Aigo Bringing Two Low-Priced Tablets to America This April [CES 2012]


We stopped by the Aigo booth to see what they were working with at CES. We were initially disappointed but left the booth surprised. The disappointed part comes from their 8 Inch M803.

It has 1280×768 resolution, a VGA front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage, WiFi up to G and more. It does run Android 4.0 but that’s where the disappointing part comes from – it didn’t run Android 4.0 well.

The device actually has a 1GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor so we were surprised to see Android struggling so bad. Even just trying to go through the homescreens proved to be painful. Surprisingly there were no issues playing a 3D game so we’re willing to chalk things up to this being an early unit.

Its smaller yet seemingly more powerful brother, the 7 inch M718HD, was a much better experience. The folks at Aigo couldn’t disclose which processor was inside but we at least know that it has Android 4.0, 8GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 3G radios, support for 1080p HD playback, WiFi up to G and more. It also has an 800×480 resolution. While it looks like on paper it actually didn’t seem that bad on the tablet itself.

Performance was stunning, actually, and it made me wonder why the M803 was so terrible. IF both of these units are supposed to be unfinished and one of them is this much further along than the other I think there is a problem. Anything could be blamed for the M803’s bad performance, though, so we’re giving Aigo the benefit of doubt until the product actually lands on store shelves.

Specs and performance aside the tablets were aesthetically pleasing. Usually with these budget tablets you see them skimp on the design aspect but Aigo has produced a tablet that I’m sure many people wouldn’t mind being seen with in public. Be sure to take a look at the devices yourself in the couple of videos above.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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