Skytex Skypad Alpha 2 tablet now shipping for $169

The new 7-inch Skypad is powered by an ARM Cortex CPU and offers Full HD support

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Skytex, which is a US-based consumer electronics manufacturer, has reportedly launched a new budget Android tablet. The portable device is dubbed Skypad Alpha 2 and appears to be an updated version of the previous Skypad Alpha model. Apparently, if you place an order with the maker by December 25th using the coupon code SPA250, you get additional $50 abatement from the original price of $219.

The Skypad Alpha 2 packs a single core ARM Cortex-A8 central processing unit that has a clock frequency of 1.2GHz. Moreover, its Mali-400 GPU offers support for 3D and Full HD (1080p) video playback. Customers are also provided with a capacitive 5-point multi-touch widescreen display, which measures 7 inches in diagonal and has a relatively low resolution of 800-by-480 pixels. In addition, the tablet houses 512MB of internal memory and 4GB of storage that can reportedly be expanded by utilizing the built-in microSD card slot.

According to the manufacturer, the Alpha 2 tablet comes with Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n support, one mini-USB port, an HDMI 1.4 interface and a front-facing web camera for video conferencing.

The new Skytex Skypad will ship with a Google Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system and will reportedly be upgradable to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the beginning of 2012. Furthermore, the device has an aluminium casing and the built-in high capacity 3000mAh battery supposedly delivers up to 6 hours of autonomous work.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2011-12-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)