With all these new chinese tablet coming out, the prices are coming down, even this early into 2010 when the android tablet market is still young. If you think, like many others, that the 499$ entry-level price for a 16GB WiFi iPad model is too steep, you might want to consider HiVision’s forthcoming tablet unveiled at the CeBIT 2010 show in Hannover, Germany. With a name like “SpeedPad”, this 7-inch tablet powered by Google’s Android O/S may not come with all the bells and whistles of the iPad, but it should cost you just a fraction of the price and offer you most of the same features.
HiVision revealed that the SpeedPad comes with a built-in 802.11b/g networking card, while 3G, Bluetooth, and GPS features are provided via an optional USB dongle module. The screen offers a 800×480 pixels WVGA resolution which is plenty for a 7-inch tablet. To power up the SpeedPad, HiVision is using a Samsung 6410 800 MHz ARM-11 CPU with 256MB of DDR2 RAM and offers 2GB of storage space. While it might fall short in the storage department, the SpeedPad makes up for it with a built-in camera and camcorder. Battery life is rated to six hours of “working time”.
One note about the price, though. As reported by Phandroid, the SpeedPad should cost “under $100″.
Here is a sneek preview: