New Rockchip Android tablet shows up at J&R

It looks like the generic tablet explosion is building up for a second go round.

This 7″ Android tablet is running Android v2.1 on a 1GHz CPU with 4GB Flash, microSD card slot, Wifi, speakers, g-sensor, and USB Host. it also has that weird little silver thing; I don’t know what it is. Curiously enough, it has a RK 2818 CPU. According to Archos, that CPU runs at 600MHz; here it is listed at 1GHz.

You can find it at J&R for $159.

P.S. I’m calling this tablet by the CPU maker because I’m pretty sure that they designed it. Crystalview is like Archos and a bunch of other companies in that they have slapped their brand on a device that Rockchip designed. There’s nothing wrong with that, but as far as I’m concerned the maker is more important than the brand.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Jon Jermey1 May, 2011

    The ‘weird little silver thing’ looks like an FM broadcaster. You plug in a memory stick or a SD card with MP3 tracks on and it broadcasts them locally on an FM channel. What it has to do with a tablet I don’t know.

  2. Mike Cane1 May, 2011

    >>>LCD screen: 7-inch, 800 x 480

    See, that always kills it for me. But as I begin to pay more attention to Android, I’m beginning to understand what an absolute botch they’ve made of it.

    Lo-res screens like that let you run all the Andy programs designed for *phones*.

    Higher-res screens mean stretching and praying.

    And Honeycomb — due to lack of apps — means being sorry every damn day.

    They all need a beating for letting this spin out of control like this. HTF does anyone actually wind up *buying*anything and *not* having *any* degree of regret? iPad-easy this is NOT!

  3. Simon Cabron2 May, 2011

    they’re likely adding the 600mhz core with the DSP to get that 1ghz number.

  4. Jason Evans2 May, 2011

    This look a lot like the Craig cmp738a tablet being sold at CVS for $99. Btw, I picked one of them up and with the updated firmware, they’re not too shabby and surprisingly good at 780i video, even a DivX BR Rip that I threw at it.


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