In an advertorial post at IMP3Net, Tomato touts the worldwide 3G compatibility of its T2 tablet [Google English].
The focus is on China Unicom service, so it’s still unclear to me if this will actually work with local carriers outside of China. Cellphone frequencies might as well be in Greek for all I can understand them. (If I ever need 3G, I’ll have a hard enough time picking a 3G iPad…) Remember, 3G is provided via the Huawei UltraStick
, which might need to be purchased separately. Same-day update: The UltraStick is included, already inside the tablet’s slot. And then a SIM card has to be inserted into the UltraStick for service.
Based on the spec sheets alone, I’d recommend the Tomato T2 over the upcoming Pipo U8T. The octa-core Exynos 5410 is faster than the quad-core Rockchip 3188. It’s also still unknown how much RAM the Pipo U8T will contain. The Tomato T2 has 2GBs of RAM. And there is no word yet on what 3G will be available with the U8T — or if it will use the Huawei UltraStick.
The Tomato T2 hasn’t been widely reviewed yet, and no buyers have reported getting it (it’s very inexpensive to the local Chinese). The actual quality of it is still unknown. The Pipo U8T hasn’t even been released yet.
With the new Retina iPad Mini available soon, is anyone still interested in a Chinese iPad Mini clone for 3G? Why take that risk? And why settle for a less-than-Retina screen? I suppose for those who want Android over iOS, there will still be interest. Let me know in the Comments if that’s so.
For more information about the Tomato T2’s 3G capability, see the original post.
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