Alba 8-inch AC101CPL tablet review uncertainty

By Alan Ng - Nov 20, 2015

If you are looking for a cheap tablet to buy in the UK, many of you may have spotted that Argos are planning to offer the Alba 8-inch tablet for £49.

This is a great price for a tablet that comes pre-loaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s mobile software.

For that price, it also includes some fantastic features with the Alba 8-inch tablet ac101cpl specs including a 8-inch display with a 1280 x 800 HD resolution, a 1.3GHz MediaTek 8163 quad core processor and 1GB of RAM.


This tablet has 8GB of internal storage built-in, but crucially it can expand upon this with MicroSD card to alleviate storage concerns.

Other features include webcam, Mini-HDMI output, Micro USB for charging and up to 3.5 hours of battery life – there is no rear camera on this tablet.

With the great features aside, we do however have a warning to mention to those interested in buying. There is currently no manufacturer listing for this tablet, while there are also no Alba 8-inch tablet reviews online.


On the Argos support section, we can also see that there isn’t even a Alba 8-inch tablet manual available when you enter the tablet’s model number – which may be alarming to some since this is usually a mandatory requirement.

What are your early thoughts on this tablet? Are you ok to take the risk without reading reviews first, given that the price is very attractive for Android 5.1 and a quad-core processor?

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  • Chloe

    I have had mine for just over 6 months now and a few weeks ago it turned off by itself. I thought nothing of it as it had done it before with nothing being wrong. Only this time it wouldn’t turn on so I left it to charge and it worked. Fast forward to now it only turns on to the first loading screen and it turns itself off. Other times I have managed to get it to work but it would only work properly when connected to the charger. Obviously keeping it on constant charge is bad for it but I don’t have anything else to go on as I use it for college work and private use. Has anyone else had this problem?

  • Steve

    Has anybody solved moving apps to SD card

  • Geraldine Magill

    Hi does anyone know if skygo is compatible with this device???

    • Richard Shillcock

      Yes it is. Just download it from google play store.

  • Daniel Dewey

    I’ve bought it and it seems fine. Only minor niggle so far, it won’t let you change the default storage location on Google Music to SD card, the option is greyed out.

    • Damien Watson

      hi i also brought this tablet from a uk argos, i have found i cant change any storage location to the sd micro card, it also states in the manual u can send apps to the sd micro card found in settings, apps, click on an app and a move to sd card option should be available, howver on mine this is not the case the button is completely missing, is this the same on your device? ive message argos and they also have no idea why thee is no option for this. i might return it and swap it for a amazon fire 7. thanks in advance man

      • Dave

        I have the same problem. Have u found the solution?

        • Damien Watson

          No I haven’t found a solution. Apparently it’s not the device but the operating system doesn’t allow it. Some apps let me save their data to the card such as the camera app. But I was going to take it back because of this. In the end I kept the tablet because this is better than the fire ,7 in my opinion but tbh the 2gb of storage which are left on the device is enough for me for apps. There is a way to root devices to allow apps to install on the SD but upon looking I haven’t been able to find a root for this device. Hope this helps man

  • Ian torndon

    Looks like a good spec for the price! I clicked your support link and then hit the search button and a support page came up. Argos tech support seem to be supporting this item, I have dealt with them before with my TV and they are really good! Think I will buy this at that price!

  • amber

    I’m thinking of buying it today for my kids have you any issues with it?

  • sara

    I bought this tablet 4 weeks ago for £49.99

    • Cait Trainor

      I just bought it this evening, is it any good? Any issues with it?

      • D crepit

        Bought mine 4 months ago and found the screen had some dead spots around the perimeter.finally gave up the ghost completely and refused to start up one day.been dead ever since.

    • Tracey

      Sara, how r u finding the tablet, I am thinking of buying this for my parents to get them started on the internet etc. Would appreciate your views.