Hisense is launching two new budget Android tablets in the US. The company hasn’t officially announced either model yet, but they’re both apparently available a bit early at some Walmart locations.
As expected, it looks like the Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a $149 tablet with an NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor, a 7 inch, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software.
Here are the full specs:
- 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
- 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, NFC
- Stereo speakers
- 5.0MP rear camera with flash and auto-focus
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 4000mAh battery
- 7.9″ x 5″ x 0.43″
The $149 price tag seems pretty reasonable considering this tablet has the specs of a $199 Google Nexus 7 with half the storage, but with removable storage, HDMI output, and a few other bonus features.
But if you’d rather spend a little less, the $99 Hisense Sero 7 Lite is a tablet with the same screen size, but somewhat less impressive specs, including:
- 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display
- 1.6 GHz dual core processor (sounds like a Rockchip RK3066 to me)
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of storage
- microSD card, mini HDMI port, 3.5mm headset jack
- 0.3MP front-facing camera
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi
- 3400mAh battery
- 7.9″ x 4.8″ x 0.41″
- 11.6 ounces
In other words, if the Sero 7 Pro is sort of like a cheaper Google Nexus 7, the Sero 7 Lite is a cheaper HP Slate 7.
Both tablets featured the Vudu logo on the box, suggesting they’ll come with the Android app for the online video service preloaded. They’re also Google certified devices, which means they come with the Google Play Store and other apps including YouTube and Gmail.
If you use the Walmart Android app‘s barcode scanner to scan the product codes on these boxes you’ll see confirmation that the store charges $99 for the Hisense Sero 7 Lite and $149 for the Pro model. Unfortunately, as of May 21st, the app doesn’t seem to think the tablets are in stock at any stores.