Toys ‘R’ US has unveiled its new Tabeo e2. The device is a bigger version of its popular tablet PC especially for children. Described as a next-generation slate for kids, the new Tabeo is set to be released in October. Online pre-orders are now facilitated. It would be sold for just $150 per unit.
Tabeo e2 comes with simple but impressive features. It would operate on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and would have a dual-core 1GHz processor. For wireless connectivity, the special device is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.
The new 8-inch device would come in three colors, namely, pink, blue, and transparent. It would feature a screen with a resolution of 1,024 X 768 pixels. There would be 8GB storage and a 64GB memory. Tabeo e2 comes with a micro USB cable as well as a charging pin that would facilitate easier connection to a wall outlet or computer.
The main focus of the upgraded tablet would be the improved parental controls and the addition of educational apps. The toys retailer has integrated into the device another safety layer with customizable controls by parents. Thus, kids’ guardians would not monitor news apps that are installed. They could also block unwanted apps and even set date limits with time.
In the special Tabeo app store could be find several kid-friendly games. Those include Temple Run 2, Need for Speed Most Wanted, and Bejeweled 2. There are even additional creative learning apps from entertainment brands like My Little Pony, WWE, and Cartoon Network.
The first Tabeo version was released by Toys ‘R’ Us on October 2012. The first Tabeo was pre-loaded with popular apps like Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds. There were even games, e-books, and educational programs that were offered to the public for free. The company said the first Tabeo was successful enough to trigger the development and launch of the second one.
Fuhu, an exclusive partner of Toys ‘R’ Us and the maker of an earlier kids’ tablet called Nabi, filed a complaint against the company. It has accused Toys ‘R’ Us of neglecting Nabi promotion. It also accused the firm of deliberately stealing some important features of the tablet so it could develop its own tablet for kids. Thus, the launch of Tabeo in October last year was not spared from controversies.