Sep. 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM ET
(Reuters) - Toys R Us is launching its own tablet designed for children, to be sold exclusively at its stores, as the world's largest specialty toy retailer gears up to battle online and big box retailers in the holiday season.
The company said on Monday the tablet, dubbed Tabeo, will sell for $149.99 and will be loaded with child-friendly apps and integrated controls that allow parents to customize levels of Internet access for each family member.
The 7-inch, multi-touch Android tablet will have Wi-Fi capability, a 4GB flash memory, and will come with 50 free, preinstalled apps aimed at children.
You can pre-order it now online, with an estimated ship date of Oct. 1. The company says it will be available widely starting Oct. 21.
Educational toymaker LeapFrog also has a tablet aimed at children, called the LeapPad. In the adult tablet world, last week Amazon launched its new Kindle Fire tablet, while Apple has been rumored to be working on a smaller version of the iPad, which will be cheaper.
Toys R Us, which was taken private in 2005 by KKR & Co, Bain Capital and Vornado Realty Trust in a $6.6 billion deal, is facing tough competition from rivals including Amazon.com, Target Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which often sell toys at lower prices.
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