It’s not a commercial of Casas Bahia, but tablet prices are really falling apart.
After Google’s Nexus 7 – for $ 200, now it was the turn of India’s Karbonn Mobiles to announce a tablet for “miserable” $ 125: Smart Tab 1.
Most surprising is that it already comes with the new Android 4.1 operating system, christened by Google as Jelly Bean.
The tablet comes with a 7-inch screen and runs on a single-core MIPS processor at a clock speed of 1.2GHz.
It also has a front camera of 2 megapixels, support for 3G connections and its battery can withstand seven hours in navigation mode and eight hours in video mode.
Information on internal storage has yet to be released, although Karbonn has announced on its website that the tablet has 32GB of extra storage, probably through a micro-SD slot.
MIPS processors: they are cheap but do not run all
The MIPS processors are competing directly against ARM, whose processors are present in most tablets, including the iPad.
They are inexpensive and have a reasonable performance but it is good for the user to be aware: many applications are incompatible with devices that use processors with MIPS.
In May MIPS announced a new generation of processors called APTIV, which will replace the current crop of processors used in tablets.
These new processors have efficient power management and are faster.They would be comparable in performance to current ARM processors, analysts said.
Devices with the new APTIV cores are likely to be released early next year, according to MIPS.