Ever heard of Coby? No, neither have we, yet the US-based manufacturer and distributor of a variety of home and portable electronics, is set to introduce a handful of low-cost Android 4-powered tablets in 2012.
"Coby is thrilled to announce our
premiere range of feature-packed Android 4.0-powered Internet tablets
put the world in consumers' hands as never before," said Jodi
Coby will introduce the 7in MID7042, 8in MID8042 (4:3 aspect ratio), 9in MID9042, 9.7in MID9742 (4:3 aspect ratio), and 10in MID1042 within the next couple of months.
Each tablet will come equipped with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, a multi-touch screen, up to 1GB of RAM, expandable memory up to 32GB, Wi-Fi and HDMI 1080p output. Furthermore, they will be among the first tablets to ship with Google’s Android operating system, Android 4.0.
All tablets will launch in Q1 with prices ranging from $100-$300.
The iPad has dominated
the tablet market so far, but in 2012, with so many Android tablets set
to launch, things could change quite dramatically as the high price of
Apple's pad begins to look a lot less attractive against cheaper
products that are supported by Android's impressive-looking new operating system.
And while you could argue that many of the lower-priced tablets can't compete with high-end pads in terms of specifications or the latest in display technology, for what most people want them to do - surf the web, social-network, play casual games and check emails, many of these Ice Cream Sandwich-equipped devices are going to do exactly what you need them to do.