The children-friendly gadget market has been awfully quiet of late, with only Amazon looking to change the pedestrian status quo. But the refreshed 7-inch Fire Kids Edition offers hardly any productivity features for a tween who would maybe like a versatile toy/learning device.

Enter the Kurio Smart, the latest in a line of KD Interactive-designed tablets inaugurated back in 2012, and thus far, ignored by most Western parents. So, what makes this new 9-incher special? First and foremost, a detachable, magnetic keyboard capable of also acting as a hard carry case.

You can call this the kid-friendly Surface if you want, although it obviously settles for humbler specifications at a much lower price point. Namely, $199.99, keyboard cover included, with Toys R Us orders already open stateside, and free shipping taking just a few days.

Deemed the ideal “first computer and educational tool” for youngsters aged 8 to 12, the Kurio Smart impressively offers 32GB internal storage space, as well as microSD support, and up to 1TB OneDrive cloud room.

It comes with a free one-year Microsoft Office subscription too, another 40 or so pre-loaded apps and games allegedly worth $200, parental controls, relatively zippy quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T chip, 1GB RAM, 4,900 mAh battery, stereo speakers, 2 and 0.3MP cams, 1,280 x 800 screen resolution, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI, micro USB, Windows 8.1 software out the box and, of course, full Win 10 compatibility.

Kurio Xtreme 2

That’s an undeniably great bang for buck factor, but if you’re only willing to spend $130, or feel your 3 to 7 year-old little one may not be ready for a convertible laptop, the Kurio Xtreme 2 is also available from Toys R Us.

The low-end 7-incher lacks keyboard functionality, swaps Windows for Android 5.0, packs MediaTek power, sports a lower-res display, 16GB storage, and smaller 3,000 mAh battery, but features a convenient built-in kickstand nonetheless, plus reinforced construction, and gratis apps and games valued at $300.

Source: PR Newswire

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