LAS VEGAS -- Alcatel is back with two new tablets coming to North America, but with no actual US release date. The One Touch Pop 7 and Pop 8 are both extremely modestly-spec'ed tablets that appear to focus on their LTE capability over performance. Neither price nor release date have yet been unveiled.
Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 is a colorful and customizable tablet at CES 2014 See full gallery
The One Touch Pop 7 is a 7-inch tablet with a 1,024x600 resolution TFT screen. It's not an IPS screen, and its viewing angles are painfully narrow as a result. The tablet houses a 1.3GHz dual-core CPU, a 2-megapixel rear camera, and a VGA front camera.
At 0.62 pounds it's fairly light, but its 0.35-inch thickness screams anything but "sexy." However, the tablet doesn't feel uncomfortable when held and actually reminds me a lot of thewith its smooth plastic backside.
The Pop 8 is a bit more impressive. It features an IPS screen with a 1,280x800 resolution and delivers appropriate wide viewing angles. It has a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, 2-megapixel camera on the back and VGA camera on the front. It weighs 0.71 pounds and with a 0.31 inch profile is actually thinner than its 7-inch brother. The Pop 8's bezels are impressively thin, and it has the same smooth plastic finish as the Pop 7.
Each tablet includes a measly 4GB of storage -- only 2.4GB usable -- but thankfully Alcatel outfits them with a microSD storage slot supporting up to 32GB -- on Pop 7; 64GB on the Pop 8 -- capacity cards. The tablets will ship with Android 4.2.2, but will be upgradable to 4.4 after launch.
Alcatel colors inside of lines with One Touch Pop 8 tablet at CES 2014 See full gallery
Prices and release dates have yet to be revealed, but Alcatel says it's targeting "under $200" for the Pop 7 and "under $300" for the Pop 8. While the specs are anything but impressive, LTE on a sub-$200 tablet is a first. I just wish the line had more to offer.