Apparently budget phone maker Blu announced a tablet back in January but I just heard about it now. Coverage of it has been thin, to say the least!
The specs: 8-inch screen at 1024 x 768 (which Blu typos more than once at their site as “765 x 1024”!), quad-core MediaTek MT8389M CPU at 1.2Ghz, PowerVR SGX544 GPU at 300Mhz, 1GB RAM, 8 or 16GBs storage (depending on who says so!), Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card slot, microUSB port (charging, file transfer), 5MP front and 5MP (or 8MP, depending on who says so!) back cameras, 4500 mAh battery, and the saddest part: Android 4.2 Jellybean.
On the plus side, it will work on American cellular networks: 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1700/1900, or 850/1900/2100.
To say Blu has kept this a secret is not hyperbole. I’ve gone through their tweetstream and the last mention of it was back in February!
The only pimpery done for it on Twitter has been by RushStar Wireless, which also did the video from which I took these images:
Here’s the video, which isn’t meant for end users but is all there is:
At post time, it was unavailable at Amazon, where a review says it was US$200 (US$199, likely).
Who’s the source of this tablet? It looks a lot like the Ainol BW1 [Google Translate].
And that tablet scored a low 12,000-range in AnTuTu:
With tablets soon to score in the 40,000-range with AnTuTu, maybe it’s best that Blu kept this tablet quiet.
Let’s hope they do an upgraded version, though. The more the merrier.