Big Lots is selling a new Polaroid 7 inch Android tablet with a dual-core processor for $100. It’s not a particularly good Android tablet, but it might be one of the cheapest dual-core models around, and it does run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The tablet’s only available in-stores, but you can find more details in the latest weekly circular.

Polaroid PMID720

The good news is that the Polaroid PMID720 is dirt cheap, has 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and HDMI output. The less good news is that it has a low resolution 800 x 480 pixel display, just 4GB of built-in storage, a mono speaker, and only a front-facing camera.

It also doesn’t include the Google Play Store, so you’ll either need to find a way to install it yourself or rely on third-party app stores like Amazon’s.

FreakTab forum member picked up one of the tablets recently and reports that the Polaroid PMID720 seems pretty responsive, but screen has poor viewing angles and the battery life is awful. He’s been unable to get more than 2.5 hours of run time.

In other words, you can probably just about watch a movie on the tablet, but by the time the film is finished, so’s the battery.

Polaroid is expected to launch inexpensive tablets with better displays this year, but they’ll probably cost a little more.

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8 replies on “$100 Polaroid dual-core tablet hits Big Lots”

  1. the 1 Market App Store is pretty much the same as the Google Play Store, I think they named it that on this tablet because Amazon has there app store on it and they paid for name reconigition, I bought this tablet and love everything about it, It actually boots up faster than my Kindle Fire, And my New HP Laptop battery life is 4 hours, so it really isn’t bad on battery life either, plus I got mine for 69.99 at Big Lots as it was on special buy that week, the week later I went back and saw it for 99.99, For Double the processor and ram, it is well worth buying to me

  2. What happened with Polaroid M series? M7 and M10 running jelly bean and with access to google play

  3. A “brand name” tablet without the Pay store on it?
    Polaroid is just phoning it in apparently.

  4. I’ve had two Polaroid tablets the 701c and the ptab7xc. The 701c felt cheap, but was extremely easy to install play store on. I was impressed at the plethora of video files that this thing would handle and even netflix would function well. The ptab7xc is my current tablet and its a little quirky demon…It feels a bit more solid than the 701c. Installing play store on it was more of a challenge, but the mods that freaktab forums created worked out fine. There was an issue with the netflix app so you have to go back and install an earlier version and tell it not to update. The speaker placement was the most obnoxious thing. Its on the rear; with a case on it is almost impossible to hear it unless you port it. Some games like paper zombies wouldn’t fit on the screen properly but I read there is a way to get an app for resizing the screen. The front facing camera was a good thought, but less practical for use with instagram, forkly, etc. than a rear camera. Your best bet for picking one up cheap is to wait for someone to get sick of it and sell it on ebay, I got the ptab7xc with a case for $65 or so, and I bet the same will happen with this.

  5. 2.5 hours of run time is not much, but I also don’t think the average movie lasts 2.5 hours.

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