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£135 Sumvision Cyclone Voyager: Like the Apple iPad 2 tablet, only better

The Sumvision Cyclone Voyager shows a glimpse of what to expect from Android tablets in 2013 as manufacturers become significantly more aggressive due to mounting competition.

The tablet is available from Laptopsdirect for a mere £135 and comes with some great hardware. There’s a dual-core Rockchip RK3066 system-on-chip clocked at 1.6GHz with a quad-core Mali 400 GPU solution. This should provide with superior performance compared to the Apple A5 SoC on the iPad 2 or the Exynos part in the Galaxy S2.

Other features include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 2-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing one, a mini HDMI port, a 7-hour battery life, one mini USB port and a 10.1in 1,280 x 800 pixel IPS display.

The Google Nexus 7 in comparison is more expensive and much smaller than this device but packs a quad-core SoC. That said, the Rockchip chipset is clocked 33 per cent faster which means that on some benchmarks, it will perform better.

Add in the connectivity options, the microSD card slot and a rear camera and you get a rather attractive alternative to the Nexus 7.

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