Walmart is taking on Amazon, not Apple, with its upcoming tablet

Walmart is taking on Amazon, not Apple, with its upcoming tablet
Soon, those searching for a cheap Android tablet won't have to deal with the lack of Google Play Services found on the low-priced Amazon Fire Tablets. The line, powered by a forked version of Android, does not come with core Google apps including the Play Store. Instead, Amazon's own app storefront is included. A tweet disseminated by XDA's Mishall Rahman reveals that discount retailer Walmart is prepping an 8-inch Android slate that has Android 9 Pie pre-installed. The device will offer the usual bevy of Google apps and will feature the Google Play Store. Made in China, the tablet will carry Walmart's own ONN brand, which it uses on low-priced tech accessories like headphones and cables.

The new tablet, model number ONA19TB002, is expected to be "kid-friendly" according to a subsequent Bloomberg report. The 8-inch display will carry a resolution of 1200 x 800. Other specs included in Rahman's tweet mention that the tablet will have a quad-core MediaTek MT8163 chipset under the hood, along with 2GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage. The slate will have a microUSB port, and carry a 3500mAh battery.

Walmart's tablet has already received certification from the FCC, and could be priced under $200. A low priced tablet like this will probably not to do much to reverse the decline in shipments of the device. Strategy Analytics says that tablet shipments declined 6.2% last year. The Apple iPad remains the market share leader followed by Samsung and Amazon.

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10 Comments

1. vgking9699

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

All these cheap kiddy android tablets is what killed off android tablets as a whole, it gave android on tablets a bad reputation as cheap, slow, sluggish and very childish so then people were put off from buying more expensive models thinking they wouldn’t be much better

3. mccalmrl01

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 14, 2019

I agree

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1293; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you hit the nail on the head

2. OneLove123

Posts: 788; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

That's one ugly tablet.

5. vgking9699

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

There used to more high end models, but after a while it got to where like 80% were cheap Walmart/android type tablets with built in kid modes which quickly took away the public focus from the higher end models But Apples iPad mini being their smallest iPad had kept up being nearly as powerful as their biggest models and without some kid mode or some big childish rubber case with feet and arms or a goofy face up top lol

6. vgking9699

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

But then also iPads are iPhones of course cost more but are typically bought by people who more have money which typically means they have money to also pay for apps which gives app devs motivation and reason to actually optimize their apps from iPhone versions to iPad versions to actually make use of the screen and hardware of the iPad Where as more android users were always buying cheap tablets with or without kid modes, and being so lower income people are also more likely to only download free apps and pay less but then android devs don’t have the motivation or reason to make their apps more than just android phone apps stretched out on android tablets That’s the simple consequence of mostly targeting lower income people

7. OneLove123

Posts: 788; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Most low income people in America has an iPhone.

9. Fred3

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

And iPad's

10. vgking9699

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

The ones who do, do so cuz their parents can actually afford them and they actually want devices that have a future for updates and good apps And they realize they don’t want android tablets with 3yr old firmware and childish kid modes and not the apps they want

8. DFranch

Posts: 511; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"... and could be priced under $200" The Amazon HD8 is frequently on sale for $50 and Walmart wants $199. Hell no.

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