Anyone that has experienced CES before will know that new tablet announcements are commonplace and one eye-catching entrance this year comes from Alcatel, who unveiled two budget options for the crowded mini tablet market.
Both of the devices will join the ranks of Alcatel’s OneTouch smartphone range, with the OneTouch Pop 7 and OneTouch Pop 8 being the first tablets to join the OneTouch family.
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 and 8 boast two “firsts” in the entry-level tablet market for their respective screen sizes.
First is the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 which, if you haven’t guessed already, is a 7-inch tablet that Alcatel claim is the “world’s thinnest and lightest seven-inch tablet available in the entry level segment”.
The device weighs in at 285 grams and is 8.9 millimeters in width, which allegedly makes it “15% thinner and 20% lighter than previous generations of tablets”.
This 7-inch iteration will be powered by a 1.3GHZ Cortex A7 dual-core processor and will run on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), it will house a VGA front-facing camera and a 2MP rear camera, which will also be able to shoot 1080p video.
The full spec list for the OneTouch Pop 7 tablet are as follows:
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 will be the 7’s slightly bigger and better cousin as this boasts an 8-inch screen and will be powered by a quad-core processor, trumping the dual-core that features on the 7.
This quad-core chip is similar to what is under the hood of the 7 however, as it will still be a 1.3GHZ Cortex A7 chip.
Again Alcatel claim the the Pop 8 will be the thinnest and lightest tablet in its class, as the Pop 8 will weigh in at 325 grams with a bezel thickness of 4.9 mm.
The OneTouch Pop 8 will house the same VGA front facing and 2MP rear facing camera that features on the Pop 7.
The full specs for the OneTouch Pop 8 are as follows:
Both of the tablets come in glossy white and full black soft-touch but will be released alongside a range of colourful and eye catching accessories from Alcatel that’ll make these tablets stand out from the crowd and allow users to personalise their device.
The specs on these tablets aren’t going to knock anyone’s socks off but for the price that these devices will hit the market at they will certainly turn some heads, as the Pop 7 will be available for 129EUR for a 3G version and the Pop 8 will be retailed at 179EUR, again this is for a 3G version (but a wifi version of the Pop 8 will be released alongside the 3G option).
Both of the devices will be reaching European, Middle Eastern and African markets in the first quarter of this year, with 4G LTE ready devices set to be rolled in Q2 of 2014.