Not so obscure perhaps, but certainly something to bear in mind while you’re perusing Chinese sites looking for a cheap and cheerful tablet. It really looks like Google and Asus achieved something great with this tab.
Up on the Play Store today you can pre-order the Google Nexus7 for $199, or £159 in you’re in the UK. It’s a Quad Core Tegra 3 tablet running at 1.3Ghz with 1GB RAM, a generous 1280×800 IPS display and Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean”. The tablet certainly looks to dwarf many Gemei, Ainol or Window efforts in almost all aspects. The things that give this away as a budget tablet though are, admittedly, things that many people would consider important. There is no video output, not even through MHL, and no there’s SD Card expansion either.
If you can live without those features and you’re after a nicely portable, very powerful and cheap tablet then this is almost certainly the one you want. But you’ll have to wait about 3 weeks until it’s officially launched before you can get your greasy mits on it.