by Leo Jakobson | April 10, 2012

Coby Electronics Corporation has begun shipping a new collection of tablet computers which utilize the latest version of Google's well-reviewed Android 4.0 smartphone/tablet operating system, better known as Ice Cream Sandwich. All will retail for under $300.

The two models currently available are the $179 MID7042-4, with a seven-inch screen and four GB of storage, and the $279 MID9742-8, with a 9.7-inch screen and eight GB of storage. Both have a slot for an SD memory card with up to 32 GB of memory for digital media like music and video. 

The two tablets have 1GHz ARM Cortex - A8 processor at their core, capacitive multi-touch touchscreens, are Wi-Fi ready, and have HDMI out ports. The 9.7-inch model has a front-facing 0.3 megapixel webcam and rear-facing 2 megapixel camera, and the seven-inch model has a front-facing, VGA resolution camera. Thousands of apps are available through the GetJar app store. 

Several other tablets will become available this spring, including an eight-inch model and three others with nine- or 10-inch movie-format widescreens sized for optimum movie viewing. 

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