America’s second largest carrier, AT&T, is releasing a new tablet called the Primetime. Although the new tablet will come bundled with a number of the carrier’s entertainment applications and services, it also has some productivity use too. The AT&T Primetime is being released on August 25, 2017, and will cost $10 a month for a twenty month installment plan, or $30 with a two year contract. New tablets launches are getting thin on the ground; we did see the promise that Motorola were working on a tablet earlier in the year, but we’ve not seen sight of this yet. If you are in the market for a tablet, especially if you want or need a cellular data connection, the AT&T Primetime might be worth a look – but do check the price carefully, as it may not be worth a two year commitment if you are expecting to use a lot of data as AT&T’s network is struggling.
AT&T’s press release concentrates on the multimedia abilities of the tablet as it comes with a TV Mode, which seems designed for compatibility with AT&T DirecTV. The display is described as “high quality HD,” and it’s 10-inch in size. AT&T explain that the tablet comes with embedded Dolby audio sound technology, front facing speakers, and the ability to listen to audio via Bluetooth over two media streams.
On the productivity side of things, AT&T detail that the tablet comes with Google Docs and is compatible with Android for Work. We don’t know the chipset, internal memory, if it has a microSD card slot, or the version of Android, but it supports split screen technology, which hints that it’s at least Android 7.0 Nougat. AT&T also state the Primetime tablet has a 9,070 mAh battery, good for a respectable eleven hours of use. Another plus point is that AT&T do not appear to have tried to reinvent the wheel and the Primetime uses a near-stock user interface.
From the sounds of it, the Primetime is nothing special, but for many customers it doesn’t need to be. If you are looking for a connected tablet to get stuff done, or something to keep the kids amused on a long road trip, this tablet might fit the bill. It’s biggest downsides appear to be that you need to use AT&T with it, and that also means you’re going to have to be prepared to have to wade through a lot of carrier bloat.
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