Pandigital has been coming up with tablet PCs with extraterrestrial names, though thankfully, when it is about prices, they are down to earth. The latest from Pandigital, the SuperNova, has debuted with a price tag of just $229. There has been a steady flow of tablet PCs recently and the SuperNova is one more addition to the crowd, which in turn can be considered a notch higher than the Nova e-reader tablet that Pandigital has launched sometime ago.
Specification wise, the SuperNova sadly cannot be associated with not many superlatives. With a 1 GHz Samsung S5PV210 processor underneath and a 512 MB RAM, the SuperNova can’t win any performance battles against many of its peers. Further the tablet boasts of 4 GB of internal memory, while more can be added via micro SD cards. Connectivity options with the SuperNova include 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 while there also is a micro HDMI out port. The tablet runs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though the display resolution is a disappointingly low 800 x 600 pixels. At least the display is capacitive multitouch.
Also, the official Android Market will be inaccessible to the SuperNova, so that users will have to make do with the GetJar app store instead. Pandigital though has tried to make things better with the inclusion of a few essential apps like YouTube and Adobe Flash. Then there also is the Barnes & Noble e-book app that will come pre-installed with the tablet.
However, while the price does look lucrative, it might still prove to be a bit more than other offerings such as the recently launched Amazon Fire and the Lenovo IdeaPad A1. The only thing in favor of the SuperNova is its slightly bigger display, though that again gets marred by a low quality.
Pandigital has said the SuperNova would be seen with retailers throughout the US by the middle of this month.
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