Walking the floor of CES, there are two things you can always count on: long lines, and displays of tablets as far as the eye can see. Android tablets, Windows tablets, tablets for children, and even tablets that magically give themselves tactile keyboards. But perhaps one of the most interesting things I came across was Gadmei’s $75 tablet.
Using Gadmei’s $75 tablet was a surprisingly pleasant experience. Running Android with an Amlogic dual core processor, apps opened quickly, the capacitive 8” screen was fairly snappy, and the device felt more durable and premium than its price tag might suggest. Housing 8GB of internal storage, the Gadmei tablet isn’t ideal for storing massive amounts of movies and music, though it is a more than capable e-reader and internet browsing device.
Now, is Gadmei’s tablet set to take aim at the iPad? Absolutely not. As a budget tablet, it’s more likely to try and take some momentum from some of the other sub $200 tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Galaxy Nexus 7.
While the Gadmei tablet might not bode well with power users, its $75 price tag makes it ideal for use as a recipe display in the kitchen, an on-the-go tablet for the car, or a portable gaming device for the kids during road trips. Though no release date has been officially set, we may see this device hit shelves in mid to late 2013.