Really want an Android tablet but lacking the necessary funds? Monitor manufacturer Hannspree has just released a tablet – the HANNSpad – that comes in at very reasonable £249 (pretty good when you consider the likes of the Motorola Xoom come with a pricetag of around £480).
Okay, you know there are going to be some corners uct at this price, so what are you going to miss out on? Well, firstly, the tablet ships with a customised version of the Android 2.2 operating system, rather than 3.0 (Honeycomb), which is specifically designed for tablets – and second, the display resolution comes in at a budget-sized 1.024×600.
Having said that, you still get a dual-core 1GHz ARM cortex A9 processor under the bonnet and 1080p video playback courtesy of an Nvidia Tegra chipset. Plus, there’s a reasonable 16GB of storage on board. You can upgrade this to 32Gb via the microSD slot (which is more than you can do on an iPad). But it is possible that the operating system will mean this tablet is out of date, just as it has launched.
There is also no camera, but we’re not convinced that cameras are an important part of any tablet PC – surely you’re likely to use your smartphone or compact digital instead – but it could a deal-breaker from some we guess
Web browsing should be speedy with that Cortex A9, and the tablet also supports Flash – a 10.1in LED, capacitive, multi-touch touch screen adds to the user experience. The tablet also includes WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, plus mini USB 2.0 and mini HDMI 1.4 for 1080p video.
The tablet is also preloaded with a plethora of handy programs such as browser, contacts, calendar, email, music, news, and more.
If you’re desperate for a Tablet PC and your budget is really stretched, the Hannspree Hannspad will get you on the new tech ladder, but we suspect you might be frustrated by the already past its sell-by date operating system in no time.
More at www.hannspree.com/eu/en/