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Marvel-Digital unveils Android 2.3-based TBT-10C Mercury Pad tablet

The list of Android-based tablets appears to be growing longer all the time, with more and more manufacturers introducing new tablets onto the already packed market. The latest company to have announced a new Android tablet is Hong Kong-based Marvel-Digital, who has recently unveiled their new TBT-10C Mercury Pad tablet.

According to a recent article by Eric Brown over at linuxfordevices.com, the TBT-10C Mercury Pad — which is priced up at just $259 — is powered by a 1GHz Cortex-A8 based Samsung S5PV210 ‘Hummingbird’ processor, runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and comes with a 7-inch capacitive, multitouch display with an 800 x 480 resolution.

The Mercury Pad tablet comes with 512MB DDR2 RAM and 4GB of internal memory, although Marvel-Digital states that consumers do have the option of moving up to 8GB or 16GB. The TBT-10C also features a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32GB, so you do have the option of expanding the device’s memory that way.

Although the 800 x 480 resolution won’t match up to the 1024 x 600 resolution of higher-end 7-inch tablets, at least the screen is capacitive as opposed to a non-multitouch resistive touch-screen display that are more typical of tablets under the $300 mark. The Mercury Pad weighs in at 18 ounces, which is quite a bit more compared to the 13.4-ounce 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The specs seem to indicate that the $259 model will ship with a 0.3-megapixel camera, which can possibly be upgraded to a 2-megapixel camera. However, these specifications could also refer to both front and rear facing cameras. The Mercury Pad also comes with Wi-Fi, a USB port, a 2250mAh battery, 3.5mm audio jack, a G-sensor, speakers and a microphone.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS provides a number of pre-installed Google applications including Google Maps, Gmail and Google Talk. According to Marvel-Digital, other pre-installed apps include Adobe Flash 10.1, an eBook reader, Skype, MSN, an Office-compatible productivity application, English / Chinese input tools and QQ messaging apps.

We’ve embedded a video below this post so you can see the Marvel-Digital Mercury Pad for yourself. Do you like the sound of this new tablet PC?

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Written by Tina Chubb

Tina’s passion is gaming news, but you will find her exploring other tech stories. Follow Tina for the latest happenings in the gaming world with popular gaming devices, including PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and portable gaming on iOS, PSP, DS and more.

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