Tablet’s may well have limited use for many of us but for kids they can be a great learning tool. Alcatel have had a history of making some decent devices at an extremely affordable price, and the new tablet announced today is no different.
The Telstra Essential 8” Tab powered by Alcatel is one of the first tablets to be running Android Oreo (Go edition). This means that it should receive many timely updates in the coming months and years. The 8 inch display is an IPS display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and is powered by a MediaTek MT8765B quadcore processor. The processor is aided by just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage which can be expanded using a microSD card up to 128GB.
Tablets often have decent battery life and this one promises just that with the 4080 mAh battery offering up to 25 hours of 3G life and up to 400 hours of standby time. There is a 5MP rear camera which doesn’t seem like much but many small kids will love having fun with that. There is also a 2MP front facing camera which is also used for face unlock.
The Android Go software offers not just timely updates but also Google Lens to help kids learn on objects they see and a Family Mode. Family Mode is a dedicated mode for kids with pre-loaded games, cartoons and books and includes parental controls to set usage time.
The Telstra Essential 8” Tab powered by Alcatel is available from Telstra for just $129 outright and offers a very affordable way for parents looking for a device for their kids.
Although it does seem underpowered for us do you think this would be enough for your kids? Interested?