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A Cheap Alternative To the iPad 2? Meet The Disgo 8104

It costs less than £139 and is the latest in line to hopefully gnaw a few crumbs from Apple's pie in the tablet market. "It" is the Disgo 8104, an update to the £99.99 Disgo 8100 Slim which was the cheapest large screen capacitive display on the market.

The 8104 is an update to the latter with a Boxchip single core Cortex-A8 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MB RAM, 4GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, mini USB and a mini HDMI port plus a 6500mAh battery with up to six hours usage. Given that you can get a 32GB microSD card for around £16, that's a worthy investment.

It is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is a mere 9.1mm thick. Like its predecessor, it has a 10.1-inch 1,024 x 600 pixels display, a VGA webcam and a microphone. The fact that it has ICS means that it will feature Google Play which alone is worth the upgrade.

The Disgo 8104 is on sale for £139 at Valuemedia and will face some serious competition from the slew of Android 4.0 tablets from the likes of Eken, Archos and other unknown tablet vendors that will soon flood the market.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.