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Ematic 9.7 Inch Budget-Friendly Tablet Available Now For $179

We’ve got a brand new entry-level device coming into the budget-sized realm of Android today with the Ematic EXP8. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz processor (said to be a ARM Cortex A8), 1GB of RAM, 8GBs of storage with a microSD slot for expansion, and an HDMI out. The 9.7 inch EXP8 seems to be checking every last box as far as hardware goes for it. The new tablet device definitely does not offer anything that you wouldn’t expect. I can definitely say that they are sticking to a very low-budget tablet, it’s still nice to see at 10 inches — a preferable size of a tablet, at least for me. Check out the entire list of specifications on this new tablet device below:

  • 9.7-inch IPS display
  • 1.2Ghz processor, 400Mhz GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI port
  • 8GB of storage, expandable
  • 5GB of cloud storage
  • front and rear cameras
  • 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

I’m a tad concerned about their being no official screen resolution other than “high res,” and the sizes of the actual cameras are unknown at this point, but the specs do seem to pretty nice for what the company is asking for. $179 for this really wouldn’t be a bad purchase. I’m actually kind of curious if it will be upgradeable to Jelly Bean. It might, but the GPU and processor it has is worrying. I guess that doesen’t matter though, I’m sure the code monkeys over on the XDA Forums will find a way to throw Jelly Bean on it for sure.

Now we come down to one final question. Do you think that throwing down an extra $20 for a Nexus 7 would be a better deal, or do you think that that defeats the purpose of “budget-friendly,” in this aspect?

Let us know in the comments below!

source: android central