The budget tablet segment has just become all the more exciting thanks to the British manufacturer Elonex introducing 6 new additions. All the six tablets run Google’s Android operating system with two of them having 7 inch display while the other four have 10 inch screens. Price for the tablets starts from £119, or about $195 US, with the most expensive of the lot priced closer to about $300. Also, at this price, it would be foolish to expect that the tablets will be bristling with a world of cutting edge features, though the fact is that the Elonex tablets can’t be considered too disappointing either. Particularly for those want it cheap without compromising on quality.
To begin with, the two tablets in the 7 inch category comprise of Etouch 760ET and 702ET. Both run Android 2.2, but differ on the touchscreen technology used – 760ET comes with a resistive touchscreen while the 702ET boasts of a capacitive display. The Etouch 760ET at £119 is the cheapest and is available right now while the Etouch 702ET will hit streets only towards the end of this month and for a price of £179.
The 10 inchers comprise of Etouch Blade 1000ET, 1044ET, 1040ET and 1043ET. Similarly to the seven inch line, the touchscreen technology used acts as the main differentiator. The 1000ET model has a resistive display and is the cheapest, priced at £149, or about $244 US. The 1040ET and 1043ET models both have capacitive touchscreen display while the top of the line model – 1044ET comes with progressive touchscreen display. Now progressive touchscreen isn’t something that we get to hear too often (if we have heard of it in the first place) and Elonex is describing it as something that can be considered the best of both capacitive and progressive technologies that promises a higher degree of responsiveness but without being too costly.
All the 10 inch tablets rely on Wi-Fi to get hooked to the internet with the sole exception of 1043ET that also boasts of 3G connectivity. As for the 1043ET model, the tablet includes an A8 ARM processor along with other goodies such as an SD card slot, accelerometer, and a front facing camera.
“New technology carries a premium price tag and it was Elonex’s vision to stand out from the competition to offer high quality tablets at an affordable price-point.” This is how Elonex is pitching for its new range of budget Android tablets though we must to wait for some time to find out if tablets really make for a sensible buy.