I was running errands today when I happened to stop by my local BigLots store and find an 8" Android tablet from the Canadian gadget maker Curtis. It's an 8" model which i hadn't seen before, but from what I've found online it appears to have launched back in January.
The KLU 8029 looks to be a stock design from the Chinese chipmaker Rockchip, and it's running Android 2.3 on an RK2918 1.2GHz CPU. It has 512MB RAM, 4GB Flash storage, microSD card slot, a VGA webcam, USB Host, speaker/mike, and a g-sensor. The screen resolution is what I've come to expect from an 8" tablet (800x600), and the touchscreen is capacitive.
I found it priced at $120, making it a direct competitor with the many sub-$100 7" Android tablets that I've reviewed these past 6 months. And like those tablets, the build quality is adequate for the price. The camera is junk, of course.
This looks to be a design from last year, but I suppose you could have told that from the OS. It still has the volume buttons on the upper edge, and next to them are menu and back buttons. Those last 2 are passe in the Android tablet market now, but they do still show up on older designs.
It ships with the usual apps (email, browser, file manager, etc) but it also comes with a surprise. You cannot see it in the app menu, but this tablet comes with Android Market as part of the original firmware. I found it by adding a widget for the AM to my Home screen and then clicking on the widget. I set up an account and downloaded apps. It then offered to upgrade itself to Google Play, which I was happy to accept.
I've only just gotten my hands on it, so I cannot make any pronouncements, but so far I haven't found a reason to return it. I'm planning to post a review next weekend.
- RK2918 1.2GHz CPU
- 512MB RAM
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Screen resolution: 800x600
- Capacitive touchscreen
- 4GB Flash storage, microSD card slot
- VGA webcam
- USB Host