We already covered Xiaomi’s new tablet, but in case you missed it, it’s a 7.9-incher based on Intel’s new Atom x5-Z8500, which we had a chance to try out in a Teclast tablet, and we found it to be a very fast chip for the price.
Gearbest is listing the new Xiaomi tablet starting at $195 in presale for the 16GB Android version. In case you want more storage, for $249 you can get a 64GB version running Windows or Android. If you’re not into Xiaomi, or if you can’t wait for it to start shipping, the reseller has informed us that its Black Friday tablet promotion is live, and you can check it out here.
As we pointed out in some of our previous reports, Chinese tablet vendors are slowly shifting to 2-in-1s and even regular notebooks, usually based on Cherry Trail processors, with prices starting at about $200. Cheaper 8-inch models are available for $100 or so. In addition to Atoms, Chinese tablet makers are also offering powerful Core M designs, usually priced at $300-400.
Another side-effect of the Cherry Trail rollout is that Bay Trail tablets are going to the bargain bin. You can scoop up a 10-inch or 9.7-inch device for a tad over $100, in dual-boot flavour, with a decent 2048x1536 panel. So, if you just want a cheap tablet and don't need a lot of GPU muscle, Bay Trail could still be a sensible option.