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Walgreens selling $100 Maylong iPad clone

updated 05:20 pm EDT, Wed October 27, 2010

Maylong M-150 at Walgreens for 100 price

Walgreens has quietly become one of the few chains selling a readily available Android tablet through a posting discovered by Chris and other Electronista readers. The Maylong M-150 would be an extreme budget entry at just $100 and would be a Chinese clone exploiting the popularity of the iPad up to and including a render that appears to simply be a modified iPad image. Its custom UI is based heavily on Apple's, including the app shelf at the bottom.

Most of the cost-cutting comes from the display, with a seven-inch, 800x480 resistive touchscreen. It's also using a low-powered, 533MHz Via VM8505+ chip and 256MB of RAM. Maylong is relying almost exclusively on SD cards for storage. The design is using the year-old Android 1.6 OS and is likely using a basic version of the platform without official Android Market access, although an "App Market" icon is visible.

The pharmacy carries a handful of electronics, but the M-150 is so far its only tablet and an unusual addition to its lineup. Walgreens hasn't explained the decision to carry the tablet but isn't the first to do so in the US, as a $190 Kmart tablet arrived last month from Augen. That device initially didn't arrive as it was discovered that Augen had originally been using official Google apps without the company's permission.

Velocity Micro has largely been credited with having the first mainstream tablets in the US through the Cruz line, though most consider the first widescale release to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab's appearance in two weeks.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

    +2

    I doubt if even a 3-year old that's already used

    an iPad would be fooled by that piece of c***. The specs on that tablet are abominable. Who are they trying to kid? I could see it if it played videos fairly well, but that 533 MHz processor seem really weak.

  1. Grendelmon

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Dec 2007

    +4

    They've also

    Had strange "Blue Lightning" sales on really cheap netbooks... around the $100~150 price range. Very strange for an chain like them to sell electronics like that, IMHO.

  1. DeezNutts

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    -5

    Sh*t I'll pick one up


    At that price as long as it surfs the web decently its a freakin' steal.

    Oh and I won't give a flying rip if my 2 year old gets ahold of it and destroys it 3 months down the road.

    Looks like a great el' cheapo tablet to me! I'm on it!

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +3

    Dumb Dads

    This product exists for dumb dads. You know the ones -- their kid wants a car for graduation, so they get them a Hot Wheels model car.

    The kid wants an iPad for Christmas, so they'll get ... um, this thing ...

    "So what!" I can hear them yell. "It's the same thing!"

    Sigh.

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +6

    Will help keep Android in the low-price ghetto.

    "Most of the cost-cutting comes from the display, with a seven-inch, 800x480 resistive touchscreen."

    It's devices like this that give 7-inch screens the bad name they have. The M-150 will simultaneously kill the Galaxy Tab and make the iPad look great in comparison.

  1. RiquiScott

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2007

    +4

    Really?

    How accurate is it to call this an "iPad clone" when the screen is almost three inches smaller than the (current) iPad?

    Granted, the M-150 has "borrowed" a lot of stylistic cues from the iPad, but it's hard to believe that Maylong is actually trying to trick people into thinking it's an iPad, considering that it's $400 cheaper than the entry-level iPad and has a screen size that the iPad doesn't even offer.

  1. tabman

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    Joined: Nov 2010

    +2

    image on website

    I think the folks at Maylong would be flattered by the ipad references. Mr. Jobs himself said all 7" tabs were "dead on arrival". Below is a link to the image. It looks different than what is posted here. It also seems to be getting pretty good reviews, Tab

    http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/maylong-7-inch-m-150-universe-tablet-powered-by-android/ID=prod6047418-product

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