Telstra have released a new affordable tablet made by Alcatel running Android Oreo Go Edition.

The 8 inch “Essential Tab” is a good starter tablet that will perform most basic functions like web, social media etc.

It’s described as being a great option for BYOD school programs where kids bring their own Tablet to school – but you should check with your child’s school on the specifications and requirements before assuming this will fit the bill.

At $129, it’s hard to ague with the value here.  It’s got a 4G modem on board so a SIM card can be added for always on connectivity, and the near raw Google experience includes Google Lens AI technology.

The Essential Tab also features Family Mode, a “roped off” area dedicated to kids with popular games books and other activities.

Dimensions 209.5*125*8.29mm
Display 8” IPS 800 x 1280 16M colour
Weight 279g
Processor MediaTek MT8765B QUADCORE 4 x 1.28GHz
Memory 16GB/ 1GB Exp up to 128GB
Camera 5MP/ 2MP
Battery 4080mAh
Talk Time Up to 25 Hours (3G)
Standby Time Up to 400 Hours
Connectivity 4G
Operating System Android GO
Available Colours Black
Additional Features Kids Mode, Eye Care, Google Lens, Face unlock