Alcatel Proves Small Tablets Aren’t Dead Yet

For a market that’s supposedly dying, tablets are getting an awful lot of attention again. There’s still demand for a screen that’s bigger than a phone, smaller than a computer, and able to entertain you or be productive. Alcatel’s new 3T 8 isn’t flashy, but on paper it’s a solid workhorse tablet for a very good price.

Alcatel went for simplicity in both style and operating system. Physically, it is an 8-in tablet that comes in “Metallic Black” and “Suede Blue, and it comes in at 279 grams, or just over 1/2lb.  It has 4G LTE as well as WiFi, and Alcatel literally says you can stream videos for your toddler while grocery shopping, so I don’t have to make that joke for them.

On the software side, the 3T 8 is using Android Oreo Go Edition, which is a lighter weight version of Android. The idea is that it will run on less powerful hardware, making it perfect for small tablets like this one. Alcatel has also included a kid mode to give parents more control. Basically, between Oreo Go and the Kid Mode, Alcatel is trying to market a more open version of what Amazon has done with the Kindle Fire line.

Sadly, there’s no word on when/if the 3T 8 is coming stateside, but it will be released this month elsewhere for 119 Euros or $138 USD.

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Carly has been a gadget fiend for a long time, going back to her first PDA (a Palm M100). She quickly went from researching what PDA to buy to following tech news closely and keeping up with the latest and greatest stuff. She loves writing about ebooks because they combine her two favorite activities; reading anything and everything, and talking about fun new tech toys. What could be better?