Coby, a consumer electronics manufacturer with affordable products available around the world, is going to release a 7-inch tablet with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
The Coby MID7064 sample I spotted last week at the 2012 IFA Show in Berlin sports the Rockchip RK3066 chipset, combining a dual-core Cortex A9 processor with MALI 400 graphics. Together with 1GB of RAM, these deliver pretty much snappy performance of apps and OS itself and I haven’t encounter any slowdown issue with the tablet while using it for a couple of minutes. Internal flash storage is 4GB. On the front, there’s a 0.3MP camera, but there was no rear-facing cam on the showcased unit. However, the specs sheet says that a 2MP back camera will be optionally available.
On the sides of the plastic but solid Coby MID7064 there’s an HDMI port, USB, headphone jack, volume rocker, and power button. It’s interesting that there’s a hole or slot on the back panel, but I’m not sure what it is exactly, since I wasn’t allowed to spend more time with the tablet.
Pricing and availability date are unknown. I expect the MID7064 to be a cheap one. Coby’s tablets don’t belong to the high-end segment, but they’re among the most affordable on the market and often priced below $100. However, these usually don’t provide access to Android Market / Google Play. The sample unit I saw had both “GoStore” and “Play Store” apps, so we will see what the tablet will ship with when it arrives on the market.
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