Is this the cheapest Ice Cream Sandwich tablet yet?

by Doug Drinkwater

May 18 2012

Android tablet prices keep coming down, but a small Chinese company, named HuaYi, has broken new ground with a 7-inch Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) tablet for an incredible $65.

The tablet is a good $34 cheaper than what we thought was the previous cheapest Android 4.0 tablet, the $99 Novo7 slate from Chinese rival Ainol, and has just launched in China. It is not yet known when this tablet will tip up in the US and Europe.

In terms of specifications, HuaYi’s tablet has a basic 800 x 480 resolution multi-touch display, a single-core 1GHz processor (which is based on ARM’s Cortex A8 architecture), 512MB of RAM and a front-facing 1.3MP camera. There’s also a micro USB port, and HDMI output.

This news is further evidence of the rise of the tablet manufacturing in China, and encouragingly suggests that budget Android slates are falling in price, while improving in terms of features, at least against the models that came to market as recently as 12 months ago.

Earlier this week, one developer, OpenSignalMaps, said that there were as many as 3,997 Android devices on the market, with a large majority of these coming from Asian vendors.

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