Alcatel Launches The XESS, A 17″ Android Tablet You Might Actually Find Useful

Back at CES 2016 Alcatel announced a massive 17″ Android tablet designed for the home and more specifically, the kitchen. The XESS packs a 17.3″ 1080p display with dual 3-watt JBL speakers and Android out of the box. To power the tablet you get a 1.5GHz Octa-Core processor from MediaTek, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a giant 9,600 mAh battery.

Out of the box the XESS packs pre-loaded software including recipe and video tutorials along with apps for ordering groceries online. This is really what separates the Alcatel XESS from Samsung’s Galaxy View. Whereas the View is designed for media and media alone, the XESS carries a purpose in day-to-day life. Of course that’s not to say you can’t use this for media. The tablet actually does come with pre-loaded content from Nickelodeon for children.

The XESS was designed in partnership with Alcatel’s parent company, TCL, and carries TCL branding on the tablet’s exterior. It also comes with an integrated and adjustable kickstand (another major difference from the Galaxy View) and also features a stylus and 2 full size USB 2.0 ports for expansion. More details are available in the press release below.

Press Release

MEET THE PERFECT AMOUNT OF HOME SIMPLICITY: XESS



Designed to bring more engaging experiences to the home, the 17-inch Xess is the perfect kitchen accessory with pre-loaded recipe applications and other partner content

IRVINE, Calif. – April 7, 2016 – Alcatel – the number four mobile phone manufacturer in North America[i] – today announced a new device category in partnership with the TCL brand, with the North American launch of Xess. Initially unveiled at CES in January, Xess is purpose built to be the perfect 17-inch accessory for the kitchen, whether it’s for discovering and creating new meals via the pre-loaded recipe applications, accessing Nickelodeon content, such as PAW Patrol for kids, or catching up on the latest news and entertainment. Xess will be available for early-access purchase beginning on April 22 for the online exclusive price of $499 USD.

“We’ve been committed as a company to expanding the reach of our consumer technology and how it can bring better experiences and value to the lives of our customers, and with Xess, we’re delivering a meaningful connected kitchen hub that allows users to access more of the content they want and need, “said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for Alcatel, North America. “By bringing Xess to North America with the TCL brand, we leveraged their consumer electronics expertise with Alcatel’s proven record of bringing the perfect amount of mobile technology to our customers at affordable prices. This also allows us the opportunity to work with new partners like Viacom, and others to bring valuable content to our customers.”

“Through this partnership with Alcatel we are leveraging the power and reach of the Nickelodeon brand and our beloved IP, to connect kids and families with a seamless entertainment experience on the Xess that will greatly improve the time they spend together,” said Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer Products, Nickelodeon.

Every Xess sold in North America will also come with an in-box IP camera, perfect for keeping an eye on the nursery, playroom or living room. The Xess launcher also comes with a dedicated IP camera portal, so parents can be at ease and keep a lookout on their kids while working in the kitchen or another room in their home where they may have Xess setup. The real star of Xess though is the content you have access to from partners like Viacom and others to be named later.

Nickelodeon content just for kids at families’ fingertips

Xess truly is made for families, right down to providing easy access to content from Nickelodeon, a Viacom media network, that includes hit shows such as TV’s number-one preschool series, PAW Patrol, and the award-winning Nick App, as well as the Noggin App. With this partnership, kids are able to have direct access to Nick branded content with ease, and thanks to Xess’s Android software, parents are also able to download additional content for their kids, like educational games, directly from the Google Play Store.

Discover, plan and prepare great meals

Planning meals is a whole lot easier with Xess thanks to pre-loaded recipe applications to find new recipes and cooking how-to videos for your favorite meals; making meal discovery and planning simple and something the whole family can take part in. Preparing those new meals is a breeze as well, with step-by-step how-to videos to help along the way and integrated shopping applications pre-loaded on Xess, allowing users to order groceries easily through these apps.

Xess Key Features Include:

  •    Immersive 17.3-inch Full-HD display for a more brilliant viewing experience
  • Dual 3-watt speakers featuring JBL Audio® for a high-fidelity home audio experience
  • All-day battery life with a 9600mAh battery and magnetic quick release charger so you never have to worry about tripping over cords
  • Portable design and adjustable stand for use anywhere in the kitchen or elsewhere in the home
  • Powered by a 1.5 GHz MediaTek Octa-Core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (supports up to 64GB of additional MicroSD expandable storage)

For more information on Xess, please visit Alcatel’s website.    

About Alcatel

Alcatel is a brand within TCL Communication, an international multicultural company which designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and Internet devices. TCL Communication is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world.

For more information, please visit Alcatel’s website.