Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 and 8: Colorful LTE Tablets on the Cheap

3016489218001

This player is used on Facebook and anytime it's embedded outside of our sites.

If you’re looking for a 4G LTE-enabled tablet, chances are you’re going to have to spend a hefty chunk of change. But Alcatel One Touch wants to change that with its new Pop 7 and Pop 8 tablets. Headed to the U.S. later this year, the Android-powered devices are meant to bring the convenience of go-everywhere connectivity to a mainstream audience in the form of an affordable tablet.

Though pricing hasn’t yet been announced, Alcatel says a 4G LTE-equipped Pop 7 will cost users less than $200. Of course, 3G and Wi-Fi-only versions of the slate will also be available. The company’s is mum on pricing information for the Pop 8, but we’re expecting it to command a slightly higher price. That’s because the Pop 8 is the more premium of the two slates.

MORE: Top 10 Tablets

dsc04160 670x376

The Pop 7 features a 7-inch, TFT WSVGA 1024 x 600-pixel resolution display, a 1.3-GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage, as well as an available microSD card slot. Those specs match up well with Acer’s recently announced Iconia B1-720 tablet. The Pop 7′s performance was solid during our demo, though certainly nowhere near as impressive as something like Google’s quad-core-powered Nexus 7. Camera options include a 2-megapixel rear shooter paired with a 0.3-megapixel companion up front.

Measuring 7.6 x 4.4 x 0.35 inches and weighing 10.1 ounces, the Alcatel Pop 7 undercuts the Iconia B1-720, which measures 7.8 x 4.8 x 0.42 inches and weighs 11.0 ounces. Our biggest gripe with the Pop 7 is that the thick bezel surrounding its display makes its screen look absolutely tiny. 

The Pop 8, which will also be available in 4G LTE, 3G and Wi-Fi-only configurations is clearly the top dog of the Pop line. With an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1.3-GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 64GB microSD card slot, the Pop 8 offered a better overall user experience compared with its sibling.

dsc04185 670x376

At 8.2 x 4.8 x 0.31 inches and weighing 11.5 ounces, the Pop 8 is thinner, though a bit heavier than the Pop 7. Like the Pop 7, the Pop 8 also includes a 2-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front shooter.

Both slates are available with a variety of colorful cases and covers including a translucent cover for the Pop 7 that lets you see when you receive a notification on the tablet. Pricing for the cases has yet to be announced.

We’ll be sure to bring you our full review of the Pop 7 and Pop 8. So be sure to check back with us.

AUTHOR BIO
Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Daniel P. Howley on
Twitter Google+
LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE