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Ematic HD Quad-Core 8GB 7" Android 4.2 Tablet w/ Google Play (Available in Six Colors)

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Ematic HD Quad-Core 8GB 7" Android 4.2 Tablet w/ Google Play (Available in Six Colors)
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  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.5GHz Quad Core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 1024 x 600
  • HDMI
  • USB 2.0


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Ematic HD Quad-Core 8GB 7" Android 4.2 Tablet w/ Google Play (Available in Six Colors) - $54.99 with Free Shipping at WalMart.

  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.5GHz Quad Core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 1024 x 600
  • HDMI
  • USB 2.0


The next lowest price for this item from a rated merchant of Google Shopping is $90.76.
 

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Not exactly related to the deal, but I have a question. How does the economics work for packing a quad-core in $60?

Edit: OK - I see, the CPU is the so-called "nobrand" CPU.

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aquadoll said:   Not exactly related to the deal, but I have a question. How does the economics work for packing a quad-core in $60?

Edit: OK - I see, the CPU is the so-called "nobrand" CPU.

There are several Chinese companies who license ARM technology and manufacture their own SOCs.

I did a couple of quick Google searches, and this looks to be an Ematic EGQ307, which uses the Allwinner A31 CPU. It's based on ARM A7, and (as is common with cheap Chinese-manufactured CPUs) appears to actually be 1.2GHz, and not the 1.5 it reports.

Also, like many tablets of this type, the battery is garbage and loses charge when the tablet is asleep. Reviews also say the screen is garbage, which is something I've also experienced with cheap Allwinner tablets. (Poor viewing angle, poor backlighting, poor color reproduction, etc.)

My Galaxy Tab 3 8.0's dual-core processor would likely beat out the quad-core one in this Ematic.

So, is it worth $60 if you don't have high expectations? Probably. But don't expect more than a few months of heavy use out of it before it dies, and don't expect to be impressed by its performance or its features.

Edit: Yep, scrolling down I see the CPU benchmark chart says it's an Allwinner A31. Don't be fooled by the benchmark numbers - Allwinner has a long history of configuring their CPUs to show inflated numbers with some versions of AnTuTu.

The Exynos 4412, also shown in the chart, is a quad-core A9 running at 1.4+ GHz. It is impossible for an A9 to be trounced by an A7, because the A9 architecture is more advanced.

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Was gonna jump on this, but found out it doesn't have GPS or bluetooth. As I was gonna use this in my car for a speedometer and to pair with an ODB2 reader, kind of kills the deal.

It does have HDMI out, though, which could be handy.  They should offer a $70 version of this with GPS and bluetooth, then it'd be a killer deal.

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