Hisense Releases a Nexus 7 Clone for $149
When Google unveiled the Nexus 7 last year it was one of the best tablets on the market for its price point. The screen resolution, CPU power, and general polish couldn’t be matched by any other $199 tablet – but that is no longer true.
The Chinese budget tablet maker Hisense has just released a new 7″ Android tablet that appears to match the Nexus 7 in almost every way, and it even one-ups last year’s wunder-tablet with a microSD card slot and cameras.
The Hisense Sero Pro isn’t listed on the Walmart website, but early reports indicate that it is available in select Walmart stores. And as you can see from the specs, this tablet not only matches the Nexus 7, it beats Google’s flagship 7″ tablet in the camera and storage dept.
The Hisense Sero 7 Pro is running Android 4.2 onan Nvidia 1.3GHz Tegra 3 CPU. It has the same 7″ 1280×800 as found on the Nexus 7 as well as 1GB of RAM. In terms of connectivity, the Sero Pro has Wifi, Bluetooth, HDMI out, GPS, and it even has an NFC chip. This tablet is a little short in the storage dept, since it has only 8GB installed, but it also has a microSD card slot. This tablet has not one but 2 cameras (2MP and 5MP) and the rear-facing camera comes with auto-focus and Flash.
This is a pretty impressive tablet in every sense of the word, especially given the price, but as with any budget tablet you’ll need to be careful to check to see where Hisense cut corners. My bet is that the camera might come up short, and the stereo speakers might not have as good of a sound as one might want.
But even with that caveat this is a tempting tablet. It offers everything you would have gotten from the Nexus 7, plus 4 or 5 things I had wished the Nexus 7 had like cameras and a card slot.
I looked at getting a Nexus 7 last year but passed. That tablet fell into a product niche that offered too little of what I need in a premium tablet and charged more than I was willing to pay for a budget tablet.
But the Hisense Sero Pro added the hardware I wanted to see in a premium tablet while still keeping the price down. This could be a serious contender for best budget tablet of the year.
Luckily for my pocketbook, I can’t find a place to buy one online. If you get one, let me know what you think.
- 7 inch, 1280 x 800 IPS display
- 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of storage
- MicroSD card slot, mini HDMI output, 3.5mm headset jack
- WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, NFC
- Stereo speakers
- 5MP rear camera with flash and auto-focus
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 4Ah battery
- 7.9″ x 5″ x 0.43″
Cookie May 21, 2013 um 10:22 am
That sounds low.
Nate Hoffelder May 21, 2013 um 10:50 am
Not really. The Nexus 7 has a battery.4.325Ah
Also, battery life is usually measured in mAH, but I’ve taken to shortening it.
Thomas May 21, 2013 um 10:57 am
Of course, a lot of the cutrate manufacturers use batteries that don’t hold as much of a charge as they claim. Anybody who orders from overseas knows to take battery claims with a grain of salt.
Cookie May 21, 2013 um 11:12 am
"’I´ve taken to shortening it."
Nate Hoffelder May 21, 2013 um 12:46 pm
Considerin that we now regularly refer to batteries that rate at thousands of mAH, it makes sense to clip the extra.
Robert Nagle May 22, 2013 um 12:36 pm
Wow, I can’t wait to see the hands on reviews! You know, I would have scoffed at people who criticize tablets for poor speakers, but given that I seem always to be playing music while reading, that is actually a big deal for me now.
Kasey May 31, 2013 um 8:38 pm
I am skeptical-I have the Nexus 7 16gb and I think its a quality device. Even though specs are good on paper I doubt the quality will be as good or dependable.
But who knows maybe it will be but Google and Asus did a decent job and it still performs well -I think it could be a half decent tablet but Am still skeptical till I hear more about it and I will be curious to see what Google does with its family of Nexus in the next few months and Also want to see what Amazon does I bet they both have good devices on the way