Yesterday, I wrote a post about what may be the cheapest Android tablet currently: SF-M703A. This single core Cortex A8 tablet based on AllWinner A13 could be actually based on the same platform as Q88, one of the best selling tablet from China, and it costs as low as $44. Today, I’ve found out that tablets based on AllWinner A23 dual core Cortex A7 SoC are starting to hit the (virtual) shelf including Q88Pro, aka Q88H, tablets, which sells for as low as $49.88 including shipping, or just $6 more than the single core version.
Today, I’ll compare the specifications between the cheapest single core tablet to the cheapest dual core tablet.
|SF-M703A / Q88||Q88Pro / Q88H|
|SoC||AllWinner A13 cortex A8 @ 1.0 GHz with ARM Mali-400 GPU||AllWinner A23 dual core Cortex A7 @ 1.0 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU|
|System memory||512 MB RAM|
|Storage||4GB NAND Flash + micro SD card|
|Display||7” capacitive touchscreen – Resolution: 800×480|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|I/O||mini USB + 3.5mm audio jack|
|Camera||0.3MP front camera||0.3MP front camera, 0.3MP rear camera|
|Battery||1800 mAh||2300 mAh|
|Android Version||Android 4.0.3||Android 4.2.2|
|Price (inc. shipping)||$43.99||$49.88|
Beside the better CPU and GPU provided by AllWinner A23 compared to AllWinner A13, you’ve got an extra, but IMHO useless, 0.3MP rear camera. and a battery with a larger capacity providing 2 to 3 hours of continuous usage on a charge. The dimensions are basically the same, but the new model appears to be a bit lighter. One important advantage is the upgrade to Android 4.2.2, whereas the AllWinner A13 based tablet is still stuck with Android ICS. This will give an extra performance boost, and access to the new features provided in Android Jelly Bean.
Beside the sellers on Aliexpress, a tablet powered by AllWinner A23 called TR23 is also available on GeekBuying for $53.12 including shipping. It appears to have the exact same specs. Color is different though, because Q88Pro is available in 6 different colors.
As a side note, I’ve noticed a new way Aliexpress sellers game the system. AllWinner A23 is very new, and so are tablets based on the platform, but you’ll find sellers with thousands of positive feedback for these new tablets. These are not reviews made by some ghost accounts, but you’ll find out reviews dated many months back, even before AllWinner A23 was even announced. What they’ve done is to update the title, pictures, and description of a good selling product, namely Q88 Tablet based on AllWinner 13 (See snapshots in reviews), and replace these with the new Q88Pro tablet based on AllWinner A23, in order to leverage existing positive reviews. This is quite disingenuous, as the new product may be utter crap, but people who do not pay attention may wrongly think many people are satisfied with the new product.