Know who has a few new Ice Cream Sandwich tablets coming out at CES 2012? Coby. It's a company you may not have heard of, but we're thinking this will be just one of many new ultra-cheap Android tablets designed to finally compete with iPad on a level where they can actually compete: price. Android
4.0 is bound to make a major splash at the upcoming electronics show, with five new models coming from Coby alone.
"Coby is thrilled to announce our premiere range of feature-packed Android 4.0-powered Internet tablets that will put the world in consumers' hands as never before," said Jodi Sally, Vice President of Marketing, Coby Electronics. "We also are proud to be among the first companies to make available a wide range of the newest, Ice Cream Sandwich-operated units, helping to further underscore our commitment to meeting the demands of a broad base of consumers with innovative products in the hottest CE categories."
The assortment will include the 7" MID7042, 8" MID8042 (4:3 aspect ratio), 9" MID9042, 9.7" MID9742 (4:3 aspect ratio), and 10" MID1042. With lightning-fast access to thousands of apps and wireless web browsing, the upcoming units all will feature 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU and offer capacitive multi-touch screens, up to 1GB of RAM, expandable memory up to 32GB, Wi-Fi and HDMI 1080p output. Overall, Coby has stream-lined its features to address the core applications including: browsing the web, playing games, email and viewing one's favorite media.
No prices are given just yet, but considering the company's history as a low-cost product provider, we doubt any one of them will rise above $200. The question is: isn't the Kindle Fire still the best tablet under that price point?