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January 6, 2014

Alcatel announce OneTouch POP7 and POP8 entry-level tablets CES 2014

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Alcatel is rocking today – given that we’re at CES 2014 is much of a surprise! The company just announced a couple of budget-friendly tablets powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, on the back of the One Touch Idol X+.

So here Alcatel have released details of the OneTouch POP7 and OneTouch POP8 – the first Alcatel slates ever to join the “fun and colourful” POP series.

So let’s start with the Alcatel OneTouch POP7 is the more modest device of the two.
Its specs are not what you would call impressive but at the outset we don’t suppose they’re meant to. Not all tablets are high end and neither should they be, catering for those who are looking for a modest priced unit that can be enjoyed by all the family and not a wallet busting price.
As the name implies, The 7 gives it away, the OneTouch POP7 is a 7-inch tablet with a TFT screen offering a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels. Under the hood you’ll find a dual-core MediaTek MT8312 chip running at 1.3GHz backed by 1GB of RAM. There’s also a 0.3MP front-facing camera and a 2MP one on the back. 4GB of storage have been built in with the option to have them expanded with a microSD card. Along with Wi-Fi and GPS you may enjoy having 3G connectivity and the optional IR blaster. The POP7 can be complemented with a colorful flip cover or protective case.

Now onto the Alcatel OneTouch POP8

The slightly more accomplished Alcatel OneTouch POP8 comes with an, yes you’ve guessed it, an 8-inch 1280 by 800 pixel IPS display. Along with quad-core MT8382 chip clocked at 1.3GHz. Like its little brother, it offers 2MP main camera with a 0.3MP at the front, 4GB of expandable storage, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, and an optional IR blaster. Also, protective flip covers and cases of various colours will be offered for the device.

Alcatel is aiming to launch the OneTouch POP7 tablet on the market by the end of February 2014. The 8-inch OneTouch POP8 should arrive before March of 2014. Their 3G connectivity is also among the factors that might attract more than a few budget-conscious buyers.

Pricing has not been disclosed, but we’re expecting for both tablets to be priced fairly and marketed as cheaper alternatives to brand-name, entry-level Android tablets. We also wait for which countries are to be graced with these two tablets.

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini