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?