Videocon VT10: a 10.1-inch dual-core tablet running Android Jelly Bean for $205
How does a 10.1-inch Android Jelly Bean tablet with a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor sound? Pretty standard for this day and age, right? Perhaps a little bit underpowered in the number of CPU cores department. But what if it costs $205?
Yes, that’s right, just $6 more than the entry level Google Nexus 7 – which, you know, is a 7-inch tablet.
This is exactly the value proposition behind the Videocon VT10. Unfortunately, here comes the huge, gigantic, enormous caveat: it’s only available in the company’s native India. Here’s hoping that will change in the future though.
The VT10 is being offered through both Snapdeal and Homeshop18 for a low Rs. 11200 (which is $205, as mentioned before, or €155 for those of you in Europe, or £127 if you’re in the UK). So what exactly do you get for the cash?
A 10.1-inch 1280×800 touchscreen, a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, microSD support, two 2 MP cameras (front and back), and a 6,800 mAh battery. The tablet’s dimensions are 257.3x176x10.3 mm, it weighs 650 grams, and it ships running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Mobile data connectivity can be added via supported 3G dongles.
This is a great deal considering the price, and may signify things to come in the near future – $199 10-inch ‘budget’ Android tablets with specs that match or surpass yesteryear’s flagships. Android will win the tablet war when the cheap devices become good enough in terms of performance for most people, and the Videocon VT10 has the specs for that. It could be the first of many similarly specced and similarly priced offerings in this space.