By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 27, 2012 12:57 PM EDT
China-based electronics manufacturer Eken has been offering low-end, inexpensive Android tablets for several years, and now it wants to try its luck in the U.S. market with its latest B70 tablet.
The Eken B70 is currently available from Chinese retailers at AliExpress for $99, but Eken is preparing to launch its 7-inch tablet in the U.S. The B70 was spotted this week on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Web site, which means that the company is seeking regulatory approval to market the B70 tablet in the United States.
As one might expect from a low-end tablet with a $99 price tag, the Eken B70 packs decent yet modest specifications.
Just like the slew of Mini PCs recently flooding the market, the B70 tablet packs an AllWinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 single-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz and backed by a modest 512MB of RAM.
The B70 does, however, sport a Five Point capacitive touch screen measuring seven inches, with a low resolution of 800 x 480. It allows access to the Google Play store, as well as other Google services such as Gmail and Google Maps. It also features support for many languages, including five variants of English.
One thing that is surprising, considering the modest specs, is that Eken packed dual cameras on the B70. The tablet features a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, and a 2-megapixel rear facing camera for capturing (slightly) better pictures and videos. The B70 also has a built-in microphone and speaker.
Other features include an HDMI slot, DC jack, a mini USB port, a regular-sized USB port, earphone jack, and a micro SD card slot for expandable memory, as the tablet comes with only 4GB of built-in storage. The B70 supports Wi-Fi, but not Bluetooth. The tablet measures 9.84 x 7.87 x 3.15 inches, and weighs in at 1.764lb.
As previously mentioned, the tablet currently sells for $99, but it is not certain whether the price will remain the same in the U.S. If Eken decides to ship the device directly to U.S. retailers, the B70 could be even cheaper, but for now the company has offered no details on price or U.S. availability.
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