One of those exceptions launched today, and it looks like the Hisense Sero 7 finally has some competition. The latest tablet from the gadget maker Ematic is now available on Amazon.com and it looks sweet. The EM63 has a 7" LCD screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU with 4GB of storage, 1GB RAM, Wifi, and Bluetooth. It also has a multi-core GPU, HDMI, a microSD card slot, and a VGA webcam.
In addition to Jelly Bean, the tablet ships with Google Play as well as a variety of pre-installed apps including Google's, Evernote, Kingsoft Office, and ES File Manager.
All in all the specs are a lot better than any of the sub-$100 tablets I've reviewed, and I would bet that the difference is probably going to be obvious once I get my hands on one.
I know that some of the stories on this tablet belittle it because it only has a dual-core CPU, a weak battery, and an outdated screen, but I don't see those as being issues because I take a historical perspective. It was around this time last year that Amazon started selling the second-gen Kindle Fire for $159. That tablet had the same screen resolution, a similarly capable CPU, and less actual storage (no card slot).
No one belittled that tablet so I don't see why this one, which costs $70 less, deserves the criticism it's getting. Also, the EM63 has about the same specs and price as the Hisense Sero 7. That tablet was called a decent value when it launched back in May and I bet the same can be said for the EM63.
You can find the EM63 on Amazon for $85 to $90 plus shipping.