Kmart to carry sub-$150 Android tablet, no blue light special required

Augen_km Excuse me for a moment as I get over the shock of Kmart still being in business, as the company split from my area over ten years ago, but it looks like the home of the "blue light special" is jumping into the Android game. According to a Kmart circular this past weekend, newcomer Augen will be peddling its 7-inch Android tablet in brick-and-mortar stores for just under $150, with web orders possibly coming later.

Officially called the Gentouch 78, this low-cost tablet will be running Android 2.1 and have a now-standard 800×480 resistive touchscreen, plus it will apparently have full access to the Android Market. The unknown processor looks to top out at 800MHz, and RAM is 256MB, with 2GB of internal storage. An SDHC slot and WiFi are onboard, and a leather case is included.

All in all, the Augen looks like a nice deal for those of you who might still have Kmart stores in your city and are tired of waiting for Dell to finally release the Streak, let alone update it to Eclair or Froyo. For anyone who grew up in the late-70's to early-80's and still has nightmares about their parents buying their school clothes at Kmart, at least there are plenty of other alternatives for a budget-priced tablet, with plenty more on the way in the coming months.

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Chris King

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