T-Mobile has announced that it will be adding the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 to its Android tablet lineup which should be available his coming June 18. This isn’t a high-end Android tablet which is why the carrier is offering it for only $160. Consumers who are looking for a budget tablet which they can use to perform light tasks such as check on emails or update their social networks will want to check this out.
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 was first introduced over at CES 2014 held last January. Alcatel claims that this model is the “world’s thinnest and lightest seven-inch tablet available in the entry level segment.” They could be right as this device weighs in at 285 grams and is only 8.9 millimeters thin. It is 15 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter compared to the previous tablet offerings of the company.
- OS: Android 4.2
- Display: 7.0 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen, 600 x 1024 pixels (170 ppi)
- Chipset: Mediatek MT8312
- CPU: Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
- GPU: Mali-400
- RAM: 1 GB
- Internal Storage: 8GB
- External Storage: microSD up to 32 GB
- Rear Camera: 2 MP, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 720p videos
- Front Camera: VGA
- Battery: 3240 mAh Li-Ion
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 doesn’t have any outstanding features as expected from a tablet in this price range. It does however provide a decent performance and has a solid build to it. In terms of design, this device is made of plastic that allows it to be light. It has a solid feel to it however you might hear a little squeak in some areas when you hold it tight.
The device runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean although its specs can definitely handle KitKat. The main culprit behind this is MediaTek who still haven’t released the drivers needed for their chips to support the latest Android version.
Providing muscle to this device is the dual-core Mediatek MT8312 entry-level SoC that two ARM Cortex-A7 processor cores clocked at 1.3 GHz and an integrated ARM Mali-400 graphics card at 416 MHz. When used in combination with the 1GB RAM it provides a relatively smooth user experience.
Consumers will be able to most of the popular casual gaming titles over at the Google Play Store such as Temple Run 2 or Candy Crush and can even smoothly handle Dead Trigger 2. Don’t expect to get great results though on other graphic intensive games.
If you are a T-Mobile subscriber looking for a budget Android tablet for as your daily driver then the OneTouch Pop 7 is a good choice.