Asda has unveiled a sub-£100 Android tablet, amid claims that price points in the region of £500 or above are limiting sales of slates powered by Google’s operating system.
Manufactured by Arnova, the eight-inch slate offers HD video playback, on board storage of 4GB for all your apps and movies and a microSDHC card slot to allow you to expand its capacity.
The tablet also packs the 2.1 version of Android, aka Éclair, and is compatible with the majority of apps, games and ebooks on offer at the
Android Market app store. Battery life is said to last a reasonable of 25 hours or so on a full charge.
As you might expect at this price point, the tablet is Wi-Fi-only and does not support 3G connectivity. However, given that it’s Wi-Fi models of existing tablets that are proving most popular right now, we don’t suppose it’ll harm its chances any.
Asda is touting its offering as the “ideal holiday gadget” that carries “all the books, music and entertainment that you’ll ever need onholiday with no risk of excess baggage charges”.
Its launch comes as industry reports have revealed weaker than expected demand for Android slates, even those running the new Honeycomb version of Android which has been specifically designed with tablets in mind.
High price points are considered the chief factor for the devices’ below-par sales, along with a shortage of specially created apps compared with Apple’s iPad.