Cheap? Alright! Tablet
? Alright! Cheap tablet? Double alright! Cherrypal
has just introduced what may actually be the cheapest Android 2.1
tablet to ship in the U.S., with the 7" CherryPad costing only $188.
It's a bit smaller than the iPad, and runs a Samsung
ARM11 CPU (800MHz)
with Android 2.1; Android 2.2 is scheduled for an update in Q4 2010.
Unlike the iPad
and many other more expensive tablets, this one relies
on a resistive touch screen. It has an 800 x 480 resolution display, a
built-in gravity sensor, 256MB of DDR2 RAM, 2GB of NAND Flash, a microSD
reader and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. It has a USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm headphone
jack, built-in speakers/microphone and an optional external 3D modem. It
weighs just 1.1lbs. and ships with a 3200mAh battery.
Despite the fact that we, and probably everyone, have compared it to the
iPad, CherryPal CTO Max Seybold had this
to say: "The CherryPad America does not compete against the Apple iPad.
The CherryPad addresses the sub-iPad market." Who knows how this thing
will perform, but at just $188, it seems like a bargain at any rate.
Cherrypal Launches Powerful 7-Inch $188 Android 2.1 3D Tablet Computer For The Sub-iPad(c) Market
-- Cherrypal Enters Into Exclusive Deal with Green Shopping Site Zecozi
PALO ALTO, CA (October 7, 2010) -- Cherrypal, www.cherrypal.com a California-based manufacturer of high quality, low-energy consuming and affordable personal computers, today announced the availability of its new sub $200 tablet computer, the CherryPad America.
The CherryPad was designed for consumers who are looking for an affordable, powerful, high quality, and low energy-consuming tablet computer with the ability to run the Android operating system. CherryPad is powered by the fast Samsung ARM11, (CPU + GPU + DSP, OpenGL 2.0) 800 GHz processor and runs Android 2.1 and all Android applications. An upgrade option to 2.2 is planned for the fourth quarter 2010.
The CherryPad America features a 7-inch resistive touch widescreen display (no stylus needed) at 800x480 resolution with built-in gravity sensor. Memory, storage and wireless functions include 256 MBs of DDRII RAM; 2 GB NAND Flash; Micro SD (1x) reader, and WiFi 802.11 b/g.
Standard I/O ports include USB 2.0 supported by an external adapter; 3.5 mm headphone jack, built-in speakers and microphone, DC port, optional external 3G modem. The CherryPad America's Polymer 3200 MAH battery has a run time of 6-8 hours. The device weighs just 1.1 pounds and is housed in a sturdy aluminum case. MSRP of the CherryPad America is $188.
"The CherryPad America does not compete against the Apple(c) iPad. The CherryPad addresses the sub-iPad market," said Cherrypal CTO Max Seybold.
According to Seybold, CherryPad has been designed for consumers who seek a lower cost, more compact tablet PC with the ability to run Android.
"The CherryPad is neither an iPad killer nor an iPad clone, it's a completely different product designed for a different market," Seybold said. "The screen of the CherryPad is only 7-inches big, the processor is slightly less powerful, and the CherryPad comes with Android 2.1 and not Apple's iOS."
At a MSRP of $188, the price for a CherryPad is also less than half of the iPad.
"Early user tests confirmed the CherryPad user experience has been extremely positive. Users appreciate full access to the Android Market, its powerful processor, battery run time, and high quality," Seybold said.
Cherrypal Partners With Zecozi
Cherrypal also announced a strategic partnership with Zecozi (www.zecozi.com), a new online shopping site for conscious consumers. All Cherrypal products will be exclusively sold through Zecozi in the United States, with the exception of volume buyers. Every Cherrypal comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, as well as a 1-year replacement warranty.
"We are a hardware manufacturer first and need to focus on our core competence in order to drive down costs and offer quality products that consumers can afford. We can offer our products for such a low price because we are fugal with non-product related costs. When we looked for a strong partner who shares our green, open and fair corporate value system, Zecozi was the obvious choice," said Cherrypal CEO John Collier.
About Cherrypal Corporation
Cherrypal (www.cherrypal.com) is a Palo Alto, California based manufacturer of high-quality, energy-efficient and low-cost computers with worldwide sales operations. Cherrypal's products are designed in Palo Alto, California and manufactured in Asia.