In the world of cheap tablets, there’s very little worth considering outside of the Amazon Fire lineup. Just take a look at our guide to the best cheap tablets to prove it – all but two entries are from Amazon. But the company may now have a little more competition as the Nokia T10 has just been announced, sporting a tantalizingly low price tag.
This Android tablet features an 8-inch 800 x 1280 screen, a modest Unisoc T606 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone port, face unlock, an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. facing one.
It also runs Android 12 and comes with the promise of two OS updates (taking it all the way up to Android 14) and three years of monthly security updates, which the brand claims is twice the competition.
The Nokia T10 also appears to have an attractive design, with a polymer construction that has an unusual nano-textured finish designed to hide scratches. Also, it comes with Google Entertainment Space and Google Kids Space, the latter of which can make it a good device for kids or families looking for cheap slate. In addition, it supports a range of accessories.
If you’re interested, you can buy it in the UK from August in Ocean Blue (pictured), at a cost of £129 (approx. $175 / AU$260) if you want 4G too. There is no word yet if or when it will arrive in the US or Australia.
Still, if you can afford the Nokia T10, it might be worth considering, as we were quite impressed with the larger Nokia T20. Then again, we always suggest waiting for a review.
This is not the only new Nokia-branded device as the Nokia 8210 4G, Nokia 5710 XpressAudio and Nokia 2660 Flip have also been unveiled. This trio of phones arrive in the UK at the end of July, but look less interesting – or at least more niche. The first two are regular phones (one of which has built-in headphones that come out), while the 2660 Flip is an Android flip phone aimed primarily at seniors.
Review: How does the Nokia T10 stack up against Amazon’s offerings?
As noted above, the Nokia T10’s main rival is Amazon’s Fire tablet lineup, so which one should you buy? We can’t definitively answer until we review the T10, but one big advantage that Nokia’s slate has on paper is that it runs full Android.
If you buy a Fire tablet, while technically you’re getting Android, it’s a heavily forked version called Fire OS; which does not give you access to the Google Play Store. Instead, you have to use Amazon’s own app store.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is the closest rival to the Nokia T10 as it has the same screen size and resolution and broadly similar specs elsewhere. But its starting price is slightly lower at $109.99 / £109.99 (about AU$165) with ads. Get it ad-free for a comparable experience and it costs $124.99 / £119.99 (approximately AU$185), or you have the option of a 64GB model for a little more.
While there isn’t much, if you’re reading this July 12 or 13, Amazon Prime Day is in full swing, and at the time of writing, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is starting at just $64, 99 / £54.99 (approximately AU$95).
The Nokia T10 can’t compete with that; so if you’re happy with a Fire tablet, we suggest you take that deal instead of waiting for it. The Fire HD 8 Plus is also more available. Or for something more premium, check out our roundup of the best Amazon Prime Day iPad deals.