CES 2014: Polaroid Q series tablets to run Android 4.4 KitKat, priced from $129

Summary:A brand from the past tries to resurrect itself via budget tablets.


Everyone knows Polaroid as a photography company that, like many others, struggled once the age of digital cameras dawned. Now it's a brand owned by a holdings company that is licensed out for a variety of tech products, including tablets.

The Polaroid name has been attached to bargain-priced Android tablets in the past, and with the new Q series, it continues that tradition. The Q lineup comprises three models: a 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch flavor, ranging in price from $129 to $179. Specs are mostly unknown at this point -- perhaps to be revealed during CES this week -- though they will be equipped with quad-core processors of some ilk (likely low-end, given the price point).

The one key feature we do know about is they will ship with the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, pre-installed. That's notable because few devices are shipping with it -- especially if they aren't coming from Google itself -- though many could be announced in the coming days from Vegas. Nonetheless, Acer's latest budget tablets are still shipping with 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

With a release date of "spring 2014," the Polaroid Q tablets won't be alone in offering KitKat by then, but it remains to be seen how many competitors will be doing so at their low price point.

Topics: Tablets, Android, CES, Mobility


Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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