In the same ho-hum manner of launching its two latest One Touch smartphones, Alcatel has unveiled its latest tablet called the One Touch Evo 8 HD. While it’s just yet another Android tablet with average specs, it does come with a unique accessory that provides an affordable home theater solution.
So, why is the Alcatel One Touch Evo 8 HD an average tablet? First things first, it’s an 8-inch slate with an IPS display at a mere 1024×768 non-HD resolution (160ppi). Running under the hood is a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core processor that’s based on ARM’s Cortex A9 architecture and clocked at 1.6GHz. There’s only 1GB RAM and 4GB storage, although the latter can be increased by up to 64GB using the microSD card slot. The 3MP rear- and 2MP front-facing cameras are nothing to brag about. While there’s a built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g/n antenna, 3G HSPA+ and 4G LTE connectivity still requires a removable module. At least Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes pre-installed, instead of a more outdated OS version.
On the bright side, the Alcatel One Touch Evo 8 HD has a couple of accessories, the most interesting of which is the One Touch Home V100. Think of this add-on as a more capable version of the digital media streaming adapter Google Chromecast, as it mirrors not only Chrome tabs and YouTube videos but also everything else (games, local content, and others). Other accessories include a docking station to keep the tablet fully charged while playing music and videos and a magnetic flip cover that notifies users about incoming messages through a built-in LED pattern.
Alcatel has yet to release details on pricing and availability. We might be able to learn more about the One Touch Evo 8 HD at the IFA 2013, which is happening in a couple of days.