Chinese device maker Ramos is selling a new tablet with a 9.4 inch display, an aluminum case, and a 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor with Mali 400 graphics. In other words, if you take the guts of a Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone and throw them into a tablet with a screen slightly smaller than Apple’s iPad, you’d have something like the Ramos W42.
PandaWill sells the tablet for $247, although I’ve seen prices as low as $218from other stores I’m less familiar with.
The Ramow W42 has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, and a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display with 178-degree viewing angles. It has a capacitive touchscreen with support for 10-point multitouch, WiFi, Bleutooth, a 2MP rear camera, and a 0.3MP front-facing camera.
In a lot of ways, the Ramos W42 reminds me of the Hyundai T7 tablet, which has similar specifications but a smaller 7 inch screen. The Ramos tablet has a higher capacity 5400mAh battery though, which the company says should be good for 6 to 7 hours of run time.
Other features include a microSD card slot, micro USB port, and Android 4.0.4 operating system.
Ramos doesn’t have the name recognition or reputation in the West as some tablet makers (such as Samsung or Asus), but Pandawill does offer a limited 12-month warranty, so if you get a clunker there’s a chance you may be able to get it replaced or repaired.