The Alcatel Xess Tablet is just a prototype for now, though it’s the company’s first attempt at branching beyond personal smartphones and tablets. Alcatel hopes that you’ll plop this device in your kitchen and share it with the family.
The 17.3-inch Android-powered tablet features a TCL-made 1920x1080 display, a 1.5GHz processor, and 2GB of RAM. It also comes with a multi-position stand that can be oriented at three levels, as well as a pop-out stylus and a grab-and-go carrying handle. The device is kind of heavy, however, which could make it a doozy to want to carry around the house, much less cuddle with it to watch a movie.
Since the device is still in its nascent stages, the software that I played with was so beta that the interface had trouble keeping up with my finger strokes. Alcatel showed off a few cooking apps and the like that it will bundle with the device, but they weren’t particularly exemplary. The coolest feature of the Xess are its touchless gestures, which you can use to do things like switch apps and mute the volume, though I’m hoping the overall performance of the device will improve once this product comes to market.