Aldi selling £80 Android tablet this weekend

Supermarket chain Aldi is the latest UK retail name to start selling super-cheap Android tablets in the run up to the holidays. This Sunday, Dec. 8, the store will offer the Medion LifeTab E7316 tablet for £79.99. It's an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean slate with a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal flash, expandable via microSD card. You also get front and rear cameras — 2MP and 0.3MP units — as well as 802.11n Wifi connectivity.

The specs are nothing spectacular compared to the likes of the Nexus 7. But this thing sells for less than half the price of Google's tablet, and on the face of it seems decent value for money. There is however no indication as to whether the tablet is Google Play certified — a process which has presented issues for some cut-price tablets in the recent past.

In any case, before parting with your cash it's worth remembering that not every cheap Android tablet is worth buying.

Source: Aldi (opens in new tab); via: Eurodroid (opens in new tab)

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  • Does it include the play store? I would buy a cheap tablet like this for my kids if I had access to google play. Right now they are using my 2012 nexus 7 and it has gotten pretty beat up (they are 4 and 2 year old). I hesitate to buy a new one for a long time because I don't want it scratched up. This would be a nice option. I assume google play certified is what determines if the play store is on it but can you sideload the play store in the same way you add gapps to cyanogenmod? My Nexus 7 (2012) screen has a ton of hairline scratches and one giant, almost gouge-like scratch on the front. I realized the beating it was taking too late for me to put a screen protector on it. Now I just don't care (and don't really use it) but I would if I got a new one.
  • According to the details found on the USA site for a different model than the UK, yes it supports Google Play. Edit: found the UK web site that says it supports Google Play as well.
  • Just an FYI: You can install the Play Store on a lot of the cheapo tablets these days. I did so with a pair of the Emerson's my mom bought for my nieces. Just downloaded the apk, ran it, and viola! Play store. Installed an app, just to make sure it worked.
  • Its also selling for $99 in the states.
  • Was curious because there is a new Aldi near the house Posted via Android Central App
  • the one they're selling in the states is a dual core and 1.4GHz speed
  • What's the screen res?? Quad core for this price ain't bad Posted via Android Central App
  • From what I found online, it apparently has a 1024x600. Posted from the awesome new Nexus 7
  • No thanks. I can find a used 2012 Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire, for that price, that have much better screens. Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5
  • ALDI in the US is selling the same tablet on 12/11 for $99.. But it's dual core Posted via Android Central App
  • These no names tablets that prey on uneducated grandma's and such at this time of year are absolute rubbish and a should only be given to a 3 year old. Maybe. Posted via Android Central App