It’s finally been introduced.
I’m not sure about just 1GB of RAM and 8GBs of storage.
And it’s certainly fatter and heavier than any Chinese iPad Mini clone.
On the other hand, it’ll be widely on sale in the U.S., unlike those clones.
After the break, a video.
Even though it was the first iPad Mini clone shown outside of China and has been on sale for several weeks, only now has a video of it surfaced.
Let’s review the specs:
200 x 135 x 7.6mm, 350.5g, Actions ATM7029 ARM Cortex A9 CPU at 1.3GHz, Mali 400 quad-core GPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16 GBs storage, WiFi, microUSB 2.0 OnTheGo, microHDMI-out, microSD slot up to 32GB, cameras 0.3MP front and 2MP back, no Bluetooth.
After the break, a selection of screensnaps and the video.
But they ruin things by claiming they’ll include a USB On The Go cable as a “free gift” — that cable is included by Chuwi as standard!
Anyway, the AnTuTu score:
That more or less matches the AnTuTu score from the mysterious IMP3Net review (16,394) and is within the margin for error of the 15,726 Merimobiles posted — and it blasts a big fat hole in the score PandaWill posted (18,045).
January 3, 2013, William Lynch of Barnes & Noble/Nook Media:
We are examining the root cause of the December shortfall in sales, and will adjust our strategies accordingly going forward.
February 28, 2013: Brave Talk From Nook Media’s William Lynch
As the market goes to more multi-function tablets, we have to look at how we offer functionality differently and that’s what we’re focused on now.
May 3, 2013: Google Play comes to Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD and HD+, we go hands-on (video)
So Lynch has delivered. It’s probably too little too late.
Clearly they’re trying to do the right thing by letting in the Play Store. This assures customers that they won’t be left with a useless piece of hardware when they finally pull the plug on their own Nook App Store — which they will do.
Does this move help Barnes & Noble sell more Nooks now? Maybe.
I’m trying to slowly catch up with things and I’m hit with a mystery.
The Tablet/MID site of IMP3Net touts a review of the Chuwi V88, which I’ve boxed in red:
Click = big
Yet that URL does a 404. And that item is not mentioned under Tablet/MID at the main IMP3Net page.
That makes me think they removed that review yet neglected to cleanse it from the separate Tablet/MID site.
And it did actually exist.