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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

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.