There are plenty of tablets out on the market these days. Perhaps the most popular is the Nexus 7 2013 model but at $279.99 for the 32GB, there’s still some room for a price drop to meet the range that some consumers are willing to pay for a tablet.
This holiday shopping season might prove to be a monumental one, as Intel is making good on its promise to deliver a $100 tablet just in time for the holidays. They have a little assistance from HP who is the manufacturer of the 7 inch slate, and Walmart, who is to be the exclusive retailer to carry the device this black Friday.
Hp’s 7 inch mesquite Android tablet will sell for below the projected price that Intel was promising, at $89 which is insanely low. The low price is evident of the hardware that will be housed inside, although that doesn’t mean that we should qualify this as a bad device. Upon opening the package, you’ll be staring directly at a 7 inch 1240×600 pixel display, which is powered by a single-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2640 processor. 8GB of onboard storage and 1GB of RAM is followed up by 5 hours of battery life. The charge life isn’t terribly long, so don’t expect to be taking this thing with you any extremely long trips.
The mesquite also carries a front facing VGA camera for video chat and hangouts, a microphone, a micro USB connectivity port for charging, speakers, and it’ll come preloaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It would be no surprise if Walmart sold out of these like hotcakes, even though it isn’t the top of the food chain in terms of specs. This is definitely not what you should be looking at if you need to replace your main tablet device, but it should be perfect for those who have yet to acquire their first tablet or if you need one that you wouldn’t mind traveling with. Should something end up happening to it, it wouldn’t be much of loss in the cost department and is easily replaceable. If you are keen on trying to pick one of these up this Friday, make sure to get up extra early, as you may end up having to fight off hordes of people looking for the same thing.