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Walmart releases $99 Android tablet with decent specs — Amazon should be worried

Walmart's Onn tablet is a formidable Amazon Fire HD competitor
Onn 8-inch tablet (Image credit: Future)

Walmart's Onn tablet is a decent Amazon Fire HD alternative if you're looking for a basic, cheap tablet. The retailer silently gave its tablets an upgrade to compete with Amazon's own recent hardware refresh. 

The latest Walmart Onn 8-inch Tablet Pro (opens in new tab) is Android-powered and priced at just $99. It features an 8-inch HD touchscreen, a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of microSD expandable storage. 

By comparison, Amazon's new $89 Fire HD 8 tablet (opens in new tab) has nearly the same specs except that it runs FireOS software and has a quad-core chip. 

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Walmart Onn 8" Tablet Pro: for $99 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for a basic tablet to browse the Internet, play games, and read ebooks with, the Walmart Onn is a decent option. It runs Android 10.1 and is one of the cheapest tablets out there. 

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Walmart Onn 10.1" Tablet Pro: for $129 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
If you prefer a big-screen tablet, Walmart also offers the 10.1 Onn Tablet Pro. It's basically an AndroidOS-powered replica of the $149 Fire HD 10. 

Walmart's larger $129 Onn 10.1-inch Tablet Pro (opens in new tab) packs a 10.1-inch, 1080p display and 2.0 GHz octa-core CPU coupled with 3GB of RAM. Like the 8-inch model, it also has 32GB of storage, which you can boost via the device's microSD card slot.

With specs like these, Amazon has cause for concern. The 10-inch Onn offers the exact same specs as its $149 Fire HD 10 tablet but for $20 less. And based on the positive user reviews, Amazon should be shaking right now.

That said, the Onn tablet is worth considering if you're looking for an affordable tablet under $200.

Hilda Scott uses her combined passion for gadgets and bargain shopping to bring you the best prices on all things tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Hunter College and 11 years of tech and entertainment journalism. Her work has been featured on Tom’s Guide, iTechPost, Examiner.com, Parlemag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not scouting for the best deals, Hilda’s catching up on her favorite TV shows and pro-wrestling matches.