CherryPad, the 7 inch tablet running Android from CherryPal had joined the crowded tablet market some months ago though the ripples were lost in the crowd soon after and no body actually missed the tablet. The CherryPad had joined the tablet fray during October and came with a 7 inch display, Android 2.1 Eclair as the operating system and sported a $188 price tag. However, there were plenty of reason for the tablet to have had the most lacklustre performance in the market and primary among them were its slow processor, low resolution display along with no support for multitouch. Too much for even a relatively low price tag to save the tablet from an imminent doom.
However, things look set for a change this time with almost all the issues that had plagued the earlier CherryPad taken care of for good. For instance while the display is still all of 7 inches, the resolution is far better at 1024 x 600 pixels, up from the earlier paltry 800 x 480 pixels that the CherryPad came with. Also, the screen is now based on the capacitive multi-touch technology which would make the tablet that much more responsive.
The operating system has been upgraded to a much better Android 2.2 Froyo though more have been definitely better here, like Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest iteration now doing the rounds. Also, all of these advancements would have come to a naught if the processor itself were not provided with a dose of enhancement. And CherryPad has been wise enough to not to miss out on that. The end result, a much more capable 1 GHz Cortex A8 CPU now does duty behind the scene in place of the earlier 800 Mhz unit. System memory stands at 512 MB of DDR RAM while on board storage on offer include either a 8 GB or 16 GB of memory. This apart, there is also a micro SD card slot that will allow for further expansion by up to 32 GB each time.
Also, the new tablet has been endowed with much more impressive specification such as a front and rear facing cameras with auto focus and built in LED flash. Then there also will be GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, an accelerometer as well as a light sensor. There will also be a unlocked GSM antenna that will come in handy where there are no Wi-Fi. Lastly, the tablet will draw its power from a 4200mAh, 3.7V battery.
However, if all of that sounds good, well, there is a price to be paid for it. And its almost a cent percent jump here for the new CherryPad is expected to cost around $300 to $400 when it reaches market.
There is another problem as well. None of the above mentioned details have been confirmed and there might still be some surprises in the end.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email