Coby’s new decently-equipped yet affordable MID7065-8 Android tablet has become available for purchase in the US. This 7-inch multi-touch slate with a dual-core ARM Cortex A9-based processor and Android 4.0 ICS OS costs only $139 and can be bought via Adorama at the time of this writing.
Combined with 1GB of RAM, the processor should deliver much better performance than the widely adopted single-core Cortex A8-based chips. The tablet has 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, HDMI out, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 0.3MP web camera of the front, accelerometer, and gyroscope. There is no info on resolution of the screen, but judging from the available images and videos it’s likely 800×480.
Coby emphasizes that the MID7065-8 provides access to the official Google Play store for app and media downloading, whereas previous tablets by the manufacturer ship with more limited GetJar instead. However, Play store is available on even more affordable tablets these days, such as the ZeePad 7.0, selling for only $76.
On the other hand, the Coby MID7065-8 is better in terms of performance and connectivity, thanks to the dual-core CPU, HDMI port, and Bluetooth.
With these features, this slate is a good buying choice, but cheap tablet shoppers willing to spend up to $150 should also consider the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 – 59346799. It has GPS and a additional back camera, but lacks HDMI.
You can check out Engadget’s video from the 2013 CES Show to see how the tablet looks like live.