Coby’s budget-friendly ICS tablets now shipping

We’ve never known Coby to be a major player in the Android world, but that’s not stopping them from releasing five ICS-powered tablets. They’re all packing the same basic specs, which we’ll get to in a moment. Going from smallest to largest, there’s the 7-inch MID7042-4, priced at a cool $179, followed by the 8-inch MID8042-4, which is coming in at $229. Moving right along, we have the 9-inch MID9042-8 with a $259 price tag, the 9.7-inch MID9742-8 at $279, and finally, there are two 10-inch tablets, the MID1042-8 and MID1045-8. The only real difference between the two 10-inchers is the aspect ratio (the 1042-8 comes in at 16:9, while the 1045-8 brings a 16:10 aspect ratio to the table). The MID1042-8 will cost around $289, not far behind the $299 MID1045-8.

All strange numbered names aside, let’s get into the good stuff: specs. All of the tablets mentioned above will be rocking a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage on the three largest models, 4GB on the 7-inch and 8-inch devices, MicroSD card expansion, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and a camera of unknown megapixels.

Coby has announced that the 7-inch and 9.7-inch tablets will be available this month, which means anytime in the next week. The other three will debut sometime this spring. There’s no official date on any of them, but we expect Coby will make an announcement when the time comes. The full press release can be found below.

So, is anyone impressed with the low-priced ICS tablets that Coby’s cooked up? Anyone think they should just give up on tablets altogether? Sound off in the comments!

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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Coby Electronics Corporation, the CE leader with products designed to fit every lifestyle, is now shipping its highly-anticipated all-new collection of Android™ 4.0 OS – “Ice Cream Sandwich” – Internet tablets. With its introduction this month of two standout models, the 7″ MID7042-4 and 9.7″ MID9742-8, Coby is ahead of the competition in bringing Internet tablets pre-installed with the latest Android OS to consumers. With a wide variety of unique styles and sizes to choose from, all of the new models are attractively priced at under $300 each.

“Coby is excited to be one of the very first companies to put ICS tablets into the hands of consumers nationwide,” said Jodi Sally, Vice President of Marketing, Coby Electronics. “After such a warm reception in January at CES, where we showcased our new 4.0 models, we’re proud to introduce these sought-after, feature-packed new units to retailers everywhere.”

Coby has achieved significant sales momentum for its lineup of Android-based Internet tablets, reaching #1 brand unit market share in December 2011, according to data from a leading market research firm.

First to arrive this month are the 7″ MID7042-4 (16:9 aspect ratio; SRP* $179) and 9.7″ MID9742-8 (4:3 aspect ratio; SRP $279). The additional units in the collection, to debut this spring, include the: 8″ MID8042-4 (4:3 aspect ratio; SRP $229), 9″ MID9042-8 (16:10 aspect ratio; SRP $259), 10″ MID1042-8 (16.9 aspect ratio; SRP $289) and 10″ MID1045-8 (16:10 aspect ratio; SRP $299).

With seamless access to thousands of free apps through the GetJar® app store, Coby’s newest tablets boast must-have features such as:

1GHz ARM® Cortex™ – A8 processor

Lightning-fast 802.11 b/g/n wireless

1GB of RAM for seamless multi-tasking

8GB built-in storage on 9,” 9.7″ and 10″ models; 4GB built-in storage on 7″ and 8″ models

Expandable storage memory up to 32GB

Built-in camera

Coby’s line-up of Android 4.0 ICS tablets will arrive at major retailers across the country starting this month.

About Coby Electronics Corporation

Headquartered in Lake Success, New York, Coby Electronics Corporation is a leading supplier of quality consumer electronics products. Since its inception in 1991, Coby has risen through the ranks of the consumer electronics industry. Today, the company is redefining the way consumer electronics products are created, emerging as an industry leader in a challenging economy. With an understanding of its customers’ needs and desires, Coby has developed a strategy of maintaining a competitive cost structure in the industry without compromising the quality of its products. Within the past decade, Coby’s team of inventors, engineers and designers have earned a number of U.S. patents and design awards, with several additional patents pending. For more information, visit Coby Electronics and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.




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