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

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, Mobility, CES

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  • Seems like a con leveraging a brand name for a quick profit

    while destroying the brand.
    • More likely a company trying to re-orient itself.

      Considering it is Polaroid.

      You don't get "a quick profit" by setting up an entire shop for a single one-night-stand run.
      • it isnt really Polaroid just someone that licensed the name

        • Even so

          Southern Telecom Inc has a bit of history going for it... along with other older tablets.

          But could be...
      • a very cheap...

        ...spyware. I'll pass.
        • I wonder sometimes

          if people even really know what the term "spyware" means.
          • Likely not

            Spyware has become just another term people use. They know it's bad, so they use it on anything they think is bad. :|
            Michael Alan Goff
  • Looking good

    This year is shaping up to be pretty amazing on the Android front. A 10" on Intel with Kitkat for $179 is incredible. We will have to see what the specs are like, but I can see going for this.
    • mostly getting what you pay for

      All of these cheap Android tablets I have seen have low storage and low resolution screens.
      • So?

        There is no problem with that - they are aiming at providing what is desired for the least expense...

        and sometimes that calls for a low storage and lower resolution.
        • No problem?

          You are downgrading two of the most important aspects of a media tablet, screen res and storage. No problem?
          • It's not the best.

            But if it's all you can afford, you can at least get an ok tablet and have some sort of computing device. Even with a low resolution and minimal storage it'll still work for web browsing, social media, and streaming movies.
            Sam Wagner
          • "Two of the most important aspects of a media tablet"

            Only by your standards are the low-end tablets insufficient in these area. Not every consumer will live your particular use cases, and many are more than satisfied with 1280x960 or even lower on a 7" - 8" screen (otherwise, the first iPad mini wouldn't have sold so well). As to storage - my kid has 112 apps he installed on his LG F3, with 4GB internal and an 8GB SD card. even if it's only 8GB internal and no SD card, there are plenty of people who can survive comfortably with that - and pocket the price difference vs. higher end kit.
      • not getting what you're not paying for

        Perhaps I should have said you are not getting what you're not paying for. It doesn't follow at the high end that you necessarily are getting what you're paying for. The low end is more likely to be determined by absolute costs of components. Although you might pay more for using the Polaroid name than if you bought the unrecognized brand. Someone would have to tear these down to determine if there is anything different from a no name device to one sold under a recognizable label.

        Buyer beware.
  • No thanks

    I'll stick with a brand that will last past 2014. "Polaroid" looks like one of those companies [like Acer] that hop onto any bandwagon, no matter how much competition there is, just to get a quick buck. Buy one of these and you may not get any support within a year.
  • A bit of a hint on the specs...

    "Polaroid was sparse on specs with their new Q line, but we can expect a Snapdragon 600 and a decent display. The Q7, Q8 and Q10 will cost $129.99, $149.99 and $179.99 respectively."


    Also in that article, a 4k, 50 inch TV, for $999. Neat!

    "Polaroid is also looking to bring its brand name to the television market and they are starting big. A new 50″ Ultra High Definition 4K LED television will be announced at CES next week. Polaroid is boasting more than 8 million pixels and 3 HDMI inputs on its new 4K television that will retail for only $999.99."
  • A bit of hint on the specs...

    @ adornoe

    Well said, savvy individuals talk and write with facts. Aficionados always trying to justify their mistakes with a lot of non-sense for the "big" money (wasted) spent.