Polaroid Has a 7-inch Android Tablet Too... For Kids

Next week Polaroid plans to introduce a 7-inch tablet based on Google's Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" OS and a 1.0 GHz Cortex-A8-based SoC.

Now available for purchasing online, the new 7-inch Polaroid tablet is geared for kids, meaning that the overall tablet design is rugged, secure and highly educational. Even more, it's already named a CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Tablets, E-Readers & Mobile Computing product category.

"Throughout our 75 year history, we’ve been known for creating innovative and easy-to-use products that are fun for all ages," said Polaroid President Scott W. Hardy. “The kids tablet is no exception.  It epitomizes the Polaroid brand personality and brings together a host of features that will delight kids and parents alike."

On a hardware level, the Polaroid Kids Tablet features a 7-inch capacitive, multi-touch screen with a default resolution of 800 x 480 (16:9). The tablet also sports 8 GB of internal storage, an SD card slot for even more space, 512 MB of DDR3 RAM, a 2MP camera on the back, 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, and a Li-ion Polymer 3500mAh rechargeable battery.

Polaroid said the tablet was designed and manufactured by Southern Telecom, an authorized Polaroid licensee. It comes pre-loaded with over 35 premium, full-version Android apps, and a customized suite including Kids Cam, Music Studio and Draw. Also included is the app Kids Vids for streaming safe and filtered videos, and a kid-friendly App Shop for downloading even more games and apps.

"Equipped with innovative side and rear bumpers to help protect the tablet from accidental bumps as well as built-in parental controls and a safe web browser that are quick and easy to setup, the tablet is designed to provide a safe interactive experience," the company said on Thursday. "The tablet even features a display lock, which locks the tablet's display and buttons, allowing young children to enjoy videos or interactive books without interruption."

The 7-inch Polaroid Kids Tablet and included video stand have a suggested retail price of $149.99 and is available now at www.polaroidstore.com. It will also be available in-store at Kohl’s some time in January.For more information about the new tablet, head here.

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  • COLGeek
    Interesting. Odd that they missed getting into stores before the holidays.
  • ajrm
    Can it also print ?? :p
  • gggplaya
    The next OLPC?
  • nafhan
    I would avoid this. The single Cortex A8 is going to run Android 4.x pretty slowly. There are better kid oriented Android tablets at the $150 (will get you dual Cortex A9) and $200 (Tegra 3) price points. I picked up the Nabi 2 for $130 on Black Friday, and that's got a Tegra 3 + 1024x600 screen.

    Also, these two quotes taken together are kind of funny:
    "It epitomizes the Polaroid brand personality"
    "the tablet was designed and manufactured by Southern Telecom, an authorized Polaroid licensee"
  • rwinches
    Polaroid tablets have been out for a while now the are made by ST
    Hastings sells them as does Big Lots and Menards
    7" 10.1 "
    Freaktab has lots of threads on it's forums Custom Roms and much more. So instead of guessing I would start there. When you learn about how to customize Tabs they run much faster and use less juice.
    They come partially rooted.
    I got my 7" PMID703c for around $79 my 10.1 PMID 1000B was $139
    Android PC/TV player sticks are a big hit now they come with Rockchip 3066 dualcores
  • southernshark
    I'm pretty sure the actual retail is less than $150.
  • NuclearShadow
    Just not worth the price. I'd rather just give my son one of my older tablets and let him have at it once I set it up for him. Even if that was not a option the price/specs combo just seems to be a waste.