CherryPal Announces 7-Inch Android 2.1 Tablet with Sub-$200 Price Tag

CherryPal has announced their new 7-inch Android 2.1-powered CherryPad today.  Rather than setting their sites on the iPad and trying to take it on, CherryPal sees more benefit in the low-cost tablet space.  Priced at only $188 per unit, the CherrpPad features an 800MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 2GB Flash memory, microSD card reader, and an 800×480 resolution screen.  Other details include WiFi support (802.11 b/g), USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, speakers, and a microphone.  The 3200mAh battery is said to provide around 6-8 hours runtime.  Full press release after the break.Anyone interested in sub-$200 Android tablet?  Worth dropping the money on one while waiting for a tablet from the bigger players?

Cherrypal Launches Powerful 7-Inch $188 Android 2.1 3D Tablet Computer For The Sub-iPad(c) Market

– Cherrypal Enters Into Exclusive Deal with Green Shopping Site Zecozi

PALO ALTO, CA (October 7, 2010) — Cherrypal, a California-based manufacturer of high quality, low-energy consuming and affordable personal computers, today announced the availability of its new sub $200 tablet computer, the CherryPad America.

The CherryPad was designed for consumers who are looking for an affordable, powerful, high quality, and low energy-consuming tablet computer with the ability to run the Android operating system. CherryPad is powered by the fast Samsung ARM11, (CPU + GPU + DSP, OpenGL 2.0) 800 MHz processor and runs Android 2.1 and all Android applications. An upgrade option to 2.2 is planned for the fourth quarter 2010.

The CherryPad America features a 7-inch resistive touch widescreen display (no stylus needed) at 800×480 resolution with built-in gravity sensor.  Memory, storage and wireless functions include 256 MBs of DDRII RAM; 2 GB NAND Flash; Micro SD (1x) reader, and WiFi 802.11 b/g.

Standard I/O ports include USB 2.0 supported by an external adapter; 3.5 mm headphone jack, built-in speakers and microphone, DC port, optional external 3G modem. The CherryPad America’s Polymer 3200 MAH battery has a run time of 6-8 hours. The device weighs just 1.1 pounds and is housed in a sturdy aluminum case. MSRP of the CherryPad America is $188.

“The CherryPad America does not compete against the Apple(c) iPad. The CherryPad addresses the sub-iPad market,” said Cherrypal CTO Max Seybold.

According to Seybold, CherryPad has been designed for consumers who seek a lower cost, more compact tablet PC with the ability to run Android.

“The CherryPad is neither an iPad killer nor an iPad clone, it’s a completely different product designed for a different market,” Seybold said. “The screen of the CherryPad is only 7-inches big, the processor is slightly less powerful, and the CherryPad comes with Android 2.1 and not Apple’s iOS.”

At a MSRP of $188, the price for a CherryPad is also less than half of the iPad.

“Early user tests confirmed the CherryPad user experience has been extremely positive. Users appreciate full access to the Android Market, its powerful processor, battery run time, and high quality,” Seybold said.

Cherrypal Partners With Zecozi

Cherrypal also announced a strategic partnership with Zecozi (, a new online shopping site for conscious consumers. All Cherrypal products will be exclusively sold through Zecozi in the United States, with the exception of volume buyers. Every Cherrypal comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, as well as a 1-year replacement warranty.

“We are a hardware manufacturer first and need to focus on our core competence in order to drive down costs and offer quality products that consumers can afford.  We can offer our products for such a low price because we are frugal with non-product related costs.  When we looked for a strong partner who shares our green, open and fair corporate value system, Zecozi was the obvious choice,” said Cherrypal CEO John Collier.

  • browse

    Touch typing on a resistive tablet? No thanks.

  • If it will be upgraded to Android 3.0, I’m somewhat interested.

    The reason for the “Gingerbread” requirement is the access to bluetooth keyboards. If I can whip out a portable “real” keyboard for text entry when I need/want to, a $188 portable tablet becomes a very attractive “field computer”, like a low-priced two-piece netbook.

    The only thing really missing from it otherwise is GPS, though if it can be connected to use a bluetooth GPS for positioning that problem would be moot for me.

  • John

    I will never buy a resistive touch anything

    • James


  • Does it have GPS? I want a tablet for my car to augment its stereo, and tether to my phone of course. But its got to have GPS for navigation.

  • As already noted, resistive touchscreens on something this big as just fail. The _only_ tablet worth playing with on the market at the moment is the Samsung Galaxy Tab…… except that it’s ridiculously expensive. Also, any tablet which doesn’t have a 3G connection won’t get Marketplace support.

    So, for the Nth time, no – I won’t be stumping up hard cash on any of the 50-odd branded tablets that are being pumped out of China by the same company with the same issues of quality, both in terms of physical design and in terms of software.

    Although at least this one has a set of hardware buttons. The one that sits next to me at work only has 1 which acts as a back button, and then a soft menu button in the notification area, which is made of fail in a full screen app (Aldiko, I’m looking at you) when you want to hit the menu button.

    • mike i

      what do you think of the Archos 101? I am thinking that is better than the Samsung cause price is lower and no contract. Notion Ink Adam looks beautiful and seems to be inching closer to reality.

    • Bigtexatx

      “Users appreciate full access to the Android Market” – Just FYI