Most of the Android tablets currently out in the Philippines still run the borderline-dated Android Honeycomb operating system - and not to mention, their price tags are also a bit on the steep side.
Now, if you want to experience the latest version of Android and you're on a tight budget, then you might want to check out this tablet that Martin, my friend from WidgetCity, sent me last week --
Priced at only Php 6,500, Bmorn V16 runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with its 1.5 GHz processor and handles multitasking with 512MB of RAM. It flaunts a 7-inch glass capacitive touchscreen and a back case made of anodized aluminum!
Here's how it looks in the flesh --
As you can see, the tablet has a button-less face and even comes with a 0.3 MegaPixel front facing camera which you can also use for video calls.
But - putting its Android ICS OS aside - what I love about Bmorn V16 is how thin it is. Measuring only 8.8 millimeters on its thickest side, this tablet is almost as thin as the far more expensive iPad2. Also, like Apple's slate, it comes with a durable and elegant full metal back case, giving it a totally solid feel when you hold it in your hand.
I mean, how many sub Php 10,000 tablets look as good as this?
Let's turn it on!
Sure, Bmorn V16 doesn't have the ultra-crisp-and-bright display, full range of sensors and dual-core processor of the more expensive Android tablets available in the market; But all things considered - its super pocket-friendly Php 6,500 price tag, Android ICS operating system, support for practically all Android apps out there, gorgeous design and durable construction - Bmorn V16 is a slate that's very hard to ignore.
If you're interested in getting this tablet, feel free give WidgetCity a ring at 0905-400-0733 (Globe), 0939-905-3500 (Smart), or 0922-805-6005 (Sun), and look for Martin Bornilla. Tell him you heard about the tablet via "Mark of TechPinas", who knows you might even get a discount.
Wrapping this up in true TechPinas fashion, allow me to present the complete technical specifications of Bmorn V16, 7-inch Android ICS tablet --
|Price Category||Entry Level|
|Dimensions||192 x 121 x 8.8mm|
|Available Colors||Anodized Metal Back Case, Black bezel options|
|Operating System||Android v4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Display||7-inch, 800 x 480 pixels resolution, TFT Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Processor||1 GHz Boxchip A13|
|Camera||0.3 MegaPixel front-facing camera, no camera at the back|
|Video Capture||Front camera: VGA (to be confirmed)|
|Video and Audio Playback||Video: Support Full HD video decoding (2160, 1080, 720,480P), such as H. 264, H. 263, VC-1, MPEG-1, 2, 4, DIVX-3, 4, 5, 6, XVID, H263, WMV7/8, VP6, AVS, etc. |
Audio: MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, APE, AAC, AC3, ATRA, DTS, etc.
|Ports||3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB v2.0|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1 + EDR|
|Memory||8GB internal memory, expandable via TF card slot, supports up to 32GB|
|Battery||3500 mAH Li-Po|
|Uptime||Around 5-6 hours uptime|
|Value-Added Features||Ultra-thin form factor, Android 4.0.3 OS, Metal Body|
|Announcement||May 2012 - Manila|
|Availability||May 2012 via WidgetCity|