Skytex takes on Google, readies two sub $300 Ice Cream Sandwich tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

July 4 2012

The two new SkyPad tablets are to retail for under $300
The two new SkyPad tablets are to retail for under $300

The low-end Android tablet market may now be as competitive as ever what with the arrival of Google’s Nexus 7, but that hasn’t put off small LA-based Skytex Technology from announcing two new Ice Cream Sandwich tablets for under $300.

The tablets are 7-inches and 9.7-inches in size, with the smaller 7-inch SkyPad Gemini offering a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A-8 processor, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM as well as a front-facing 2MP camera for $179. The tablet also boasts WiFi connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card slot, in addition to a pretty basic 800 x 480 resolution display.

However, if those specs don’t quite tempt you to part an extra $20 over the Nexus 7, which is after all sporting a better screen and a newer operating system in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, then Skytex is also launching the 9.7-inch SkyPad Protos tablet for $279.

This WiFi-connected tablet presents a 1024 x 768 resolution display, a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, and dual-facing cameras (2MP on the front, 5MP on the back).

Both the Protos and the Gemini come with 5GB of cloud storage, and offer access to the 1Mobile Market app store, as well as HDMI 1.4 outputs which enable 3D playback on 3D-compatible TVs and PC monitors. Skytex says that the 7-inch Gemini has a battery life of up to six hours of continuous use, while the 9.7-inch Protos offers up to ten hours of 'web viewing'.

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  • autotraveler
    2 years 2 weeks ago

    The SkyPad Protos, with a $279 retail, is priced very much in the retail sweet spot. Think of it as a viable iPad competitor (without a recognized brand name) with 90% of the performance and features at almost half off the price of new iPad (and $120 under the price of an iPad 2) it presents an almost compelling alternative to Apple's products. It will be even more compelling at $249 where it presents a clear step up from the 7-inch Nexus 7. There is a HUGE difference in screen real estate between a 7-inch screen and a 9.6-inch screen. This is especially important when reading content like a replicated magazine (Zinio) page, which looks horrible on a smaller screen.

    Of course I'm looking at this as someone who spent 25+ years in retail and am now a digital magazine publisher.

    Richard Truesdell
    Editorial Director, Automotive Traveler magazine, AutomotiveTraveler.com
    http://automotivetraveler.com

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