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By Luanne Teoh on 08-12-2011

There is no need to adjust your glasses or screen, you read it right — it’s the HaiPad.

The HaiPad was launched in July but available for sale this month. Haier, the Chinese appliances manufacturer has released its latest version of the smartphone tablet– a 7-inch touchscreen tablet which runs on the older Android 2.2 Froyo instead of the latest Honeycomb version. The OS has also been specially customized by DianXin OS, a Beijing based company with financial backing from Lee Kai-Fu’s Innovation Works fund.

Available in five different colors, its features include a 1GHz processor, 3G ready, 802.11 b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a WCDMA radio, 1080p HDMI output and dual cameras.

haipad front

Haipad_back

The HaiPad’s functionality seems to be more focused on social media and movie streaming instead of games. A downside of the tablet is the inability of users to access the apps from the Android Market.

Haier instead has decided to build its own app store of around 15,000 apps — perhaps another move by China to further distant itself from the Google brand. This seems like a counter-intuitive and rather odd business move by a tablet manufacturer as Android’s access to an open market of apps has always been one of its trump cards against other tablet operating systems. However, Haier’s reputation as a trusted household brand across Asia could potentially work well within its closed apps ecosystem and the HaiPad’s 3G availability.

The good news? It only costs around $150 (900 yuan) — a price which is accessible and affordable to the Chinese masses when compared with iPad’s cheapest model at $499 (3,188 yuan)

Images courtesy of Androidcentral and Tablet-News.net


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