Advent Vega: Dixons retail jumps on to low-cost tablet bandwagon

By Naomi Mackay,

With the latest tablet computer retailing for less than a lot of smartphones, it looks like they’re going to make it onto plenty of those Christmas wishlists this year.

Advent Tablet

Latest to bring a bargain tablet to the masses is Dixons Retail, the parent company of both Currys and PC World. Its Advent Amico starts off the game with a price of just £129.99. Offering Android 2.1, a 7in touchscreen and Wi-Fi, it’s looking like a good-value introduction to the world of tablet computing and downloading videos, games and music to enjoy anywhere. With the added bonus of a camera, it looks like a one-size-fits-all kind of product.

If you want to up your spend by another 120 quid, the Advent Vega takes tablet computing up a notch – it has a 10.1in capacitive multi-touch screen (like the iPhone), and an nVidia Tegra dual-core 1GHz processor, which makes it more powerful than many netbooks.

Dixons claims it is the lowest priced fully featured tablet in the UK.

The Vega also has the benefit of the Android 2.2 operating system, a 1.3megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and a 4Gb SD memory card as standard. You should get up to 10 hours use on a full battery charge.

Both the Amico and Vega should be available from 1 November.

The announcement follows on from the launch of the Binatone Homesurf, with the 7in version also selling for £129.99, but lacking the camera facility.