Toys R Us have announced their Tabeo 7-inch tablet, which promises child-safe features for $150. Surrounded by a huge drop-safe bumper, there's a front facing camera, WiFi and Toys R Us even run their own app store, the "Tabeo Store", to complement the 50 proloaded games and apps it comes preloaded with.
Powered by a 1Ghz CPU, theres a decent amount of storage provided - 4Gb - but it also comes with a MicroSD card slot, which can handle up to 32G cards. It's no slouch in the Android department either, sporting ICS (Android 4.0) from the off. It's available for pre-order now but wo't ship until October 21.
A niche market
The idea of a tablet for kids, however, isn't new - there's already the Kurio, the Meep and Lexibook. The move to get kids used to this kind of tech so early one, however, will certainly appeal to parents - as well as freeing up the main TV in the house when little Johnny wants to stream his videos.
Just in time for Christmas
Toys R Us Vice President Troy Peterson said: "Over the past year, we've spent considerable time talking to parents and children to determine what features and functions they really want in a kids' tablet, resulting in tabeo.
"We are proud that tabeo offers robust and flexible parental controls that can help protect children as they surf the Internet, and we are pleased to offer the tabeo App Store, which features only kid-safe content carefully curated by the Toys R Us team."
The Tabeo App store is a USP Toys R Us are particularly proud of since all its content is carefully vetted before admission. So for those who like to plan early and are once again stuck for ideas for the little ones - add it to your list now!