March 6, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
There’s currently an abundance of affordable Android-based tablets on the market, but in most cases these are pretty horrible, coming with outdated tech specs, very ugly designs or glitchy as heck software under the hood.
The Viota M970 slate might be one of the very few budget-friendly Android tablets to be released lately that is neither of those things, but actually a very decent option for a technology enthusiast worried about its money.
It’s true, the M970 is manufactured by a no-name company in the US or Europe, but the 10-incher comes with a 1024 x 768 pixels resolution IPS panel and a 1.5 GHz Boxchip A10 single core ARM Cortex-A8 processor.
The Viota tablet looks very stylish and fashionable and, even though it kind of copies the iPad’s design here and there, it should be the kind of gadget to make you proud when walking down the street holding it in your hand.
Other features include a choice of 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM, Mali 400 graphics, only 4 GB of on-board memory, a microSD card slot, dual 5 MP/2 MP cameras, HDMI and a microUSB port. In terms of software, the Viota M970 is set to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, while in terms of autonomy, it should be more than decent, as it comes with a 6,000 mAh battery under the hood.
The manufacturers are yet to announce an official release date for the M970, but rumors already point towards a launch set sometime in May or June. Of course, the tablet will first hit China and Japan, but hopefully it will also be made available in the US or Europe, as it looks more than decent for its price. Oh, right, I almost forgot, the Viota M970 is set to only cost 120 bucks.
I know that most of you wouldn’t touch such an affordable Chinese tablet with a ten foot pole, but I honestly think that this Viota M970 is worth at least a look. I’m not saying go and buy it immediately after it will be put on sale, but you could at least give it a chance and wait for a couple of reviews to see if it’s worth its money.