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.
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