The WoPad, Welcome To The Next Generation of Shanzhai Tablets
Since the release of the iPad, Shanzhai manufacturers have been doing their best to make more affordable tablets. They’ve of course been very successful — producing some of the cheapest tablet PC’s on the planet. The only problem they’ve had is that most of what they’ve produced has been utter junk, until now. Shanzhai tablets are getting better by the day, and the WoPad represents the next generation of Shanzhai Android tablets.
The major upgrade that the WoPad gets over it’s Shanzhai cousins is a 7″ capacitive touchscreen. Just like the iPad, the WoPad requires much less pressure on the screen to get a response. On top of the added responsiveness, having a capacitive screen gives the WoPad multi-touch capability which adds to the deliciousness that is Android 2.1 Eclair. Of course if you are in to something a bit sweeter, the WoPad is capable of upgrading to Android 2.2 Froyo, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread (when it becomes available).
As for the hardware specs, they’re not all that bad considering the RMB 1000 (US $150) price tag. The WoPad comes with the Rockchip RK2818 600 Mhz CPU with 3D acceleration, 256Mb of RAM, and 4Gb internal memory (upgradeable using an SD card). It also has a 720p HDMI output as an added bonus. All-in-all the WoPad is a great product, and is the perfect way to protect yourself from
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