7-11 to Launch a $200 7″ Android Tablet – in Taiwan

13090008515G_intr_b_10_131002174515[1]Here in the US 7-11 has sold at one point or another a wide variety of stuff, including cheap toys, collectibles, cell phones, gift cards, and (for a while there) they even let you pick up your Amazon orders.

But that’s nothing compared to the 7-11 in Taiwan. This chain, which is independently owned and only shares a name with the US chain, has recently announced their own 7″ Android tablet.

It’s called the Open tablet, and it is running Android 4.2 on a quad-core 1.2GHz Marvell PXA 1088 processor. It has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, GPS, and Wifi. This tablet also has a 2MP front-facing camera, a 5MP rear camera, front-facing speakers (a rarity among budget tablets),f6c463076b26f74e73bc11853ca1f1c3[1]

The Open tablet is named for 7-11 Taiwan’s mascot, though at this point it might be better to describe Open as 7-11 Taiwan’s in-house brand. They’ve also released a couple TVs under this brand in July.

The Open tablet is going to cost 5,990 NTD when it is available later this year, or about $203 USD. It’s also going to be available with a dongle that will stream media to compatible TVs for 6,990 NTD. The tablet’s made by Foxconn, and will be available via 7net, 7-11 Taiwan’s website. Customers will be able to pick up the tablet in select stores.


I’m having a little bit of trouble parsing the specs listed on the product page, but from what I have seen so far this looks like a decent value. This tablet has at least one feature that I wish all tablets shared: front-facing speakers. I know that putting speakers on the rear of a tablet is the norm but I’ve never liked how that results in a muffled sound.

Only a handful of tablets, including last year’s Kobo Arc and the Nvidia Tegra Note (and its clones), have repaired the poor design decision made by many a tablet manufacturer; I wish more would do so.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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