Argos has announced its own entry into the affordable Android tablet sector, directly competing with Tesco’s well-received Hudl device and undercutting it on price.
The 7-inch Argos MyTablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and comes with a range of 19 pre-installed apps and games, including Angry Birds and BBC iPlayer, it’ll also have a set of parental controls and is being firmly aimed as a kid-friendly, family orientated slate.
At £100 it’s around £20 cheaper than the Tesco Hudl’s RRP (£119), though Tesco’s Hudl can be had for less than £100 if bought with Tesco Club Card vouchers.
Argos’ MyTablet carries a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and uses a 1024×600 pixel LCD touch display, while onboard storage is 8GB with microSD support for cards and an HDMI output. The battery life is pegged at five hours, a little low perhaps, but then on the other hand this could be a chance to encourage the sprogs to go outside for a bit while it charges.
Argos technology trading manager Simon Barry, said, “We think this hits the sweet spot in terms of price and performance. Kids find it hard to share, so we’ve priced our tablet at a level that means everyone in the family can have one. We’re confident MyTablet is going to do really well.”
The device is scheduled to go on sale in Argos stores and online from October 16, where it will be available in pink or silver colour options.