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Guess what's coming out very soon? A ton of tablets! You are going to have your pick of a fine selection of tablets in the very near future. So, before all those tabs hit the market, I thought I'd give you a rundown of what you can expect. Ready?

Let's begin with Alcatel's lineup!

The New Alcatel Tablet Lineup

First, let's go over Alcatel as a company. Where did this company come from? Alcatel (Alcatel-Lucent) is based in France, and this company has recently just started exploding onto the North American tablet scene.

From Alcatel in the coming months, you can expect to see the following tablets: The Alcatel One Touch Pop 7; The Alcatel One Touch Pop 8; and the Alcatel EVO 8HD. The Pop 8 has an 8-inch screen; the Pop 7 has a seven-inch screen; and the EVO 8HD comes with an 8-inch screen as well.

The main differences between the Pop tablets and the EVO 8HD tablets from Alcatel is that the Pop tabs have LTE capabilities. There's also a big difference in design from the 8HD to the Pop varieties.

Pop 8 pricing: less than $200
Pop 7 pricing: less than $200
EVO 8HD pricing: more than $200

What other companies are joining the tablet bandwagon? Acer has a new tab that you may want to think about purchasing too.

The Acer Iconia A1-830

It's an iPad Mini - no, wait, it's an Acer Iconia A1-830! This tablet looks just like the Mini, but it's not quite as impressive. This Acer comes with a 7.9-inch screen; 16GB of RAM; a 1,024x768 resolution; and IPS panel. Acer wanted to build a tablet that looks like the Mini, but comes with a much lower price tag. Unfortunately, Acer didn't nail it when it comes to design or specs, so if you're after an iPad Mini, this isn't the one for you.

But, it's a cheaper version of the Mini that will help you accomplish basic tasks. The question is: will the Acer Iconia A1 be worth the price tag?

Acer Iconia A1 pricing: $149

Which One to Choose?

It really depends on what you want to do with your new tablet. If you just want to play some games and browse the internet, any of the above will work. If you're looking for something a bit more powerful, Alcatel's new lineup might be worth considering. For my money, the Acer tab isn't all that spectacular, but it is really tough to beat the price.

All of the aforementioned tablets should arrive on the tech scene within the new few months, so keep your eyes on store shelves for in-person details. I'll also be reviewing each of these tablets when they do arrive, so keep checking back on this site.

Do any of the above tablets pique your interest? Will you be shelling out any cash for a new tablet next month or the month after? Which one? Let me know what your choice is!