Cherrypal Unveils 7-inch Android Tablet Computer

Cherrypal just officially introduced to the world the CherryPad America – a subsidized $200 tablet specifically designed for the wide range of consumers looking for a powerful and high quality yet affordable and energy saving Android compatible tablet computer.

This California-based company has really lived up to its name as a maker of cheap but high-end personal computers. Max Seybold, CherryPad’s CTO, says that it was meant for those who want a more compact tablet PC capable of running Android. In fact, Seybold says that the CherryPad America was not designed to compete with the Apple iPad, but rather it was meant to address the sub-iPad market.

CherryPad America runs on the fast Samsung ARM11 and an 800 MHz processor. It uses Android 2.1 for its OS, but the 2.2 upgrade will be available by the fourth quarter of 2010. One of its most distinct features is being able to do away with a stylus when interacting with its 7-inch touch widescreen. The resistive display’s resolution is at 800×480.

The device’s storage capabilities are brought to you by a 2 GB NAND Flash and extend to a Micro SD (1x). It has 256 MBs worth of DDRII RAM. As for wireless capacity, the tablet comes with a WiFi 802.11 b/g.

As for I/O ports, the device uses the typical USB 2.0 with an external adapter, DC ports, and an external 3G modem that’s optional. It also comes with a 2.5 mm headphone jack, but its speakers and microphone are already built in. With its Polymer 3200 MAH battery, the CherryPad America can run for 6-8 hours. Cover everything up with a strong aluminum case and the device weighs a total of 1.1 pounds.

Considering the features above, it is suffice to say that the CherryPad America really is not as superior as other tablets like the iPad. Its processor is not powerful and uses the Android 2.1 in lieu of the iOS from Apple. As Seybold himself puts it, it’s not an iPad killer or clone at all.

At $188 for its MSRP, however, the CherryPad also fares less than the iPad in terms of price. In fact, that’s almost half of the iPad. Couple this with all the positive feedback from early user tests and this device really holds a lot of promise for those who are looking for a more economical and compact counterpart of the typical tablet PC.

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