Walmart is Planning to Launch Its Own Budget Android Tablet

Walmart is Planning to Launch Its Own Budget Android Tablet e-Reading Hardware

An FCC filing has revealed, and Walmart has confirmed to Bloomberg, that the world's largest retailer is getting ready to launch a budget tablet under its ONN brand.

According to the filing the 8" tablet runs Android 9.0 Pie on a quad-core Mediatek CPU with 2GB RAM. It has both front and read cameras, 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, a single speaker, and a 3.5Ah battery.

There is also FCC paperwork for what is probably Walmart's ten inch tablet, although I have far fewer details to share about it. From what I have gleaned in the photos, I think it will have almost the same specs as the 8" model, only with dual speakers.

I have to say that I was surprised by this move; I wouldn't have thought there would be enough money in budget tablets for it to be worth for Walmart to make the investment.  Current budget tablets are so cheaply made that the margins are razor thin. Also, the average build quality is poor enough that the tablets have high failure and discard rates.

While there is money in Walmart letting someone else make these tablets and then selling them, the problems inherent in budget Android tablets make them a risk not worth taking.

FCC via Bloomberg, Liliputing

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

7 Comments

  1. Chris Meadows18 March, 2019

    Even Samsung has a budget tablet now. Seems that Amazon proved there was enough of a market at the low end to be worth going for.

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  2. Richard Hershberger18 March, 2019

    I have a general rule against buying electronics or anything with moving parts from Walmart. They are notorious for inducing manufacturers, even respected name brands, to produce cheap crap for the Walmart market, often branded nearly identically with the once-respected manufacturer’s quality products. A budget tablet is a perfectly reasonable purchase if you just want it for stuff like Netflix and light gaming. I doubt that Walmart can produce one enough cheaper than the competition to tempt me.

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  3. Disgusting Dude18 March, 2019

    If the price is low enough it might work as the kind of gadget you give to a careless kid who’ll break it before it implodes on its own.

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  4. Jeffrey F. Smith18 March, 2019

    Considering how many budget tablets the Walmart I work at sells a year this might be that the PTB at headquarters have decided that quantity has a quality all its own and want more of the money from the sales pie. I’m a front end cashier and I still sold over thirty this past weekend and the electronics department sold over 200. While atypical for me 10 is a good weekend for me this is not an unusual weekend for this store overall. And we are a store that is on the low middle end of the spectrum.

    Disclaimer: I am not speaking for Walmart just out of my own experience while working for them.

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  5. Jeffrey F. Smith18 March, 2019

    Ok now that I spoke about what i thought Walmart’s reasoning might be my own thoughts. If it is inexpensive enough after my employee discount I may purchase one to use when I don’t want to use my Fire tablet or laptop. I don’t like taking my Fire tablet to work and my laptop isn’t exactly portable enough all the time. I’ve never liked the budget tablets we carry and hope they care enough (we’ll see) that one with one of our brand names on it is better built.

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  6. Mike Cane20 March, 2019

    Huh. I wonder if this will have the Kobo app pre-installed?

    How’s that whole Kobo thing been going for them?

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  7. Jrffrey F. Smith20 March, 2019

    I think it would be going better if you know we actually had the KOBO readers IN the store.

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