Remember that 7″ Firefox OS tablet that Alcatel and Mozilla announced on Sunday? Alcatel has just announced a 7″ Android tablet with similar specs, and it too has the funky screen resolution.
The Pixi 7 sports a dual-core 1.2GHz MediaTek CPU, 4GB Flash storage, 512MB or 1GB RAM (depending on the market), and a pair of VGA cameras (that’s what everyone is reporting). If early coverage is to be believed, it’s going to run Android 4.4 KitKat, but I’m not so sure that’s the case.
According to Alcatel, the Pixi 7 is going to have a 7″ screen with a resolution of 960 x 540. As I pointed out on Sunday, that’s a rather unusual screen for a 7″ tablet. In fact, I don’t know of any other 7″ tablets with a similar screen resolution. The closest standard resolution for a 7″ screen is 1024 x 600, which you can find on many a tablet (including tablets from Samsung).
I don’t know quite what to make of the specs released by Alcatel, and unfortunately I have not heard back from them about this. So I guess I am going to have to simply report these specs as is, and wait for confirmation from early buyers.
I know for sure that I won’t be one of them; this tablet is scheduled to ship in EMEA and Latin America, but not the US. But even if it were available I wouldn’t want it; 512MB RAM is simply not enough RAM. The performance is going to be hampered by the limited amount of RAM so i would recommend against buying this tablet.
P.S. If anyone knows of another 7″ tablet that has a similar screen resolution, please leave a comment. You’ll be able to count coup on me and teach me something I didn’t know.