The TCL Tab 8 LE is a budget tablet with an 8 inch HD display, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. But it has one thing going for it that many entry-level tablets do not: support for 4G LTE connectivity.

First announced during the Consumer Electronics Show with a suggested retail price of $159, the TCL Tab 8 LE goes on sale in the US on January 12, when it will be available from T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile.

I didn’t write about the tablet last week because I couldn’t get TCL to share any more details than the handful of specs mentioned in the company’s CES press release. But T-Mobile was kind enough to post more details (including the tablet’s user manual).

So here’s what to expect from this $159 tablet:

TCL Tab 8 LE specs
Display8 inches
1280 x 800 pixels
IPS LCD
ProcessorMediaTek MT8786 (Helio A22)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ 2 GHz
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
microSD card reader (up to 512MB)
Ports1 x USB 2.0 Type-C
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSD card reader
WirelessWiFi 5
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS
4G LTE
AudioStereo speakers
microphone
3.5mm audio jack
Battery4,080 mAh
Cameras5MP (rear)
5MP (front)
OSAndroid 12
Dimensions197 x 125 x 9mm
(7.8″ x 4.9″ x 0.4″)
Weight310 grams
(11 ounces)

 

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  1. procesor is uglby but if i can run on this fedora or arch?
    X11 , ssh , llvm/gcc and nothing more

  2. This processor is junk. I would stay away from it. Why they could not put a good snapdragon processor in here and use wifi 6, give a higher resolution, use 4 gigs of 4 ram and 64 storage and then you have something worth buying. As it stands- no. It’s a dime a dozen among some of the junk 8 inch tablets that are out there.

    1. I feel like the Android space could be well-served by a tablet with premium specs and the iPad mini form factor — 4GB RAM/64GB Storage minimum, a recent or recent-ish Snapdragon processor, and either a 4:3 display (1920×1440 minimum, preferably higher) or ~3:2 display like the newer iPad mini. My Surface Duo, unfolded, cleaves pretty close to that but the display separator is just annoying enough to make using many spanned apps (games, videos) frustrating.

      1. The 8 inch tablet space is served by the Samsung
        Galaxy Tab Active3 (~$300), which unfortunately is marketed
        towards business, not to the general public. The
        device supports a Wacom EMR active pen, optional
        cellular data radio, microSD up to 1 TB, Android 12,
        removable battery, bumper case.

        1. Nokia T10 isnt bad also, has 2 cortex A75 and 4 cortex A55 cores, its older flagship cores from 2018 but still better than these cortex A53 or cortex A55 only soc.

    2. Agreed. I wish these companies would stop putting out trash 8 inch 4G tablets. I could easily use something like this as a phone replacement with an easier to read screen if the specs weren’t always so trash.