By Lisa Johnston
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Minneapolis — An updated version of the Polaroid-branded kid-geared tablet is now available, adding dual cameras, more preloaded apps, more RAM and a faster processor.
The tablet is manufactured by Southern Telecom, an authorized Polaroid licensee.
The 7-inch Kids Tablet 2 has a $149 suggested retail. Specs include Android 4.2 OS, 1,024 by 600 resolution, 8GB internal storage with SD card slot, 1GB RAM, dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 802.1b/g/n Wi-Fi. It has a 0.3-megapixel front camera, 2-megapixel rear camera and a 3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless’ first Verizon-brand tablet, the $249 7-inch Ellipsis 7, will be available Nov. 7 through Verizon’s direct and indirect channels.
The carrier positioned the LTE-equipped Android 4.2.2 tablet as “a fully featured tablet at an affordable price.”
The device, exclusive to Verizon, is the first product from Verizon in the Ellipsis family. “The Ellipsis family will not be limited to only tablets,” a spokesman told TWICE.
Los Angeles – Value-priced tablet suppler Ematic has expanded its selection of Google-certified tablets to four with the launch of the $129 10-inch Genesis Prime XL.
It joins the 7-inch EM63, 8-inch EGP008, and 7-inch Genses Prime, which was the company’s first Google-certified tablet when it was launched in April. All four tablets feature Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
Arlington, Va. — Half of all 3G/4G-enabled tablet owners do not pay for a data plan, according to a study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Tara Hutton, CEA market research director, said there is a disconnect between the tablet owners and those who feel the need to pay for a data service.
However, Hutton believes the upcoming holiday selling season will offer retailers an opportunity as tablet sales will remain strong, giving them the chance to up-sell consumers on the benefits of cellular connectivity.
San Francisco — Apple took the wraps of its latest full-size iPad, renaming it the iPad Air, upgrading performance with a 64-bit CPU, and reducing weight, size and thickness while maintaining its predecessor’s price points and 10-hour battery life.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — The tablet and phablet markets got a little more crowded with the launch of Nokia’s first models.
The 10.1-inch Lumia 2520, with Windows 8.1 RT, and the 6-inch Lumia 1520 phablet, which runs Windows Phone 8.1, will be offered by AT&T. Availability of the tablet through other U.S. carriers will be announced at a later date, as will carrier-subsidized pricing on both products, Nokia said. AT&T said it will be the exclusive provider of the phablet.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – LG Electronics today announced the U.S. availability of the LG G Pad 8.3 Android tablet.
The $348 G Pad is designed to easily sync with other Android devices using the QPair app giving the tablet access to incoming calls, texts and other apps.
The G Pad is available now exclusively at BestBuy.com and will go nationwide on Nov. 3.
The G Pad has a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 5-megapixel camera and runs on Android 4.2.2.
Boston – Consumers who purchased defective products from Coby Electronics prior to that firm’s acquisition by Gordon Brothers Group are essentially out of luck.
In a written statement to TWICE Gordon Brothers said that under the terms of the sale that the company could only purchase certain assets controlled by Coby’s secured lender.
San Jose, Calif. – Acer rolled out a new 8-inch tablet, the Iconia W4.
The tablet runs on Microsoft’s Windows 8.1, comes with Office Home and Student 2013 and is powered by an Intel 1.8GHz Atom processor. Acer believes the Iconia W4 will interest consumers looking for a media device that has the crossover ability to be a productivity tool.