VIA to introduce several $100 – $150 Android tablets by 2H 2010

May 25, 2010, By Thomas Antony

This year was supposed to have been the year of the e-reader. But thanks to Apple, it may turn out to be the “year of the tablet” with multiple manufacturers working on tablet devices after Apple’s iPad became a hit. VIA’s VP Richard Brown says “the tablet market has been legitimated by Apple”. VIA is all set to bring out multiples tablet devices priced from $100 – $150 running the Android OS.

While no hardware specs are currently known, given the price range, they won’t be anything in compared to those of the iPad. But if they are capable of running the very speed Android Froyo, they should give the iPad a run for its money. The devices may be based on Freescale’s recent tablet reference designs which come with resistive touchscreens and simple web access and media playback capabilities.

The first of these devices should be arriving in the US in the second half of 2010 with street prices of around $100. While the exact version of Android that will be running on these is not known, we can expect at least Android 2.2 Froyo . Android Gingerbread is slated for release later, in Q4 2010.

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