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T-Mobile officially reveals 7-inch SpringBoard tablet

T-Mobile officially reveals 7-inch SpringBoard tablet
T-Mobile officially reveals 7-inch SpringBoard tablet
The cell phone provider at the CTIA expo unveiled its $200 tablet offering to be released before the end of the year

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As predicted, the Huawei SpringBoard tablet made its official debut at the CTIA Expo this week complete with specs and target launch dates.

The 7-inch budget tablet will use a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU of unknown make with front-and-rear cameras, HDMI, microUSB and a microSD card slot. Additional hardware info, such as included RAM and WWAN technology, was not mentioned by Wired, who had hands-on time with the Honeycomb tablet at the San Diego conference. Still, the source confirms a holiday release for T-Mobile customers at around $200.

The SpringBoard, previously called the MediaPad, was first teased as early as mid-June. Compared to tablets released earlier in the year such as the Motorola Xoom, HTC Flyer or RIM PlayBook, newer tablet releases have been having an easier time reaching below the $500 price point while retaining respectable hardware features and speeds. The advent of the $200 Amazon Kindle Fire, $229 Lenovo IdeaPad A1 and similarly priced ViewSonic ViewPad 7x are all examples of budget-priced tablets with mainstream processors and connectivity options.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-10-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo

Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.