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T-Mobile: Springboard Tablet Under $200T-Mobile: Springboard Tablet Under $200

The Android tablet price war is hotting up with both Amazon and Huawei planning sub-$200 products before the end of the year

Dan Jones

October 12, 2011

1 Min Read
T-Mobile: Springboard Tablet Under $200

SAN DIEGO -- CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 -- The tablet battle is well and truly on.

T-Mobile US Inc. confirmed Tuesday night at the Mobile Focus event in San Diego that its new Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Springboard tablet will be under $200 and available in time for the holiday season. (See Huawei's Springboard Into the US?.)

This will put the Springboard directly into competition with the $199 Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) Fire tablet. Amazon has already shaken up the tablet market with its keenly priced entry into the Android tablet market, which will arrive Nov. 15. (See Amazon's $199 Tablet Is No Loss Leader.)

Now T-Mobile and Huawei will create more waves with the cheap but well-featured Springboard. The tablet will be the first 7-inch webpad to support version 3.2 of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s operating system, while offering HSPA+ 3G connectivity -- marketed as "4G" by T-Mobile -- and sporting a HD screen with a 1.2GHz processor. (See T-Mobile Advances Portfolio of 4G Tablets.)

This means that for the $499 you'd spend on a 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi, you could buy two Springboards and still have change for a nice meal for two. This could be particularly relevant for Android tablet vendors as Amazon and Huawei drive down the pricing of products in this market segment.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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