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Eken Shows off Sub-$100 Android Powered M005 Tablet

Eken, a Chinese based company has recently announced the release of its very own Android Powered M005 Tablet, thereby adding another competitor against the all other Tablet PCs in the Chinese market.

Since Tablet PCs started hitting the global tech market, the trend has shown no signs of slowing down. Many worldwide PC manufacturers have released their counterparts of Apple’s leading iPad. In fact, it’s even come to a point where people have made up names like the “iPad killer”, which is intended to refer to the idea that the product was released to compete with Apple’s handiwork. But that’s all healthy competition.

One of the general characteristics of these competing tablets is that they are usually cheaper than the iPad, and Eken’s M005 is no different. It runs on Google’s Android, making the entire tablet low cost because of the OS’ open source nature. This, however, does not mean that the M005 is inferior to any other model because of its OS. In fact, the Android gives the user access to a host of applications that can match, if not exceed their Apple counterparts.

So how much cheaper does the M005 Tablet get compared to its competitors? To say that the difference is significant is an understatement. When you take the iPad, which costs $499 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, rumored to be worth $1,000, and place them side-by-side with Eken’s $90-$100 subsidized M005, you wouldn’t think twice to say that you’ll be saving tons with how much cheaper the M005 is compared to the iPad.

And don’t think that it’s lacking the staple features of any decent Tablet PC. The 8-inch display has a resolution of 800×600. It also has 128MB worth of RAM running alongside a 400MHz processor. It uses Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and some other options for connectivity. Lastly, it comes with a built-in webcam, USB ports, headphone jacks, and 2GB hard drive memory. And to top it all off, the M005 tablet looks really simple yet elegant despite its wider display.

With those said, there are only two more things that need to come out, namely: (1) whether the M005 will come with the Android 1.6 or the latest 2.2 Froyo, and (2) when, if ever, will this tablet reach the borders of other countries and become an alternative to other consumers worldwide as well. But all in all, Eken’s M005 has what it takes to be a good yet low-cost tablet PC choice.

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