Don’t get me wrong, the iPad’s Retina display is pretty cool. Fitting a 2048 x 1536 resolution inside of a 10-inch display is fairly impressive, and I’d be incorrect if I said that it doesn’t look good. No Android tablet has come close to matching that yet. The Tegra 3-equipped Acer Iconia Tab A700 is about the closest an Android tablet has gotten, until now.
The Cube U9GT5, a Chinese Android tablet running Jelly Bean, has supposedly caught up with the iPad’s Retina display with a high-resolution display of its own. The U9GT5 sports a 9.7-inch screen with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, giving it the same 264 ppi that the iPad has.
Under that display you’ll find an ancient Rockhip RK3066 1.6 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. The display (and Jelly Bean) is really the only thing that this tablet has going for it. Most newer Android tablets from Asus, Samsung, and Acer could blow the U9GT5 straight out of the water.
While you may not have heard of Cube, they have actually been around the block before. They were actually the first manufacturer to release a tablet that ran off the Rockhip RK3066, which made it one of the first tablets to have a dual-core processor. However, we probably won’t see the U9GT5 hit any major stores. You’ll probably only find it on eBay and knock-off stores over in China.