Although Polaroid is better known as a camera company, it has recently been introducing several tablets. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, it gave the public a first look at two slates called the M7 and the M10. As the names suggest, the former has a 7-inch screen whereas the latter packs a 10-inch panel.
“Mighty performance. Minimal price” is Polaroid’s tagline for the two devices. The M7 retails for $129 whereas the M10 costs $229.
The M7, smaller of the two tablets, is driven by a dual core processor running at 1.5GHz. It carries 8GB of internal memory that users can expand with an additional 32GB through a microSD card. Furthermore, it has an IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The device has stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its operating system, but Polaroid has included several widgets that make it appear as if the tablet has a custom skin.
Like the Google Nexus 7, the tablet only has a single camera onboard. The Polaroid M7’s camera, however, has a 2-megapixel image sensor, which is better than many of the front-facing cameras found on many slates today. This comes as no surprise, of course, given that Polaroid is known for its innovations in photography.
The device is Polaroid’s answer to the more popular seven-inchers in the market offered by Google and Amazon. Those who are interested in purchasing the device will have to wait until spring, which is when the M7 will hit the market.
It is worth mentioning that the M7 is different from the 7-inch tablet that Polaroid is aiming at children. Said device, which is simply called the Polaroid Kids Tablet, is packed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.0 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3500mAH battery. Its screen resolution is also lower at 800 x 480 pixels.