We have already seen a lot of ‘pad’ suffixed devices before ever since the original iPad was launched and the latest to join the list is HaiPad from the Chinese electronics company Haier. The name apart, the HaiPad is even farther apart from the Apple tablet as chalk is from cheese. This since the HaiPad is an entirely different segment with a 7 inch display. In fact, the HaiPad will be more like a cross between a smartphone and a tablet and comes with the ability to make phone calls on its own.
The HaiPad runs Android 2.2 with a custom UI built on top of it by DianXin OS which makes available four apps along the bottom of the home screen for quick launch. However, the choice of operating system is disappointing considering Huawei has ensured its 7 incher MediaPad runs the latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
These apart, the HaiPad has a 800MHz Freescale iMX515 A8 CPU at its core along with built-in 3G functionality as well as cameras along the front and rear of the tablet. The tablet will be available in a variety of color options and what better way to bring this fact out than to have beautiful ladies dressed in the color of the HaiPad posing for media attention. The tablet will however won’t have access to the official Android Market with buyers having to do with Haier’s own app store which is currently offering close to 15,000 apps.
The HaiPad is expected to start shipping from August with prices starting from 3,299RMB, which converts to about $500.