SpeedUp Technology said that it plans to reveal one of the thinnest and lightest Android tablets of its class during COMPUTEX 2013. The SpeedUp Pad will sport a 7.85-inch screen, measure only 0.31 inches thick and weigh a mere 0.6 pounds. Android 4.2.1 "Jelly Bean" will be the OS of choice although the device will be packed with the company's own SpeedUp Studio digital content store.
"Speedup Pad is a statement of beauty in technology," the company said. "Every detail is designed with extreme precision. With a 7.85 inch, the thinnest, lightest tablet with SpeedUp Studio, SpeedUp Pad will be highly competitive in the market, bringing a brand new experience to consumers, app developers and distributors as like."
The tablet features a 7.85 inch IPS display screen with 1024 x 768 resolution, powered by Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon S4 Play (MSM8225Q) or MediaTek's quad-core MTK8389 SoC -- depending on the model -- and a 4,000 mAh battery that "lasts all day". Also under the hood will be 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a 5MP camera on the back, a 2MP camera on the front, and a microSD card slot for additional storage.
SpeedUp said the tablet will also support for 3G wireless standards, including HSPA 7.2 Mbps or EVDO Rev A. As for pricing, the tag will be relatively cheap considering the 3G support, costing a mere $249 when it becomes available this August. Actually that pricing may be for a Wi-Fi only model, with a separate SKU featuring 3G connectivity possibly being offered for a higher price.
The product availability and specification varies by market and will be rolled out gradually in Indonesia, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Dubai, Sri Lanka, India, USA, Timor-Leste, and Hong Kong. That said, we'll have to wait and see what SpeedUp will actually offer for us here in the States next month during the show.
2. Single speaker grill means it's gonna sound like poop. I have a Nexus 7 so this is a deal breaker on my next tablet.
3. The $249 price is for WiFi, you're gonna pay more for the cellular version.
4. The CPU is better than the current Nexus 7s CPU but will be leapfrogged in 1-2 months.
5. The GPU on the MediaTek's SOC could potentially be good (if you play games) - Again, this could be leap frogged in 1-2 months.
6. Last but not least: Jelly Bean 4.2.1??? Really guys. 4.2.2 is already out and 4.3 is about to birth!What's SpeedUP's reputation for updating the OS on their hardware? Google/Apple/Samsung update regularly...
P.S. As an owner of a Nexus 7, and Apple products - The warranty and support is a huge selling point. Google (and Apple) has been amazing when I've had issues or when things have broken.
I have never heard of these guys and when your tablet goes belly up - Making one call to Google to have it replaced in a week is nice....
with nexus and apple, fine. but with Samsung.... well my sgs2 is late for the ICS party for 6 months after its release, it even still waiting for the jellybean update... as a (former) flagship device, it is way too late to be called "regularly updated".