Walmart Launches a Line of Low-Cost Tablets

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Hardware, Mobile with 35 Comments

Aping yet another Amazon business, Walmart this week announced its own lineup of inexpensive Android-based tablets.

And they are cheap: The retailer’s new Onn-branded tablets start at just $64, and there are three models that cost less than $100. Among the offerings is the 8-inch Onn Android Tablet, which costs $64 and the 10.1-inch Onn 16 GB Android Tablet, which costs $79. A version of the latter tablet with a detachable keyboard costs just $99.

The specifications are about as low-rent as you’d expect at these prices. Both tablets are powered by a 1.33 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage, and the display in each case is 1280 x 800. Battery life is rated at about 5.5 hours. But they seem ideal for children and their affordability should be appealing to many.

The cheapest Apple iPad is $329. But Walmart is really targeting Amazon here, and the online retailing giant—or etailer, as I call it—offers a variety of inexpensive tablets of its own, including the recently-updated 7-inch Fire 7 tablets, which start at $50. Amazon’s 8-inch Fire 8 Tablet starts at $80, and its 10.1-inch Fire HD Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free is $150 and up.

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35 responses to “Walmart Launches a Line of Low-Cost Tablets”

  1. Daekar

    The most important thing about these, to me, is that they're running full Android 9, not a fork without the Play Store. I would never consider a Fire device, but I could see myself buying one of the larger ones to use in the kitchen where it might get spilled on.

  2. glenn8878

    Kids are quite demanding. This won't be suitable for any kid over 4 years old. They rather have an iPad.

  3. datameister

    I suppose these might come preloaded with Walmart's ebook app if they are really targeting Amazon.

  4. ubelhorj

    As low end as these are, they look like a good replacement for my HP Stream 7 I still occasionally call out of retirement for flights. 2GB of RAM with Android isn't amazing, but it's way better than 1GB with Windows. Fire tablets have always been out of the question with them shoving their services down your throat.

  5. Danny Riley

    I purchased one of these tablets, will be picking it up tomorrow. The play store being included is a plus, but I have been able to add it to Amazon Fire tablets easily. The main reason I went with this one is because the charging port on the Fire tablet wears out very easily. We have pretty much had to purchase a new one every year. At $50 (or less) for a Fire tablet, this hasn't been a big deal. But I'm hoping that this one will at least use a better charging port and maybe they will last a little bit longer. The cheapo tablet has been overall very well suited for my kids.

  6. RonV42

    Cheap enough and a real play store to use for my Action Tiles home automation panels.

  7. wbhite

    My beloved Nexus 7 (2013) is starting to show signs of failure and I've been using an old iPad Mini, trying to get ready for the inevitable transition to it. I hate it. I hate everything about iOS. (yes, I'm stubborn)

    A really cheap tablet with Play services might just be the solution. I'll have to check out the screen in person to see, though.

  8. jjMustang

    I purchased one at lunch today. I just now got it set up. I got the 10" with detachable keyboard. I haven't had a chance to use it yet.

    Look carefully at the photo above. The background contains a very subtle Walmart logo. Once you see it, you can't un-see it. It's the default logo on the tablet.

  9. david.thunderbird

    Just to de-foggy my old brain. These don't have ADs foisted on the unsuspecting normals?

  10. bob_shutts

    Honestly, these look perfect for the grandkids.

  11. Jeff.Bane

    Seem as good as their gaming PCs.

  12. Rob_Wade

    Ya lost me at "android".

    • bill_russell

      In reply to Rob_Wade:

      Did you start reading expecting you might hear Windows or iOS? I think without being too critical we can officially say that windows is certainly not an appropriate OS on such a class of tablet and, well, an iScreen at $64 new? Not that any tablet should be this cheap. Some things are better not to be made at all, based on past experiences, but I haven't tried the latest el-cheapo tablets to re-confirm that opinion.

      • skane2600

        In reply to Bill_Russell:

        I wouldn't have minded a cheap Windows mobile tablet if the app support had been there, but that's a timeline that never materialized. But as far as full Windows is concerned, no, that wouldn't have been a good idea. Tablets just aren't very well suited for productivity work.

  13. dogzilla

    I bought the 8 inch to play with. I will never bother with the camera. You can understand the audio, but the speaker is tinny. Better to use headphones. The battery life is useable, but not as good as Amazon. Its very close in performance to the Amazon 8 inch tablet, slow but useable. Having the Play Store is a big deal. You can easily install another launcher, add widgets to the home screen, apps that call the Play Store go to the Play Store (not Amazon's with the hacked Fire), etc.

    The display is the minimal case for not bothering me to look at it. If the 10 inch tablets have the same resolution (I think they do), then its probably not good enough for me anyway.

    Mine came with a $20 coupon for the Kobo bookstore when you by over $20. Making this a really good deal.

    I expect to see these Black Friday.

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