From the dept. of “how bad could it be”: Target offers 8GB RCA 8″ Android 4.4 tablet for $40

Target Cheap tablet

This RCA Tablet, affectionately called the RCT6573W23, isn’t going to run with an iPad, Surface or any 1st rate Android tablet but we’re now crossing the $40 barrier on a new product from a known brand at a respected outlet – so it is notable. This RCA 8-inch tablet has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a quad core processor of some kind.

It is so cheap that the 2-year service plan is $19 more than the tablet itself. (buy 2!). It gets OK reviews at Amazon and a few good/few bad at Target. That 720 x 480 display isn’t going to win any awards but it has front camera and an SD slot for storage and runs Android 4.4.

It’s certainly not the only cheap tablet around. Best Buy offers the smaller “Digiland” for the same $40 price points in a dizzying variety of configurations and of course Amazon is getting a lot of press for their “not as bad as you’d think” $50 Kindle (actually you can buy 6 for the price of 5 which brings the price down to $250 for 6 or about $42/ea).

This RCA might be great for kids (so cheap you could buy it for your kid’s random classmate’s birthday party) who break things or an aging luddite or your broke ass neighbor or something. I don’t know. I’m curious.

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