It’s official. Chinese electronics maker Hisense has introduced its first Android tablets for the US market. They’re available exclusively from Walmart, and they’re some of the cheapest tablets around.
They’re also surprisingly good devices for the price. Walmart will officially offer a $99 model and a $149 model starting May 24th.
As expected, the star of the show is the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. It’s a 7 inch tablet with a $149 price tag and specs that beat the $199 Google Nexus 7 in almost every way.
The tablet’s features include:
- 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display
- 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of storage
- 5.0MP rear camera with auto-focus and flash
- 2MP front-facing camera
- mini HDMI, microSD card slot, micro USB port
- WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
- 10 hour battery life
The Hisense Sero 7 LT isn’t quite as impressive… until you consider the fact that it sells for just $99. Up until recently that’s about the price you’d pay for an eReader (Amazon and B&N have driven down the starting price for those devices in the last year or so).
The Sero 7 LT features:
- 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display
- 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU (probably a Rockchip RK3066)
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of storage
- Mini HDMI, micro USB, microSD
Both tablets are Google certified devices which come with access to the Google Play Store. They also come with VUDU, Walmart, NOOK, Pandora, and Facebook apps preloaded.
Up until now the tablets have only been available if you managed to find a Walmart location that was selling them early. But starting May 24th, they should be available in most stores, and online at Walmart.com.