When you think about cheap Android tablets, the Amazon Fire lineup probably comes to mind first. The first-party Amazon tablets start at $50 so are easy buys for anyone wanting an inexpensive device for using around the home, content consumption, or for handing to a kid. Walmart last year unveiled its Onn tablet line to compete with Amazon's no-frills Fire tablets, but it just quietly launched a pair of new Onn Pro tablets that bring a little more to the table.
The Onn Tablet Pro comes in 8-inch and 10.1-inch sizes, features Google Play, an HD display, and USB-C. With prices from $99, they look set to take on Amazon's Fire HD lineup.
The $99 8-inch Onn Tablet Pro features an 8-inch HD LCD display, compared to the 1024×600 display found on the previous model, and is powered by a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor. It retains the 2GB of RAM but has double the storage at 32GB, expandable via microSD. It also sports 5MP front and rear cameras and promises up to 10 hours of battery life.
One thing that sets the Onn Tablet Pro apart from many other cheap Android tablets is the presence of a USB-C port. It also runs the latest version of Android out of the box. Both of those facts are surprising given the pricing for the tablets.
The 8-inch Onn Tablet Pro's seems to squarely target potential buyers of Amazon's new Fire HD 8 tablet, which was announced just last week. While the Fire HD 8 tablet has a lower $90 starting price, it runs Fire OS based on Android 9 Pie and does not have Google Play, going instead with Amazon's Appstore.
Walmart's $129 10.1-inch Onn Tablet Pro has a higher-res 1080p display and comes with a boosted 3GB of RAM. In other respects, it is identical to the 8-inch version.
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