Mesada launches powerful 5-inch tablet with 833MHz Cortex-A8 CPU
Joining a new wave of more powerful and compelling MIDs out of China comes this new tablet from a company called Mesada, best known for its GPS navigation devices. The low-down of the 5-inch tablet can be broken down into the good and the bad, depending on your perspective.
First the good news. In terms of hardware, the tablet is a very impressive package with a 5-inch WVGA resistive touch screen, a headlining 833MHz ARM Cortex-A8 based Samsung S5PC100 processor, 512MB of RAM, up to 32GB of local flash storage, microSD support, WiFi, optional built-in WCDMA 3G supporting voice and data, GPS, 720p HD video playback, HDMI output, support for CMMB digital TV reception (in China), a beefy 2000mAh battery, and what looks like quite a nice, albeit Apple-inspired design. On the flip side, the bad news is that the tablet will be running Windows CE 6.0, which as most people would agree is not the best choice for a tablet these days. The device is set to be available in China next month; there are currently no further details regarding price and availability outside China.
Although I agree the choice of OS is not ideal, I do think the hardware sounds impressive and is another good sign that Chinese manufacturers are moving forward with adopting newer hardware for their products, with a prime example being the newly available Huawei S7. Coming back to the Mesada MID, I really hope that the company will either offer a version running Android or even perhaps one running the upcoming Windows Embedded Compact 7, the successor to WinCE 6.0.