Walmart, the largest retailer in USA debuted its own tablet this week. It’s a line of cheap Android slates, priced at $100 or lower. Walmart already sells quite a few tablets, including iPads, Windows models and Android devices.
The newcomer priced at $99 is meant to compete with Amazon’s Kindle line of slates, that start at $50 and go to $150. The first Walmart slate to go on sale this month is the $64 Onn Android tablet, with an 8 inch screen. Onn is an inside brand for Walmart, much like Best Buy’s Insignia brand. The Onn slate packs an 8 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
Inside there’s a quad core 1.3 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. Android 9.0 Pie is also here, in spite of the lower end specs. The device uses a 2 megapixel rear camera and a front 0.3 MP shooter. WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 are also here. This doesn’t sound like an iPad killer for sure, but it’s probably a rival for the new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet.
Walmart promises up to 5 hours of battery life here, which is below the 8 hours promised by Amazon. The Fire HD 8 packs a 2 MP front camera. The 10.1 inch version of the Walmart tablet will go for $79 it also brings a keyboard for $99, in a bundle version. None of these options have a clear launch date.
The design of the facade feels a bit like a throwback to the Nexus 7, if you remember that tablet.