Walmart’s $99 Android tablet actually looks pretty good

Walmarts 99 Android tablet actually looks pretty good

When you consider low cost Android tablets, you in all probability consider the Amazon Fire sequence, however Walmart can also be within the game with its in-house “Onn” tablets. As noticed by 9to5Google, not too long ago Walmart began promoting two new fashions of its Onn pill: the 8-inch “Onn.8 Tablet Pro” for $99, and the 10-inch “Onn.10.1 Tablet Pro” for $129. Surprisingly, we’re not right here to mock the $99 Walmart pill, as a result of it really appears to be like fairly good! You get Google Play, which is a significant improve over the Google-less Amazon Fire tablets, plus Android 10, a shockingly-modern USB-C port, and an “HD” show.

Walmart isn’t nice at this entire “selling electronics” factor and does not checklist the standard official detailed stats. The 8-inch mannequin’s “HD Display” might imply a decision as little as 720p. Last year’s version of this system (that is the second technology) had a 1280×800 LCD, which might qualify for the “HD” tag and can be corresponding to the closest Amazon system, the Fire HD 8 Plus.

The SoC is unhelpfully listed as a “2.0 GHz Octa-core processor” however an earlier leak pegged each tablets with a GHz MediaTek “MT8768WA” SoC. The MT8768 options eight Cortex-A53 cores and a 650Mz PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The CPU cores are one of many first 64-bit cores ARM ever produced and had been initially launched in 2012. I can not discover detailed specs on this actual mannequin, however other MT87xx SoCs, which additionally use Cortex A53 cores, are constructed on a 28nm course of. So yeah, it is low cost.

Interestingly, you will solely discover hits for “MT8768WA” together with these actual tablets. The regular Mediatek SoC is “MT8768.” So does the “WA” stand for “Walmart” and Mediatek did some mild customization? Is this SoC actually a Walmart Special?

Other specs embrace 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a headphone jack, MicroSD slot, USB-C port, and a “10-hour battery life” (sigh). There are back and front cameras, which each clock in at 5MP.

The Onn 10.1 Tablet Pro has an “FHD” show, which often means 1920×1080. Geekbench listings say it has the identical MT8768WA SoC because the 8-inch model, plus 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a headphone jack, MicroSD, USB-C, and once more with a nebulous “10-hour battery life.”

The pores and skin is usually inventory Android, aside from what appears to be like like a super-annoying Walmart system navigation button. This opens a devoted Walmart app portal that includes all of your favourite apps like “Walmart, Walmart Grocery, Vudu, Sam’s Club & Walmart eBooks.” What’s worse is that, since this can be a system navigation button, it pushes all the opposite navigation buttons to the aspect, so Home, Back, and Recents are all off-center. Since that is Android 10, although, I’m wondering what occurs once you allow the brand new gesture navigation characteristic, which fully removes the system bar, aside from a tiny gesture indicator. I guess it hides the Walmart button.

Walmart’s two tablets are on the market proper now, they usually would possibly even be in your native Walmart.

Listing picture by Walmart

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