JBL is expanding from its familiar range of Bluetooth speakers and headphones, onto tablets as well now, as I discovered a JBL tablet filing with the FCC. Called the JBL Baby Cam (EBM104JB), this is a 5-inch Android tablet with built-in kickstand, and it actually looks clever.
At 5 inches it is smaller than many smartphones, but it is more than just a baby cam because it runs Android 5.1. The JBL Baby Cam tablet ships with the JBL Baby Cam app pre-installed, but others too can download this app for free from Google Play.
The budget specs of JBL’s first tablet means that while it is possible to make use of the Android OS for other apps, it’s not really capable enough or large enough to be very interesting for other apps and games at the end of 2016, when there are so many cheap Android tablets available right now that are both larger and more powerful.
The 5-inch screen has a resolution of 854 x 480, and it’s powered by a quad-core Allwinner A33 processor, has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage with microSD card support up to 32GB.
It has a micro-USB port and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, as well as a very low 1500 mAh battery capacity. So this is one tablet that will stay plugged into the DC charger most of the time. Although unplugged, it will probably stay on for 2-3 hours when used to show video as a baby monitor.
Alcatel/TCL have recently done something similar, but in a much larger format, with the launch of the 17.3-inch TCL Xess tablet bundle with free IP camera included that can be used as a baby cam, and it has integration with Amazon Alexa and even has 3GB of RAM.
Meanwhile, JBL has yet to announced a launch date for their first little tablet.
– Tom Bowen