Think Steve Jobs was cutting you a price break when he unveiled the $499 iPad? Think again. A small OEM based out of Colombia by the name of Haleron Technologies has just released a $149 iLet Mini tablet to cost conscious buyers. It looks like an interesting enough device, but you might want to keep your expectation in check based on the hardware.
The iLet Mini sports a 7-inch resistive LCD touch screen running at a resolution of 800 x 480, and for comparison sake, is slightly worse than your average netbook. Its a funny resolution to spot on an Internet tablet, but starts to make sense when you drill down to discover that a 300 MHZ ARM processor is at the heart of it all. In the memory department it also falls a bit short with only 128MB of DDR2 RAM, and a mere 2GB of NAND flash for storage. SD Flash cards and external hard drives of up to 250 GB are supported, but currently the only OS being offered is Windows CE.
It would be interesting to see how a device like this would compare to the iPad, but the fact that the spec sheet says it running Windows CE, and the screen shots show Windows XP don't give us a warm and fuzzy feeling when it comes to the companies honesty. For hardware enthusiasts its not a total loss mind you. The device offers up a pair of USB 2.0 ports, wired Ethernet, support for external keyboards, and all that wrapped up in the promise of 8-10 hours of battery life. If your waiting for good ole Steve to capitulate on any of those features for the iPad, you're going to be waiting a very long time.
Either way I think it gives steam to the argument that Apple is making a pretty healthy margin on its new tablet. Are you interested at this price?