Thursday, October 7, 2010

CherryPal launches CherryPad for under $200

CherryPal Corporation a Palo Alto, California-based manufacturer of high quality, low-energy consuming and affordable personal computers, today announced the availability of its new sub $200 tablet PC, 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." 

So what is under the hood?

The 7" CherryPad runs Android 2.1 (with an expectation of 2.2 during 4th quarter) and packs an 800MHz ARM 11 processor.  Although the company states that it will run 2.2, do not expect it to run Adobe Flash as only Cortex A8 & above processors can run Flash.  Unfortunately, the screen is resistive with a resolution of 800x480.  Other specs include accelerometer, 256MB RAM, 2GB flash memory, WiFi, micro-SD port, USB port, speakers, mic and 3.5mm headphone jack.  Battery life is claimed to be 6-8 hours.

Cherrypal CTO Max Seybold stated that "The CherryPad America does not compete against the Apple(C) iPad. The CherryPad addresses the sub-iPad market."

Company is also stating that it will have Android Market, which we question whether they have formal approval from Google on that.

It is available now for sale through an exclusive arrangement with Zecozi.  Price is $188 with $18.80 for shipping.  We will try to get our hands on this for a full review.

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