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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