There is no shortage of sub-$100 tablets being released these days, just in time before the holiday season begins. These low-end devices cater to those who have more basic needs, such as reading e-books, playing some mobile games, or browsing blogs—tasks for which a single-core processor and just 512MB of RAM are already adequate, especially if one is on a tight budget.
Matrix One, a Pasadena, California-based company, is offering a tablet to answer those needs. It is selling the Matrix One tablet for only $59.99, a discounted price from the original value of $119.99. The Matrix One comes with a Cortex A8 1.5GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system. It comes with a 4GB internal storage capacity and sports a microSD card should users need to expand its memory. Up to 32GB of additional memory is supported on the tablet. Wi-Fi is the only connectivity option available on the tablet.
Weighing 11.1 oz., the tablet measures 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.40 inches. Meanwhile, its five-point multi-touch display spans 7 inches diagonally, and has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
The device is also equipped with a front-facing landscape mounted camera with a 2-megapixel sensor, a microphone, and a 3.5 mm audio jack so users can engage in video chat and enjoy some entertainment on the tablet. It also comes with a gyroscope, a full-sized USB port, a micro USB port, and a miniHDMI port for viewing 1080p content on a larger screen. Those who are interested in tinkering with the device will find that the tablet is already rooted out of the box. It also supports Google Play, the Amazon App Store, and GetJar, among others. The device, however, does not have a secondary camera, a GPS sensor, and NFC.
The tablet comes with a one-year warranty, which guarantees that the company will replace the tablet whatever its condition may be provided that the user returns the unit.
Matrix One currently has two other tablet offerings available, the Matrix One 7 and the Matrix One 7S.