The Matrix One – Another Sub $100 Android Tablet

While the big guys are trying to field tablets in the $200-$250 range, some sellers are introducing 7″ Android tablets in the under-$100 range.  The Matrix One is a 7″ Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet with a Cortex A8 1.5Ghz processor, capacitive screen, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of memory for $89.99.  Screen resolution is 800 X 480, and there’s a mini HDMI 1080p output connector.  The Matrix One also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB port, and a mini USB port.  There’s also a microSD slot to expand the storage with up to a 32GB card.  It has built-in WiFi, a 2MP front camera, microphone, gyroscope, and accelerometer, and a 3200mAh battery.  The Matrix One is available in black, white, blue, and pink.  There’s also a version with 16GB of storage and 1GB of memory for $129.99.

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7 comments… add one
  • David August 8, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Argh, need my Bluetooth! Only thing missing that would make this a perfect low end tablet!

  • Richard August 8, 2012, 4:26 pm

    Specs do look good except the screen resolution. Not sure that will look good on a 7 inch screen. Other than that spec wise it looks excellent. But how does it work in real life?

  • ucfgrad93 August 8, 2012, 10:17 pm

    800X480 resolution on a 7″ screen? I’ll pass.

  • digi_owl August 9, 2012, 2:14 am

    Agree with David on the need for bluetooth. Does that little radio add so much extra cost to these products?

  • David August 9, 2012, 9:44 am

    Found out it has a full size USB port, so you could add BT that way.

    Yeah, at the $100 level, anything would add to the price.

    I think I’ll wait until the next gen CPUs are out, and get a good tablet. 😉

  • Rob Tillotson August 9, 2012, 10:30 am

    I wouldn’t count on being able to use the USB port for Bluetooth… I could be wrong, but that seems likely to be outside the scope of what Android expects to use a USB host port for (i.e. storage and input devices, most likely), and it’s not like you can install the Windows driver to make it work.

  • David August 9, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Not true, most tablets that do not have Bluetooth built in, support a dongle. You do need to find the correct one though. Matter of fact, about 1/2 the devices in most phones/tablets are hook up internally by the USB bus!!!

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