Tablet computers have been a hit-or-miss industry for most Android device manufacturers. While the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire line have met with success, not everyone is basking in the limelight. Manufacturers would usually have to offer something unique and interesting for buyers. Here’s one from Alcatel that we have mixed feelings about.
The Alcatel One Touch Evo7 is a 7-inch tablet that comes with a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, front-facing camera and microSD card support. Processor specs and screen resolution are yet to be announced, but the device also supports WiFi connectivity, and ships with Ice Cream Sandwich. But what’s perhaps different from other WiFi-only devices is that the One Touch Evo supports 3G connectivity with an add-on.
This 3G module comes in the form of a removable frame, which also contains the 3G modem and antenna. Alcatel says the device will also come with a set of accessories, including leather and hard pouches and different-colored frames.
Now I wonder why Alcatal did not just offer data connectivity built-in. Will this be a future trend among Android tablet manufacturers in the future? It would certainly be interesting if the likes of Google or Asus were to market an add-on module that gives existing Nexus 7 devices data connectivity.