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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