$100 Android tablet is now a reality, Walgreens has already put on display

$100 price tag for an Android tablet by Walgreens is already a hit and is running just fine
Pallab Jyotee Hazarika,

The monopoly of Samsung over its Android powered Galaxy Tab has seen some changes over the past few months. Now, an Android tablet worth $100 from Walgreens has taken Samsung by surprise and other big players in the tablet business.

The Maylong M-150 has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels of resistive display, so, multi-touch is not an option. It is armed with a 400MHz VIA VM8505+ processor and the storage size not yet specified by Walgreens on their product profile page. Other add-ons are the usual 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a slot for microSD card, a dongle for Ethernet and USB ports. The review posted on the Walgreens website reports that an integrated camera might be an option but product specifications has got no mention of the camera.

The M-150 tablet has Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and YouTube to its app package and it also includes audio/video playback and image viewing. The buyers will have “app market” icon as standard to download any app which is as an alternative to the Android MarketPlace and there is a chance that the machine is running with an old version of the Android’s instead of a new one and furthermore, upgradation to a higher version is unlikely.

Certain things that are yet unknown, especially the battery life, although we expect just an average battery life with this price-tag. A clip by Engadget shows that tablet has the capability to gain access to a remote Windows PC via a VNC app, which is good, but the system needs about a minute to boot up, that is sad!

Amidst all that, the Walgreen’s page shows that with $100 price tag for the M-150, the first batch of the tablet is already sold out online and fresh stocks are awaited. This means that the consumers have got interest in this particular tablet and want to get their hands on. This may not be the game changer in the tablet market, but with this sticker price the tablet is working to the extent for which it was manufactured.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-11- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)