If you're on the market for an affordable Android tablet that covers the basics, Walmart may have something interesting: the US retail giant is said to be preparing an inexpensive Android tablet for the iPad.
Bloomberg describes the upcoming tablet as "a cheap, child-friendly" device that will carry the ONN store brand that Walmart uses for other products.
According to product registrations registered with the US Federal Communications Commission, the tablets will be manufactured in China and delivered with Google's mobile operating system, although perhaps with a Walmart twist.
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A Walmart spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg that such devices were indeed on the way, but we do not yet have other details such as a price, a start date or international availability information.
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Another source says the upcoming slate will contain an 8-inch screen, a MediaTek MT8163 processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB expandable storage space, and comes with Android 9 Pie on board.
The choice is not huge for anyone interested in picking up a tablet that was not made by Apple. Amazon sells some very cheap Fire tablets with its own version of Android on board, while Samsung still offers a few premium alternatives.
Google itself seems to be busy using Chrome OS on tablets, with a side portion of Android apps, just like with the recent Pixel Slate.
It seems that the Walmart ONN Android tablet will be designed in the same way as the now-no-longer-used Tesco Hudl tablet: something that is cheap enough to tempt you into an impulse purchase while browsing the store.
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