Tech companies have prophesized that Android tablets will be available almost free of cost one day. However, if you expect quality to find a place in the bargain, you will be a bit disappointed. The Shanzhaiben ESER tablet will be launched worldwide – centered in China – for a nominal price of $50 USD. It is a 7-inch tablet running one of the most recent Android OS available with Gingerbread. What’s more, the impossibly low-priced tablet is powered by a cool single core Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor.
The Shanzhaiben ESER tablet will be available in stores in China and Shanzhaiben may be accepting individual orders this summer, but at such a low price, chances are that, to remain profitable, the company will be selling these tablets only in bulk.
The device is equipped with a sub-1 pixel front-facing camera for chatting, Mali 400 graphics, and a whopping 512MB of RAM. The front panel is resistive rather than capacitive, so playing intense levels of Fruit Ninja on this tablet is currently out of the question.
With such specs, what is a tablet as cheap as this good for? Maybe for giving away as party favors at your graduation party or maybe some light reading on the train. You can buy it and not worry about losing it. Why would you guard a $50 tablet like the ESER as intensely as you would a $500 tablet like the iPad?
We expect the current trend of beyond-low pricing on “smart” devices like tablets and smartphones to continue this year.