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Alcatel launches the One Touch Evo 8 HD tablet

The new tablet offers more choices and accessories than expected for a low cost device.

The inexpensive Android tablet market is getting increasingly competitive. There is no shortage of these products, and new ones seem to be introduced nearly every week. But Alcatel is taking a different approach to hit that low price point with its One Touch Evo 8 HD – the device is modular.

Some of the biggest manufacturers (Apple and Google) don't even offer support for expandable memory. This isn't true of Alcatel. The French company has developed a product where internal memory is at a minimum (4 GB) but it supports up to 64 GB microSD cards. It is also offering removable modules for 3G or 4G connectivity as well as a fairly wide range of more standard accessories (LED flipcovers that display notifications, a docking station, and a dongle to wirelessly mirror your tablet screen on an HDTV.)

Other specs include an 8-inch 1024 x 768 display, a dual-core Cortex A9 1.6 GHz processor, Android 4.2, 1 GB RAM, a 3 MP back-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, 802.11 b/g/n wifi, and Bluetooth 3.0. The Evo 8 HD is also reasonably thin and light at 9 mm (0.35 inches) and 415 grams (14.64 ounces).

Price and availability have not yet been announced, but if Alcatel manages to keep the pricetag low enough, it might be able to win over some of the budget tablet users with this surprisingly customizable device.


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Craig Munro, 2013-09- 1 (Update: 2013-09- 1)