As one of the major players in China's MID market with a range of compelling, original devices like the SmartQ V5 and V7, not to mention one of the first Chinese manufacturers to embrace Android, we always welcome new product launches from SmartDevices. Following the recently released SmartQ T7 comes the company's latest creation, the SmartQ V3.
Unlike the T7 that appears to be aimed more at the e-reader market with its portrait design, the V3 is a continuation of the media-centric MID product category occupied by the V5 and V7; in fact, with its similar design the new tablet can basically be considered a smaller version of the V5. Featuring a 4.3-inch WVGA touch screen, the V3 includes the same 600MHz ARM11-based processor as its larger stable mates including 3D graphics acceleration and 1080p video playback. The OS of choice is refreshingly Android 2.1, although there is no mention of the ability to also run Ubuntu and WinCE. Other specs include 256MB DDR2 RAM, USB OTG, headphone-out, and mini-HDMI.
The SmartQ V3 is definitely being positioned as the company's value-oriented device with a very low price of only 650 RMB, which works out to around US$96, making it extremely good value for a decent Android MID. The device will launch in China in the very near future, but there's no word of officially seeing it outside the country. Those of you interested in getting one may be tempted to keep an eye on import sites such as electroworld.cn and allpmp.com or the global marketplace of eBay.Engadget China]