Alcatel Pop 7 and Pop 8 bring LTE to cheap tablets

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January 6, 2014 5:00 AM PST / Updated: January 6, 2014 10:41 AM PST

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.

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.

The Alcatel Pop 7 with transparent cover. Sarah Tew/CNET

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 the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch with 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.

The One Touch Pop 8 classes it up with a more refined design than its smaller brother. Sarah Tew/CNET

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.

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.

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