£120 Peak Tablet: At least its specs are better than the Apple iPad 2

Peak is not a household brand but a tablet from this manufacturer is currently on sale on Ebuyer (and presented as its Extra Value tablet) for a mere £120. If that sounds ridiculously low, then wait till you learn about the specifications.

The device packs a dual-core Rockchip SoC clocked at 1.5GHz with an ARM Mali-400 quad GPU solution. There’s 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a 10.1in IPS 1,280 x 800 pixel display, a front facing camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi, a HDMI and microUSB connector, a rear 2-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot.

Arguably, you can boost the internal storage to around 40GB by using a £15 32GB microSD card which would put it on par with the Apple iPad 2.

Ebuyer also sells the Zoostorm PlayTab tablet which has almost the same hardware configuration but with twice the onboard storage for a tenner extra.

2013 is likely to be the year where Chinese and Taiwanese white box manufacturers come of age.

Paradoxically, it might also be the year where many go bust because they can’t sell their existing stocks as the rate of obsolescence has been growing at an accelerating pace.