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Best Buy Unveils 9.7-Inch Insignia Flex Android Tablet

Best Buy has confirmed its plan to enter the competitive tablet market via the Insignia Flex Tablet.

As its name suggests, the device has been created through the US retailer's Insignia label. The Flex Tablet features a 9.7-inch display, a dual-core 1GHz processor and 10 hours of battery life. It'll run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Best Buy’s Facebook page said the Insignia Flex Tablet will arrive at brick and mortar stores “one month from [Thursday],” which is November 11.

While the company didn't reveal any other details such as pricing or storage capacity, it's expected that the device will be sold in line with the cheaper tablets available on the market; the retailer's Insignia label has offered competitive prices for its HDTVs, as well as other electronic products at affordable prices when compared to the prices assigned by the bigger brands.

Providing that Apple adheres to their release strategy of launching a product a few weeks after its announcement, the Insignia Flex Tablet will go up against the iPad Mini, which is apparently due to be announced on October 23.

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  • digiex
    ...and, of course, it's made in China...
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  • clownbaby
    so this will retail for what, $10? $12?
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  • samwelaye
    clownbabyso this will retail for what, $10? $12?
    It better. Make it anywhere near the nexus 7 and thats the better buy. make it anywhere near the asus tf300 and thats the better buy. I dont understand these big corporations, just like it says at the top "bestbuy looking to enter COMPETITIVE tablet market".... if youre entering a competitive market, you better be damn sure you have a competitive product. FFS bestbuy cmon
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  • LordConrad
    A 9.7 inch tablet with the same processor as the ORIGINAL Kindle Fire. This tablet has the word “suck" written all over it.
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  • beardguy
    I know it's personal preference, but I just can't imagine why anyone would want to lug around a 9.7 inch tablet. S***, if I'm bringing something that big around, it's going to be my laptop.

    I'll stick with the ultra portable 7" form factor.
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  • house70
    Meh...
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  • jacobdrj
    This looks like a great $100 tablet. Dual core. 9.7". ICS. Not horrible.
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  • abbadon_34
    also depends on the price ...
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  • halcyon
    Not this tablet, but high-end Android tablets need to start boasting 2GB or more of RAM so they all work as well as (or better??) than the SGS3. While I like many things about my Asus Transformer Pad Infinity its UI is not as smooth as on my SGS3. ...and as far as this Insignia tablet. Who is going to really want this considering the alternatives.
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  • WyomingKnott
    beardguyI know it's personal preference, but I just can't imagine why anyone would want to lug around a 9.7 inch tablet. S***, if I'm bringing something that big around, it's going to be my laptop. I'll stick with the ultra portable 7" form factor.A question of personal preference. Same reason some people wear plaid and others avoid it.
    My 10" tablet makes my eyes comfortable when I read.
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