tablets that will flood the market not only in Asian countries, but also in Europe and USA. The point is not that there will be only cheap Android tablets and for the high-end only iPads will be bought, because I think most Android users who are tech news readers would rather get a high-end Android tablet for $400-$500 that is just as good or better than an iPad. But these low-end tablets will help grow the ecosystem and get developers to make Android tablet apps as well.
Here is the list of specs of this $95 Android tablet (from ARMDevices):
AmLogic 8726-M ARM Cortex-A9 Single Core 800Mhz
ARM Mali-400 graphics
Android 2.2 (2.3, 3.0 updates possible, depends on Google policies)
7″ resistive (capacitive available for about $30 extra)
WiFi, Bluetooth, Accelerometer
USB 2 host/device connector
HDMI output with 1080p full video codecs support (maximum video bitrate to be tested later.. Do you know of online benchmarks for video playback on this AmLogic, please write in comments)
Flash 10.1, 3G Dongle, GPS (optional, requires extra module)
Find more information or contact the manufacturer at http://www.kinstone.net