RCA Shows New 17-inch Tablet, Smartphones at CES 2017

New 17.3-inch Android tablet with the oversized screen is intended for watching movies, videos or TV shows anywhere in the house.

RCA, which doesn't stand for Radio Corporation of America anymore but is a brand used by Hong Kong-based Alco Electronics, on Jan. 4 unveiled three new tablets and a 2-and-1 tablet/PC at CES 2017, including the Horizon 17 Android (17.3-inch) and Voyager III (7-inch) tablets.

RCA's Horizon 17 Android All-in-One is designed with family use in mind. It features a quad core Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with 2GB RAM and 64GB flash. The oversized screen is intended for watching movies, videos or TV shows anywhere in the house. It's also simple to set up separate profiles, making it easy for various family members to share it. It will retail for less than $400, RCA said.

The RCA Voyager III 7" Android tablet has an Intel Atom processor, 16GB of on-board storage, dual camera and upgraded IPS HD display. It will launch in February and retail for a competitive $49.99. Voyager III will complete directly with a large slew of devices of a similar size made by Verizon, AT&T, Samsung, LG and others.

RCA is also debuting two other devices, a straight tablet and a 2-and-1 PC/tablet:

--a 12.2-inch Android 2-in-1 (retail $249.99) tablet, an Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) tablet complete with Folio case. It features a quad-core chipset, dual camera and HD screen (RCT6K23WF); and

--a 12.2-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 (retail $449.99) PC with detachable keyboard. This provides the power of a laptop, with the ease and freedom of a tablet including ample storage, Intel Pentium Processor, up to 10 hours battery life, USB ports and dual facing cameras (W1223H).

In terms of smartphones, RCA is introducing a few new ones that range from locked to unlocked and contract to no-contract:

--RCA Q1 (retail $199.99 -16GB, $139.99 -8GB): An unlocked 5.0-inch HD, dual SIM smartphone, featuring 4G LTE and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Available in white or black, and offering with 16GB or 8GB memory. Exclusive to Amazon.

--RCA G1 (retail $139.99): An unlocked, 5.5-inch HD, dual sim smartphone, equipping with quad core, 2400 mAh all-day battery, and 8.0 MP rear-facing camera. Exclusive to Amazon.

--RCA M1 (retail $69.99): An unlocked smartphone designed for seniors, kids and customers who want phones for travel or temporary use. Available in black or white and featuring 4GB storage, expandable to 32GB via Micro SD card, and 5.0 MP rear-facing camera. Exclusive to Amazon.

--6-inch LTE 4G Android (retail $129.99): An unlocked quad-core, dual-SIM smartphone featuring 4G LTE and dual camera. No contract required. Available in black or gold.

--5-inch Waterproof Rugged Dual SIM Mobile Phone (retail $99.99): Shock-resistant and waterproof. Dual-SIM smartphone features 4G LTE and dual camera. No contract required.

--RCA RLTP169 (retail $39.99): 1.77-inch 2G phone with SOS Call Button / Emergency Contacts (includes 911) built in. Large digit keypad designed specifically for easy operation by elderly and those with special needs (RLTP169).

RCA's new range of consumer electronics will be on the show floor and available for demos at booth #11427 in the Central Hall, Tech East, at CES 2017. As well as the Voyager III and 17.3-inch tablet, the full line of smartphones, tablets and TVs will be displayed throughout the show.

Editor's note: This story was corrected from an earlier edition that erroneously connected the current RCA with the former Radio Corporation of America and its "His Master's Voice" logo.

Chris Preimesberger

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