Haier HaiPad to release in August; Price may around $500
Haier is a Chinese company known especially for large appliances and TVs. In 2009, for the first time the company attempted to enter the mobile industry by launching netbooks and MIDs, in volume and select markets.
At that time, small laptops accounted for a growing market, with success assured, Haier and wasted no time. After two years, the company will attempt to re fortune by launching a new tablet model in China, called Haier Haipad .
The company plans to have the new HaiPad hit store shelves in August. The specs, although nothing to sneeze at, are not exactly turning heads. Packing a rather small 7-inch touchscreen, it is backed by a Samsung 1GHz CPU, a couple of cameras, connects via W-CDMA 3G and runs on the somewhat outdated Android 2.2.
Right now, it seems that there are no plans to upgrade it to the latest version of Android. Version 2.2 may as well be the highest it can go considering the specs, with DianXin-made theme enabling quite a few enhancements that you won’t fin in vanilla Android. These improvements remind users of iOS, such as being able to drag together to make a folder with a gesture.
One advancement due to the new user interface is that you would be able to drag a set of similar apps together in order to make a folder of it. This feature was present only in iOS devices but you would be able to access it on Haier’s HaiPad.
Haier Haipad will launch in August and it comes with social networking features and movie streaming, while gaming has not been the focus of the developers over at Haier. Even though the older Android 2.2 version is on board, this model is still appealing for its most likely low price and 3G ability.
Haier Haipad will be available in 5 colors and Chinese users will have access to a Haier App Store, with over 15000 applications to facilitate the use of the tablet.