By Alexandra Burlacu | May 09, 2013 11:58 AM EDT
Cheap Android tablets are on the rise, and the Cube U35GT is a quad-core slate sporting an iPad Mini-like design with an attractive $200 price tag.
The Cube U35GT sports a 7.9-inch display with a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution and a thin bezel around the screen, similar to Apple's iPad Mini tablet. While the iPad Mini has a starting price of $329, however, the Cube U35GT costs roughly $190 and up.
The Cube U35GT tablet is now available from a number of sellers at AliExpress, while GeekBuying is accepting pre-orders. The slate packs a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of internal storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running the show.
Other specs and features include a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front shooter for video chats, a micro SD card slot for expandable memory, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and stereo speakers. In terms of battery performance, the new Cube quad-core Android tablet should last up to six hours. The actual battery capacity remains unknown for now.
In other words, the Cube U35GT is a budget tablet with a similar design to the iPad Mini, and it sounds like a smaller version of the 10-inch Cube U30GT2 slate. The new model has the same powerful processor and an even lower price, but features a lower-resolution display and a lower internal storage capacity. On the other hand, a $200 price tag does mean some trade-offs, and the Cube U35GT is an attractive option nonetheless.
The larger, 10-inch Cube U30GT2 tablet sports neatly built quality and good performance, so if the new slate is anything like its bigger sibling, it should be well worth its price. Smaller tablets in the 7- and 8-inch range are increasingly growing in popularity, but the Cube U35GT will also have some tough rivals to face.
ARM Devices posted a video of the Cube U35GT tablet in action and at first glance it really is remarkably similar to the iPad Mini. It's worth noting, however, that the ARM representative in the video talks about wholesale prices for the slate, not retail prices.
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