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Aldi Lifetab Budget Tablet PC On Sale from Sunday

If you’d like a tablet but you can’t afford one from the likes of Toshiba and Samsung, then budget supermarket chain Aldi have just come to your rescue with a device that will retail for under £80. They’re following the path set out by other retailers like Asda, Tesco and Argos, all of which offer cheap tablet PCs but none are as inexpensive as the Aldi tablet PC.

The discount chain will start selling the 7-inch Medion Lifetab E7316devices from Sunday. The cost is £79.99 but there will be limited availability. As you’d expect for that price, the new machine occupies the lower end of the market along with rivals like the Tesco Hudl and MyTablet from Argos. There is only 8GB of storage space but that can be boosted with microSD cards, and the screen resolution’s low at 1024 x 600.

Battery life is only expected to be 4 hours in this device which runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean processor on a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU. The device’s weight is 301g and it is 11mm thick. There’s a rear and front facing camera which offer pretty low resolution but the Lifetab isn’t supposed to win any technology awards, it’s supposed to generate sales for Aldi. It supports Google Play and comes pre-loaded with apps like Kaspersky Tablet Security.

The price is the biggest thing about this small device. With Argos’s MyTablet retailing for £100 and the Tesco Hudl device selling for £120, the Aldi Lifetab undercuts its rivals significantly. As with the MyTablet and the Hudl, the Aldi tablet will be a strong, unattractive and solid device that will sell because of its price. Unless there’s a major spate of returns after the device goes on sale this weekend, this will be a stocking filler that will please most people.

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