Following on from the first E7001 Android tablet, which looks to be an excellent mini iPad clone, China-based manufacturer Moonse has quickly launched an upgraded version of the 7-inch MID with a more powerful processor and a newer version of the Android OS.
There doesn't appear to be confirmation of a new name/model number for the upgraded model yet, but the revised tablet packs a Telechips CPU clocked at 720MHz and based on the ARM11 core, replacing the ARM9-based 600MHz Rockchip RK2808. The processor also includes a DSP co-processor and 3D graphics acceleration with support for 1080p full HD video. Perhaps more significantly, the CPU upgrade facilitates full compatibility with Android 2.1, up from version 1.5 of the original E7001. Other specifications haven't been confirmed but are likely to be very similar to the original.
The model shown in the images is said to be a prototype with plans to replace one of the mini USB ports for an HDMI port, but other than that, most of the design will likely remain the same.
Early impressions are quite positive with the tablet booting up in 30 seconds and the overall performance being fast and responsive. The improvements of Android 2.1, including dynamic wallpaper, graphics, and interface enhancements were evident, and the demonstration of games featuring 3D graphics and using the accelerometer also seemed to perform very well.
Availability and price have yet to be confirmed but a release is likely to be in the near future with what is sure to be a low tempting price, keeping in mind the original E7001 sells for around $132. What do you think of the new upgraded Telechips-powered E7001 running Android 2.1? As a value-minded Android tablet MID, it definitely seems to be quite a compelling proposition. Check out more images and leave your comments below.
Updated 07/22/2010: I can't verify this yet, but it looks like a company called Wiipad has picked up and rebranded the Moonse E7001 as the Wiipad Slim, and the 10.2-inch version of the Zenithink tablet as the Wiipad Neno, and is selling them direct on its website with international shipping. Prices are competitive and not much more than the prices in China, with the Wiipad Slim coming in at a discounted $148, and the larger Wiipad Neno costing $231, also discounted.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the company also appears to be listing the upgraded Moonse E7001 in the original article above, with the faster Telechips CPU and Android 2.1 for a cool $189.60. A few other rebranded Chinese tablets that we have seen before are also on offer. I can't vouch for the reliability of the distributor but this is a very interesting development and the prices are rather tempting. Anyone interested in taking the plunge?[Shanzhaiben, Liliputing]