You can’t do much better than Amazon’s $159 Kindle Fire or Google’s $200 Nexus 7, right? The two tabs are cheap, but at the same time pretty snappy, light, sleek and very elegant. And they’re even up to date in the software department (especially the N7).
But what if you could find an even more affordable tablet? Like a $99 one with a quad-core processor and Jelly Bean butter? Impossibru, you say? Not in the Philippines, the new land of all possibilities.
After blowing our minds already with the $110 5.2-inch Cruize phablet and the $125 4.5-inch Thunder, Cherry Mobile is lowering the price bar even more for its newest tablet effort. The Fusion Bolt is mostly a repackaged Ainol Novo 7 Venus, but with slightly different specs and an absolutely unbeatable price tag.
There’s a quad-core Cortex A9-based Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 processor beneath the thing’s hood, and, although it’s only clocked at 1 GHz, it should perform honorably enough in browsing, multimedia and even some light gaming.
The 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of on-board storage sound equally as “honorable”, while the 7-inch IPS panel might be one of the nicest surprises. It boasts a 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution, which is on-par with the Nexus 7 and actually better than what the Kindle Fire or the new Acer Iconia B1 have to offer.
The on-board Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is probably an even bigger surprise, while the 4,000 mAh battery sounds butch enough to handle five or six hours of continuous running time. There are even dual cameras fitted on the tab (a 2 MP rear-facing one and an 0.3 MP on the front), as well as microSD support and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
But the cherry on top of it all is pricing. Php 3,999, or $99 (told you, didn’t I?). Too bad the Fusion Bolt has smaller chances of ever landing outside of Asia than I do of winning a Pulitzer for this article.